Engineering Faculty

Our Faculty

Dr. Emre SelviDr. Emre Selvi

Director, School of Engineering and Technology, Associate Professor of Engineering

  • Office location  STEAM 211
  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7305
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Dr. Emre Selvi has been a faculty member of JU Engineering Department since 2015. He received his B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2003) from Middle East Technical University and Ph.D. (2007) from Texas Tech University. Dr. Selvi performed research in robotics, design, and high pressure materials science fields and conducted studies by using the facilities of institutions such as Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Carnegie Institution of Washington. Before joining JU, he also worked as a Design and Production Engineer for the defense company Aselsan Inc. (1999-2004) and as a faculty at Muskingum University (2009-2015). Dr. Selvi currently focuses his activities on Engineering Education field as it relates to our new design-based curriculum contents such as design thinking, project based learning, sustainable design, and service learning. 

KoppDr. Brian Kopp

Associate Professor of Engineering

Email address  (904) 256-7325

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Dr. Kopp joined the faculty of Jacksonville University in December 2020. He came to JU with over 25 years of industry experience and nine years of university teaching experience. He received his Ph.D, MS, and BS all in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University (NMSU). His Ph.D. research regarding the synchronization of high order modulation schemes in satellite communication links was conducted for the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center.

Dr. Kopp’s industry experience includes co-founding a high-tech start-up to manufacture spread-spectrum wireless data modems for industrial markets. The company introduced the first explosion proof unlicensed wireless data modem for the petrochemical industry. The majority of his industrial experience, however, has been as a consultant. He founded a consulting company in 1997 which provides services including system design and performance analysis, as well as product development.

In 2011, after accumulating more than two-decades of industry experience, Dr. Kopp returned to the university setting, to teach and conduct research in electrical engineering. He has taught a broad spectrum of electrical engineering topics and he has helped secure almost $900,000 in funded research. His joint research in green energy, with experts in the field of coastal engineering, has produced four patents.

Dr. Kopp is a registered professional electrical engineer in the State of Florida. He is also a licensed amateur radio operator and holds FCC extra class license callsign KC5LPA as well as FCC General Radio Operator License PG00022479 with a radar endorsement. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, an invited member of the Radio Club of America, and an invited member of the NMSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy.


Peter BohnPeter Bohn

Instructor, Design and Fabrication

Email address (904)256-7579 

Peter Bohn began his engineering career in the industry in 2011 working for a family owner contract manufacturing firm. In 2017 he moved to Jacksonville in pursuit of a fundamental degree in engineering. He began by receiving his BS in physics from the University of North Florida and continued on toward his MS in mechanical engineering while refining his skills in manufacturing. Peter joined Jacksonville University in January of 2021 and continues to work toward a PhD.


Murat TiryakiogluDr. Murat Tiryakioglu

Professor of Engineering

Telephone number  STEAM 217

Email address

Office location  (904) 256-7640

Murat Tiryakioğlu is an engineering education pioneer, transformational academic leader, internationally-recognized researcher, and a passionate advocate of service learning to help community.

He studied Mechanical Engineering before receiving advanced degrees in engineering management and metallurgy.

Dr. Tiryakioğlu grew up around his family's business, a nonferrous foundry.  After receiving his PhD, he worked at the Boeing Company, in Wichita, Kansas briefly before moving on to academic life in 1995. He taught at Western Kentucky University where he founded the Advanced Manufacturing Institute. In 2001, he started at Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh, PA) where he served as a University (Distinguished) Professor of manufacturing engineering and was recognized for his service-learning activities involving local manufacturers. Dr. Tiryakioglu moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2010 to continue his career as the Director of School of Engineering at the University of North Florida, and stepped down from this position in 2018 as the longest-serving director in School's history.  He joined JU in 2019.   Since moving to Jacksonville, Dr. Tiryakioglu has collaborated with Community Excellence Alliance to engage  students in problem solving and continuous improvement methods and their applications to help overcome issues in non-profit organizations in Jacksonville, with an estimated financial impact of well over $5 million. 


Paul HeadshotDr. Paul Dinius

Clinical Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Dean, Davis College of Business and Technology



Dr. Dinius joins the JU Engineering faculty as a retired CAPTAIN after more than 30 years in the US Navy. He most recently served as Chief of Staff-Submarine Group TEN, responsible for 5,000 Sailors and 8 nuclear-powered submarines. During his distinguished career, he successfully developed and executed submarine force strategic mission/vision while serving on five nuclear-powered submarines and having commanded the fast-attack submarine USS HELENA (SSN 725).  Dr. Dinius has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Oklahoma, a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and a DBA from Apollos University.  He holds certifications from the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering.


Ramabhotla HeadshotDr. Sundari Ramabhotla 

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering


(904) 256-7657

Dr. Sundari Ramabhotla joined the faculty of Jacksonville University in August 2022. She received her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 2015, MS from California State University in 2010 and BS from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 2007 all in Electrical Engineering field. Her research is based on microgrids, renewable energy, power systems, and sustainable energy. She performed post-doctoral research studies at Texas Tech University working on advanced research of power systems and microgrids. She has 5 years of teaching experience in Electrical Engineering at various universities before joining JU. She is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Life Member of Society of Women Engineers.


Bruce HeadshotProfessor John (JC) Bruce

Clinical Assistant Professor of Engineering & Business



Professor Bruce joins Jacksonville University for his second tour as a professor after a distinguished career in the private sector as a leader and design engineer.  Professor Bruce holds a MS in Electrical Engineering (University of South Florida) and an MBA from Jacksonville University. He worked for Honeywell (Clearwater, Florida) for 10 years as a designer on the Space Shuttle as part of the "Return to Space" program, a stability analyst for the International Space Station, and he designed Ring Laster Gyros for ballistic missiles and jet fighters. His work includes 17 years at medical giant Medtronic in positions from Senior Engineer to Senior Director. He holds several patents and new inventions to include medical imaging, medical navigation, opthalmic products, nerve monitoring, and six sigma for engineering.  In his spare time, he enjoys all forms of exercise, learning new things, and spending time with his family.