Graduate Faculty Faculty/Staff

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.

Mazzei has spent the last eight years at Kettering and finds that the University's cooperative education program is the distinguishing feature between Kettering students and those at other schools. Because students at Kettering achieve a degree of practical knowledge based on their co-op work terms, this makes it easier to direct them toward practical applications of what they have learned.

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, Mazzei loves to scuba dive. 

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CAE
Finite element analysis
Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH)

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Mazzei, A. and Scott, R. A.; 2011, ASME - Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, (Published online: 12 October 2011,Vol.133, Iss.6: DOI: 10.1115/1.4004605), Effect of Functionally Graded Materials on Resonances of Bending Shafts Under Time-Dependent Axial Loading.

Mazzei, A.; 2011, Journal of Vibration and Control vol. 17 no. 5 667-677 (Published online: November 22, 2010), Passage through Resonance in a Universal Joint Driveline System (http://jvc.sagepub.com/content/17/5/667).

Mazzei, A. and Scott, R. A.; 2011, Proceedings of the XXIX International Modal Analysis Conference, Jacksonville, FL; paper # 23, Transverse Vibrations of Tapered Materially Inhomogeneous Axially Loaded Shafts (http://www.springerlink.com/content/h145m6707j7m51x6/).

Mazzei, A., Scott, R. A.; 2011, Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, Canada; Assessing the Reliability of some Classical Mechanical Vibration Designs via Simulation Software. (ASEE link)

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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

Ahmad Pourmovahed

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-229 MC
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Dr. Ahmad Pourmovahed, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in energy systems and sustainable energy.

Pourmavohead appreciates his students' seriousness and innovation, but finds the humor in working with overly courteous students. For example, he volunteered a class to help out with the energy grid at Mott Farm, a teaching farm. One student took a wrong turn and wound up volunteering at the neighboring historical village all day instead - too polite to tell his hosts he was in the wrong place.

Currently coordinating Kettering's pre-college program on sustainable energy, Pourmovaded is expanding his influence to high school-aged students interested in alternative energy as a field of study.

His advice to prospective students is "always go with your dream."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not busy with students of any age, Pourmovahed enjoys traveling and meeting new people.

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Energy storage
Energy systems design and usage
Fluid system evacuation
Hybrid vehicles
Powertrain simulation
Thermal systems analysis

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