• Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Hamm School of Engineering

About Me

I am an assistant professor of engineering, working in electrical engineering and computer science. I believe that collaboration with a whiteboard and a goal in mind brings out ideas that are derived from others' personal backgrounds. The more diverse the team, the more creative a solution there will be. Inspiration is an important motivator, and I see it as my responsibility as an instructor to inspire my students creating the first step to their success. There is a peace on the University of Mary campus that allows me to be still and think, while also enjoying the amazing view of the river that I grew up on.

Why I’m At Mary

Bismarck is my home. I biked the trails, learned to swim at Elks pool, and graduated from BHS. Then I left and found my Christian faith while away, being baptized in 2019. I learned that engineering education was what I needed to do. I also felt a call to come back, and give back to my community.


Applied electromagnetics, including different antenna designs, particle-controlled antennas, metamaterials, flexible antennas, and cloaking. I have done work with magnetic field effects on cardiomyocyte ion channels and RF exposure on primary cell lines in biomedical engineering, and while mentoring undergraduate students. In computer science, my work includes creating a GUI for simulated neuron activity, head movement-controlled computer software, and image analysis.

M.S. Thesis: "The Design and Analysis of a Microstrip Line which Utilizes Capacitive Gaps and Magnetic Responsive Particles to Vary the Reactance of the Surface Impedance."

J. Hansen, E. Swartz, J. Cleveland, S. Asif, B. Brooks, B. D. Braaten and D. L. Ewert, "A Systematic Review of In Vitro and In Vivo Radio Frequency Exposure Methods," IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, vol. 13, no. 1, Dec. 2020, pp. 340-351.

J. Cleveland, J. Lewis, D. Mitra, B. D. Braaten, J. Allen and M. Allen, "On the Image Analysis of Conducting Magneto-Responsive Micro-Particles for Applications in Leaky Wave Antenna Beam Steering," presented at the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, Jul. 5 - 10, 2020 Montreal Quebec, Canada.

J. Cleveland, D. Mitra, J. Lewis J. Allen, M. Allen and B. D. Braaten, "Development of a Sub-Unit Cell Consisting of Capacitive Gaps and Magneto-Static Particles," presented at the 2019 IEEE Research and Applications of Photonics in Defense (RAPID) Conference, Aug. 19-21, 2019, Miramar Beach, FL.

J. Cleveland, B. D. Braaten, M. Allen, J. Allen and B. Wenner, "On using Micron-Sized Silver Coated Particles to Control the Electromagnetic Response of a Metamaterial with Complementary Split Ring Resonators and Wires in a Host Dielectric," presented at the 2018 IEEE Research and Applications of Photonics in Defense (RAPID) Conference, Aug. 19-21, 2019, Miramar Beach, FL.


MS: North Dakota State University, 2019

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Adapting toys for disabled students is something I am proud of. Recognized by Eta Kappa Nu, an academic honor society through IEEE, I do it for the silent moments, finishing the last of the toys when the students leave at 9 pm, praying that these toys find the right home, bring joy to the children and families and that they provide learning opportunities. Children learn through play, and children with motor disabilities do the same. That is why button-adapted toys early are so important.