MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s already strong engineering program gets even stronger with the additions of Drs. Jose Oommen and Fei Xie as assistant professors of electrical engineering.

Dr. Oommen comes to MVNU with extensive international experience having taught in Canada, India and the Middle East. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering with specialization in control systems, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a master’s degree in electrical engineering with specialization in digital electronics and advanced communication, from the University of Alabama and an M. Tech in Digital Electronics and Advanced Communication from the Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

Dr. Xie has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and an M.S. from the University of Southampton, England. He has published extensively in the areas of electrical and biomedical engineering. He most currently taught in the department of biomedical engineering at the University of North Texas.

Upon the hiring of these two new professors, Dr. David Che, engineering department chair, commented, “Drs. Oommen and Fei are a welcome addition to our engineering program. They bring valuable experience and a fresh perspective.”

As part of its continued growth, MVNU’s Engineering department will relocate to 104 S. Main St. in downtown Mount Vernon to the former Farley and Moore Antique Store that is currently under renovation. The building will also house Knox Labs Inc., a community makerspace and is set to open in Fall 2018.

MVNU offers a major in general engineering with concentrations in mechanical and electrical engineering.

The engineering department is currently in the process to acquire accreditation for the program.

For more information about MVNU engineering, visit



Rules: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don’t attack other commenters personally and keep your language decent. If a comment violates our comments standards, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member.