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Adjunct Faculty Graduate Faculty

Kathryn Schaefer

Lecturer Department of Business, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Drive
4-318 N
x7943
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Kathryn Schaefer, lecturer in the Business department
Master of Business Administration from Oakland University, with expertise in Accounting.

Schaefer finds Kettering students to be bright, ambitious and diligent, and believes that they "are definitely motivated to learn and desire to go beyond the textbook in their quest for knowledge. The practical, real-world experience through the co-op education program really gives Kettering students an advantage over their non-Kettering peers because it prepares them for life after graduation." Her favorite part about teaching is interacting with students in a small classroom environment. In order to teach Kettering students, you don't lecture to them, you interact with them via class discussions, group projects, and in-class exercises. The interaction is what really fosters the learning experience.

Her advice for prospective students: "A Kettering education is an unsurpassable investment in your future. In addition to acquiring the knowledge and skills vital to your area of study, the real-world experience gained through the co-op education program will jump-start your career ahead of your non-Kettering peers and better prepare you for life after graduation."

One of Schaefer's first experiences with Kettering students was subbing for an accounting class. As she was covering the topics that she was asked to cover, one student commented, "We already learned that." A few nodded in agreement as the rest of the class was silent. She then stated, "Excellent, then why don't you demonstrate to the class how to figure out the problem?" The student was speechless and the class started laughing. A few students finally mentioned that they hadn't covered that particular topic yet. So much for the attempt to get out of class early!

Hidden talents and outside interests: Shaefer and her husband have three very active daughters so they're usually at swim classes, dance classes, scouting events, or at home helping with homework. Shaefer also finds time to be outside as much as possible for walking, biking, rollerblading and swimming. As an avid gardener, Summer has become her favorite season.

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Peter Stanchev

Professor Computer Science, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-300 E
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Dr. Peter Stanchev, professor of Computer Science
Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Sofia University in Computer Science, with expertise in multimedia systems, database systems, multimedia semantics, and medical systems.

For Stanchev, Kettering students are motivated and confident with great problem-solving skills. He feels that when they are in classes at Kettering, that is their primary focus and what distinguishes them from students at other universities. Stanchev really enjoys the group discussions made possible by Kettering's small class size and was drawn to teach at Kettering by the tight knit Kettering community.

He would tell prospective students about the excellent faculty at Kettering who can assist them in reaching their goals.

Hidden talents and outside interests: Is it any wonder that Stanchev likes Kettering students so much? He is just as focused as they are, carrying on with his research in his off time.

http://www.kettering.edu/~pstanche/

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Laura Sullivan

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-113 MC
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Dr. Laura Sullivan, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington in Materials Science and Engineering, with expertise in biomaterials, polymer processing and service learning.

After 15 years of teaching at Kettering, Sullivan finds her students innovative, practical and successful at working in teams. While she enjoys teaching, she especially likes getting to know students outside the classroom through their involvement in organizations such as Engineers Without Borders.

Originally from Phoenix, Sullivan made the mistake of identifying the Red Wings as a soccer team during one of the first classes she taught at Kettering. She said she learned her lesson quickly and is now an avid Red Wings fan herself.

Sullivan feels lucky to be teaching the "Millennium Generation" because of their drive to make a positive difference in the world. "I can promise any student who chooses Kettering that you will have an opportunity to lead and to grow that will give you every tool to make the world a better place," she said.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not helping change the world with Engineers Without Borders, Sullivan sings in the New Century Chorale and keeps up with her sons' water polo and swim meets

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Orthopedic biomaterials
Polymers

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Nozar Tabrizi

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

Massoud Tavakoli

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-131 MC
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Dr. Massoud S. Tavakoli, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in product design and safety and vehicle collision reconstruction.

Tavakoli sees Kettering students as mature, ambitious and professional. In fact, he feels it is this accelerated rate of maturity that distinguishes them from students at other universities. Tavakoli originally came to teach at Kettering because of the close ties to industry and the opportunities to learn about what takes place in industry. It is the hands-on flavor of education, the laboratory intensiveness and the students that have become his favorite part of teaching at Kettering.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not in the lab or teaching his students, Tavakoli enjoys camping and community service.

