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Matthew Sanders

Professor of Industrial Engineering Center for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences, Graduate Faculty, Industrial Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700H AB
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Dr. Matthew S. Sanders, professor of Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Texas Tech University, with expertise in engineering economy, systems analysis, and project management.

Sanders views Kettering students as focused, mature and productive. He feels that Kettering students reach a high level of maturity in only two or three terms which distinguishes them from students at other universities. Sanders came to Kettering for the opportunity to see his "impact on students while they are here or not long after they graduate." He enjoys the practical applications of the academic curriculum and interactions with both students and their co-op employers.

He would tell prospective students to "get to know as many professors and friends as possible, interact with them and do not rush in selecting a major or work type."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Sanders' dedication to Kettering is at such a high level that most of his activities are related to or are in Kettering.

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S. Chakravarthy

Interim Department Head, Professor of Industrial Engineering Graduate Faculty, Industrial Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700N AB
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Dr. Srinivas R. Chakravarthy, professor of Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware, with expertise in applied probability, applied statistics, mathematics, operations research, reliability and stochastic modeling.

Chakravarthy views Kettering students as mature, respectful and helpful. He feels several things distinguish Kettering students from students at other colleges, such as the work experience they get when they are still studying, the faculty-to-student ratio at Kettering, the easy access to faculty, and the warm and compassionate atmosphere at Kettering which allows them to function effectively. Though the student population and the background they have by graduation and the opportunity to offer personal attention due to small class sizes first attracted Chakravarthy to teaching at Kettering, it is the "students' curiosity about the application of knowledge gained in the classroom" that he enjoys the most.

Once when he had to rush a class to finish solving a problem, Chakravarthy overlooked an error which he pointed out to the students the next day. He told the students that there are three things in life that one shouldn't rush. The second is eating and the third is doing mathematics. Immediately one student raised his hand asked, with a smile on his face, "what is the first thing?" Chakravarthy told him (without a pause), ". . .well for you young gentleman it is playing chess." This caused the entire class to burst into laughter.

Chakravarthy would tell prospective students to "get your algebra and trigonometry skills sharpened, develop good study habits and get into a good network of friends to help each other, and don't hesitate to take advantage of the faculty-to-student ratio and easy accessibility to talk to faculty members."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching, Chakravarthy enjoys reading, writing, and playing and watching sports.

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Farnaz Ghazi-Nezami

Assistant Professor Industrial Engineering 1-700 J AB x5994

Pete Gheresus

Professor of Industrial Engineering Industrial Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700Q AB
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Dr. Petros "Pete" Gheresus, professor of Industrial Engineering

Ph.D from Iowa State University, with expertise in various computer programming languages, engineering economy, manufacturing processes, and controls using ladder logic programming and ControlLogix hardware and Access Database.

Gheresus feels that Kettering students "mature earlier than other students because they are immediately afforded the opportunity to work with varied types of individuals through cooperative education, which cannot be taught in any academic setting." He says that Kettering students have the theory and also they know how to apply it.

Gheresus was first attracted to teaching at Kettering by the unique blend of academia and industry, truly the best of both worlds. He enjoys teaching students of varying abilities and learns from them because "many are able to bring back to the class the experiences or tools that they have used at their place of employment."

In preparation for one of his exams, Gheresus made a copy of the exam that had half of the answers on it. He forgot to erase the answers from those questions and didn't have the time to make new copies or make up another exam by the time he discovered it. Of course word got out and spread like wildfire. Gheresus was so embarrassed that he stayed away from campus for three weeks.

Hidden talents and outside interests: In keeping with his well-rounded background, Gheresus' extracurricular activities are diverse. He enjoys playing racquetball, exercise, reading, spending time with family and friends, and working with Kettering's pre-college students, who often ask questions no one has asked before.

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C programming language

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Rebecca Jess

Industrial Engineering IME Department
1700 University Ave
1-700 AB

Tony Lin

Professor of Industrial Engineering Graduate Faculty, Industrial Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700O AB
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Dr. Tony Lin, professor of Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Statistics from Iowa State University, with expertise in quality assurance, reliability and maintainability, statistical methods and design of experiments.

Lin finds Kettering students smart and motivated with more real world experience than students at other universities. Lin originally came to teach at Kettering in order to excite students to pursue knowledge in industrial engineering. He enjoys the ability to connect his teaching with practical industrial applications.

Lin was touched one day by a surprise celebration when his students brought a big candle and cake to the classroom to celebrate his birthday.

He would tell prospective students to "be an open-minded and independent thinker; work hard."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching or finding new ways to make things last, Lin enjoys time spent golfing, bowling, listen to music, and ball room dancing.

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Design of Experiments
Operations research and statistics
Quality control
Reliability
Statistical data analysis

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Terri Lynch-Caris

Professor of Industrial Engineering CETL, Graduate Faculty, Industrial Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700P AB
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Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Industrial Engineering
Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Industrial and Operations Engineering

Lynch-Caris feels Kettering students mature quickly due to the cooperative education experience where they learn to develop real-world solutions by utilizing concepts learned in the classroom. She sees that synergistic learning process go both ways when students bring their work experiences back to the classroom enhancing dialog on concepts in the textbooks.

Not all work and no play, Lynch-Caris is not above having a good laugh now and then - even when it is at her expense. During a serious Robots Honor Society ceremony students shared an '80s-era photo of her, complete with '80s-style hair, which lightened the mood and gave everyone a good laugh.

She recommends prospective students make an effort to gain leadership experience prior to coming to Kettering to help them understand the adult world better.

Hidden talents and outside interests: Juggling a demanding work schedule and three active sons. Amazingly, she finds time to ski on water and snow, go boating and sometimes even read a good book.

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Ergonomics
Industrial Ecology
Statistics
Work Design

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Mark Palmer

Associate professor of Manufacturing Engineering Industrial Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700G AB
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Dr. Mark A. Palmer, associate professor of Manufacturing Engineering
Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with focuses in environmentally conscious electronics manufacturing, including reducing processing temperature for forming lead-free solder joints and thermal fatigue and reliability; solidification processing, including grain growth and microstructural evolution, and development of as-cast microstructure; and innovative pedagogical practices, including development of student centered learning experiences, educational evaluation/assessment and continuous improvement, technology enhanced learning, integration of research and undergraduate education, and novel masters programs.

Palmer feels Kettering students set high standards for themselves and work very hard to achieve those standards and want to apply what they learn. He enjoys teaching at Kettering because he is able to teach the entire course, including the class session and laboratory. He feels there is a lot of equipment for student use and a clear dedication to student learning.

Palmer would tell prospective students that "this is a college where you will have small classes, access to faculty, be taught by faculty, and are guaranteed a relevant education."

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Doug Richardson

Industrial Engineering 1700 University Avenue
1-806 AB

Mark Richardson

Industrial Engineering 1700 University Avenue
1700 E AB

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