Schneider named associate dean in engineering

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering and Architecture

Schneider-John-2014-80PULLMAN, Wash. – John Schneider has been named associate dean for undergraduate programs and student services for the College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University.

An associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, he has been with WSU since 1991. He conducts research in the areas of acoustics, optics and electromagnetics; wave propagation and scattering; computer solutions to electromagnetic and acoustic problems; and remote sensing.

He has received outstanding teaching and research awards from the school and was recipient of a prestigious U.S. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. In 2012, he was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where he was recognized for contributions to the field of computational electromagnetics.

“He has served the college for a number of years, including providing critical leadership for several accreditation reviews,” said Dean Candis Claiborn. “He will be a valuable addition to the college administration.’’

Schneider’s research entails the application and enhancement of a technique, the finite-difference time-domain method, which is used in disciplines ranging from physics to engineering to medicine. For example, it has been used with patient-specific microwave treatment of cancer, to study cell phone electromagnetic energy coupling to the human body and as a design tool for a host of electrical devices, such as RF ID tags used throughout the retail industry and antennas used on satellites.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington in electrical engineering.

Bob Olsen, who has served as associate dean since 2003, will return to his faculty position.



John Schneider, WSU College of Engineering and Architecture,

Tina Hilding, WSU College of Engineering and Architecture communications, 509-335-5095,