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Dr. John Vadnal, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering


  • Ph.D. in Mechanics & Hydraulics, University of Iowa
  • M.S. in Mechanics & Hydraulics
  • M.S. in Applied Mathematics
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Florida



While a graduate student, Dr. Vadnal 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. Dr. Vadnal’s primary work responsibilities included contaminant transport modeling in surface waters and Probable Maximum Flood studies within river and reservoir systems.

Dr. Vadnal has 18 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 and Graduate Program Director 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 49 different college courses. Dr. Vadnal has also been an adjunct instructor at High Point University, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Florida Community College – Jacksonville, and Central Virginia Community College.

Dr. Vadnal joined the School of Engineering (SOE) as the Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Engineering. He is currently overseeing the Institutional Effectiveness requirements and the ABET accreditation process for SECS and teaches several of the engineering courses.  He is a Program Evaluator for ABET and has presented an accreditation workshop at the 2013, 2014, and 2015 ABET Symposiums.

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