Faculty / Staff

Pages

Mohammad Ali

Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-211 MC
Show Bio
Hide Bio

Dr. Mohammad Firoz Ali, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in Thermal Fluids, with expertise in adhesion, analysis of energy systems, experimental fluid mechanics, and laser velocimetry.

Ali feels that the valuable cooperative education experience distinguishes Kettering students from students at other universities. He enjoys the small class size at Kettering University and would tell prospective students that Kettering is "one of the best colleges for the money."

Hidden talents and outside interests: In addition to his working with fluid mechanics, Ali enjoys watching documentaries.

Research Associations:
Specialties:

Adhesion
Analysis of energy systems
Experimental fluid mechanics
Laser velocimetry

Publications:
Hide Bio

Basem Alzahabi

Professor Graduate Faculty, International Programs, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-111 MC
Show Bio
Hide Bio

Dr. Basem Alzahabi, professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of International Programs
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, with expertise in computational engineering mechanics, automotive noise vibration and harshness, and structural optimization and redesign.

Alzahabi has taught at Kettering since 1998 and believes that Kettering students know what they want to do with their careers when they arrive on campus, which is quite different from students at other institutions. In his eyes Kettering students are mature, hard-working and focused on what they wish to do and accomplish.

Alzahabi says that he chose to teach at Kettering based on the "Old Man Eloquent," authored by John Quincy Adams, which reads, "if your ACTIONS inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." He also explains that his favorite part about teaching at Kettering is the interaction with students and his work as an adviser for the Tau Delta Tau fraternity, B-Section.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Time goes very fast and students must be very serious about education. They cannot survive with their high school study habits. They can get behind very easily and sometimes it is very hard to recover."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Alzahabi enjoys reading, sports and traveling when he's not on campus conducting research or teaching. 

Research Associations:
Specialties:

Automotive noise vibration
Computational engineering mechanics
Computer aided engineering
Structrual optimization and redesign
Structural durablity

Publications:
Hide Bio

Patrick Atkinson

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-123 MC
Show Bio
Hide Bio

Dr. Patrick Atkinson, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in bioengineering, crash safety, orthopaedics, and solid mechanics (how things deform when they are pushed or pulled).

Atkinson finds Kettering students driven, innovative and engaged. He feels there is a lot that distinguishes them from students at other universities. He says, "They know what being an engineer is all about because of the cooperative education experience. . .they require and expect the faculty to be up on their topics." He feels that this results because they are so current and have the ability to handle an academic, work, and social life which makes them people "who are able to perform in a variety of settings." Because Atkinson's time as a Kettering student left a very positive impression on him, he had a desire to return and do the same job as his professors had. Atkinson enjoys "giving students a great engineering education and the additional courses/labs that allow them to specialize in engineering subspecialties."

His hot tip for prospective students is: "Just remember that what you do from the age of 20 to 30 will dictate to a large part what you will be doing from 30 to 60. On one hand, this is great; it's a blank slate, you can do whatever you want. On the down side, it is a blank slate: you have to decide on something."

Hidden talents and outside interests: In addition to an extremely strong commitment to his family, Atkinson finds time to enjoy music, playing instrument, karaoke and working around the house.

Research Associations:
Specialties:

Crash safety
Occupant protection
Orthopedic biomechanics

Publications:
Hide Bio

Theresa Atkinson

Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2109 MC
x9949

Joel Berry

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-103 MC
Show Bio
Hide Bio

Dr. K. Joel Berry, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Melon University, with expertise in fuel cells, heat transfer and computational fluid dynamics.

Berry, who has taught at Kettering and led the Mechanical Engineering Dept. for the past 21 years, feels that Kettering students are focused, committed and mature when compared to students at other institutions. Additionally, the three words he uses to describe them are determined, motivated and winners.

As a 1979 graduate of Kettering/GMI, Berry came back to teach because of the institution's ideas. Specifically, the Kettering student has a strong commitment to excel, which he finds pleasing. And his favorite part about teaching is sharing the joy of learning with his students.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Be prepared for a significant growth experience that will prepare them for anything else that comes along in life."

Hidden talents and outside interests: when he's not conducting departmental business or teaching class, Berry can be found on the basketball court coaching players on how to improve their game. 

 

Research Associations:
Specialties:

Computational Fluid Dynamics
Fuel Cell Systems
Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow

Publications:
Hide Bio

Erin Bolton

Administrative Assistant Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-103 MC

Dan Boyse

Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-201 AB

Janet Brelin-Fornari

Professor Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-221 MC
Show Bio
Hide Bio

Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Crash Safety Center
Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in dynamic systems and controls, crash safety, biomechanics, and accident reconstruction.

Though Brelin-Fornari finds Kettering students to be somewhat stressed, she also notes that they are driven and astute. She feels that the cooperative education work experience distinguishes Kettering students and makes them more astute in the classroom. She finds that "they have seen the real engineering world and they can relate the theory to it." Brelin-Fornari was initially interested in teaching at Kettering because the University has so many professional ties with industry. Since she is "best at applied research," she finds that Kettering offers an opportunity to continue working in an industrial setting while offering the joys and challenges of teaching talented students. She enjoys the ability "to share with the students the real-world application of engineering principles through crash safety research" and the reward of "seeing students begin to understand complex theories through hands-on discovery." She would tell prospective students that "wherever the student decides to go to college, find opportunities for co-op" because the "work experience (and not just a summer internship) is a great learning experience both academically and socially." She also would tell them "since Kettering has a well organized cooperative education program with so many different companies to choose from, it is the perfect place for the student to do real engineering, starting from the freshman year."

Hidden talents and outside interests: In addition to teaching, research and running the Crash Safety Center, Brelin-Fornari participates in activities that revolve around her family such as watching her children grow and learn, and giving them diverse opportunities through sports, spiritual growth and the arts.

Research Associations:
Specialties:

Automotive accident recontruction and occupant safety
Biomechanics
Dynamic Systems

Publications:
Hide Bio

Trish Brown

Advising Support Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-102 B MC

Ram Chandran

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-243 MC
Show Bio
Hide Bio

Dr. Ram S. Chandran, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia, in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in dynamic systems, control systems, and fluid power systems.

Chandran views Kettering students as go-getters and feels that their skills in effective time management and leadership set them apart from students at other colleges. It was the cooperative education program that first attracted Chandran to teaching at Kettering. His appreciates that Kettering students are knowledgeable about the real world and that many of them can relate class work to industrial work and learn accordingly, often making teaching a challenge.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not involved with research and students, Chandran enjoys reading, exercise, and listening to classical music.

Research Associations:
Specialties:

Dynamic Systems
Electrohydraulic servo systems
Hydraulic systems

Publications:

Seeniraj, Ganesh, and Ram Chandran. "Study Into Effect of Dead Center Position on Pressure and Flow Ripples of a Variable Displacement Axial Piston Swash Plate Hydraulic Pump." The Twelfth Scandinavian International Conference on Fluid Power, May 18-20, 2011. Tampere, Finland: Print.

Hide Bio

Pages