Faculty and Staff
James P. Keeter School of Engineering
As the engineering program grows, the department will strategically add faculty with diverse skills and interests. For example, we are currently seeking an engineering-physics faculty member to teach both engineering and physics courses. 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
BA, University of Central Missouri, Physics
BS, 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 and Lunde. He then joined CNH, a world leader in agricultural equipment where he oversaw development of new technologies and ran the 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.
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.