Jon Viducich, M.S.

Adjunct Professor of Physics and Engineering

Jon Viducich received his MS in Water Resources Engineering from Oregon State University and his BS in Engineering Applied Sciences from Seattle Pacific University. He is a licensed civil engineer in California and brings over 10 years of professional experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. 

Professor Viducich specializes in humanitarian engineering applications in low-resource contexts, and he has worked on water resources engineering projects on four continents using three languages. After completing his undergraduate degree at Seattle Pacific University in 2009, where he also worked as a teacher’s assistant for the electrical engineering department, Professor Viducich worked as a water engineer for a non-profit development organization in Mozambique. During his three-year contract, he sited, designed, and/or oversaw construction of over 30 sand dams as part of several rural food security projects. During graduate school, Professor Viducich’s research focused on spillway design and sediment transport dynamics in seasonal rivers to improve sand dam performance, and he also helped develop and test new weather sensors and supporting systems for an international project implementing a dense weather station network across sub-Saharan Africa.

Following graduate school, Professor Viducich worked for several years as a staff engineer with a private specialty water resources engineering firm in San Diego, where he performed a range of hydraulic, hydrologic, and sediment transport analyses for private and public clients. He returned to the non-profit sector in 2018, when he joined Lifewater International, a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-focused non-profit organization with operations in East Africa and Southeast Asia, and eventually managed engineering across the organization. In addition to his work at PLNU, Professor Viducich today works as a consulting water resources engineer for both private engineering firms and international non-profits, with a focus on training and equipping engineers working in low-resource contexts. His experience in cross-discipline engineering applications, Christian community development, and cross-cultural management bring a unique perspective for engineering students passionate about using their education and skills to seek solutions for underserved communities.

Beyond teaching and consulting, Professor Viducich loves spending time outdoors with his family and working on their fixer-upper home, riding motorcycles, reading, building and flying unmanned aerial systems, and studying and practicing the way of Jesus with his community.

Education

  • M.S., Water Resources Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • B.S., Engineering Applied Sciences (minor Global Urban Ministries), Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

Courses Taught

  • EGR3053 Analog Electronics
  • EGR3053L Analog Electronics Lab

Experience in Field

  • Adjunct Professor of Engineering, Point Loma Nazarene University 2018-Present
  • WASH Engineer/Manager of WASH Engineering, Lifewater International, 2018-2021
  • Staff Hydraulic Engineer, WEST Consultants, Inc, 2015-2018
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Oregon State University, 2013-2015
  • Water Engineer, Mennonite Central Committee, 2009-2012

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Viducich, J.M.G. & Teal, M.J. (2017, April 5). Sediment Transport Through Lake Clarke and Lake Aldred. [Session 5B: Reservoir Sedimentation]. 37th Annual USSD Conference and Exhibition: It’s a Small World: Managing Our Water Resources, Anaheim, California. http://toc.proceedings.com/38948webtoc.pdf.
  • Viducich, J. (2015, April 28). Towards Optimizing Sedimentation Processes in Sand Dams. [Session 6: Water Management and Infrastructure]. 2015 Hydrophiles’ Water Research Symposium: Connections—Ourselves to Water, Each of Us with One Another, and Our Work to Others, Corvallis, Oregon. https://people.wou.edu/~taylors/g473/OSU_H2O_Symposium_2015_abstract_book.pdf

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