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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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Ray Rust

Academic Lab Coordinator-Sr Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-127 MC

Richard Stanley

Professor & Admissions Counselor Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-227 MC
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Dr. Richard E. Stanley, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in dynamics and vibrations (specifically in the area of internal combustion engines) and development of internet animation software for dynamics and statics courses.

Stanley sees Kettering students as intelligent, driven and career-minded. When asked what makes Kettering students different he says, "Kettering students come in as student interns and graduate as hands-on professionals, possessing an exceptional amount of confidence and forward-thinking abilities." Stanley feels that the students are his life, and he is inspired by their brilliance and confidence. He originally wanted to teach at Kettering because "there is no other school in the country with such a unique approach to education, a cooperative education school with a strong focus on education."

His hot tip for prospective students is to "get ready to work hard and earn the many benefits that come with an education here."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Stanley is a lifelong martial artist, teaching Tang Soo Do, kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitzu (BJJ) for more than 25 years. This allows him to relate many BJJ techniques to "mechanics" principles in the classroom and seminars.

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Combustion engines, internal
Experimental analysis, mechanical and thermal systems
Mechanical and thermal systems, experimental analysis
Numerical methods
Vibrations and dynamics

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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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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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Etim Ubong

Associate Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-225 MC
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Dr. Etim U. Ubong, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. in Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology, with expertise in internal combustion engines, alternative fuels and fuel cells.

Ubong, who has taught at Kettering for 13 years, believes Kettering students are one step ahead of their counterparts at other schools because at Kettering students typically know exactly what they want to study. The three words he uses to describe Kettering students are focused, result oriented and confident.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching at Kettering is the pride Ubong feels when his students graduate and go on to successful careers. And as far as the reason he chose to teach at Kettering, Ubong says that the school's efforts in researching fuel cells and alternative energy pushes him to enhance his study into his specific areas of specialization.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Consider studying alternative fuels and fuel cells, since our world will require new sources of power in the near and long-term future."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When he's not on campus, Ubong enjoys playing tennis and soccer. 

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Alternative fuels
Automotive emissions
Diesel engines
Emissions
Engine development, multifuel
Engine testing
Fuels (alternative)

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Paul Zang

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-107 MC
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Dr. Paul Zang, professor of Mechanical Engineering and PACE program coordinator
Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in heat transfer, mechanism design and symbolic algebra.

Zang finds Kettering students intelligent, motivated and personable. He feels that Kettering students have the ability to "push through complex problems." Zang enjoys when a student has an "I get it" moment. When he joined Kettering, Zang was most attracted by the University's "passion for excellence in educating engineering leaders."

Zang's advice to prospective students is simple: "be prepared to be a partner in your educational experience."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Zang enjoys coaching little league baseball and AYSO soccer.

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Heat transfer
Mechanism design
Symbolic algebra

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Maciej Zgorzelski

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-137 MC
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Dr. Maciej Zgorzelski, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Technical University, Warsaw, Poland, in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in CAD/CAM, computer graphics and thermal sciences.

In his 25 years at Kettering, Zgorzelski has come to appreciate his students' maturity and motivation, and he finds them very industrious. What he enjoys most about teaching at Kettering is "sitting with students at a computer work station and solving design problems together."

For students considering Kettering University for college, Zgorzelski says "go for it!"

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not unraveling design problems with students, Zgorzelski enjoys skiing, walking and reading.

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