Montana State University

College of Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820

Tel: (406) 994-2272
Fax: (406) 994-6665
Location: 212 Roberts Hall

Program Director:

Julian Collins

TEAMS Advisory Board 2015

Mike Berry, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Montana State University

Mike Berry's research interests include reinforced concrete behavior and design; earthquake engineering; use of alternative (recycled) materials in structural application; and effect of cold on structural behavior and durability. He has been a member of Montana State University's Civil Engineering faculty since August 2011.


Joel Cahoon

Joel Cahoon, Professor and Coordinator, Civil Engineering, Montana State University

Joel Cahoon's expertise is water resources engineering. He has been a faculty member in MSU's Civil Engineering faculty since 1995. He has also served as MSU's associate director of its Honors College and Civil Engineering interim department head. In 2014, he provided professional mentorship to MSU's Engineers Without Borders student chapter, which is helping Kenyans provide clean water and sanitary facilities to primary schools in Khwisero.

Julian Collins

Julian Collins, Associate Director of Designing Our Community (DOC) and American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO)

Julian Collins is Montana State University’s College of Engineering Associate Director of Designing Our
Community (DOC) and American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO). Collins was program coordinator for American Indian Research Opportunities at MSU in Bozeman prior to joining the college. Before that, he was a full-time substitute teacher who coached football and basketball teams at St. Labre Catholic Indian School in Ashland, Mont. Collins has a bachelor of the arts degree in sociology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. DOC partners with Native American communities in the northern Rockies and the northern Great Plains regions. These partnerships have led to MSU’s position among the nation’s most successful universities in graduating Native American students in engineering and computer science.

Paul Gannon

Paul Gannon, Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University

Dr. Gannon’s research interests include materials science and engineering for advanced energy technologies (see publications page). Through various research and development positions, Dr. Gannon has professional experience at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Arcomac Surface Engineering, LLC, Insight Energy Solutions, LLC, and Montana State University, and currently enjoys an international collaborative network of scientists and engineers from industry, national laboratories and academia.

Paul earned his Ph.D. in Engineering from MSU in 2007 (under Prof. Max Deibert) investigating solid oxide fuel cell interconnects, protective coatings and advanced physical vapor deposition technologies.  Dr. Gannon continued to work with Prof. Deibert as a Research Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department through August 2008, when he became an Assistant Professor. Since 2008, Paul has directed the high-temperature energy materials laboratory, and integrates research and education related to energy conversion systems and materials.

Mary Leonard

Mary Leonard, Assistant Professor, Science Education, Montana State University

Developing science understanding through model-based inquiry in the elementary grades

Dr. Mary Leonard brings an extensive background in science to MSU. A native of Helena, Montana, Leonard received bachelor degrees in biology and computer science from the University of Montana. She earned both a master’s and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to pursuing her educational goals, Leonard served 20 years in the military, with seven years of active duty including in Desert Storm. After active duty, Leonard worked in the corporate world in Atlanta for five years in global telecommunications doing research and development related to software engineering. While in the reserves and working on her doctorate, she taught in the ROTC program at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. Upon retiring from the army as a lieutenant colonel, she continued conducting post-doctoral work at Wisconsin focusing on learning in science, technology, engineering and math K-12. She teaches elementary science methods classes and educational psychology/adolescent development. Her research focuses on developing science understanding through model-based inquiry in the elementary grades.

Rob Maher

Rob Maher, Professor and Department Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and Affiliate Professor of Music Technology Department of Music, Montana State University

Dr. Rob Maher joined the Montana State ECE faculty in August, 2002. He holds a BS degree from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana, all in Electrical Engineering. His research and teaching interests are in the area of digital signal processing, with particular emphasis on applications in digital audio, digital music synthesis, and acoustics. Dr. Maher became ECE Department Head on August 1, 2007. Dr. Maher was a faculty member with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, from 1989-1996 (tenured in 1995). He joined EuPhonics, Inc., of Boulder, Colorado, in 1997, and was named Vice President of Engineering. When EuPhonics was subsequently acquired by 3Com Corporation in November, 1998, Dr. Maher remained with 3Com-U.S. Robotics as Engineering Manager for Audio Product Development until July, 2001. He also started a successful audio software engineering consulting company (2000-present), and he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with the University of Colorado-Boulder (2001-2002). Dr. Maher is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ASA, ASEE, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi (MSU chapter co-chair).

Stephen Sofie

Stephen Sofie, Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Montana State University

Innovative Ceramic Processing, Microstructure/Nano Structure Engineering, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, High Temp. Piezoelectrics, High Temp. Superconductors, Thermoelectrics, and Photoluminescent Ceramics