New Faculty Profile: Dr. Justin Greenly

Dr. Justin Greenly
Dr. Justin Greenly
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Dr. Justin Greenly is ready to bring new classes to the budding engineering program at Franciscan.

Staff Writer

Dr. Justin Greenly is the new Engineering professor at Franciscan. Dr. Greenly teaches Calculus and Matrix Theory, as well has his favorite class, Rigid Body Statics.

“Rigid Body Statics is the first actual Engineering class that students take; it’s a lot of fun,” said Greenly.

Greenly grew up in Milton, Pennsylvania. He went to the nearby Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania where he got his bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering. He received his PhD in the same area of study from Cornell, where he spent his last six years.

It was through his future wife that he first heard about Franciscan University.

“She had a great experience at the conferences in New England,” Greenly said.

Greenly said, it had been his personal dream to teach at a small Catholic University.

“(Franciscan) was a perfect fit,” said Greenly. “There aren’t a lot of small Catholic Colleges that offer engineering.”

Greenly has already enjoyed his time here.

“It’s been wonderful, it’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun, and I have a lot of respect for the students. It’s a really special place.”

Some of his favorite moments have been working with consecrated religious.

“I really love teaching alongside priests and sisters – the consecrated religious,” said Greenly, “Sister Lucy is right across the hall, and I see Father Nathan often, his office is somewhere else, but he’s teaching Chemistry. I really don’t see how this could be done anywhere else.”

Greenly and his wife have two little girls, the younger of whom is due any day. They moved to the area in July and they are adjusting to life in Steubenville.

He said he is very impressed with life on campus as he sees the students really take on their own faith.

“There’s many times throughout the day, where I stop myself, and say, where am I? As a relatively new person, some things still take me by surprise. I can’t believe how awesome this place is, and I am so lucky I got here,” Greenly said.