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Bassem Ramadan

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-223 MC
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Dr. Bassem Ramadan, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics, combustion, fluid flow analysis and modeling, thermal systems design and modeling, energy conservation and analysis.

Ramadan finds Kettering students polite, well mannered, and professional and feels that the cooperative education program makes some of Kettering's students serious about their education, responsible, mature, and knowledgeable; setting them apart from students at other colleges. Ramadan was interested in teaching at Kettering because he was intrigued by the cooperative education program, because Kettering works closely with high tech companies and because of the small campus and relatively small class size. His favorite aspect of teaching at Kettering is being able to educate students, knowing that what he is doing has a positive impact on their future lives and careers, and the continued contact he maintains with students who seek his advice or guidance on their careers or higher education after they graduate.

Ramadan would give prospective students the following advice. "Take your education seriously. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get the education you aspire to, and if you don't get it during your years at college, it will be too late to try to catch up after graduation."

Once when Ramadan was giving an exam for one of his colleagues, he was a few minutes late because of his schedule. When he entered the classroom everyone applauded. He asked them, "Why are you applauding; you haven't seen the exam yet?" This made everyone laugh and helped to put them in a good mood before the start of the exam.

Hidden talents and outside interests: Ramadan has a wide variety of interests to keep him busy when not teaching or pursuing research. He enjoys swimming, skiing, exercising, woodworking, writing, listening to music, and of course fixing things.

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Richard Rantilla

Adjunct Faculty Graduate Faculty

Matthew Sanders

Professor of Industrial Engineering Center for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences, Graduate Faculty, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700H AB
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Dr. Matthew S. Sanders, professor of Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Texas Tech University, with expertise in engineering economy, systems analysis, and project management.

Sanders views Kettering students as focused, mature and productive. He feels that Kettering students reach a high level of maturity in only two or three terms which distinguishes them from students at other universities. Sanders came to Kettering for the opportunity to see his "impact on students while they are here or not long after they graduate." He enjoys the practical applications of the academic curriculum and interactions with both students and their co-op employers.

He would tell prospective students to "get to know as many professors and friends as possible, interact with them and do not rush in selecting a major or work type."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Sanders' dedication to Kettering is at such a high level that most of his activities are related to or are in Kettering.

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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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