Mechanical Engineering Faculty/Staff

Craig Hoff

Department Head - Mechanical Engineering Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-103 MC
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Dr. Craig J. Hoff, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in automotive powertrains (conventional, hybrid electric, fuel cell), in-vehicle data acquisition, design for the environment, and thermal and mechanical design.

To Hoff, Kettering students are motivated and have the know-how to work in a professional environment. It sets them apart from others, who are lost when they first enter the work place. Hoff enjoys working with students that go above and beyond and truly want to make things happen. "This was the place to be to teach automotive engineering."

When returning from the Formula SAE competition in 2002, his team leader mentioned that he rode a horse to his school as a child. At first the group thought he was just kidding, but it turned out that he regularly rode his horse to his one-room school house. The team was quite amazed to hear this about someone so young, but it goes to show that Kettering attracts students from all kinds of places.

Hoff would tell prospective students who found high school easy, "Prepare to work harder."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Hoff fills his off hours with reading, traveling, and home projects.

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  • Controls
  • Modeling/simulation
  • Dynamics
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Sheryl Janca

Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Avenue
1-210 MC

Joseph Koch

Academic Lab Coordinator-Lead Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-220 AB

Henry Kowalski

Professor Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-139 MC
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Dr. Henry Kowalski (a.k.a. Doc K), professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in engineering mechanics and aeronautical engineering.

Best known for unleashing his students' explosive creativity in his Experimental Mechanics class, Kowalski has spent 43 years encouraging "outside of the box" thinking. He likes teaching at Kettering because it has "the best students in the world to teach - very eager yet very pragmatic." He also sees them as future leaders.

He says Kettering offers "the best damn practical engineering, science or business education with real world experience anywhere. It's an ideal education for future leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs or even intra-preneurs."

A bit of an intra-preneur himself, Kowalski has been known to trick his supervisor into purchasing the same kind of equipment three times under three different budget lines. He also lets students blow-up mailboxes and retrofit skeet shooters to test catcher's helmets.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not stirring up trouble at Kettering, he likes to visit parts of the United States he's never been to before in his truck. 

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Clinton Lee

Academic Lab Coordinator-Sr Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-224 AB

Brenda Lemke

Lecturer Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-219 MC
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Brenda Lemke, lecturer of Mechanical Engineering
M.S.E. from Kettering/GMI, with expertise in data acquisition, PEM fuel cells, instrumentation, and energy systems.

Lemke finds Kettering students determined and experienced with strong technical abilities and feels that they stand out from other college students because they "graduate from high school with knowledge and start as freshmen stronger than other students" and are "willing to tackle the demands of a Kettering education." Her initial desire to teach at Kettering resulted from the quality of the facilities and students and her favorite part is helping the students to understand what an engineer does.

Lemke's advice to prospective students is to "be ready to be challenged daily by the workload and the need to understand the course material."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not researching the fuel of the future, Lemke is a NASCAR enthusiast and enjoys gardening.

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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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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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Diane Peters

Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering 2127 Mott Building
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Dr. Diane Peters, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, with expertise in combined design and control of mechatronic systems.

Dr. Peters joined Kettering in 2013. She was attracted to Kettering in particular because of the school’s strong connections with industry and the students’ enthusiasm and drive. She thinks that Kettering students are talented, mature, and a lot of fun to be around. She enjoys teaching them and advising the students in both A and B sections of the Society of Women Engineers.

Hot tip for prospective students: “Don’t be afraid to come to office hours. I like to have students stop by, and sometimes there are M&M’s in the bowl on my desk.”

Outside interests: Dr. Peters enjoys sewing, woodworking, and volunteering with homeless animals when she’s not on campus working. She has two rescued dogs of her own.

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Mechatronics
Control systems
Dynamic systems
Combined design and control

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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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