Faculty and Staff

Willie L. Myles

Department Head, Process Technology
Full Time Instructor
Office: Bay City Campus, Room 104
Phone: 979-244-8133
Email: milesw@wcjc.edu

Mr. Myles received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Alcorn State University and Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 2001. He received his Research Certification from Brookhaven National Laboratory Long Island, New York. He is the recipient of two (2) United States patents on the behalf of the Dow Chemical Company, North America.

Mr. Myles worked for the Dow Chemical Company, North America for thirty (30) years.

Corporate industrial experience includes: development research chemist, safety and health coordinator, site backup radiation safety officer, process control chemist for Vinyl Chloride manufacturing, analytical resource leader for K-Dow joint venture, supervisor of process tech intern students, and quality leader for Dow North America Polypropylene Manufacturing Plant, Freeport, Texas. 

Mr. Myles served as a Dow Chemical training instructor. He taught primarily process chemistry for process and lab operators, statistical quality control for process operators and enhancing team performance.  

Mr. Myles currently serves as the vice president of Sweeny Independent School District School Board. He is married to Marcella and has three daughters.


Wayne Stephens

Instructor, Process Technology
Office: Bay City Campus
Phone: (979) 224-4236
Email: Waynes@wcjc.edu 

Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/waynes

Mr. Stephens received his associate degree from WCJC and his bachelor of science with teaching certification from Stephen .F Austin State University. He taught junior high for one year and then entered the chemical and refining industry. After thirteen years as a technician and trainer in the chemical and refining industry, he spent the next fifteen years as a learning specialist and project manager of training for the chemical, refining, energy, pipeline, nuclear manufacturing and pharmaceutical industry, producing learning materials in video, cbt and written formats, as well as developing and implementing numerous technician training programs in the U.S. and India. His areas of interest included process simulation and process systems training.


Mr. David Pena

Instructor, Process Technology
Office: Bay City Campus
Phone:(979) 244-4236
Email: earnestp@wcjc.edu

Mr. Pena has been working n the Petro Chemical industry for over twenty six years and is currently a Process Specialist/Training Coordinator. Mr. Pena was a Process Operator for several years before becoming a Training Coordinator, where he developed Computer Based Training for every process area. Mr. Pena is a Process Specialist and currently, he is responsible for the regulatory and job specific training for the plant. Mr. Pena has been a Part-time Instructor for Wharton County Junior College since 1998 teaching Process Technology courses.


Mr. Jesse B. Shindler

Instructor, Process Technology

Office: Bay City Campus
Phone: (979) 244-4236
Email: shindlerj@wcjc.edu

Jesse B. Shindler graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mr. Shindler started with an oilfield service company, and in 1977 he began working at Phillips Petroleum Company. Mr. Shindler has worked as a board certified operator on all process systems at the petrochemical and refinery complex. Mr. Shindler is involved in the Process Safety Management Standard of developing Process Specific and Job Specific (procedures) training modules.


Mr. Joe Uluh

Instructor, Process Technology
Office: Bay City Campus
Phone: (979) 244-4236
Email:uluhj@wcjc.edu

Joe Uluh has a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A & M University, Kingsville. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Corpus Christi State University. He is the Environmental and Quality Manager for OXEA Corporation. Joe has held progressively challenging positions in the areas of process and production engineering and management. He teaches Quality and Safety in the Process Technology Department.


Mr. Mike Conway

Instructor, Process Technology
Office: Bay City Campus
Phone: (979) 244-4236
Email:conwaym@wcjc.edu

Mike Conway graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan Texas then attended Texas A&M University and obtained a BS Degree in Industrial Technology. Mike has been an Instrumentation Technician 22 years in both the petrochemical and nuclear industry and is a Technical Training Instructor at South Texas Nuclear Project for the past 5 years. He currently teaches part-time as a process technology instructor.


Rudolph Henry

Instructor Process Technology
Wharton County Junior College
4000 Avenue F 
Bay City, Texas 77414
Phone:979-244-4666
Email:henryr@wcjc.edu

Mr. Henry received his BS degree in Engineering Technology – Electronics Specialty, from Texas A&M University in 1975, and his MS degree in Process Monitoring and Controls from University of Houston – Clear Lake in 1985.

Mr. Henry has 29 years of industrial experience ranging from electrical / electronic project engineering, project supervision, quality control, and plant radiation safety officer. His major industry projects included motor controls and drives, instrumentation and controls, crane controls, plant substation, power factor correction, and induction heating of steel. Due to his interest in electrical power control, and his work with Westinghouse IED in the development of power control algorithms for heating different steel alloys, the induction heating project became the field of research for his MS thesis titled, “Induction Through-Heating of Steel Billets: A Study of a Solid State Controlled System”, which was published, and publicly defended in 1985.

His academic teaching career started at DeVry University in 2004 as an instructor of Electronics Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology courses, and then to WCJC in 2008 as an instructor in Process Technology, teaching Instrumentation and Quality. In 2009 he became the Director / Instructor of the Nuclear Power Technology Program, and completed 120 hours of faculty development / nuclear power plant training at the South Texas Project (STP), to ensure industry specific, training and laboratory development for the Nuclear Power Technology Program. Continued research in electrical power, electric power quality, and professional organization participation has also led to co-authored electrical industry standard (ANSI/IEEE C62.45-1987), and conference publication (ASEE-AC 2008-628).


Mr. Roy Caruthers, BS, MS

Instructor, Process Technology

Office: Bay City Campus
Phone:(979) 244-4236
Email: caruthersr@wcjc.edu

Mr. Caruthers received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and his MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas. His initial academic teaching career was from 1970 – 1971 at the University of Texas as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Mr. Caruthers has been teaching as a part-time instructor in the Nuclear Power and Process Technology Programs at WCJC since 2008.


Mr. Odie Milner

Instructor, Process Technology

Office: Bay City Campus
Phone:(979) 244-4236
Email: milnerw@wcjc.edu

After a year at WCJC, Mr. Milner attended The University of Texas at Austin where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration. Mr. Milner taught various computer curriculums at WCJC, and after four years, he joined the nuclear industry as an information technology instructor at the South Texas Project. His experience and skills in the education field combined with his completion of an MBA from the University of Houston-Victoria led him to the position of educational coordinator and instructor for leadership skills. Mr. Milner has taught Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in the WCJC Process Technology Program since 1998.


Mr. Billy Joiner

Instructor, Process Technology

Office: Bay City Campus
Phone:(979) 244-4236
Email: williamjo@wcjc.edu

Mr. Joiner received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kennedy Western University. He spent several years in the construction industry as a mechanical Millwright and the last 27 years holding several positions at Lyondell Chemicals in diverse fields of responsibility. Mr. Joiner’s special skills include Texas State certified Hazmat Response Technician and AWS certified weld inspector. He is presently employed in the mechanical service industry as a Project Planner, and he currently teaches for the process technology program at WCJC.


Mr. Enas Casteneda

Instructor, Process Technology

Office: Bay City Campus
Phone:(979) 244-4236
Email: castenedae@wcjc.edu

Mr. Enas Castaneda, has an AAS degree in Process Technology from Wharton County Junior College. Mr. Casteneda has 36 years experience in refinery processes working with Phillips 66, Conoco Phillips and Chevron Phillips. Mr. Casteneda teaches several of the courses in Process technology as needed, including, Intro to Process Technology, Safety, Health and Environment, Process Technology I - Equipment, Instrumentation I & II, and Petrochemical Processes as a adjunct instructor for WCJC Process Technology.

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