Byron Newberry, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Professor of Mechanical and Graduate Engineering

  • B.S.M.E., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S.M.E., University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan

Office: PEC 203
Office phone: 405.425.5428
Email: Byron Newberry

Dr. Newberry is the Chair of the Graduate School of Engineering and also serves as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His main academic interests are structural analysis, mechanical design, and dynamics systems & controls. He belongs to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Society of Engineering Educators. He says, "I am an OC grad (1991) and I personally know the value of an OC engineering education. I want to help others experience that same success." He is married to Tamera (1990 OC graduate) and has two children, Isaac and Olivia. He attends Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he teaches both adults and children. He is also a member of the HIM worker committee.

Wayne Whaley, Ph.D.wayne whaley

Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S., Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Office: PEC 211
Office phone: 405.425.5424
Email: Wayne Whaley

Dr. Whaley is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  His professional interests include structural fatigue and fracture, mechatronics, vibration, and dynamic system and controls.  Dr. Whaley works at OC “to change the world one engineering student at a time.” He is a retired Colonel, United States Air Force Reserve, has volunteered as a judge for Odyssey of the Mind for the past 15 years and also serves on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) development committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).  He enjoys tinkering with his restored 1930 Model A Ford. He attends Memorial Road Church of Christ where he is an adult Bible class teacher.

David Cassel, Ph.D.david cassel

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S.M.E., Louisiana Tech University
  • M.S.M.E., Louisiana Tech University
  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Office: PEC 216
Office phone: 405.425.5402
Email: David Cassel

Dr. Cassel is registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Oklahoma. He teaches fluid and thermal-science courses, and his chief area of expertise is numerical thermal analysis. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). After 14 years as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) program evaluator (PEV), he has also been appointed to the ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC).He serves on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) development committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).  Dr. Cassel enjoys rebuilding and tinkering with his Kubota sub-compact tractor, renovating houses, and fixing anything that breaks. He is a member at Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he serves as a QGroup leader, co-facilitator for the Adult Caregivers' Support Group, co-coordinator for the Magi Project, and member of the Disaster Relief Ministry leadership team.

Bill Ryan, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering Sciences

  • B.A., California State University
  • M.A., Sam Houston State College
  • Ph.D., University of Texas

Office: PEC 217
Office phone: 405.425.5441
Email: Bill Ryan

Dr. Ryan says, “I enjoy watching students come to life within the Christian environment.” He is in the Acoustical Society, and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. He is the sponsor for Society for Automotive Engineers. Dr. Ryan is interested in noise and vibration analysis, church building acoustics, and energy analysis. He is the Co-Chair for Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering. Dr. Ryan enjoys amateur radio and farming with horses and cattle. His wife is Wilma, and he has two children: Catherine Bradley, and William Wade Ryan III. Dr. Ryan is an elder at Luther Church of Christ. He is also a Bible class teacher, he is on the Board of Directors for the Luther Community Center, and he also preaches as needed.

Kevin Plumlee, Ph.D. CandidateKPlumlee

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S.M.E, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S., Texas A & M
  • Ph.D., Texas A & M (in progress)

Office: PEC 222
Office phone: 405.425.5445
Email: Kevin Plumlee

Kevin Plumlee is an OC graduate from 2005, and is proud to return home to OC as the newest faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering department.  He is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and his professional interests include material science, bio-engineering, and polymer tribology.  He and his wife, Kristi, have two dogs, all of whom frequently make appearances walking the trails around campus.  Kevin attends Oakdale Church of Christ, and serves on the board for the local greyhound rescue organization, Hounds of the Heartland.

Bradley Buxton, Col (Ret), USAFBuxton

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.S., Air Force Instituted of Technology
  • M.S., Troy State University in Europe

Email: Bradley Buxton

Bradley Buxton recently retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel after 25-years of active duty serving as a Research and Development Aeronautical Engineer.  Brad was born in Pocatello, Idaho and graduated from Butte County High School in 1984.  He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ as an Air Force ROTC scholarship student and graduated with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering to earn his commission in 1989 and entered active duty.  Brad also earned his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Instituted of Technology and his M.S. in Management from Troy State University in Europe.  He is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officers School.  Brad’s 25 years of engineering practice in the Air Force covered the product life-cycle including basic research to fill technology gaps, designs to meet warfighting requirements, test and evaluation, sustainment during operations, and disposal.  Application included nuclear weapon systems such as Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, bombers (B2 & B52), U.S./NATO fighters (F15E & F16), and nuclear weapon handling and storage equipment; airframe technology including personal research in aeroelasticity for flutter prediction; missile defense; and space systems.  As a commander he was responsible for the operation of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites and engineering support for nuclear weapon systems where he also served as the Chief Engineer for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center.  During his last assignment Brad served as the Chief Engineer for Space Superiority protecting warfighting capabilities in space such as GPS, missile warning, and military satellite communications.  He served as a staff officer at the Pentagon and Headquarters U.S. Air Force in Europe.  Brad had the privilege of mentoring many young engineering officers during his Air Force career and is excited to work with the engineering students at Oklahoma Christian as a member of the mechanical engineering faculty.  Brad is married to the former Ann Louise Crowley and they have six children.  Ann is a credentialed educator and has homeschooled their children these past 20 years during their many military moves.  Their oldest children are both students at OC.

Collin Prockprock

Adjunct Instructor of Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S.M.E, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.S.M.E, Oklahoma Christian University

Email: Collin Prock

Collin has been an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma Christian University since 2011.  Collin has a B.S. (2006) and M.S. (2011) in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma Christian University and is passionate about giving back to his university and preparing students for their future careers in engineering. He has taught ENGR 1252 Introduction to Solid Modeling and MECH 4743/4753 Systems Design.  For his day job, Collin works for Autoquip Corporation.  Autoquip develops and sells industrial lifting equipment solutions that enable companies to efficiently improve the working interface between people and the materials they must move to reduce injury, increase productivity, and eliminate wasted motion. As a project engineer, Collin has extensive experience in planning, designing and delivery of integrated mechanical, hydraulic and control systems.   He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oklahoma, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  Collin is a member of the Memorial Road Church of Christ, and attends the Christian Couples class. Collin and his wife Mariah have three children, Brady age 5, Carter age 3 and Sydnee age 1.