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Dr. George MollickDr. George Mollick
Department Head and Associate Professor

Dr. Mollick has an Ed.D. from Texas A&M Commerce and a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from Ball State University.  He has worked at Tarleton for 15 years in various capacities, including as the director of the Center of Instructional Innovation, before stepping into his current role as Department Head.  Under his leadership, the department has tripled in size, adding new faculty and over $500,000 in new equipment and facilities.  George’s research interests revolve around effective technical and engineering education for both traditional and adult learners.


Brigitte Barbier

Brigitte Barbier
Non-Traditional Programs

Ms. Barbier has a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in International Relations and French.  Brigitte has been teaching International Business in the Business Department for the last eight years and also teaches technical writing in the ET Department.  Prior to joining Tarleton, Brigitte worked in a number of manufacturing companies in sales and marketing, administration and human resources, and as an international project administrator.


Daren Davis

Daren Davis
Instructor and Materials Coordinator

Mr. Davis has a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology, also from Texas A&M University.  Prior to joining Tarleton, Daren owned a patent services company and worked several years at Vaught Aircraft focusing on composites.  His teaching incorporates metal technology, plastics, welding, foundry, and material properties.


Dr. Gloria Fragoso-Diaz

Dr. Gloria Fragoso-Diaz
Assistant Professor and QEM Graduate

Dr. Fragoso has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in Production from the Institute of Technology in Durango, Mexico.  Previously, Gloria was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management at DePaul University, an Assistant Professor of Management at Texas A& M University – Texarkana, and a full time professor at the Institute of Technology of La Paz.  Gloria’s research interests include supply chain, quality and optimization, and she teaches in the areas of quality, operations management, supply chain, statistics, production planning, project management, and Six Sigma.


Billy Gray

Billy Gray
Assistant Professor and MET Coordinator

Mr. Gray is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.  He also has a Master’s degree in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Tarleton State University.  Prior to returning to Tarleton to teach, Billy worked at S-TEC Corporation in Mineral Wells, Texas for nine years, rising from a Manufacturing Engineer to the Director of Operations.


Todd RabornTodd Raborn
Instructor in Engineering Technology

Mr. Raborn has both a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education from Texas A&M University.   Prior to coming to Tarleton, Todd was a Lecturer in Engineering Design Graphics at Texas A&M University.  He has also been an Assistant Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for Computer Aided Design Drafting and Engineering Design Technology programs at Cameron University, and an Instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Todd’s industrial experience includes being a trainer for Oklahoma Steel and Wire, an engineering designer for Halliburton Energy Services, and a designer for other companies.


Dr. Larry RoderickDr. Larry Roderick
Associate Professor in Engineering Technology

Dr. Roderick has a Ph.D.  in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University, and also a Bachelor’s degree in Math from Texas Tech University.  Larry has been with Tarleton since 1998 and teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in safety, operations, manufacturing management, and automation.  Previously, he taught in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Texas at El Paso, and before that, he taught in the Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M University.


Richard WilleyRichard Willey
Assistant Professor and IT Program Coordinator

Mr. Willey is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Wyoming.  Rick has a Master’s degree in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Purdue University. Prior to coming to Tarleton, Rick was the Department Chair of Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology at Ivy Tech Community College.  He also has extensive industrial experience as an application engineer, a manufacturing engineer, and a field and process engineer with a variety of companies. Rick’s research interests are in technology education and CNC machining.


Dr. Jun Xu
Assistant Professor and MECH Coordinator

Dr. Xu has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master’s degree in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; and a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China.  Previously, Jun was an Assistant Professor at Tuskegee University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California at Davis, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China.  He also has industry experience as a Product Development Engineer at EuroMed, Inc. in New York, New York.  Jun has several publications and his research interests are computational biomedicine, fluid dynamics, and renewable energy.