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Jim Murphy

Project Specialist Marketing, Communications and Enrollment 1700 University Avenue

Molly Muxlow

Lab Manager Biology, Chemistry / Biochemistry 2226 AB

Steven Nartker

Assistant Professor Chemical Engineering 1700 University Avenue
2-230 AB
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Steven Nartker
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
2230 Academic Building

B.S. Environmental Chemistry, Kettering University, 2001
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University,2009

Work Experience
Engelhard Corporation, Iselin, NJ, 1997 – 2001 Automotive catalyst research group

CHME 200 Mass and Energy Balances     (developed)
CHME 300 Unit Operations    (co-developed)
CHME 301 Unit Operations Laboratory    (co-developed)
CHME 410 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics    (developed)
CHME 420  Applied Transport Phenomena     (developed)
CHME 421 Applied Transport Phenomena Laboratory    (developed)
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Research Statement
Currently working on developing membrane separation technologies that can be used in the purification of methane produced from anaerobic digestion.  The successful implementation of low cost and energy efficient membranes will lead to an improved biogas generation facility.  This research is focused on identification of membrane materials, construction of polymeric membranes using nanoscale production techniques and characterization of materials and devices.  Electrospinning technology will be explored as a technique to prepare fibrous membrane materials as well as materials suitable for sensor and battery applications. 
Research  Specialties
Nanotechnology, Membrane separations, Electrospinning, Microscopy, Surface science, Polymer processing, Catalysis
Select Publications and Conference Proceedings
1.  Nartker, S., Askeland, P., Wiederoder, S.  Surface Chemistry of Electrospun Cellulose Nitrate Nanofiber Membranes.  Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2011, 11, 1242-1247.
2.  Luo, Y., Nartker, S., Miller, H. Surface functionalization of electrospun nanofibers for detecting E. coli O157:H7 and BVDV cells in a direct-charge transfer biosensor.  Biosensors & Bioelectronics 2010, 26, 1612-1617.
3.  Nartker, S., Drzal, L.T. Electrospun Cellulose Nitrate Nanofibers.  Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2010, 10, 5810-5813. 
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Lawrence Navarre

Department of Business, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Avenue
4-318 Q

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, radiation and reacting flows in 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 flying.

Research Associations:

Computational Fluid Dynamics
Large Scale Computer program development
Multi-phase/multi-species flow
Porous Media
Radiation and aero-optics

  1. Navaz, H. K., Amin, M., R. Faramarzi, Kehtarnavaz, N., Kamensky, K., and A. Nowakowski, Air Flow Optimization in Retail Cabinets and the Use of CFD Modeling to Design Cabinet, Book Chapter 4, Retail Refrigeration. To be published Dec. 2014.
  2. Atkinson, T., Navaz, H. K., Zand, A., Jackson, J., Nowakowski, A., “Fate of a Sessile Droplet Absorbed into a Porous Surface Experiencing Chemical Degradation.,” AIChE J, 60: 2557–2565, April 2014
  3. Navaz, H.K., Zand, A., Atkinson, T., Gat, A., Nowakowski, A., and S. Paikoff, “Contact Dynamic Modeling of a Liquid Droplet between Two Approaching Porous Materials,” AIChE J., 60: 2346–2353, February 2014
  4. Gat, A., Vahdani, A., Navaz, H., Nowakowski, A., and M. Gharib, “Asymmetric Wicking and Reduced Evaporation Time of Droplets Penetrating a Thin Double-Layered Porous Materials,” Applied Physical Letters, 103, 134104, 2013.
  5. A. Gat, H. K. Navaz, M. Gharib, “Wicking of a Liquid Bridge Connected to a Moving Porous Surface, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 703:315-325., 2012
  6. A. Gat, H. K. Navaz, M. Gharib, “Dynamics of freely moving plates connected by a shallow liquid bridge,” Physics of Fluids, 23, 2011
  7. Reacting 3D Jet/Shock Layer Interaction,” AIAA Student Journal, pp. 4-7, Spring 2001


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Stacey Neil

Custodial-AB Auxiliary Services 5-700 CC
Kettering University

Burnie Nelson

Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-502 AB

Thomas Ngniatedema

Department of Business, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Avenue
4-318 I

Tommy Nguyen

Research Scientist Office of Sponsored Research

Bob Nichols

Director of Alumni Engagement University Advancement 1700 University Ave
4-936 Campus center