John Engdahl

Interim Assistant Dean for Convergence & Donald V. Fites Chair, EGT

Jobst Hall 407
(309) 677-3298

Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan
M.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan
B.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan


After graduating from the University of Michigan (B.S., M.S., Ph. D.), Prof. Engdahl spent more than four years working on spacecraft instruments, isotope separation and defense-related projects at TRW Defense and Space Systems before spending the next 22 years of his career in the field of nuclear medicine.  He has held the titles of manager of nuclear projects engineering for GE Medical Systems, as well as radiologic physicist for nuclear medicine at Henry Ford Hospital and vice president of clinical science for Sopha Medical Systems. Prof. Engdahl has also owned and operated his own consulting company, Applied Nuclear Imaging. Most recently, he worked as the director of advanced research for Siemens Nuclear Medicine Group. Due to his extensive work in the field of medical imaging and medical physics, Prof. Engdahl holds 19 issued patents and has one application pending.

Prof. Engdahl joined the Bradley faculty in 2004. He was named the Donald V. Fites Chair of Engineering and Technology, an honor that was established to commemorate Fites, a former chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc. who also served as chairman of Bradley’s Centennial Campaign.


Prof. Engdahl teaches courses at Bradley in medical imaging, radiation detection, and nuclear energy. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria.

As part of his major role in shaping the University's new Convergence Center, he and Prof. Robert Scott teach a graduate-level course called “The Economics of Technology and Energy.” This course routinely serves both engineering and business students and focuses on the interplay between the technical and financial parts of energy.


Prof. Engdahl has an extensive background in medical imaging and medical physics, holding 19 issued patents and one application pending. He continues to publish in these areas.

He is the director of Peoria Robotics, a local collaboration of scientists, engineers, and medical personnel. The goal of this group is to develop medical simulator technology to be used to enhance medical training. Prof. Engdahl is Principal Investigator on the grants supporting Peoria Robotics, and these grants remain some of the largest in Bradley's history.


In his position as Fites Chair, Prof. Engdahl is able to share his experiences in combining engineering, technology and business with the students at Bradley. This is especially important for Bradley's new Convergence Center initiative, in which Prof. Engdahl has a major role.