Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering

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STEM in K-12

Engineering and robotics for K-12

Robotics

Computer electronics

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Greg Nordstrom
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering – Vanderbilt University
M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering – University of Tennessee Space Institute
B.S. Electrical Engineering – Arizona State University
 
Awards
Outstanding Academic Educator in Computer Science –1996
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, twice decorated – 1980, 1996
Arnold AFB Company Grade Officer of the Year – 1992
General Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. Award of Merit – 1987
 
Professional Experience
Lead Software Architect at Thermo Electron Corporation – 5 years
Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University – 5 years
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the United States Air Force Academy – 4 years
Research and Development Engineering Officer at the Arnold Engineering Development Centre – 7 years
 
Professional Information
Holds a patent for “Data-Centric Automation” – 2003
Founder of Northstream Research
Published several scientific articles in journals and at conferences such as:
 • ASEE-SE Regional Conference 
 • Journal of Universal Computer Science
 • Tenth Annual Southeastern Small College Computing Conference
 
Interesting Information
Conducts annual robotics camp for middle and high schoolers
Plays piano and guitar

John Pettit
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education
B.E. Electrical Engineering – Vanderbilt University
M.S. Electrical Engineering – University of Kentucky
 
Awards
IPD Division Award for Outstanding Technological Management – 1994
Lexmark Make It Happen Vision Award – 1996, 1997
IBM Outstanding Innovation Award – 1984
 
Professional Experience
IBM/Lexmark corporation – 30 years
Holds two U.S. patents for his integrated circuit activity
Served as a professional engineer in Tennessee – 2 years
 
Interesting Information
Served on an engineering team that built and installed a radio repeater system for clinics to use to communicate in Honduras