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School of Technology

Grinstead Building, Room 009
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4436
Fax: 660-543-4578
Email: Dr. Ronnie Rollins

Faculty and Staff

Automotive Technology Management (ATM)

Construction Management (CMGT)

Design & Drafting Technology (CADD)
Engineering Technology (ENGT)
Fashion: Textiles, & Clothing in Business (FAME)
Graphic Technologies (GRAP)

Networking Technology (NET)

Professional Photography (PHOT)
SOT Graduate Programs
Technology Management/Technology Management 2+2 (Transfer)




Dr. Ronnie Rollins - (Chair) Assistant Professor
Internship Coordinator
G 009


For a more in-depth resume, click here.


Susie Pine - Office Professional III
G 009
Delinda Beneke - Accountant I
G 009

Internship Graduate Assistant
G 009


Automotive Technology Management


Dr. Scott Wilson - (Program Coordinator & Assistant Chair) Professor
TRG 318C

Dr. Wilson received his Ph.D. in Career and Technical Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his BS and MS from UCM in Power and Industrial Technology. He became a UCM faculty member in 1983 in the department of Power and Transportation (Aviation, Automotive, & Electronics) and is currently an Assistant Chair in the School of Technology. In addition, Dr. Wilson has served as the Coordinator of the Automotive Technology Management (ATM) program since 1999. During that time the ATM program has received over $1 million in external grants, scholarships and donations including a $750,000 Department of Energy grant to develop a training program for electric and hybrid drive vehicles. Dr. Wilson is an Accredited Fluid Power Instructor, ASE Master Automotive Technician, Certified Technology Manager, as well as an Instrument-rated Private Pilot.

For a more in-depth resume, link is here.

Darren McCrory- Assistant Professor
TRG 110

Darren McCrory is originally from Benton, Missouri graduating from Kelly High School in 1987. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in1988 and retired from Whiteman AFB. In November of 2010. He is a graduate of Community College of the Air Force in Aircraft Armament System Technology, University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology Management with a Minor in Business Administration, University of Central Missouri with a Master’s Degree in Career and Technology Education/Leadership and is currently finishing his Education Specialist Degree in Career and Technology Education from the University of Central Missouri. Darren worked as the Graduate Assistant for the Automotive Department at Central Missouri.

Darren is a member of the AFSA (Air Force Sergeants Association), Am Vets #143 (American Veterans), NACAT (North American Council of Automotive Teachers) and the Warrensburg ELK’s #671, Darren also enjoys fishing and restoring Classic cars.



Alex Richards - Assistant Professor
TRG 112


Alex Richards started his path toward his career at a small junior college.  From there he continued his education to include not only a B.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology from Southern Illinois University, but also a M.S.ed from the highly accredited Workforce Education and Development department there at SIU.  While earning his Masters degree, Alex worked as a graduate assistant for the Automotive Department, where he discovered how much he enjoyed working alongside students, helping them achieve a greater understanding of the subject matter at hand. 

Alex, as an automotive instructor, strives to be not only a mentor, but an asset to his student's education, and specializes in areas of learning that are catered to his students needs, abilities, and requirements.

Mr. Richards also stays involved in student activities as adviser for the UCM Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Here, Mr. Richards assists students in various automotive activities and community service.


For a more in-depth resume, click here.

Bill Whitby - Automotive Lab Manager
TRG 104A



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Construction Management

Kyle Larson - (Program Coordinator) - Assistant Professor

COT 203


Dr. Larson joined the UCM faculty in the fall of 2016 following nine years in both the consulting engineering and transportation industry. He received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. During his time as a graduate student he also taught several classes and this is where he discovered how much he enjoyed teaching and working with college students. He is also a registered professional engineer in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.



Dr. David McCandless - Professor
COT 101


Dr. McCandless has been a faculty member of UCM since 2003.  He is actively involved in the educational process and received his doctorate in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.   He previously owned his own construction company and taught six years at State Fair Community College Career and Technology Center.   


McCandless is an accredited LEED-AP, BD+C and specializes in surveying, building layout, and applied construction practices. 


Curtis Bradford - Assistant Professor
COT 104

Dr. Bradford, joined the faculty in 2011 after spending thirty years building in the residential, commercial, and energy sectors.  His field and management experience are used to enhance classroom learning and student problem solving. Dr. Bradford received a Ph.D. in Technology Management, Construction Management concentration, from Indiana State University.  He is also alumni of the Construction Management program reciving this Bachelor and Master degrees at UCM.  He spcializes in building structures, construction contracts, quality management and project control.

