Rodney S. Ridley, Sr., Ph.D. has been named Division Director of Engineering and Physics for Wilkes University’s College of Science and Engineering. In his new position, he will be responsible for overseeing undergraduate mechanical and electrical engineering and graduate engineering programs at the University.
Wilkes offers undergraduate degrees in applied and engineering sciences, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and earth sciences, engineering management, and mechanical engineering. Graduate engineering study includes master’s degree programs in electrical engineering and engineering operations and strategy. An engineering management degree is available through the master of business administration program.
“We are pleased to have an engineer with Rod Ridley’s combination of research, teaching and professional experience,” says Dale A. Bruns, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science and Engineering. “His experience in industry will be especially valuable to our students as he brings real-life experience to the classroom. It also will be helpful in building relationships with industry for students participating in our co-operative education program available to junior engineering majors.”
Ridley has worked as an engineer in process development in the semi-conductor industry for more than a decade. Most recently he was director of device and process development for Velox Semiconductor Corporation in Somerset, N.J. He previously held engineering positions with Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland, Maine, and with Discrete Power Development Group of Mountaintop, Pa.
He served as an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at Wilkes University from 1998 to 2005, when he acted as thesis advisor and committee chair for several master’s degree candidate students. He also taught a senior/graduate level course in power semi-conductor devices.
He holds 17 U.S. patents for the development of semi-conductors, processes and equipment. Ridley’s areas of expertise in engineering includethermal oxidation, wafer cleaning, diffusion, CVD, metrology, materials analysis, electrical testing (C-V, I-V, Qbd, Vth, etc), contamination monitoring, FMEA, TS/QS/ISO internal auditing, WLR, and wafer thinning. He also has served as a liaison between universities and corporations, managing sponsored research programs.
Ridley holds a doctorate in engineering science and mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, also from Penn State; and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Lincoln University.
About Wilkes University:
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Providing a sense of values and civic responsibility, Wilkes encourages its students to welcome the opportunities and challenges of a diverse and continuously changing world.