Meet the Director

Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering and has been on the faculty at Kettering University since 2002.  Dr. Lynch-Caris earned a Ph.D. in Industrial & Operations Engineering (IOE) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2000, a MSIE from Purdue University in 1990 and BSIE from GMI Engineering & Management Institute in 1988.  Prior to her Kettering appointment, Terri taught at Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan and Purdue University.  While at Eastern Michigan she taught in the Masco Executive MBA program.  Her industry experience includes positions with General Motors Corp, Ford Motor Co., and Computer Horizons Corp. 

Dr. Lynch-Caris is an accomplished engineering educator having taught a variety of Industrial Engineering and Business courses.  Her teaching interests include Work Analysis & Design – Methods and Ergonomics; Systems Analysis - Production Systems Design, Scheduling and Simulation; Tools for Managing the Supply Chain; Environmentally Conscious Design; Senior Design Project; Probability, Statistics & Data Analysis.  As a participant in the Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum Workshop at Kettering University she developed and implemented a Tool for Inspiring Innovation in the Classroom (TIIC) and extended the tool to include biomimicry as an ergonomic design tool.  

Terri has received multiple awards for her work in the classroom including the Charles L. Tutt Innovative Teaching Award (2009) and Outstanding Teaching Award (2006) from The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kettering University. She is part of a multi-disciplinary group of faculty called the Kettering Industrial Ecology Team and awarded the TRW/CETL Educational Scholar Award (2007) for their team-taught course IME540 Environmentally Conscious Design & Manufacturing funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE #0511322).  She has received the Best Paper Award (2009) and New IE Educator Outstanding Paper Award (2006) from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Industrial Engineering Division. 

Terri has many conference and journal publications.  Her areas of interest in teaching and research include ergonomics & human modeling, statistics, work design & lean principles, supply chain management and environmental sustainability.  She has been an invited speaker to many organizations and serves as a professional reviewer for multiple professional journals.  She has held leadership positions in the Industrial Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and Institute of Industrial Engineers Student Professional Society and Alpha Pi Mu Student Honor Society.

CETL Advisory Board

CETL’s Advisory Board includes representatives with an interest in Engineering Education both inside and outside the Kettering campus.  Members serve voluntarily.  Interested constituents are encouraged to contact the director to fill rotating vacancies and changing needs of the university.

Laura Sullivan
Professor of Mechanical Engineering 

Matthew Sanders
Professor of Industrial Engineering

Shari Luck 
First Year Experience Coordinator

Karen Cayo
Interim Department Head of Business 

Jim Huggins 
Associate Professor of Computer Science

Gillian Ryan
Assistant Professor of Physics

Lihua Wang
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Mo Torfeh
Professor of Electrical Engineering

Laura Miller-Purrenhage
Assistant Professor of Humanities

Ed Masha
Lecturer of Mathematics

Sandy Alberto
University of Michigan, Flint

Student Representative from Academic Council from both

A-Section - Sachin Pindolia

B-Section - Dan Nagel