Dr. Bradford is an American Institute of Constructors, Certified Professional Constructor and an ATMAE, Certified Technology Manager.

Steven Bloess - Assistant Instructional Faculty

COT 103
660 543-8867

Mr. Bloess joined the U.C.M. faculty in the fall of 2016.   He brings experience teaching construction management topics from his previous position as the Coordinator of the Construction Management Program at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri.    He also brings field and business experience to the program.  He has worked for A.L. Huber and Son, Overland Park Kansas and owned and operated Bloess Lumber and Hardware in Sedalia, Missouri.


Mr. Bloess received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and his Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.   His thesis addressed methods to measure and improve construction productivity.  He is an OSHA outreach trainer.  Bloess’ areas of emphasis at UCM include construction safety, construction scheduling, building codes, building mechanical systems, heavy equipment and construction materials and methods.

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Design and Drafting Technology

Roya Azimzadeh - (Program Coordinator) - Assistant Professor
G 207E


Roya Azimzadeh is an Assistant Professor of Design and Drafting Technology.  She became a UCM faculty member in 2007.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in E-Learning through Northcentral University and her research emphasis is in the area of E-Learning.  Azimzadeh’s areas of specializations include Architecture, CADD Technology, Technology and Occupational Education, and E-Learning.  Azimzadeh teaches introductory CADD courses.  She is also involved in Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Regarding her professional affiliations, she is a member of The Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).  She has had a number of presentations at ATMAE.


For a more in-depth resume, click here.

John Guin - Assistant Professor

G 207D

Paul Brown- Instructor
G 207

Aaron Schroeder- Instructor
G 207B
Pam Hoyer - Assistant Professor
G 014D

Michael Elliott - Assistant Professor
Office: Grinstead 236

Phone: 660-543-4458


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Engineering Technology

Dr. Troy Ollison - (Program Coordinator) Associate Professor
G 014B

Dr. Jeffrey M. Ulmer - Associate Professor
G 014A

B.S. in Innovative Technologies & B.S. in Technology (Transfer) Faculty Mentor

Dr. Ulmer provides a diverse background from 24 years working in industry within engineering, production management, and quality management disciplines. After adding on eight more years at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Ulmer can help you compose a program of study that will help you complete a degree in the shortest amount of time possible. Note: the Technology (Transfer) degree can be completed TOTALLY ONLINE!

Dr. Ulmer has a Ph.D. from Indiana State University in Technology Management with an emphasis in Manufacturing Systems.

For a more in-depth resume, click here.

Pam Hoyer - Assistant Professor
G 014D
Shelby Scott - Instructor
G 014C

Joseph Berletic - Instructor

TRG 302C


Joseph Berletic is originally from Northfield, Minnesota.  He is currently an Electronics Technology instructor at the University of Central Missouri. He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics in October 2008.  In addition, he earned two Associate of Science degrees from the Community College of the Air Force. The first is an AAS in Aircraft Systems Maintenance Technology and the second is Instructor of Technology and Military Science. 


He graduated in December 2012 with a Master Degree in Technology.  He is currently pursuing his career goal of becoming a college professor.


For a more in-depth resume, click here.

Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Hossain Sadi - Assistant Professor
TRG 302D


Dr. Sadi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis (UofM) in 2016. He worked as a Research Assistant in the Electric Power and Energy Systems (EPES) Lab under the supervision of Dr. Mohd. Hasan Ali. He also received the M.Sc. degree from the same laboratory in 2013. His research interests lie in the areas of Smart Grid, Power Systems, Cyber-Physical Security, Building to Grid Integration, Renewable Energy Systems, and Energy Storage Systems. He has contributed several peer reviewed journal and conference papers in these fields. He received the Building-Grid Integration Research and Development Innovators (BIRD IP) program research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He also worked on different projects collaborating with different universities, national laboratories and organizations like American Public Power Association (APPA).  He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Bangladesh in 2009. He also worked as a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stamford University Bangladesh.

Dr. Sadi's webpage can be viewed here.


Joe Long - Assistant Professor

Joseph D. Long is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at the University of Central Missouri (UCM).  He completed a B.S. in Industrial Technology Manufacturing Management at UCM in 2005, and a M.S. in Technology Education also at UCM in 2007.  He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy in Technology Management from Indiana State University, specializing in Manufacturing Systems, with an interest in Biomimicry.  His courses include: Computer Numerical Control, Robotics and automation, Welding, Machine Tool Technology, Seminar in Engineering Technology, and Engineering Technology Problem Solving.  Prof. Long is the advisor for UCM’s student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and also contributed to the manufacturing of UCM’s Moon Buggy for the NASA Moon Buggy Competition at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama in the spring of 2017.

