Professor, Department Chair
East Building, E227H
Andrew Short is a tenured professor, department chair, and program lead of the Mechanical Design Technology Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree in the School of Engineering Science, and Math. He prepares students for rewarding careers with mechanical engineering companies as drafters, designers, and technicians. In particular, Andrew focuses on designing for manufacturability, quality, and function by applying elements and principles of mechanical design to industry standards.
Andrew has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Technology, Engineering Graphics from Western Washington University and an Associates of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Graphics from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. He is a certified American Design Drafting Association Mechanical Drafter and a Civil Design Drafter. Andrew is an AutoDesk Certified User in AutoCAD. He is also a Certified Professional Technical Instructor.
He has held engineering related positions with several local firms. He has worked as a mechanical engineering designer with a global leader in electro-mechanical products for commercial and military aerospace applications. As an engineering CAD Technician, he has worked for civil engineering related firms, designing commercial and residential projects. He has worked for an environmental engineering and building construction management firm on residential, commercial and military projects as a CAD Technician. In the past, Andrew also worked as an Apprentice Carpenter for several local construction companies on commercial and residential projects.
To support his department and LWTech overall, Andrew has served on several committees including the Safety and Security Committee, the College Counsel (as chair), various faculty tenure committees, and the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee for the Lake Washington School District.
Usama A. Al Mandalawi is a Professor in the Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering (CADE) at LWTech. Mandalawi has over ten years of experience in mechanical and electrical engineering including aerospace along with experience in logistics and supply chain management. Since 2012 Mandalawi has been working for Panasonic Avionics Corporation as an Engineering Manager. He was originally hired as a Mechanical Designer after graduating from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with an Associate degree of Mechanical Design Technology from CADE.
Prior to that role, in the six years prior, Mandalawi was working for Panasonic Avionics as a System Installation Engineer, with primary responsibilities that included installing in-flight entertainment systems in commercial airplanes. In addition to Mandalawi's engineering roles, he has been assigned to train and to mentor all new and junior engineers in engineering concept and drafting standards using AutoCAD software.
Before Mandalawi's tenure at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, he worked as a Project Engineer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers-Gulf Region Division (USACE-GRD). There he was managing infrastructure projects. In addition, he provided training for mechanical engineers in the Health Group Department and developed maintenance schedules for medical equipment.
Master’s degree in Engineering Management, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida)
Associate Degree of Mechanical Design Technology from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. It was the gateway for me to get hired by Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Bachelor's of Science of Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology (Baghdad/Iraq)
During his free time, he enjoys hiking, watching movies, working out, traveling with his wife and two daughters. He has traveled to many countries and enjoyed visiting historical places. He also enjoys BBQing during summer.
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Mon-Thurs, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Closed to the public
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