The Engineering program at Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. James (Jim) Eckenrode as lab manager. Eckenrode will support the Environmental Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, and General Engineering programs.
Eckenrode comes to Saint Francis from the Blair County Conservation District, where he has served as a Watershed Specialist for 17 years. He has a long track record of successful conceptualization and implementation of large watershed restoration projects throughout our region. Over the last 6 years, Eckenrode has supervised Environmental Engineering student interns as well as worked extensively with Saint Francis University's Center for Watershed Research and Service. Last year, Eckenrode mentored a team of SFU seniors on their capstone project for the design and installation of streambank erosion management practices.
"I’m looking forward to sharing my practical work experience with the students here, while also expanding my knowledge of Engineering as it applies to the natural world," says Eckenrode. The addition of Eckenrode to the staff demonstrates Saint Francis University's commitment to connect complex engineering theory with hands-on practical experience.
Photo caption: Jim Eckenrode conducting a water quality lesson with Trout in the Classroom students.