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Cooley, Wils L.

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Professor Emeritus - Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering


Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1968 
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1965 
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1964 
Registered Professional Engineer
Dr. Cooley is a professional engineer with particular expertise in the area of electrical hazards and accidents that relate to grounding, bonding, or the flow of current through the earth, water, or other conductors not designed to carry current. Knowledge of effects of electricity on living organisms, lightning phenomena, and analysis of safety and back-up systems. Experience with National Electrical Code and National Electrical Safety Code. Courses taught include Digital Electronics and Engineering Design.

Research Focus Areas


Research Interests

Engineering Design Education Methods 
Electrical Safety and Grounding 
Ground Beds 
Biomedical Engineering 
Instrumentation Design

Teaching Interests

Senior Design Project 
Digital Electronics

Special Interests

Have served as a consultant or expert on more than 70 cases involving electrocutions or fires of electrical origin. 
Have also consulted with industry numerous times on topics related to the design of safe and legal electrical power installations.

Professional Societies

IEEE Fellow 
ASEE Member 
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