Faculty Profile


Melani Plett

Director of Engineering and Computer Science Programs; Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

Email: mplett@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2444
Office: Otto Miller Hall 201

Education: BS, Seattle Pacific University, 1991; MS, University of Washington, 1993; PhD, University of Washington, 2000. AT SPU since 1993.

Melani Plett’s technical research interests and experience are in non-stationary signal processing and biomedical ultrasound. She also has collaborated in engineering education research and issues related to supporting women in engineering.

She teaches freshman-level engineering courses, introductory electric circuits, signal processing, and survey of bioengineering.

Dr. Plett is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Christian Engineering Society. She has two children.

Please see Dr. Plett’s CV (PDF) for more information.

Selected Publications

  • Plett, M., Wilson, D., Bates, R.A., Allendoerfer, C., Jones, D.C., Floyd-Smith, T., Veilleux, N.M. and Wasilewski, C.H., “People Matter: The Role of Faculty and Peers in Students’ Academic Engagement.” American Society of Engineering Education 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.
  • Plett, M., Hawkinson, C., VanAntwerp, J., Wilson, D., Bruxvoort, C., “Engineering Identity and the Workplace Persistence of Women with Engineering Degrees.” American Society of Engineering Education 2011 Annual Conference Proceedings.
  • Plett, M, “Improved Transient Oscillation Detection with Multiwavelets.” Proceedings of the IEEE 2011 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing.


Why I Teach at SPU

Melani Plett, Professor of Engineering

“I teach engineering at SPU because here I have the privilege to help each of my students along the path of developing his/her skills, interests, and abilities so that God can accomplish his purposes in us, our community, and in our world. As engineers, we can be God’s hands and feet to provide the goods, services, and care that are so needed.”