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Physics Faculty Profiles

Ed Damiani

Ed Damiani is an engineering, physics instructor. Ed loves helping students get hands-on-project experience with real engineering design challenges. Before he came to teach at ICC, he taught IB Physics at the local high school and has been an instructor for the ICC Summer Camps for a number of years.

Prior to settling in Grand Rapids, Ed obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University. He then spent five years as an officer in the Navy's Nuclear Power Submarine Program. After the completion of my military service, he returned to school and obtained a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin.

In Ed’s spare time he likes spending time with family, canoeing, camping, hiking and biking. Ed has led many canoe trips to Voyagers National Park and the Boundary Waters for ICC engineering students.

 Ed Damiani canoeing

Mason Hansen

Mason Hansen teaches physics I and II, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, static mechanics, dynamics, the engineering professional development course series, graphical communications, intro to engineering, steam and heat transfer, power generation, and problem solving.  Prior to teaching at ICC Mason taught nuclear power courses for the US Navy.  Mason is a mechanical engineer and also serves in the Army Corps of Engineers. 
Outside of the ICC Mason is a husband to his wife, Stephanie, and father of two young children, Gus and Hannah.  Mason was a student at ICC in the late 90s’ and proud to say that ICC had a very positive effect on him and he works to return this favor to today’s students.

 Mason Hansen

Crystal Smith

Crystal Smith started teaching in the Engineering and Power Generation programs in 2012.  She has degrees in civil engineering (B.S., University of North Dakota) and geological engineering (M.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison).  Prior to teaching at Itasca, she worked as a civil engineer for the City of Iowa City.

Crystal’s spare time is usually spent with her husband Rick working on their house, reading, knitting, curling, watching Twins baseball games, and participating in numerous outdoor activities and sports.  Crystal played volleyball and began her engineering education at Itasca and is happy to be teaching here now.