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Timothy Swartout

Audio/Visual Technician II Video Studios 1700 University Ave
4-321 CC

Leanna Sweezea

Central Receiving & Support Clerk Auxiliary Services 1700 University Ave
1-217 AB

Bonnie Switzer

Admissions, Graduate Office, Staff 1700 University Ave
5-116 CC

David Szymanski

Lab Technician Electrical & Computer Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-2703B AB

Nozar Tabrizi

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 M AB

Ronald Tackett

Assistant Professor Physics 2-323 K 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.

Research Associations:

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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Allan Taylor

Research Engineer Office of Sponsored Research 2-703 V AB x5656

Cherie Taylor

Event Planner Customer Service and Programs, Marketing, Communications and Enrollment, Staff 1700 University Ave
4-700 CC

Kevin TeBeest

Associate professor of Applied Mathematics Math 1700 University Ave
AB 2-135K
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Dr. Kevin G. TeBeest, associate professor of Applied Mathematics
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with expertise in computational mathematics, differential equations and thermo-fluids.

After 15 years at Kettering, TeBeest finds Kettering students tend to be more innovative than their peers at other universities. He credits their co-op employment experience which allows them to work with experienced engineers and other scientists during college. "They also understand that their education here is not the end, but is the means to an end, and will lead them to a more fulfilling career and broader life-long opportunities," TeBeest says.

He was attracted to Kettering because he knew his education and experience in both mathematics and engineering would be valued by the Kettering faculty and students. TeBeest says that when his math students discover that he also has a degree in engineering they seem to appreciate him more as their mathematics teacher, and that makes it easier for him to relate to them.

TeBeest finds it thrilling to have opportunities to relate mathematics to engineering and the sciences. One of his favorite sayings, attributed to Galileo, is "The language of nature is mathematics."

According to TeBeest, at Kettering students have a foundation that their peers at other universities will lack: an excellent education complemented with valuable co-op employment experience, which gives them a distinct competitive advantage. But he cautions that it is important to remember being at Kettering is a privilege that is continually earned by maintaining good grades and that studies come first. "You will have a co-op job because you attend Kettering and maintain good grades; you do not attend Kettering because you have a co-op job," he says.

Hidden talents: Complementing his professional interests is Dr. TeBeest's life-long interest in meteorology. Besides studying meteorology in his spare time, he also owns his own automated personal weather station that records the current weather conditions and uploads the data to national weather organizations and to his own personal web site, which also contains radar images, weather maps, forecasts, and various other features. His greatest joy, however, is spending time with his wife and children. Together they enjoy biking and also touring and photographing Michigan lighthouses.

Research Associations:

Computational Fluid Dynamics
Fluid flow
Numerical heat transfer
Numerical methods

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