Making the grade

By Website Administrator | Apr 6, 2007

Nine Kettering University faculty members have been approved for promotion by the Board of Trustees, including the first two women to be named a professor of Mechanical Engineering.

The Kettering University Board of Trustees approved the promotion of nine faculty members at their March 2007 meeting, effective July 1. Promotion recognizes the significant accomplishments and service to the institution of these faculty members, and their commitment to teaching and research.

Significant are the promotions to the rank of professor of two women faculty members. Only 1 percent of Mechanical Engineering professors in the United States are women, and now two of them are at Kettering.

Promoted to professor were:
Dr. Patrick Atkinson '91, of Grand Blanc, promoted to professor of Mechanical Engineering;
Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed '86, of Bloomfield Hills, promoted to professor of Mechanical Engineering;
Dr. Bassem Ramadan, of Davison, promoted to professor of Mechanical Engineering;
Dr. Matthew Sanders, of Flint, promoted to professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering;
Dr. Laura Sullivan, of Grand Blanc, promoted to professor of Mechanical Engineering; and
Dr. Ali Zand, of East Lansing, promoted to professor of Chemistry.

In addition, the following faculty members were promoted to associate professor with tenure:
Dr. Ada Cheng, of Grand Blanc, promoted to associate professor of Mathematics, with tenure;
Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris '88, of Hartland, promoted to associate professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, with tenure;
Dr. Badrinath Rao, of Okemos, promoted to associate professor of Liberal Studies, with tenure.

Robert Simpson, interim provost, congratulated the faculty on their promotions and recognized departmental promotion committees and the university's promotion committee for their many hours of hard work.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
(810) 762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu