Faculty

Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Byron Newberry

Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Professor of Mechanical and Graduate Engineering

  • B.S.M.E., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S.M.E., University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Newberry is the dean for the College of Engineering and Computer Science and also serves as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His main academic interests are structural analysis, mechanical design, and dynamics systems & controls. He belongs to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Society of Engineering Educators. He says, "I am an OC grad (1991) and I personally know the value of an OC engineering education. I want to help others experience that same success." He is married to Tamera (a 1990 OC graduate) and has two children, Isaac and Olivia. He attends Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he teaches both adults and children.


Chair, Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science

Steve Maher, M.S.E.E.

Chair, Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • B.S.E.E., University of Kansas
  • M.S.E.E., University of Kansas

Area of Interest: Integrated Circuits

“I want to teach bright young Christians, especially those good at math and science, to become great (even world-class) engineers. I love the college environment. I love working with students.” Mr. Maher studies integrated circuit design, debug and failure analysis, and engineering economics and management. He is in the Electronic Device Failure Analysis Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He enjoys coaching youth basketball, traveling, reading, doing puzzles, and playing the tuba. He really enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa and his three children: Marisa, Elizabeth, and Daniel. Mr. Maher attends Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he has served as a Bible class teacher and a Journeyland aide.


Director of Computer Science Advancement

David North, M.S.

Director of Computer Science Advancement

Associate Professor of Computer Science

  • B.S. Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S. Computer Science, University Of Oklahoma

David North has had a distinguished, 30-year career in software development and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He has been an project manager, system architect, computer systems consultant, CTO and COO. He has managed hundreds of software development projects often using cutting-edge technologies and development methods, most recently his work has been in Internet application development. He has also been involved in the startup of several businesses. He is interested in software engineering, web and mobile application development, and he enjoys sailing, photography and travel. He is married to Beverly, and has three children: Michelle, David and Daniel. He also has five grandchildren. Mr. North is a deacon at Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he directs the Capitol Hill Ministry.


Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jeff Bigelow, Ph.D.

Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • B.S., Colorado State University
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana

Area of Interest: Electronics

Dr. Bigelow works at OC because of the students. “I get to help students develop the gifts God has given them and teach them to use those gifts in His service as engineers. I mostly view my job as a mentor and encourager not to give up." He has two daughters: Suzanne and Shannon. He attends Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he has served as a teacher for adult, youth and children classes.


Chair, Mechanical Engineering

Wayne Whaley, Ph.D.

Chair, Mechanical Engineering

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S., Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Dr. Whaley is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  His professional interests include structural fatigue and fracture, mechatronics, vibration, and dynamic system and controls.  Dr. Whaley works at OC “to change the world one engineering student at a time.” He is a retired Colonel, United States Air Force Reserve, has volunteered as a judge for Odyssey of the Mind for the past 15 years and also serves on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) development committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).  He enjoys tinkering with his restored 1930 Model A Ford. He attends Memorial Road Church of Christ where he is an adult Bible class teacher.


Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kenneth Bell, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • B.S.E.E. and C.S., University of Connecticut
  • M.S.C.S., University of Connecticut

Area of Interest: Communication Systems and Robotics

Kenneth Bell comes to OC from a 29 year career with C.S. Draper Laboratory and Lockheed Sanders/BAE Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  There he was involved with the full spectrum of electrical, computer, software, and systems engineering, from RF signals, to digital processing hardware, to software architecture, on small to very large systems.  He has also been involved with FIRST robotics programs for more than a decade. He enjoys working with students, helping them catch the excitement of making things that work!  He also looks forward to the blessings our well prepared students can bring to the church, particularly in regions where young Christian professionals and families are scarce.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and its Computer Society.  He and his wife Sue have three children: Steven, David, and Sarah. Here he attends Britton Road Church of Christ.


Professor of Mathematics

Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University
  • PhD, Oklahoma State University

Jennifer Bryan has an interest in statistics, mathematics education, and mathematics workshops for secondary teachers.  Jennifer is a member of several organizations: Mathematics Association of America, American Statistical Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Kappa Mu Epsilon (the Math Honor Society). She attends Edmond Church of Christ. She also provides statistical consulting for other faculty at OC and area universities.


