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Meet + Greet: Brian Wisner, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Meet the Russ College’s new crop of faculty and staff members in this series of interviews, and stop by their offices to greet them in person.
 | Jan 11, 2019

Meet + Greet: Brian Wisner, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Jan 11, 2019

Brian Wisner and his family left the bustling east coast for the natural surroundings and calm pace of Athens, Ohio. Learn how he plans to engage students with materials systems to create for good.

Where are you from, and what brought you to Athens?

I’m originally from Westminster, Maryland, but have spent the last 11 years in the Philadelphia area. I moved to Athens because Ohio University is a great engineering school, and my wife and I enjoy nature, which is hard to find near Philly.

Was there a moment or time you knew you’d become an engineer?

During my junior year of college, I started to really enjoy engineering as a career path. My parents had suggested it over my original plan to work in construction, but it wasn’t until my junior year that I really started to appreciate and understand how much I could do in this field.

What will you teach and/or research at the Russ College?

My areas of research are materials behavior and nondestructive evaluation (NDE). All my research will connect back to these areas along with developing internet of things approaches to handling data. I’ll be teaching courses in these areas including manufacturing methods and materials behavior courses, and I hope to start courses on NDE and additive manufacturing.

At the Russ College, we “create for good.” You’ll be hearing this a lot because it’s true. How will you “create for good” while you’re at the Russ College?

By helping students learn and engage in research that improves our understanding of materials and their response to external loads, we’ll be able to advance our use of materials systems, improve existing technologies, and create new ways of designing and building for use across industries.

What’s the most fun/weird/zany/cool/exciting/awesome thing about Athens so far?

Honestly, the coolest thing I have seen so far is the friendly nature of everyone I have met both on Ohio University’s campus and in the surrounding community.

What is something your students would never guess about you?

I have my third-degree black belt in Hapkido and first-degree in Taekwondo.

What are you looking forward to most during your time here at the Russ College?

I’m looking forward to working with the students and faculty, and just exploring where curiosity and research will take me in the next years.