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Dr. R. Shane Ritter takes helm of Department of Engineering

Posted: Feb 12, 2014

Dr. Ritter
Olivet announces the appointment of Dr. R. Shane Ritter as the new chair of the Department of Engineering, effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Ritter has 25 years of experience in the engineering design industry, and is the owner and director of electrical engineering with Ritter Engineering, P.C. He is also a licensed professional engineer in 38 states and Canada, and has served as the director of electrical engineering/principle electrical engineer with Perigon International. Both companies are based in the Charlotte, N.C., area.

As department chair and professor of electrical engineering, Dr. Ritter steps into a booming engineering program where student enrollment has tripled within the last five years. To accommodate the growing program, engineering design labs and a new three-story wing dedicated to the study of technology and innovation are being added to Olivet’s Reed Hall of Science.

“We are excited to have Dr. Shane Ritter joining Olivet’s faculty,” said Dr. Houston Thompson, dean of the School of Professional Studies. “He brings a diverse and rich background of engineering experience that will serve our students well. He is passionate about missions, enabling us to continue our focus on ‘missioneering’ — connecting engineers and missions.”

Dr. Ritter will help train young engineers for leading companies, mission organizations and the world. “As Christian engineers, we are to apply our knowledge and training for the purpose of bringing hope to the hopeless in the name of Jesus Christ,” he said. “I’m excited about this opportunity to influence young engineers in realizing this goal and approach in their lives.”

Dr. Ritter’s entire professional and academic career has involved working with and studying light. Since 2006, he has conducted research in the field of meta-materials and their effects on light and electromagnetic waves. The ultimate goal is to develop the perfect lens and cloaking materials. Both of these efforts involve the development of new types of materials that can be produced using MakerBot or 3D printers.

He is also working with Dr. Michael Fiddy of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte to write “An Introduction to Inverse Imaging from Scattered Fields” — a senior- to graduate-level textbook for engineering, physics and/or mathematics students and professionals.

Dr. Ritter holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

He is certified as a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) by the Building Industry Consulting Service International; holds the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) Lighting Certification; and is a USGBC (U.S Green Building Council) LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

During his professional career, Dr. Ritter has also worked for Padia Consulting; Syska Hennessy Group; TLC Engineering for Architecture; and Harrell, Mantai & Hopper, P.C. (formerly Telesis Solutions). He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for ITT Technical Institute and the University of Phoenix.

He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of eight children and have one grandson.
 
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