Professor of Mechanical Engineering

David Cassel, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S.M.E., Louisiana Tech University
  • M.S.M.E., Louisiana Tech University
  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Cassel is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oklahoma. At OC he teaches fluid and thermal-science courses, with his main area of expertise being numerical thermal analysis. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He serves as an EAC of ABET (Engineering Accreditation Commission) team chair on behalf of ASHRAE, and has been a member of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam development committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) since 2005.  Dr. Cassel enjoys rebuilding and tinkering with his Kubota tractor, renovating houses, and fixing anything that breaks. He is a member at Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he has served as a QGroup leader, co-facilitator for the Adult Caregivers' Support Group, co-coordinator for the Magi Project, and member of the Disaster Relief Ministry leadership team.


Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering

Grant Cochenour, B.S., M.S.

Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering

  • B.S., Kansas State University
  • M.S., Kansas State University

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Ralph DeBoard, M.S.

Associate Professor of Computer Science

  • B.A. Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S., Wright State University

Ralph DeBoard learned to love OC as a student when he served as president of the Student Government Association, and was selected to be Mr. Aerie in 1968. He now teaches here for three reasons: "The opportunity to integrate faith and learning, the desire to help OC build an excellent computer science program, and the opportunity to pass on the greatness of our school to new generations of students." DeBoard is interested in algorithm analysis, computer simulation, and processor scheduling algorithms. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He sponsors BIT and the CS programming teams. His favorite memory as a student here was the excitement all over campus when the basketball team won their first national tournament basketball game in 1968. His favorite memories as a faculty member is "having the opportunity to be a part of the graduation ceremonies when each of his children walked across the stage," and "the amazing success of OC's programming teams on their trips to Louisiana State University." He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972 as a scientist in the Foreign Technology Division. He is a member of the America Cichlid Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Aquarium Societies. DeBoard has 64 aquariums, where he breeds rare tropical fish. He enjoys singing and photography. His wife is Brenda, who graduated from OC in 1969. They have three children: Scott, Greg, and Holly, all graduates of OC. He is a deacon at Memorial Road Church of Christ. He is involved in the Capital Hill Lighthouse Ministries, Inner City Ministry, and he is a Bible class teacher


Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Colin Doyle, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • B.S., Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., The University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D., Southern Methodist University

Nic Grounds, M.S.

Adjunct Professor of Computer Science

  • B.S., Computer Science, University of Oklahoma
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Oklahoma

Nic has worked as a software engineer at MSCI Inc., since 2010. He leads a development team with responsibilities including SOA platform development, enhancement and maintenance in Java, and internal tools development in Java, Python, Groovy and Shell scripting. He previously interned at the National Weather Service’s Radar Operation Center and worked at RiskMetrics in Research and Development as a software engineer.


Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Andy Harbert, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • B.S., Louisiana State University
  • M.S., Texas A & M University

Andy Harbert says he works at OC because “it gives me an opportunity to work hard at work worth doing.” He is in the Association for Computing Machinery, and is a sponsor for Omega Psi Omicron (a men’s club), and Beta Iota Tau, the student computer club. His favorite memories at OC “come from hearing the stories of our graduates’ successes.” He and his wife Lorie have two children: Joey and Jenna. He attends The Springs Church of Christ, where he has taught adult and children’s Bible classes, serves as a connections group leader, and is active in benevolence work.


Associate Professor of Mathematics

Craig Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics

  • B.S., Harding University
  • M.S., University of Mississippi
  • Ph.D., Wayne State University

Dr. Craig Johnson is a Professor of Mathematics and has been at OC since 2005.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harding University, his master’s from Ole Miss and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University.  He and his wife Kara were married in 1991 and have four children: Hannah, Sarah, Abigail, and Caleb.  He is a member of the Memorial Road church of Christ and is passionate about overseas mission work.  When he’s not teaching, Dr. Johnson enjoys anything outdoors, specifically running, hiking and camping.  He has completed five marathons and two half-triathlons.  Some of his favorite OC memories are training with colleagues and students on Team OC.  Dr. Johnson also served as the Faculty Association President for 2015 – 2016.


Adjunct Professor of Engineering Sciences

Jay Martin, B.S., M.P.O.

Adjunct Professor of Engineering Sciences

  • B.S., University of Southern California
  • Prosthetics Program, Northwestern University Medical School

Licensed Prosthetist, State of Oklahoma


Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Science

Robert Nix, B.S., M.S., Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Science

  • B.S., Computer Science, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas

OC graduate Robert Nix returned to his alma mater in 2015 after teaching computer science at Lipscomb University. Nix earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He received the Best Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2010, and he was named the Becky J. Tellon Teacher of the Year for Lipscomb’s School of Computing and Informatics in 2014. Nix has also spent more than 10 years performing in gospel quartets.


Adjunct Professor of Engineering Sciences

Peter Patton, A.B., M.A., Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Engineering Sciences

  • A.B., Engineering and Applied Physics Harvard, 1957
  • M.A., Mathematics The University of Kansas, 1959
  • Dr. Ing. (Ph.D.) Maschinenwesen (ME), T. H. Stuttgart 1966

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Kevin Plumlee, Ph.D. Candidate

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S.M.E, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S., Texas A & M
  • Ph.D., Texas A & M (in progress)

Kevin Plumlee is an OC graduate from 2005, and is proud to return home to OC, where he teaches courses on Material Science.  His professional interests include modern materials, bio-engineering, and polymer tribology.  Additionally, Kevin serves as freshman advisor for mechanical engineering students, serves as a sponsor for the social service club Kappa Sigma Tau, and serves on the board for the Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy.  Kevin attends the Edmond Church of Christ, and helps to lead small groups at a local Celebrate Recovery meeting.  He and his wife, Kristi, have two dogs, all of whom frequently make appearances walking the trails around campus.


Professor of Engineering Sciences

Bill Ryan, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering Sciences

  • B.A., California State University
  • M.A., Sam Houston State College
  • Ph.D., University of Texas

Dr. Ryan says, “I enjoy watching students come to life within the Christian environment.” He is a member of the Acoustical Society, and the American Society. He is a co-sponsor for Society for Automotive Engineers. Dr. Ryan is interested in noise and vibration analysis, church building acoustics, and energy analysis. Dr. Ryan enjoys amateur radio (K3RDX) and farming with horses.  His wife is Wilma, and he has two children: Catherine Bradley, and William Wade Ryan III. Dr. Ryan is an elder at Luther Church of Christ. He is also a Bible class teacher, is on the Board of Directors for the Luther Community Service Center, and he also preaches as needed.


Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pat Smith, M.S.

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • B.S., University of Oklahoma
  • M.S., Colorado State University

Area of Interest: Computer and Data Communications

Pat Smith earned the Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert in 1997.  He says his favorite memory so far at Oklahoma Christian is: “The moment one of my students shared the news that he had landed a dream job with Cisco Systems.  We had worked together to prepare him and he did great in the interviews.  He was so excited.”  Smith is the sponsor for Alpha Gamma Omega, and the Eagle Game Group.  He works at OC “to make a difference in the lives of young people.”  He enjoys long distance road cycling and table top games.  He and his wife Virginia have two children: Joshua and Katherine.  Smith attends Memorial Road Church of Christ where he is involved in mission work, adult seminars, and he teaches Bible class.


Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

David Waldo, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • B.S.E., Texas A & M University
  • Ph.D., Drexel University

Area of Interest: Digital Signal Processing

“I work at OC because I want a Christian environment to work in, to live in, and have my children go to school in,” says Dr. Waldo.  Dr. Waldo is interested in biomedical signal processing. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is the sponsor for the IEEE Student Branch.  Dr. Waldo is also a sponsor for Alpha Gamma Omega.  He enjoys Bonsai, Spanish, guitar, and scuba diving.  His wife is Danielle and they have two children: Alex and Hayley.  He attends Edmond Church of Christ where he is a deacon, and the Spanish Bible class leader.


Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Joe Watson, M.S.E.E.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • B.S.E.E., Oklahoma State University
  • M.S.E.E., Oklahoma State University

Area of Interest: Computer Systems

Professor Watson works at OC “to help young people prepare for life.”  He is interested in computer architecture, digital system design, and microprocessor applications.  Watson is a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the IEEE Computer Society.  He came to OC following a 29 year career with Texas Instruments.  His favorite memory of OC is the class that he teaches.  He is also involved in amateur radio and restoration of vacuum tube communications equipment.  Prof. Watson is married to Nancy and they attend Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he is a Brother’s Keeper Leader, and a Bible class teacher.