Meet Our Faculty

Passionate, Experienced, and Knowledgeable 

COCC faculty in Engineering and Physics have strong backgrounds in higher education and real-world career experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. They offer students exceptional instruction and valuable advising.

See the Science Department Directory for a full listing of staff and faculty. 

Faculty Profiles

Kevin Grove

Kevin Grove
Professor of Physics

As a climber, skier, scientist, and engineer, Kevin seeks adventure in remote regions of Central Oregon and beyond. He has a passion for all things related to snow and loves sharing that passion with his Physics, Engineering, and snow science students at COCC. Kevin’s own firsthand experience with an avalanche, losing several friends to mountain accidents, and becoming a father all inspired him to want to learn more about snow science and the psychology of decision-making. He served on the board of the Central Oregon Avalanche Center for a decade, working hard to increase avalanche safety in Central Oregon, and is excited to be the co-chair of the International Snow Science Workshop.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a Master of Science in chemical engineering from Montana State University. Prior to joining COCC, he worked for Bend Research Inc. as a research chemical engineer.


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Wendi Wampler
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"COCC has a very supportive environment. It felt like the instructors really cared about my success." — Melissa McAlexander, civil engineering graduate research assistant, Oregon State University