Graduate Faculty Faculty/Staff

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, energy systems, batteries, 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, watching movies and dining out when he's not busy with class work and research activities. 

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Member of the Electrochemical Society (ECS)
Member of ASME

Specialties:

Fuel Cells/SOFC
Batteries
CFD/Modeling
Thin Film Deposition Technologies
Electrochemical Characterization
Impedance Spectroscopy
Materials/Ceramics

Publications:
  1. G. DiGiuseppe and L. Sun, “Long-term SOFCs Button Cell Testing,” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 11, 021007 (2014).
  2. G. DiGiuseppe, N. K. Honnagondanahalli, O. Taylor, and J. Dederer, “Modeling Studies of Tubular SOFCs for Transportation Markets,” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 10, 021009 (2013).
  3. G. DiGiuseppe, “Surface-to-Surface Radiation Exchange Effects in a 3D SOFC Stack Unit Cell,” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 9, 061007-1 (2012).
  4. G. DiGiuseppe, “Seal Leakage Effects on the Electrical Performance of an SOFC Button Cell,” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 9, 061006-1 (2012).
  5. G. DiGiuseppe and L. Sun, “On the Identification of Impedance Spectroscopy Processes of an SOFC under Different Hydrogen Concentrations,” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 9, 051004 (2012).
  6. G. DiGiuseppe, Y. J. Gowda, and N. K. Honnagondanahalli, “A 2D Modeling Study of a Planar SOFC Using Actual Cell Testing Geometry and Operating Conditions,” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 9, 011016 (2012).
  7. G. DiGiuseppe and L. Sun, “Electrochemical Performance of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell with an LSCF Cathode under Different Oxygen Concentrations,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36, 5076 (2011)
  8. R. Stanley and G. DiGiuseppe, “An Efficient Way to Increase the Engineering Student’s Fundamental Understanding of Thermodynamics by Utilizing Interactive Web Based Animation Software”, ASEE Computers in Education Journal, 20, No. 3, Jul-Oct, 2010.
  9. G. DiGiuseppe and L. Sun, “Electrochemical Characterization and Mechanisms of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy under Different Applied Voltages,” Proceedings of FuelCell2010, Eight International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, ASME Paper no. 2010-3349, Brooklyn, NY (2010).
  10. G. DiGiuseppe, “An Electrochemical Model of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Using Experimental Data for Validation of Material Properties,” Proceedings of FuelCell2010, Eight International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, ASME Paper no. 2010-3348, Brooklyn, NY (2010).
  11. G. DiGiuseppe and L. Sun, “Semi-Empirical Equations to Estimate SOFC Lifetime,” Solid Oxide Fuel Cells XI, K. Eguchi, S. C. Singhal, H. Yokokawa, and J. Mizusaki, Editors, The Electrochemical Society Transactions, Vol. 25, No. 2, p. 801, Pennington, NJ (2009).
  12. R. Draper and G. DiGiuseppe, “High Power Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for Auxiliary Power Unit Applications,” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 5, 035001 (2008).
  13. G. DiGiuseppe and R. Draper, “Optimal Design of Current Take Off Bus Bars for Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells,” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 5, 021013 (2008).
  14. G. DiGiuseppe and G. M. Licon, “A Modeling Study of the Effect of Cathode Delamination on SOFC Performance,” Proceedings of FuelCell2008, Sixth International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, ASME Paper no. 65030, Denver, CO (2008).
  15. G. DiGiuseppe, “The Electrical Performance of a 5-Cell Planar SOFC Stack,” Solid Oxide Fuel Cells X, K. Eguchi, S. C. Singhal, H. Yokokawa, and J. Mizusaki, Editors, The Electrochemical Society Transactions, Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 205, Pennington, NJ (2007).
  16. A. Iyengar, G. DiGiuseppe, N. Desai, S. Vora, and L. Shockling, “Computational Modeling of Thermal and Electrical Fields of a High Power Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell,” Proceedings of FuelCell2006: 4th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, ASME Paper no. 97053, Irvine, CA (2006).
  17. G. DiGiuseppe, “High Power Density Cell Development at Siemens Westinghouse,” Solid Oxide Fuel Cells IX, S. C. Singhal and J. Mizusaki, Editors, The Electrochemical Society Proceedings Series, p. 322, Pennington, NJ (2005).
  18. S. Gopalan and G. DiGiuseppe, “Fuel Sensitivity in Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells,” Journal of Power Sources, 125, 183 (2004).
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Yaomin Dong

Associate Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-145 MC
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Yaomin Dong, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in computer aided engineering, finite element analysis, metal forming and composite materials.

After 10 years working in industry, Dong enjoys the challenge of teaching students who bring their hands-on engineering experience and critical analysis skills into the classroom. He finds Kettering students have a strong understanding of real-life engineering issues and that the cooperative education experience helps them mature professionally and academically.

He is proud to be a part of Kettering University and feels prospective students will never regret choosing Kettering for college.

Hidden talents and outside interests: A self-avowed sports enthusiast, Dong enjoys playing pick-up games of basketball in the recreation center on campus, and he enjoys fishing.

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Raghu Echempati

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-217 MC
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Dr. Raghu Echempati, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in design simulation and metal forming.

Echempati finds Kettering students capable, talented, and goal-oriented, and feels they are different from students at other schools because their extensive cooperative education experience makes it interesting in class discussions. It is through them that Echempati feels a connection with industries. It is this connection with industry partners through co-op experience and the student thesis program that he enjoys the most and what drew him to teach at Kettering.

