ECE Faculty

Hua Bai

Assistant professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty ECE
1700 University Ave
AB 2703S
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Dr. Hua Bai, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, China

Hua Bai was born in Chifeng City, Inner-Mongolia, China in 1980. He received B S and PHD degree in Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University., Beijing, China in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Bai was a post-doc fellow and research scientist in Univ of Michigan-Dearborn, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Now he is an assistant professor in Department of Electrical and Compurter Engineering, Kettering University, MI, USA.

His research interest is the dynamic processes and transient pulsed power phenomena of power electronic devices, including variable frequency motor drive system, high voltage and high power DC/DC converter, renewable energy and hybrid electric vehicles.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Think globally, Act Locally". "Self-respected, self-disciplined, and self-motivated."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Bai enjoys snowboarding, hiking, volleyball, and gym.

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Michael Elta

Associate professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-703R AB
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Dr. Michael Elta, associate professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in solid-state devices, optics, electronics manufacturing and VLSI processing.

Another alumnus, Elta feels Kettering students have an advantage over students at traditional universities in that they gain practical experience from their co-op employment that can be directly related to their field of academic study.

He enjoys interacting with his capable and creative students in small classes, and believes the Kettering experience develops "real world" engineers.

Hidden talents and outside interests: Off campus Elta keeps busy motorcycling, skiing, kayaking and participating in shooting sports and martial arts. His artistic side enjoys photography and music and he keeps his cool by meditating.

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Sensor-based electronics manufacturing and control
Controller architecture
Electronic device/IC/process design
equipment modeling & control
flat panel display technologies
In-situ process diagnostic techniques
Laser-based metrology
Plasma modeling
Plasma processing in microelectronics
Real-time equipment control

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Dave Foster

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

Huseyin Hiziroglu

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 W AB
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Dr. Huseyin R. Hiziroglu, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in gaseous electronics, high-voltage systems, and power systems.

Hiziroglu views Kettering students as clever, hardworking, and hands-on. It is the practical understanding of certain concepts that Kettering students gain from the cooperative education experience that he feels distinguishes them from students at other colleges. Teaching high quality students is what first drew Hiziroglu to teaching at Kettering and has become his favorite part of teaching at Kettering.

His hot tip for prospective students is very simple, "study hard!"

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching great students, Hiziroglu enjoys a variety of activities such as classical music, opera, reading, and bicycling.

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Kenneth Kaiser

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 K AB
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Dr. Kenneth L. Kaiser, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in electromagnetic compatibility, applied electrostatics, and electrical safety.

Kaiser sees Kettering students as experienced and able to "get the job done" which he feels is what distinguishes them from students at other universities. The strong emphasis on teaching, the cooperative education program, small class size, and interaction of professors with students all figured highly in Kaiser's decision to teach at Kettering. It is the small class size and experienced students that Kaiser enjoys most.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not working with his students, Kaiser enjoys painting portraits in oil and beekeeping.

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Gerald Kozlowski

Lab Technician Electrical & Computer Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-804 AB

Jaerock Kwon

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-703 O
x5917
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Dr. Jaerock Kwon, Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering

Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Computer Science and Engineering.

http://www.kettering.edu/~jkwon

 

Kwon, who received his BS and MS in Electronic Communication Engineering from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea in 1992 and 1994 respectively, has more than 10 years of industry experience as a research engineer in embedded system software. His research interests are Artificial Intelligent, Computation Neuroscience, Intelligent Systems, and Mobile Robotics. Also Kwon has been working on mobile application development for iOS and Android devices.

 

Hidden talents and outside interests: Kwon enjoys pencil drawing and oil painting when not teaching. He plays baseball in a Korean team.

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James McDonald

Department Head, Professor of Computer Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-703 E AB

James McLaughlin

Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering 1700 University Ave.
2-703 Z AB
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Professor McLaughlin received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1960. He received an MSc in Engineering in 1962 from Ohio State University while pioneering radio astronomy instrumentation and data processing research under Professor John D. Kraus. Professor McLaughlin later received a JD with distinction from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He is a Michigan Attorney-at-Law, a registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and a Professional Engineer.

After teaching at Kettering for 43 years, Professor McLaughlin was appointed Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering. He continues to serve the university as Provost's Counsel and is available for consultation.

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Design of radio antennas

Prediction of radio propagation

Electromagnetic compatibility

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Amy Owens

Senior Secretary Electrical & Computer Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-703 AB

Karen Palmer

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering 1700 University Ave # 2-939AB
2-703 H AB
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Dr. Karen Palmer, associate professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in controls.

A Kettering alumnae, Palmer thinks Kettering students stand out because the cooperative education experience helps them mature quickly. "Our freshmen are like those at other schools," she said, "but by the time they graduate they are years ahead of recent grads from other schools - employers recognize that."

Palmer enjoys working directly with students both in and out of the classroom. She joined Kettering to be part of launching students toward successful careers in academics and industry.

For prospective students Palmer has this to say: "if you know you want to study engineering, science or business you won't find a better school."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Palmer relaxes by bicycle touring, cross-country skiing, hiking, camping and doing handcrafts like quilting and knitting.

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Juan Pimentel

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

David Szymanski

Lab Technician Electrical & Computer Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-2703B AB
x5338

Nozar Tabrizi

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

Girma Tewolde

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

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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Mo Torfeh-Isfahani

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 T
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Dr. Mohammad Torfeh, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Wayne State University, with expertise in control systems.

Torfeh finds Kettering students focused, efficient and hardworking. He feels that the cooperative education experience and their more realistic outlook distinguish Kettering students from students at other colleges. Torfeh was initially attracted to teaching at Kettering because of the practical aspect of the university, but it is working with his students and coworkers that has become his favorite part of teaching at Kettering.

He would tell prospective students that "cooperative education has a great value."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching, Torfeh enjoys activities with his children and reading news online.

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Digital controller design
Simultaneous engineering applications

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Ravi Warrier

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 Q AB
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Dr. Ravi Warrier, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in signal processing.

Warrier finds Kettering students to be positive, prepared and perspicacious. He feels that what distinguishes a Kettering student from students at other colleges is that "a Kettering student applies education to real world problems instantaneously." Warrier was originally attracted to teaching at Kettering by the unique learning environment but what became his favorite part of teaching at Kettering is the interaction with the students.

He would tell prospective students to be themselves, "be willing to be challenged and Kettering will open a door for you to a successful career."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching, Warrier takes part in social and humanitarian activities.

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Digital signal processing and controls

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Mehrdad Zadeh

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 P
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Mehrdad Hosseini Zadeh, Assistant Professor
Ph.D from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Zadeh, who received his B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Shiraz University, Iran and his M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, has more than 8 years of industry experience as an Electrical Engineer and Software Development specialist. He is interested largely in the areas of Haptics, Human Factors, Human Machine Interaction, Tele-Haptics, and Medical Robotics.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching, Zadeh enjoys playing soccer, pursuing physical fitness at the gym, and spending time with his family.

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http://www.kettering.edu/~mzadeh

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Xuan Zhou

Visiting Assistant Professor Electrical & Computer Engineering