Engineering Technology

The Faculty and Staff

Elke Howe - Department Head

Dr. Elke Howe

Chair, Professor, Engineering Technology
At MSSU since 2001

  • Doctorate (Ed.D.), University of Arkansas
  • Master’s (M.B.A.), Pittsburg State University
  • Bachelor’s (B.S.E.T.), Pittsburg State University
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Dr. Howe serves as department head and teaches a variety of Engineering Technology courses including Six Sigma Methodology, Applied Statistical Quality Control, Design of Experiments, Intro to Industrial Engineering Technology, Industrial Supervision, and Senior Seminar. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Howe worked in the manufacturing sector as process and sales engineer.


Francis Bartholet

Dr. Francis Bartholet

Associate Professor
At MSSU since 1987

  • Doctorate (Ed.D.), Nova Southeastern University
  • Master’s (M.Ed.), University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor’s (B.S.), St. Cloud State University

Dr. Bartholet’s area of expertise is in the field of 3D design drafting and graphics. He holds a doctoral degree is in the fields of Instructional Design and Distance Education. He teaches in a variety of areas including Engineering Graphics I, Engineering Graphics II, Intro to 3D CAD, Technical Illustration, Architectural Drafting, and Plant Layout and Design. He is also a certified Autodesk Trainer.


Claudia Koch

Claudia KochAssistant Professor
At MSSU since 2008

  • Master’s (M.Sc.), Pittsburg State University
  • Bachelor’s (B.Sc.), Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany 

Claudia Koch joined the department in 2008 with broad educational and 14 years of industrial experience. Her areas of specialty lie in the field of metallurgy, material properties, and heat treatment which be reflecting into taught courses including Introduction to Machine Tool Practices, Principles and Application of CNC Programming, Energy Technology, Engineering Materials, Manufacturing with Metals, and Basic Electricity Electronics. Prior to her joining the IET department, Mrs. Koch worked in multiple areas of manufacturing as a Metallurgist and Process Engineer.


James Marsh

Jim MarshAssistant Professor
At MSSU since 2011

  • Master’s (MBA), Lawrence Technological University
  • Bachelor’s (B.S.), Worcester Polytechnic University 

Jim Marsh has worked in the Automotive Industry for 25 years gaining experience in engineering, production, and management. Jim specialized in development of automation and robotics applications, including installation and operation of assembly line production. As the Lean Production Manager, Jim led Mercedes Benz production facility to implement lean manufacturing tools across the plant to improve overall quality and efficiency.


Nancy Koon

Ms. Nancy Koon serves as the department secretary.