I joined the Vermont State University faculty in 2002 and immediately found it to be an exciting and rewarding place to teach. I currently serve as the chair of the Department of Engineering and teach courses in materials science, processing, and other engineering topics. At Vermont State I run the ski building lab and work with students in the manufacturing club fabricating skis and snowboards. Outside of work I enjoy sailing, skiing, and spending time with my family.
Ralph Esposito has over thirty years of semiconductor experience with IBM involved in both the technical and business aspects of the company. He worked on numerous projects encompassing process and chip design, product qualification, product introduction into manufacturing and the competitive aspects of the business. His activities included extensive project leadership and people management utilizing skills such as planning, coordinating, communicating, training and negotiating. Ralph also has over thirty years of experience in education. He taught a variety of technical courses as an adjunct at numerous colleges and at IBM. In addition to teaching, he developed courses and training programs for colleges and IBM. In 2002 Ralph started teaching full time at Vermont Tech. Here he is continuing his passion for teaching and interacting with the students while bringing into the classroom his industrial experience. He teaches at both the Randolph and Williston campuses and therefore deals with a variety of students, ranging from traditional to those already in the work force. Outside of work, his interests are walking, travelling, photography, music, books on tape, trying new restaurants and enjoying his grandchildren.
Dr. Costin joined Vermont Tech in 2018 after many years designing aerospace structures, automotive transmission components, and wind turbines. He has developed software for multidisciplinary optimization of aircraft structures. Dr. Costin invented a low-cost pawl OWC that is commonly used in automatic transmissions. He has designed wind turbine blades and permanent magnet generators. These designs have been used in the industry-leading Northern Power 100kW wind turbine and other models. At Creare, Dr. Costin worked on a tethering system for autonomous helicopter deployment, a high-capacity spacesuit evaporator absorber radiator, an air compressor for Xenon isotope detection, and laser measurement of airfoils.
Other fun facts about Dr. Costin:
He has been awarded 25 patents
He loves to garden, swim, and cycle.
He’s the advisor of the Nerf Club
Before joining the faculty, Professor Diebold worked in the civil engineering and land surveying professions. During this time he supervised field crews in all aspects of land surveying, designed and managed civil engineering projects, and reviewed land survey and civil engineering drawings. Professor Diebold is a licensed land surveyor in Vermont and an engineering intern. He remains active in the land surveying profession and is currently serving on the Vermont Board of Land Surveyors. Professor Diebold also participates in industry training workshops for the design and installation of onsite residential wastewater systems. His responsibilities at Vermont State University include teaching Surveying I, CET 1011, Survey II, CET 2012, Engineering and Surveying Computer Applications II, CET 1032, and Civil & Environmental Design, CET 2050. When there is student interest, Professor Diebold teaches Evidence and Procedure for Boundary Line Location, CET 3010. Prof. Diebold is an alum of Vermont State University and a second-generation faculty member. He enjoys all activities outdoors especially fishing, running, and mountain biking.
I am returning to the school and the program where I have spent more than 20 years of my professional career. My goal is to offer the best possible advanced manufacturing and engineering training to both secondary and post-secondary students throughout southern Vermont and New Hampshire.
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I joined the VTSU faculty in 2013 and I find it to be an interesting and rewarding place to teach. There are new challenges every day and working closely with students on projects is very satisfying and enjoyable. My teaching areas are computer aided design & analysis, CNC machining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), mechanical system design & analysis, and electromechanical projects. Prior to joining Vermont Tech, I worked as a nuclear weapons engineer for Sandia National Laboratories and as a photovoltaic solar design engineer. I’ve also been a race car mechanic, ski instructor, UPS supervisor, and run my own company doing custom car fabrication. Outside of work I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, obsessively following Formula 1 auto racing, and spending time with my family.
Michael teaches courses at VTSU that include: Introduction to Engineering, Electrical Circuits I, Electronic Circuits I, LabVIEW, Electronic and Data Communications, and Electrical/Electromechanical Projects II.
Michael earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Vermont. While a graduate student at UVM, he was employed as a lecturer in the Electrical Engineering department from 1984-1988.
He joined the IBM Corporation in Essex Junction in 1988 as an associate engineer in new product development and left in 2002 as a product yield characterization engineer in manufacturing. While at IBM, he earned awards in Teamwork and Leadership as well as multiple product awards in DRAM’s, ASIC’s, and SRAM’s. Michael also worked with external companies including Infineon Technologies, NexGen, Unisys, Sun Microsystems, HP, and others when IBM transitioned from an in-house supplier to a foundry.
Michael came to work at Vermont Tech in the fall of 2002, serving as department chair from 2003-2011, and is currently the program coordinator for Computer Engineering Technology.
He says teaching is in his blood; both of his parents taught at the college level.
Michael also enjoys traveling and attending conferences on education, industry topics and teaching. He likes spending time at the family camp in the Champlain Islands where he tends to and maintains his orchard of apple and pear trees. Michael may also can be found tinkering with machinery and equipment and collecting model trains.
Scott A. Sabol, P.E., is a licensed structural engineer in Vermont and professor in the Architectural Engineering Technology program. He holds A.B. and B.E. degrees in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and a M.S. degree in Civil (Structural) Engineering, with a minor in Metals Science & Engineering, from The Pennsylvania State University.
He teaches courses primarily in structural engineering and engineering management.
Professor Sabol has experience with multiple consulting firms in Vermont, including Doherty Consulting Engineers and Dubois & King, Inc. He has worked in both building and bridge engineering. He was a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council in Washington, DC, and later the Director of the Delaware Transportation Institute. He has been a professor in Vermont since 1999.
Professor Sabol was a long-time member of the Vermont Board of Professional Engineering, including being Board Chair (ending 2023). He is an avid motorcycle rider and an occasional food critic under the name The Rabbit Hollow Gourmet, and a member of many professional societies. He has authored many scientific and professional articles.