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Basem Alzahabi

Professor Graduate Faculty, International Programs, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-111 MC
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Dr. Basem Alzahabi, professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of International Programs
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, with expertise in computational engineering mechanics, automotive noise vibration and harshness, and structural optimization and redesign.

Alzahabi has taught at Kettering since 1998 and believes that Kettering students know what they want to do with their careers when they arrive on campus, which is quite different from students at other institutions. In his eyes Kettering students are mature, hard-working and focused on what they wish to do and accomplish.

Alzahabi says that he chose to teach at Kettering based on the "Old Man Eloquent," authored by John Quincy Adams, which reads, "if your ACTIONS inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." He also explains that his favorite part about teaching at Kettering is the interaction with students and his work as an adviser for the Tau Delta Tau fraternity, B-Section.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Time goes very fast and students must be very serious about education. They cannot survive with their high school study habits. They can get behind very easily and sometimes it is very hard to recover."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Alzahabi enjoys reading, sports and traveling when he's not on campus conducting research or teaching. 

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Automotive noise vibration
Computational engineering mechanics
Computer aided engineering
Structrual optimization and redesign
Structural durablity

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Patrick Atkinson

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-123 MC
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Dr. Patrick Atkinson, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in bioengineering, crash safety, orthopaedics, and solid mechanics (how things deform when they are pushed or pulled).

Atkinson finds Kettering students driven, innovative and engaged. He feels there is a lot that distinguishes them from students at other universities. He says, "They know what being an engineer is all about because of the cooperative education experience. . .they require and expect the faculty to be up on their topics." He feels that this results because they are so current and have the ability to handle an academic, work, and social life which makes them people "who are able to perform in a variety of settings." Because Atkinson's time as a Kettering student left a very positive impression on him, he had a desire to return and do the same job as his professors had. Atkinson enjoys "giving students a great engineering education and the additional courses/labs that allow them to specialize in engineering subspecialties."

His hot tip for prospective students is: "Just remember that what you do from the age of 20 to 30 will dictate to a large part what you will be doing from 30 to 60. On one hand, this is great; it's a blank slate, you can do whatever you want. On the down side, it is a blank slate: you have to decide on something."

Hidden talents and outside interests: In addition to an extremely strong commitment to his family, Atkinson finds time to enjoy music, playing instrument, karaoke and working around the house.

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Crash safety
Occupant protection
Orthopedic biomechanics

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Hua Bai

Assistant professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty ECE
1700 University Ave
AB 2703S
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Dr. Hua Bai, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, China

Hua Bai was born in Chifeng City, Inner-Mongolia, China in 1980. He received B S and PHD degree in Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University., Beijing, China in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Bai was a post-doc fellow and research scientist in Univ of Michigan-Dearborn, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Now he is an assistant professor in Department of Electrical and Compurter Engineering, Kettering University, MI, USA.

His research interest is the dynamic processes and transient pulsed power phenomena of power electronic devices, including variable frequency motor drive system, high voltage and high power DC/DC converter, renewable energy and hybrid electric vehicles.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Think globally, Act Locally". "Self-respected, self-disciplined, and self-motivated."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Bai enjoys snowboarding, hiking, volleyball, and gym.

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Joel Berry

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-103 MC
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Dr. K. Joel Berry, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Melon University, with expertise in fuel cells, heat transfer and computational fluid dynamics.

Berry, who has taught at Kettering and led the Mechanical Engineering Dept. for the past 21 years, feels that Kettering students are focused, committed and mature when compared to students at other institutions. Additionally, the three words he uses to describe them are determined, motivated and winners.

As a 1979 graduate of Kettering/GMI, Berry came back to teach because of the institution's ideas. Specifically, the Kettering student has a strong commitment to excel, which he finds pleasing. And his favorite part about teaching is sharing the joy of learning with his students.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Be prepared for a significant growth experience that will prepare them for anything else that comes along in life."

Hidden talents and outside interests: when he's not conducting departmental business or teaching class, Berry can be found on the basketball court coaching players on how to improve their game. 

 

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Computational Fluid Dynamics
Fuel Cell Systems
Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow

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Karen Cayo

Interim Department Head, Lecturer Department of Business, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
4-345 AB

S. Chakravarthy

Department Head, Professor Graduate Faculty, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700N AB
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Dr. Srinivas R. Chakravarthy, professor of Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware, with expertise in applied probability, applied statistics, mathematics, operations research, reliability and stochastic modeling.

