Adam Tennant believes his academic career and 10 years of experience working as an engineer prepared him to be a valuable researcher and instructor. His professional experience as an engineer has provided him with a broad view that will be useful in assisting students with projects and assignments. Tennant has worked on several multi-million dollar projects as both civil and cost engineer involving dredging, flood control, and ecosystem restoration at the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Chicago District). His doctoral dissertation was conducted at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with his experimental work performed at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). In his Ph.D. research, Tennant explored the flexural behavior of cement stabilized soil block both experimentally and through advanced numerical analysis. He will be teaching several courses in the engineering department such as soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and fundamentals of engineering.