He has recently published an article titled BIO-INSPIRATION: AN INDISPENSIBLE TOOL IN MANUFACTURING DESIGN, which will be featured in Insights to a Changing World Journal Critical Thinking Series, Volume 2017 Issue 3 (September 15, 2017).  The article includes an interview with Dr. Stuart Burgess BSc (Eng.) PhD CEng FIMechE, Professor of Engineering Design at the University of Bristol (UK), and highlights the use of Biomimicry, which is the imitation of life’s designs, in manufacturing problem solving. 

He brings ten years of experience as a High School Industrial Technology Instructor in the Blue Springs School District from 2006 to 2016.  He completed an International Internship at Advanced Engineering Techniques in Sheffield, England in 2004.  Professor Long’s skills include manufacturing systems, engineering design, electronics, materials processing, robotics, CNC equipment, and 3D printing.


Ryan Sassmann - Graduate Assistant (Teaching)
G 009

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Fashion: Textiles & Clothing in Business

Melissa Abner - (Program Coordinator) Assistant Professor

G 215


Melissa Abner, Instructor- After completing a bachelor’s degree in Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Columbia in Missouri, Abner worked in the fashion industry for 5 years before returning to UCM to get a Master’s in Education.  She has helped redesign the curriculum for the Fashion and Apparel Merchandising program at UCM and helps advise and recruit students.  Abner teaches Fashion Buying, Fashion Entrepreneurship, Visual Merchandising and Promotion, Sustainability for Consumer Products, Product Development, and Materials for Interior Furnishings among other classes.  She also supervises students working on site during Professional Work Experience in the summer. 

Abner is active in the sustainability initiative on campus and helps produce the Haute Trash Fashion Show each spring.  Abner is a registered buyer and attends market to purchase items for a family business as well as managing the website and social media presence. 


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Erica Spurgeon - Instructor
G 226

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Graphic Technologies


Dr. Mark L. Rankin - (Program Coordinator) Professor
G 103B


B.S. in Graphic Technologies program coordinator

Dr. Rankin’s areas of specializations within the graphic communications field include flexographic printing technologies, screen printing technologies, digital wide format ink jet printing, prepress workflow and software applications, color management, and production planning for the commercial and publication printing industries. He resumed the role of GT program coordinator in the summer of 2013, having previously served in that position for seven years.


Dr. Rankin completed his twenty-fifth year with the UCM Graphic Technologies program in May 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree at Morehead State University and his Master of Science degree at Purdue University. He graduated from Clemson University in 1988 with a Doctor of Education degree in Vocational and Technical Education.

David Barabas - Assistant Professor
GSB 103

Shannon Schroeder - Instructor
G 113A


Elmer Ragus- Instructor

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Networking Technology


Dr. Ronnie Rollins - Assistant Professor
TRG 318E


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  Shawn Bentley - (Program Coordinator) - Instructor
TRG 302E
  Jeff Banhart - Adjunct Faculty

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Professional Photography


Dr. Thomas Mitchell - (Program Coordinator) Associate Professor
G 105F

Ed.D. University of Missouri-Columbia, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
M.S. University of Central Missouri, Industrial Vocational Technical Education - Emphasis in Photography
B.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City, Communications, Political Science Avila College, Art and Photography studies


Professional Organizations:
ASMP, American Society of Media Photographers (Midwest chapter board member)


Dr. Mitchell has been with the university since 1994, the first ten years as Manager of Photography in University Relations, the remainder as an instructor in the photography area. Currently he is the instructor of record for mostly upper level courses including the capstone business management and portfolio classes. His interests include traditional darkroom photography, fine art printing, iPhone and tablet imaging, and student learning and reading competencies. Dr. Mitchell has been a professional photographer for almost 30 years with experience in commercial, editorial, sports, portrait, public relations and fine art photography. He is professionally qualified in all formats of conventional and digital capture.

