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Faculty, Staff, Facilities and Equipment


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James P. Keeter School of Engineering

As the engineering program grows, the department is strategically adding faculty with diverse skills and interests.  Additionally, our advisory board consists of regional professionals who guide us to ensure our graduates meet the expectations of today’s multidisciplinary job market.

Geoff Akers, Associate Professor of Engineering

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas

Dr. Akers is a native of Eminence, MO, and joined the College in the Fall of 2016 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force.  He is a radar and survivability expert with over 20 years of experience in research, development, and testing of military systems, including four years of teaching and research experience at the Air Force Institute of Technology.  Dr.  Akers has 17 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) published journal and conference papers. 


Cris Hanson, Engineering Laboratory Director

B.A., University of Central Missouri, Physics
B.S., Missouri University of Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering
MBA, University of Chicago

Mr. Hanson joined the College in the fall of 2016 to oversee the creation of the Dee Ann White Engineering Center.  Mr. Hanson started his career overseeing the retrofit of nuclear power plant control rooms for Sargent & Lundy.  He then joined CNH, a world leader in agricultural equipment where he oversaw development of new technologies with responsibilities for world-wide cotton, sugar cane, and coffee harvester business.  He subsequently applied his passion for process improvement to an educational tutoring business and wireless access control company.  Mr. Hanson supervises student workers in the engineering and agricultural technology work stations.


Heather Kramer, Associate Professor of Engineering

B.S. University of Missouri, Agricultural Mechanization (Food Processing)
M.S. University of Missouri, Biological Engineering

Ms. Heather Kramer joined the engineering department in 2018 after working for Thermo Fisher Scientific and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics for 12 years in various roles supporting the biopharmaceutical and cell therapy industry.  Her positions include managing applications engineering and single-use hardware teams, engineer for advanced technology, as well as regulatory surveillance and advocacy. Ms. Kramer has been a member of regulatory focused organizations such as ASTM, ASME and ISPE.


Mark Nowack, Associate Professor and Director of Engineering

B.S. The Pennsylvania State University, Mechanical Engineering
M.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, Aeronautical Engineering
Ph.D. Cambridge University, Engineering

Dr. Nowack joined College of the Ozarks as the first engineering faculty in 2015.  Following graduation from Penn State, he spent 20 years in the Air Force in a variety of engineering and technical management positions in the United States and Japan.  He subsequently consulted to a major defense contractor and then to government programs ranging from ground vehicles to air and space vehicles as well as design and manufacturing research.  He continues to consult in the area of automation for ground and air vehicles.  He was on the faculty of the US Air Force Academy for five years and the advisory board for the East Carolina University engineering program.  He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Missouri.

Facilities and Equipment

Engineering BuildingCollege staff and student workers are making good progess on the Dee Ann White Engineering Center.  Work on this first portion of the engineering complex is expected to be complete in the fall of 2018.

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