Mechanical Engineering Faculty/Staff

Susanta Das

Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-213 MC
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Dr. Susanta Das, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, with expertise in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell Technology and Renewable Energy Systems; Alternative Fuels Reforming process and Integration; Advanced Powertrain Integration Systems with Fuel Cells and Battery/Ultracapacitors for Transportation and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Applications; Advanced Materials for Energy Applications; Multiphase Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer in Thermo-fluids; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Analysis of Turbulent and Complex Fluids; and Phase Separation Dynamics in Multiphase Polymer-Liquid Crystalline Composite Materials.

Das has taught at Kettering since 2006 and finds Kettering students to be very focused, committed and mature compared to students at other institutions. Due to hands-on classroom and co-op engineering education, by the time students graduate from Kettering they are equipped with the essential know-how to work in a professional environment. It sets them apart from others who are lost when they first enter into the professional work place.

He came to Kettering to teach because of Kettering's students being active learners and eager to become knowledgeable about the subject matter. Das likes their curiosity, passion and drive to succeed attitude. He enjoys seeing what students are learning in the classroom and that they are able to implement the gained knowledge in the real-world applications. 

Hot tip for prospective students: "If you want to pursue cutting-edge engineering education and innovative emerging technology, and would like to be one of its leaders, you need helpful friendly professors 'who care' and a reputed engineering school with a hands-on, real world engineering program like Kettering that will nourish you to be successful."

When not teaching or engaged in fundamental research activities in hisgroup, Das enjoys travel, international cultural experiences, badminton, tennis, camping, hiking and fishing.

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Gregory Davis

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-121 MC
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Dr. Gregory W. Davis, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in automotive engineering and energy systems.

Davis finds Kettering students to be motivated gearheads and feels that it is the cooperative education experience that distinguishes them from students at other colleges. He enjoys working with students, especially those involved in the SAE design teams (Clean Snowmobile, Baja, and Formula). It was automotive engineering and the teaching reputation of Kettering which first attracted Davis to teaching here.

Once a student came to Davis' office to ask about his grade during the last week of the term. He wanted to know if was going to pass the Plastics course. Davis doesn't teach Plastics; at the time it was taught by an older faculty member, Dr. C. Davis! Davis informed him that he was probably not doing well and sent him down the hall to discuss his situation with Dr. C. Davis.

His hot tip for prospective students is to "join an SAE student team to maximize your experience!"

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching or working with SAE students, Davis spends time camping, hiking, fishing, and off-roading.

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Automotive emissions
Computer software packages
Engine development, multifuel
Engine testing
Finite element methods
Numerical methods

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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

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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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Dale Eddy

Staff Lecturer Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-135MC
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Dale Eddy, staff lecturer of Mechanical Engineering
M.S. in Manufacturing Management from Kettering/GMI Engineering and Management Institute.

Eddy, who is a graduate of the Kettering/GMI graduate program, has taught at Kettering since 1990. He feels the biggest distinguishing feature between Kettering students and those at other schools is that a Kettering student can handle a heavy academic load at a very swift pace, then turn around and be a highly productive worker at whatever co-op assignment they have during their work term.

The words he likes to use when describing Kettering students are mature, valuable and innovative. One of his favorite parts about teaching at Kettering is the chance to introduce students to the patent process and watching the gears turn in their heads. He chose to teach at Kettering for the opportunity to be a part in the creation of tomorrow's engineers, scientists and CEOs.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Hang on tight and don't forget to breathe!" In other words, Kettering terms are short like a sprinter's 100-yard dash, so the Kettering educational experience is rigorous but rewarding.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When he's not in the classroom, Eddy enjoys hunting, fishing, woodworking and beekeeping. 

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Creating Patent Drawings
Experimental stress analysis
Photography, high speed

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Kent Eddy

Staff Lecturer Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-115 MC
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Kent S. Eddy, lecturer of Mechanical Engineering
B.S.M.E and E.I.T. from Saginaw Valley State University, with expertise in CAD and HVAC.

Professor Eddy finds Kettering students to be intelligent and possessing above-average potential. He believes students are distinguished by a high maturity academically, emotionally and socially. Eddy enjoys encouraging students to set and attain their life goals. He says he was initially attracted to teaching at Kettering because he "wanted to be an encouragement and example to students to define their career and life goals".

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching or learning, Eddy cares for his children and enjoys raising over 35 varieties of apples and other fruit in his home orchard.

 

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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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Satendra Guru

Lecturer Mechanical Engineering 2-119 MC

Jeffrey Hargrove

Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-245 MC
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Dr. Jeff Hargrove, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, with expertise in bioengineering, medical research and mechatronics.

Hargrove, who is also a graduate of Kettering/GMI, has taught at the institution for 20 years and believes that Kettering students tend to be more equipped and capable to handle real world matters coming right out of school than students from other universities. Additionally, he believes Kettering students have a much better appreciation of the role of business and industry than typical college students.

Three words he uses to describe Kettering students are mature, competent and driven. One of the best parts of teaching at Kettering for Hargrove is the opportunity to integrate real life issues into academic issues as part of a classroom environment. He chose to teach at Kettering because he is a firm believer in the school's cooperative education model.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Realize that your work ethic is the greatest asset you have in terms of achieving your goals and succeeding here as well as anywhere you go in life. Embrace the idea that your commitment to your education and your co-op activities must be your highest priorities, and work hard toward both. That will pay off big in your future."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When he's not in the classroom or laboratory, Hargrove enjoys studying the history of the American Civil War and collecting Civil War memorabilia. 

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Bioengineering
Chronic centralized pain
Brain function and neural networks in pain processing
Mechatronics

Publications:
  • Hargrove JB, Bennett RM, Clauw DJ, Mashour GA, Briggs, LR. “Symptom Improvement in Fibromyalgia Patients Is Related to Reduced Network Connectivity As Measured by EEG Coherence”, Arthritis Rheum 2012 Oct;64(10 Suppl):348-9.
  • ­Hargrove JB, Bennett RM, Clauw DJ. “Long-Term Outcomes in Fibromyalgia Patients Treated with Cortical Electrostimulation”, Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Oct;93(10):1868-71.
  • Hargrove JB, Bennett RM, Clauw DJ. “Long-Term Outcomes in Fibromyalgia Patients Treated with Cortical Electrostimulation”, Arthritis Rheum 2011;63(10 Suppl):286-7.
  • Hargrove JB, Bennett RM, Simons DG, Smith SJ, Nagpal S, Deering DE. “A Randomized Placebo Controlled Study of Noninvasive Cortical Electrostimulation in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Patients”, Pain Med. 2012 Jan;13(1):115-24.
  • ­Hargrove JB, Bennett RM, Simons DG, Smith SJ, Nagpal S, Deering DE. “Non-invasive Cortical Electrostimulation in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia”, Arthritis Rheum 2010;62(10 Suppl):269-70.
  • ­Hargrove JB, Bennett RM, Simons DG, Smith SJ, Nagpal S, Deering DE. “Quantitative Electroencephalographic Abnormalities in Fibromyalgia Patients”, Clin EEG Neurosci. 2010 Jul;41(3):132-9.
  • ­Hargrove JB, Zemper ED, Jannausch, ML. “Respiratory Measurement Utilizing a Novel Laser Displacement Technique: Normal Tidal Breathing”, Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology 43(4) 327-331, July 2009.
  • ­ Hargrove JB, Lloyd JR, Radcliffe CJ. “Radiative Heat Transfer Properties of Electro-Controllable Fluids”, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer 125(6) 1058-1064, December 2003.
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