Jeremy Underwood - Assistant Professor
G 105A

M.F.A. University of Houston, Photography & Digital Media
B. S. University of Central Missouri, Photography
International Studies in Photography, University of Central Lancashire, England

Professional Organizations:
CAA, College Art Association
SPE, Society for Photographic Education
PPA, Professional Photographers of America
WPPI, Wedding & Portrait Photographers International

Jeremy Underwood has an extensive knowledge of the photographic process and commercial business practices as seen in a decade long commercial photography career.  A sampling of his portfolio would reveal work with a studio known for photographing Fortune 500 corporate executives to coverage of society’s elite’s weddings and events.  His creative work embodies our complicated relationship with the environment and the contemporary landscape, focusing on the tension between nature and culture shaping these physical spaces.  Jeremy has been published in Photo District News, Wired Magazine and named an emerging talent by Lens Culture magazine. He has received a number of grants and fellowships from such institutions as the Society for Photographic Education, the University of Houston and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Recent exhibitions include the Houston Center for Photography, Fotofest and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Jeremy has been awarded residency at Yaddo, one of the oldest and most competitive artist residencies in the United States. His recent research project entails collaboration with the Colorado Art Ranch, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and the US Fish and Wildlife, exploring wilderness stewardship along Massachusetts’s marine and coastal region.

Robert Breshears - Instructor

G 105D

M.A. University of Central Missouri, Mass Communications
B.S. University of Central Missouri, Photography
A.A. State Fair Community College, Educational Studies
A.A.S. Community College of the Air Force, Airway Science


Professional Organizations:
NPPA, National Press Photographers Association
APA, American Photographic Artist


Robert combines his passion for photography with things he loves in life. He has carried his camera equipment to over 20 countries and on wilderness backpacking trips in 13 states, Canada and New Zealand. He has been shooting university athletics for ten years. At UCM he has taught Nature, Editorial, Creative, Portrait, Investigative, Digital Imaging, and Introduction to Photography.


Jessica Sommerkamp - Graduate Assistant
G 105E

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SOT Graduate Programs


Dr. Ronald Woolsey - (Program Coordinator) Professor
G 009F



M.S. in Industrial Management coordinator

M.S. in Technology coordinator

Ph.D. in Technology Management consortium coordinator 


A member of UCM's faculty since 1998, Woolsey can provide you with information and advisement about the School of Technology graduate programs both online and on campus opportunities. He specializes in management and operations of the industrial enterprise. He is a Certified Senior Technology Manager and is especially versed in distance learning, curriculum development, data analysis, six sigma quality and lean techniques. His background includes industrial experience as an engineering manager, assistant plant engineering, maintenance supervisor, and draftsperson along with P-21classroom teaching experience. He can help you with career advancement, admissions and advisement toward a doctorate in Technology Management.

Woolsey has his Ph.D. in Industrial Technology and Education from Iowa State University with specializations in automation, hydraulics, and computer integrated manufacturing. He is a licensed private pilot with an instrument rating. His professional memberships in technology and management include: the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society for Quality, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Epsilon Pi Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. His awards include recognition by his ATMAE peers as Outstanding University Professor in 1991 and 2003. He was selected for the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology award by the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in 2003. He serves as a reviewer for professional publications, national accreditation team member, and as a national consultant for higher education.

Dr. Suhansa (Sue) Rodchua - Associate Professor

TRG 318D


Suhansa (Sue) Rodchua, associate professor – Sue teaches graduate programs in Industrial Management and Technology. She has published books and articles in the area of Quality Costs in Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, and Online Curriculum Development.  She holds professional certificates of PMI-PMP, ASQ-CMQ/OE and ATMAE – CTM. Sue also serves as an advisor of ASQ – UCM Student Chapter.


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Dr. Cynthia Horta-Martinez - Instructor

TRG 318K


Ms. Horta is an instructor for the graduate programs at the School of Technology. She just completed her Ph.D. in Technology Management with a specialization in Manufacturing at Indiana State University in 2016. She obtained a Master of Science in Industrial Management at UCM in 2004 and has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey – Campus Estado de Mexico in 2002.

Ms. Horta has worked in education and industry since 2003 and her knowledge and expertise is what makes her a great instructor for the Industrial Management and Technology programs at UCM.


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Joleen Byerline- Instructor
TRG 318G


Reece Holcomb - Instructor
Summit Center


Will Ford - Instructor

  Tommy Johnson - Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Maroua Regragui - Graduate Assistant
TRG 318L

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Technology Management/Technology Management 2+2 (Transfer)


Dr. Jeffrey M. Ulmer - Associate Professor
G 014A

B.S. in Innovative Technologies & B.S. in Technology (Transfer) Faculty Mentor

Dr. Ulmer provides a diverse background from 24 years working in industry within engineering, production management, and quality management disciplines. After adding on eight more years at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Ulmer can help you compose a program of study that will help you complete a degree in the shortest amount of time possible. Note: the Technology (Transfer) degree can be completed TOTALLY ONLINE!

Dr. Ulmer has a Ph.D. from Indiana State University in Technology Management with an emphasis in Manufacturing Systems.

For a more in-depth resume, click here.

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