Graduate Faculty Faculty/Staff

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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Kenneth Kaiser

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 K AB
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Dr. Kenneth L. Kaiser, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in electromagnetic compatibility, applied electrostatics, and electrical safety.

Kaiser sees Kettering students as experienced and able to "get the job done" which he feels is what distinguishes them from students at other universities. The strong emphasis on teaching, the cooperative education program, small class size, and interaction of professors with students all figured highly in Kaiser's decision to teach at Kettering. It is the small class size and experienced students that Kaiser enjoys most.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not working with his students, Kaiser enjoys painting portraits in oil and beekeeping.

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Venugopal Lakshmanan

Adjunct Faculty Graduate Faculty

Tony Lin

Professor of Industrial Engineering Graduate Faculty, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700O AB
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Dr. Tony Lin, professor of Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Statistics from Iowa State University, with expertise in quality assurance, reliability and maintainability, statistical methods and design of experiments.

Lin finds Kettering students smart and motivated with more real world experience than students at other universities. Lin originally came to teach at Kettering in order to excite students to pursue knowledge in industrial engineering. He enjoys the ability to connect his teaching with practical industrial applications.

Lin was touched one day by a surprise celebration when his students brought a big candle and cake to the classroom to celebrate his birthday.

He would tell prospective students to "be an open-minded and independent thinker; work hard."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching or finding new ways to make things last, Lin enjoys time spent golfing, bowling, listen to music, and ball room dancing.

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Design of Experiments
Operations research and statistics
Quality control
Reliability
Statistical data analysis

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Terri Lynch-Caris

Professor of Industrial Engineering CETL, Graduate Faculty, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700P AB
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Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Industrial Engineering
Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Industrial and Operations Engineering

Lynch-Caris feels Kettering students mature quickly due to the cooperative education experience where they learn to develop real-world solutions by utilizing concepts learned in the classroom. She sees that synergistic learning process go both ways when students bring their work experiences back to the classroom enhancing dialog on concepts in the textbooks.

Not all work and no play, Lynch-Caris is not above having a good laugh now and then - even when it is at her expense. During a serious Robots Honor Society ceremony students shared an '80s-era photo of her, complete with '80s-style hair, which lightened the mood and gave everyone a good laugh.

She recommends prospective students make an effort to gain leadership experience prior to coming to Kettering to help them understand the adult world better.

Hidden talents and outside interests: Juggling a demanding work schedule and three active sons. Amazingly, she finds time to ski on water and snow, go boating and sometimes even read a good book.

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Ergonomics
Industrial Ecology
Statistics
Work Design

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Arnaldo Mazzei Jr.

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-237 MC
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Dr. Arnaldo Mazzei, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in dynamics and vibrations of mechanical systems and computer aided engineering (CAE).

Dr. Mazzei has been at Kettering University since 1999 and finds that the university's cooperative education program is the distinguishing feature between Kettering students and those at other schools. Students at Kettering achieve a good degree of practical knowledge during their co-op work terms and that makes it easier to understand engineering topics that they learn.

He describes Kettering students as practical, interested and enthusiastic about learning as much as they can. His favorite aspect of teaching at Kettering is the opportunity to link theory to practical applications. He also enjoys working with students in one-on-one situations and decided to come to Kettering based on the school's focus on education.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Although most engineers like the practical aspects of the field, it is important to focus on basic concepts. These concepts allow us to think like engineers and to understand how our 'mechanical world' operates."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When he's not in the classroom or on campus, Dr. Mazzei likes scuba diving, shooting sports and activities that involve cars and motorcycles.

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Mechanical systems dynamics and vibrations
CAE
Finite Element Analysis
Automotive Systems

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Mazzei, A. and Scott, R. A.; 2013, Journal of Vibration and Control vol. 19 (5), 771 – 786, On the Effects of Non-Homogeneous Materials on the Vibrations and Static Stability of Tapered Shafts. (http://jvc.sagepub.com/content/19/5/771)

Mazzei, A.; 2012, Journal of Shock and Vibration vol. 19 (6), 1315 - 1326, On the Effect of Functionally Graded Materials on Resonances of Rotating Beams.
(http://iospress.metapress.com/conten/178x2514838261j5/)

Mazzei, A. and Scott, R. A.; 2011, ASME - Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol.133, Iss.6, December 2011, Effect of Functionally Graded Materials on Resonances of Bending Shafts Under Time-Dependent Axial Loading. (http://vibrationacoustics.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1471615)

Mazzei, A.; 2011, Journal of Vibration and Control vol. 17 (5), 667 - 677, Passage through Resonance in a Universal Joint Driveline System. (http://jvc.sagepub.com/content/17/5/667)

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Lawrence Navarre

Department of Business, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Avenue
4-318 Q

Homayun Navaz

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-133 MC
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Dr. Homayun Navaz, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Rice University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in aerospace, propulsion, combustion, computational fluid dynamics, fluid dynamics, radiation and porous materials.

For Navaz, Kettering students are mature, experienced and successful. He feels Kettering students are more mature, respectful and familiar with the work environment than students at other universities. Navaz enjoys interacting with students and ensuring that they become successful. He came to Kettering to teach because he felt he had "experiences that students can benefit from."

He would tell prospective students that he thinks Kettering has "one of the best undergraduate programs with labs for them to acquire the hands-on experience they need."

Hidden talents and outside interests: With hobbies as varied as his research, Navaz enjoys running, tennis, music and more.

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Combustion
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Large Scale Computer program development
Multi-phase/multi-species flow
Porous Media
Radiation and aero-optics
Refrigeration 

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Regens, James L.1; Gunter, James T.1; Amin, Mazyar2; Nowakowski, Albert3; Navaz, Homayun3Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, Volume 17, Number 6, 1 November 2011 , pp. 1229-1246(18), Parameterizing Potential Exposure to Sulfur Mustard (HD) Using Mixed Model Regression, Taylor and Francis Ltd

Homayun Navaz, Ali Zand, Theresa Atkinson, Bojan Markicevic, Albert Nowakowski, Michael Herman, Moshe Rothstein,  AAAR 30th Annual Conference, A Comprehensive Model for Multi-Component Multi-Phase Transport and Chemical Reaction in Porous Media (Agent/Substrate/Humidity), October 3 - 7, 2011

 

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Thomas Ngniatedema

Department of Business, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Avenue
4-318 I

Juan Pimentel

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