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Matthew O'Toole

Math 1700 University Avenue
2-100 F AB

Gina Rablau

Math 1700 University Ave
2-135 H
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Joe Salacuse

Math 1700 University Ave
2-100I AB
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Dr. Joe Salacuse is professor of mathematics. His area of interest is computational physics which includes molecular dynamic simulation of atomic and molecular systems in the fluid state to obtain equilibrium thermodynamic and structural properties of a substance. His most recent efforts involve comparing simulation results with real experimental results as a means of better understanding the interaction forces in a simple fluid such as krypton. Dr. Salacuse has published or presented several papers.

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Fluid systems

Atomic/molecular modeling

Computer simulation

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Nancy Stock

Math 1700 University Ave
2-135G AB
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B.S. from Lawrence Technological University in Electrical Engineering

M.S. from Oakland University in Applied Mathematics

Stock sees Kettering students as fun, bright, and mature. She feels that Kettering students are distinguished from other university students because of the closer relationship that exists between the students and faculty as a result of being a small university with smaller class sizes. She sees them as much more supportive of one another and connected with their professors on a deeper personal level. Stock's favorite part of teaching at Kettering is the satisfaction of knowing that she contributes to the molding and shaping of the lives of her students.  She was originally drawn to teaching at Kettering because it allows her to balance her professional life with her role as a parent.

Stock would tell prospective students to, "Review your pre-calculus/trigonometry before you start your first academic term.  Take advantage of all the opportunities at the school and at your co-op job.  Get involved in community service, intramurals, Greek life, clubs, student government, etc.  Kettering is more than just academics.  It's about shaping future leaders and CEOs."

Stock is married to Jack Stock, Director of External Affairs at Kettering.  Together they have six children.  She is also academic adviser to Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Hidden talents and outside interests: Stock enjoys music, playing guitar, boating, downhill skiing, international travel, sports and activities with her family.

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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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