His hot tip for prospective students is that "they should continue to work hard while enjoying the cooperative education experience."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching or engaged in research, Echempati enjoys travel, international and cultural experiences, tennis, and jogging.

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Computer aided design
Fatigue
Finite element methods
Machine design
Manufacturing product design, synthesis and conceptual design
Mechanical design
Mechanism design
Metal-forming simulation
Sheet metal forming
Vibrations

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Mohamed El-Sayed

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-235 MC
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Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in design optimization, machine design, theoretical and applied mechanics, product development, and vehicle integration.

Dr. El-Sayed is well recognized technical leader in vehicle integration, vehicle development, optimization, and validation. He is SAE and ASME Fellow. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing and the Inaugural Chair of the SAE Journals’ Editorial Board. Through his research, teaching, and industrial practice he made numerous original contributions to advance the state of the art in theoretical and applied mechanics, Design optimization, product development, performance integration, vehicle development process, lean design, and integrated design and manufacturing. Currently, Dr. El-Sayed has over thirty years of industrial, teaching, and research experience, several patents, and over a hundred publications in the field of automotive design, optimization, development, and validation. Dr. El-Sayed worked as lead engineer and subject matter expert on design optimization, quality, durability, and reliability integration of several General Motors vehicles and architectures. He earned several awards from GM related to vehicle development and validation. Dr. El-Sayed has also worked as the director of engineering and chief engineer and consultant for several automotive suppliers.

Dr. El-Sayed views Kettering students as future engineering leaders and feels that they are different from students at other colleges due to their real engineering experience, leadership potential, and professional maturity. He had a desire to teach at Kettering because he believes "that engineering is an art as well as a science profession" and that "Kettering is one of the unique universities that provide a balanced experience in both." In fact El-Sayed's favorite aspect of teaching at Kettering is the "ties with the real engineering world and focus on experiential learning."

He would tell prospective students that "if they like technology and would like to be one of its leaders, come to Kettering."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching the engineering leaders of tomorrow, El-Sayed enjoys community service and conducting research.

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Design optimization
Machine design
Theoretical and applied mechanics
Product development and validation
Vehicle development and Integration

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Dave Foster

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 C AB

John Geske

Professor and Department Head Computer Science, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-300I AB
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Dr. John G. Geske, department head and professor of Computer Science
Ph.D. in Computer Science from Iowa State University, with expertise in software engineering, computational complexity, theoretical foundations, discrete mathematics, logic and the philosophy of computing.

Geske, who has taught at Kettering since 1994, describes Kettering students as driven, self-assured and hard-working. In his eyes, they are also more career-oriented and inquisitive than students at other schools.

He says that one of his most enjoyable pleasures of teaching is bearing witness to the "aha!" moment when students first understand a new and difficult concept that they were convinced they would never understand. He came to Kettering for the opportunity to help build the Computer Science program.

Hidden talents and outside interests: He enjoys the "New York Times" Crossword Puzzle, playing golf and walking his dog in the woods around his home.

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Huseyin Hiziroglu

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 W AB
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Dr. Huseyin R. Hiziroglu, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in gaseous electronics, high-voltage systems, and power systems.

Hiziroglu views Kettering students as clever, hardworking, and hands-on. It is the practical understanding of certain concepts that Kettering students gain from the cooperative education experience that he feels distinguishes them from students at other colleges. Teaching high quality students is what first drew Hiziroglu to teaching at Kettering and has become his favorite part of teaching at Kettering.

His hot tip for prospective students is very simple, "study hard!"

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching great students, Hiziroglu enjoys a variety of activities such as classical music, opera, reading, and bicycling.

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Craig Hoff

Department Head - Mechanical Engineering Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-103 MC
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Dr. Craig J. Hoff, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in automotive powertrains (conventional, hybrid electric, fuel cell), in-vehicle data acquisition, design for the environment, and thermal and mechanical design.

To Hoff, Kettering students are motivated and have the know-how to work in a professional environment. It sets them apart from others, who are lost when they first enter the work place. Hoff enjoys working with students that go above and beyond and truly want to make things happen. "This was the place to be to teach automotive engineering."

When returning from the Formula SAE competition in 2002, his team leader mentioned that he rode a horse to his school as a child. At first the group thought he was just kidding, but it turned out that he regularly rode his horse to his one-room school house. The team was quite amazed to hear this about someone so young, but it goes to show that Kettering attracts students from all kinds of places.

Hoff would tell prospective students who found high school easy, "Prepare to work harder."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Hoff fills his off hours with reading, traveling, and home projects.

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  • Controls
  • Modeling/simulation
  • Dynamics
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Petros Ioannatos

Associate Professor of Economics Graduate Faculty, Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-512 AB
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Education

PhD from Wayne State University

Courses Taught

ECON 201:  Economic Principles

ECON 342:  Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 344:  Intermediate Macroeconomics

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Beverly Jones

Associate Professor of Management Department of Business, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
4-512 AB
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Dr. Beverly Jones, associate professor of Management
Ph.D. from Union Institute in Management

What Jones appreciates most about Kettering students is their time management skills. She went into teaching because she wanted to share her knowledge and professional experience and she's glad she did because of her interaction with what she calls "smart, assertive thinkers" at Kettering.

She encourages all prospective students to come to Kettering for the outstanding learning experience cooperative education has to offer.

Hidden talents and outside interests: Don't get between Jones and a shopping opportunity. This self-described shop-a-holic is on a mission! She also enjoys traveling and keeping up with her sorority sisters.

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