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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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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.

http://paws.kettering.edu/~ktebeest/

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Computational Fluid Dynamics
Fluid flow
Numerical heat transfer
Numerical methods

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Cheryl Tenbusch

Purchasing Assistant Business Office 1700 University Ave
5-600 CC

Girma Tewolde

1700 University Ave
2-703 X AB
x5642

Girma Tewolde

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 X AB
x5642

Gary Thieme

Physics 1700 University Ave
2-615 AB

Mark Thompson

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 L AB
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Dr. Mark G. Thompson, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in electronic circuit and system design, automotive electronic systems, and alternative/renewable energy systems.

Thompson sees Kettering students as intelligent, mature and hardworking. What sets Kettering students apart from students at other colleges, he believes, "is that they are employed by a corporate sponsor." It is this cooperative education experience that "tends to give them a more realistic view of their professional career environment and allows them to mature more quickly." Though the small class size and personalized approach to teaching is Thompson's favorite part about teaching at Kettering, he was initially attracted by "the emphasis on laboratory and hands-on activities tied to theoretical understanding."

He would tell prospective students that "choosing a college is an important life decision. It is a very personal decision that no one can make for you. Visit Kettering and any other college that you might consider. Ask questions, talk to people (professors and students), and get a feel for the place. If they have the programs, opportunities, and facilities to fulfill your goals, and you feel comfortable there, you should be able to recognize that you would fit in."

Being a proverbial "absent-minded professor," Thompson was sitting in his office one day "doing what professors do" and completely forgot that he had a class scheduled. About 20 minutes into the scheduled class period, one of his students knocks on the door and says, "Professor, aren't you coming to class?" Thompson jumped up and ran to the classroom but, of course, most students had already departed. He dismissed the rest of them and returned to his office to continue "doing what professors do," only this time with a very red face!

Hidden talents and outside interests: In keeping with his belief in "keeping physically fit to provide maximum enjoyment of life," Thompson enjoys outdoor activities, running to stay in shape, skiing, camping, hiking, and occasional mountain climbing. He keeps a sailboat on Lake Huron and fishes and enjoys boating at his cottage in mid-Michigan.

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Automotive electronic systems
Electronic circuit and system design
Fuel cell and hybrid electric vehicles
Integrated sensor technology

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Michell Thompson

Customer Service and Programs, Marketing, Communications and Enrollment, Staff 1700 West University Avenue
2-328 CC

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