Dr. John Vadnal

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Dr. John Vadnal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering
School of Engineering and Computational Sciences

PLTW Principles of Engineering Instructor


John Vadnal received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, MS in Mechanics & Hydraulics, MS in Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Mechanics & Hydraulics from the University of Iowa. While a graduate student, he participated in a summer engineering program at the Von Karman Institute of Fluid Dynamics in Brussels, Belgium, and a year-long engineering program at Kyoto University, Japan.

He worked ten years as an engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Duke Power Company, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and was an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. While at TVA, he was actively involved in the Tennessee Section of ASCE and editor of its statewide publication, The TennASCE Engineer. His engineering work included contaminant transport modeling in surface waters and Probable Maximum Floods studies within river and reservoir systems.

He also has 16 years of academic and administrative experience within Christian institutions. He served as the Chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics at Tennessee Temple University, Academic Dean at Trinity Baptist College, and Associate Dean of the General Education component of the Distance Learning Program at Liberty University.

He has presented workshops in various subjects at ten annual state and regional Christian Educator Conventions, and has taught over forty different college courses.

Dr. Vadnal has also been an adjunct instructor for High Point University, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Florida Community College – Jacksonville, and Central Virginia Community College.

Dr. Vadnal joined the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences (SECS) in 2008 as the Associate Dean. He is currently an Associate Professor and overseeing the Institutional Effectiveness requirements and the ABET accreditation process for SECS and teaches several of the engineering courses.