Faculty and Accreditation
In the Master’s in Engineering Management program, you’ll be engaged by faculty who are leading practitioners of the profession. New England Tech brings together top specialists from the public sector, industry and academia.
Engineering Management Faculty
Sheila Palmer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Program Director
At New England Institute of Technology, Sheila develops and teaches courses in Mechanical Engineering Technology including Introduction to Engineering, Design Principles, Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Engineering Materials, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Automotive Engineering and Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing. She is actively involved in the implementation of best practices for teaching and in the professional development of other instructors. She has also served on NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation teams for K-12 and higher education institutions.
Prior to joining the faculty at NEIT, Sheila served for several years as Assistant Professor at the United States Naval Academy. In this capacity, she taught undergraduate courses in thermal sciences, design, engineering ethics and materials science. She developed laboratory applications for undergraduate thermal sciences courses and edited the division newsletter for the American Society of Engineering Education.
Sheila also conducted research into effects of fluid properties on refrigerant performance in conventional and absorption heat pump systems (funded, in part, by the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, Office of Naval Research and Naval Academy Research Council). She has published, presented and reviewed technical research papers on absorption refrigeration, alternative refrigerants and engineering education in refereed journals and conferences.
Sheila holds both a Ph.D. and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Tim Henry, PhD, PMP
Tim has a deep background in IT research, teaching, industry and military service. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, a Master's degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and a BS in Mathematics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Tim served as operations officer on a buoy tender out of Portsmouth, VA, and was the Information Resources Manager at the Coast Guard's training center in Yorktown, VA, before becoming a professor of mathematics and computer science at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.
Following his Coast Guard service, Tim devoted his attention to 'bleeding-edge' technology in a research and development environment. These projects involved cellular phones, GPS, interactive 3D visualization projects and touch screen technologies as components of larger integrated systems at a time when those technologies were just coming into the marketplace.
For the next decade he continued to work as a project manager on large corporate- or state-wide information systems. During that time, he obtained his Project Management Professional certification.
For the last fifteen years, he has been in the university setting, first at the University of Rhode Island and now at NEIT. During this time, he was able to perform research on 3D techniques for rapid texture mapping from compressed images and to lend his experience to the design of few interactive 3D projects. He has developed and taught courses in a number of areas including gaming, software engineering, operating systems, digital forensics and cyber security.
Jerry Thibodeaux, M.S.
Jerry holds a BS in Physics and a Master’s degree in Marine Sciences from Louisiana State University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.
Jerry has been a Reliability/Ocean Engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center since 1984. His extensive Reliability Engineering experience includes COLUMBIA Class Reliability, Availability, Maintainability (RAM) team specialist; submarine and surface ship Towed Array Systems RAM team; VIRGINIA Class New Systems RAM team; East Coast Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR(EC)) Program; and NAVSEA 05 Reliability Group.
Jerry’s Ocean Engineering experience includes the design and installation of in-water ranges and the analysis of an autonomous portable range system. He’s also created models for finite element analyses, form/fit analyses of new sensors within a submarine’s sail area, and for conceptual designs of a new surface torpedo launcher mechanism.
Jerry has served as a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) and Assistant Program Manager for a training range refurbishment program. He also served as a COTR for a tracking range new-installation program.
David “DJ” Johnson, MFA
Since 2008, DJ has been an Associate Professor of Game Development and Video Game Design. He is a writer with professional marketing, media and entrepreneurial experience. He’s also adept at prototyping and developing tangible and intangible products of the imagination digitally or in other media such as wood or foam. He applies these multidisciplinary experiences to the craft of game development and design.
Prior to joining NEIT, DJ was Owner and Creative Director of In-Depth, Inc., an independent television production company dedicated to in-depth documentaries and programs with positive economic, social and environmental solutions. He has also served as Chair of the Technology Committee for the R.I. Chapter of the U.S. Building Council, and as a Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for People’s Power & Light.
DJ holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Rhode Island College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Lesley University.
Dean Plowman, MBA
Dean is Department Chair and Assistant Professor of the Electrical, Mechanical, and Welding Engineering Technology Departments.
For nearly 25 years before joining our faculty, Dean served as an Engineering Manager at Motorola Mobility, where he managed of a large group of engineers and technicians. His particular areas of expertise include:
- Technical Leadership
- Project and Program Management
- Leadership (Employee Motivation and Management of Diversity)
- Communication (including Negotiation)
- Team Orientation (including Group Dynamics and Delegation)
- Employee Training and Development
- Conflict Management
- Working with Vendors and/or Manufacturers in Asia
Dean holds a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Roger Williams University and an MBA from Providence College, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air Force’s Air War College.
NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.). Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs.