John Tatarko

Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), 2015, University of Louisville
M.S. (Electrical Engineering), 2013, University of Louisville
M.S. (Chemical Engineering), 2010, Cleveland State University
B.S. (Chemical Engineering), 2008, Cleveland State University

Dr. Tatarko joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2017. He teaches separation processes, reactor design, material science and chemical engineering thermodynamics, along with courses in environmental engineering.

During his career, he has conducted research in several subject areas, including thermodynamics, nanoparticle-infused base oils and lean manufacturing in the chemical process industry. He has presented at professional conferences held at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Notre Dame, among others.

Dr. Tatarko is the owner and president of KMD Precisioneering, a project management firm for projects in developing countries. Working with Pentair Corporation, he oversaw the design, manufacture and construction of all components for a reverse-osmosis water desalinization plant for the island nation lf Trinidad-Tobago. This is the first plant of its kind for the country and is improving the residents’ lives.

From 2006 to 2008, he was an Ohio Space Grant Scholar. In 2007, he received the Academic Excellence Award from Cleveland University. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Society of Automation (ISA).  

JT, as many know him, is a proponent of lifelong learning and is currently studying theology at St. Meinrad’s Seminary in Indiana.

He is the parent of five adult children and grandparent to 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

One of Dr. Tatarko’s favorite Bible verses is Matthew 11:29, “Learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”