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2D and 3D simulation of dynamic systems
Accident forensics
Automotive accident recontruction and occupant safety
Design Methodology
Failure analysis
Finite element analysis
Finite element simulation
ISO 9000 quality systems development
ISO standards compliance development
Machine design
Orthopedic and medical devices
Product development
Stress analysis
Theoretical and experimental vibration analysis
Vehicle crash dynamics

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Girma Tewolde

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 2-703 X AB x5642

Mark Thompson

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 L AB
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Dr. Mark G. Thompson, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in electronic circuit and system design, automotive electronic systems, and alternative/renewable energy systems.

Thompson sees Kettering students as intelligent, mature and hardworking. What sets Kettering students apart from students at other colleges, he believes, "is that they are employed by a corporate sponsor." It is this cooperative education experience that "tends to give them a more realistic view of their professional career environment and allows them to mature more quickly." Though the small class size and personalized approach to teaching is Thompson's favorite part about teaching at Kettering, he was initially attracted by "the emphasis on laboratory and hands-on activities tied to theoretical understanding."

He would tell prospective students that "choosing a college is an important life decision. It is a very personal decision that no one can make for you. Visit Kettering and any other college that you might consider. Ask questions, talk to people (professors and students), and get a feel for the place. If they have the programs, opportunities, and facilities to fulfill your goals, and you feel comfortable there, you should be able to recognize that you would fit in."

Being a proverbial "absent-minded professor," Thompson was sitting in his office one day "doing what professors do" and completely forgot that he had a class scheduled. About 20 minutes into the scheduled class period, one of his students knocks on the door and says, "Professor, aren't you coming to class?" Thompson jumped up and ran to the classroom but, of course, most students had already departed. He dismissed the rest of them and returned to his office to continue "doing what professors do," only this time with a very red face!

Hidden talents and outside interests: In keeping with his belief in "keeping physically fit to provide maximum enjoyment of life," Thompson enjoys outdoor activities, running to stay in shape, skiing, camping, hiking, and occasional mountain climbing. He keeps a sailboat on Lake Huron and fishes and enjoys boating at his cottage in mid-Michigan.

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Automotive electronic systems
Electronic circuit and system design
Fuel cell and hybrid electric vehicles
Integrated sensor technology

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Mo Torfeh

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 T
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Dr. Mohammad Torfeh, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Wayne State University, with expertise in control systems.

Torfeh finds Kettering students focused, efficient and hardworking. He feels that the cooperative education experience and their more realistic outlook distinguish Kettering students from students at other colleges. Torfeh was initially attracted to teaching at Kettering because of the practical aspect of the university, but it is working with his students and coworkers that has become his favorite part of teaching at Kettering.

He would tell prospective students that "cooperative education has a great value."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching, Torfeh enjoys activities with his children and reading news online.

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Digital controller design
Simultaneous engineering applications

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Lee Tuttle

Professor of Metal Casting Graduate Faculty, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700R AB
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Dr. B. Lee Tuttle, professor of Metal Casting
Ph.D. from Penn State University in Metallurgy.

Tuttle finds Kettering students confident, goal-oriented and mature. He feels that the two years of professional experience in their field that they have by graduation distinguishes them from students at other colleges. What first interested him in teaching at Kettering was the focus on learning by doing, utilizing a laboratory that was coupled with the lecture in nearly all courses. He enjoys the opportunity to work directly with the students in the laboratory to apply engineering principles.

His advice for prospective students is to "focus first on your academic endeavors to achieve success in this first phase of your life-long, continuous learning experience."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Outside the Kettering community, Tuttle is actively involved with another great community. He conducts role playing and learning training sessions for Cub Scout leaders and staffs Cub Scout special activities.

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Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
Non Ferrous Foundry Metallurgy
Permanent Mold Casting

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