Chakravarthy views Kettering students as mature, respectful and helpful. He feels several things distinguish Kettering students from students at other colleges, such as the work experience they get when they are still studying, the faculty-to-student ratio at Kettering, the easy access to faculty, and the warm and compassionate atmosphere at Kettering which allows them to function effectively. Though the student population and the background they have by graduation and the opportunity to offer personal attention due to small class sizes first attracted Chakravarthy to teaching at Kettering, it is the "students' curiosity about the application of knowledge gained in the classroom" that he enjoys the most.

Once when he had to rush a class to finish solving a problem, Chakravarthy overlooked an error which he pointed out to the students the next day. He told the students that there are three things in life that one shouldn't rush. The second is eating and the third is doing mathematics. Immediately one student raised his hand asked, with a smile on his face, "what is the first thing?" Chakravarthy told him (without a pause), ". . .well for you young gentleman it is playing chess." This caused the entire class to burst into laughter.

Chakravarthy would tell prospective students to "get your algebra and trigonometry skills sharpened, develop good study habits and get into a good network of friends to help each other, and don't hesitate to take advantage of the faculty-to-student ratio and easy accessibility to talk to faculty members."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching, Chakravarthy enjoys reading, writing, and playing and watching sports.

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Ram Chandran

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-243 MC
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Dr. Ram S. Chandran, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia, in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in dynamic systems, control systems, and fluid power systems.

Chandran views Kettering students as go-getters and feels that their skills in effective time management and leadership set them apart from students at other colleges. It was the cooperative education program that first attracted Chandran to teaching at Kettering. His appreciates that Kettering students are knowledgeable about the real world and that many of them can relate class work to industrial work and learn accordingly, often making teaching a challenge.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not involved with research and students, Chandran enjoys reading, exercise, and listening to classical music.

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Dynamic Systems
Electrohydraulic servo systems
Hydraulic systems

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Seeniraj, Ganesh, and Ram Chandran. "Study Into Effect of Dead Center Position on Pressure and Flow Ripples of a Variable Displacement Axial Piston Swash Plate Hydraulic Pump." The Twelfth Scandinavian International Conference on Fluid Power, May 18-20, 2011. Tampere, Finland: Print.

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Gregory Davis

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-121 MC
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Dr. Gregory W. Davis, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in automotive engineering and energy systems.

Davis finds Kettering students to be motivated gearheads and feels that it is the cooperative education experience that distinguishes them from students at other colleges. He enjoys working with students, especially those involved in the SAE design teams (Clean Snowmobile, Baja, and Formula). It was automotive engineering and the teaching reputation of Kettering which first attracted Davis to teaching here.

Once a student came to Davis' office to ask about his grade during the last week of the term. He wanted to know if was going to pass the Plastics course. Davis doesn't teach Plastics; at the time it was taught by an older faculty member, Dr. C. Davis! Davis informed him that he was probably not doing well and sent him down the hall to discuss his situation with Dr. C. Davis.

His hot tip for prospective students is to "join an SAE student team to maximize your experience!"

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching or working with SAE students, Davis spends time camping, hiking, fishing, and off-roading.

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Automotive emissions
Computer software packages
Engine development, multifuel
Engine testing
Finite element methods
Numerical methods

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Arthur DeMonte

Department of Business, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
4-318 P

Gianfranco DiGiuseppe

Associate Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-117 MC
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Dr. Gianfranco DiGiuseppe, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, with expertise in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and fuel cells.

DiGiuseppe has taught at Kettering since 2005 and finds Kettering students to be highly motivated, geared toward leadership, life-long learners and team players. He describes Kettering students as self-starters, leaders and passionate about their work and studies.

He came to Kettering to teach because of the University's outstanding programs, state-of-the-art laboratories and fuel cell program. The most rewarding aspect of teaching at Kettering is the interaction he has with students and their enthusiasm to keep on learning as much as possible.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Kettering is the place where you will interact with talented people. The University's state-of-the-art labs and classrooms will enhance your learning experience for years to come."

Hidden talents and outside interests: DiGiuseppe enjoys walking, playing tennis, attending movies and dining out when he's not busy with class work and research activities. 

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Deposition Technologies
Electrochemical Characterization
Fuel Cells/SOFC
Materials/Ceramics
Thin Films

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