Administration and Faculty

Senior Administration

Dr. Robert K. McMahan, Jr., President
Dr. James Z. Zhang, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Mr. Thomas W. Ayers, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Mr. Cornelius (Kip) Darcy, Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Enrollment
Ms. Susan L. Davies, Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations
Ms. J. Betsy Homsher, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Ms. Viola M. Sprague, Vice President for Instructional, Administrative and Information Technology
Dr. Christine M. Wallace, Vice President for Kettering Global
Mr. Donald G. Rockwell, University Counsel

Academic Department Heads

Ms. Karen Cayo, Department of Business (Interim)
Dr. Srinivas Chakravarthy, Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Dr. Leszek Gawarecki, Department of Mathematics
Dr. John Geske, Department of Computer Science, including Bioinformatics
Dr. Craig J. Hoff, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Karen Rogers, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (Interim)
Dr. Stacy Seeley, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, including Chemical Engineering and Applied Biology
Dr. Kathryn Svinarich, Department of Physics, including Engineering Physics
Dr. Karen Wilkinson, Department of Liberal Studies


The Kettering University faculty listed below have been designated to teach the graduate courses for our programs.  The majority hold doctorates and nearly all of them have consulting experience in industry and business.

Basem Alzahabi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. 1981, Damascus University, Syria; M.S. 1986, M.S. 1988, Ph.D. 1995, University of Michigan

Patrick J. Atkinson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. 1991, Kettering University; M.S. 1994, Ph.D. 1998, Michigan State University

K. Joel Berry, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S.M.E. 1979, General Motors Institute; M.S. 1981, Michigan State University; Ph.D. 1986, Carnegie Melon University; P.E., Michigan

Karen E. Cayo, Interim Department Head, Business & Lecturer, Marketing
B.B.A. 1979, M.A. 1980, Western Michigan University

Srinivas R. Chakravarthy, Department Head & Professor of Industrial Engineering
B.Sc. 1973, M.Sc. 1975, University of Madras, India; Ph.D. 1983, University of Delaware

Gregory W. Davis, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. 1982, University of Michigan; M.S. 1986, Oakland University; Ph.D. 1991,  University of Michigan

Raghu Echempati, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S.M.E. 1970, Andhra University, Waltair, India; M.Tech. 1972 & Ph.D. 1976 Indian Institute of Technology, P.E., Mississippi

Mohamed E. M. El-Sayed, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S.M.E. 1975, M.S.M.E. 1979, Alexandria University, Egypt; M.S.M.E. 1981, Ph.D. 1983, Wayne State University

John G. Geske, Department Head & Associate Professor of Computer Science
B.S. 1974, M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1987, Iowa State University

James E. Gover, Professor of Electrical Engineering
B.S. 1963, University of Kentucky; M.S. 1965; Ph.D. 1971, University of New Mexico

Rajiv Gupta, Adjunct
Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Purdue University

Huseyin R. Hiziroglu, Professor of Electrical Engineering
B.S. 1975, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey; M.S. 1979, Middle East Technical University, Turkey;  Ph.D. 1982, Wayne State University

Craig J. Hoff, Department Head, Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. 1979, Michigan State University; M.S. 1981, Michigan State University; Ph.D. 1992, University of Michigan, P.E., Michigan

Petros Ioannatos, Associate Professor of Economics
B.A. 1979, The Athens Graduate School of Economics and Business Science, Greece; M.A. 1982, University of Windsor, Canada; Ph.D. 1989, Wayne State University

Norman Irish, Visiting Professor of Business
B.A. 1969, Olivet College; M.A. 1972, Eastern Michigan University; Ph.D. 1984, Wayne State University

Beverly Jones, Associate Professor of Management
A.S. 1987, B.Sc. 1987, Northwood Institute; M.S. 1990, Central Michigan; Ph.D.  1994, Union Institute

Kenneth L. Kaiser, Professor of Electrical Engineering
B.S. 1983, M.S. 1984, Ph.D. 1989, Purdue University, P.E. Michigan

Venu Lakshmanan, Adjunct
B.S. 1983, Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology; M.S. 1984, Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences, University of Rochester; Ph.D. 1990, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Rochester

Cherng-Tarng (Tony) Lin, Professor of Industrial Engineering
B.S. 1972, Tamkang University, Taiwan; M.S. 1976, Villanova University; Ph.D. 1983, Iowa State University

Terri M. Lynch-Caris, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering
BSIE 1988, Kettering University; MSIE 1990, Purdue University; Ph.D. 2000, University of Michigan

Arnaldo Mazzei, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S.M.E. 1987, M.S.M.E. 1991, University of Sao Paulo; Ph.D. 1998, University of Michigan

Neil T. McCarthy, Associate Professor of Finance
B.M.E. 1965, General Motors Institute; M.B.A. 1967, University of Miami; M.S. 1971, Ph.D. 1977, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Robert K. McMahan, Professor of Physics and President
B.S., A.B. 1982, Duke University; Ph.D. 1986, Dartmouth College

Homayun K. Navaz, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering 1980, Mississippi State University; M.S. University of Michigan; Ph.D. 1985, Rice University

Thomas Ngniatedema, Assistant Professor
B.S. Applied Mathematics 2000, University of Yaounde; M.S. Mathematics 2005, New Mexico State University; M.S. Industrial Engineering 2007, Clemson University; Doctor of Philosophy, 2010/11, Kent State University.

Karen I. Rogers, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
B.S.E.E. 1986, General Motors Institute; S.M.M.E. 1990, Ph.D. 1995, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Juan R. Pimentel, Professor of Computer Engineering
B.S.E.E. 1975, Universidad de Ingenieria, Peru; M.S. 1978, Ph.D. 1980, University of Virginia

Ahmad Pourmovahed, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. 1977, Arya-Mehr University of Technology, Iran; M.S.M.E. 1979, Ph.D., 1985, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bassem Ramadan, Associate Department Head, Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.E. 1984, Beirut; M.S. 1986, Ph.D. 1992, Michigan State University

Richard Rantilla, Adjunct
M.S., Material Science, Brown University

Matthew S. Sanders, Professor of Industrial Engineering
B.S. 1980, M.S. 1981 Indiana State University 1980; Ph.D. Texas Tech University 1987

Peter L. Stanchev, Professor of Computer Science
M.S. 1972, Ph.D. 1975, D.Sc. Sofia University

Laura L. Sullivan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. 1984, Arizona State; M.S.E. 1988, Ph.D. 1992, M.S.E. University of Texas at Arlington

Mark G. Thompson, Professor of Electrical Engineering
B.S. 1976, M.S. 1977, Ph.D. 1980, Michigan State University

Mohammad Torfeh, Professor of Electrical Engineering
B.S. 1977, University of Isfahan; M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1982, Wayne State University

Etim Ubong, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
M.S. June 1977, Friendship University, Moscow; Licentiate (i.e. Ph.D.), 1985, Doctor of Technology, 1989, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Ravi K. Warrier, Professor of Electrical Engineering
B.Sc. 1972, University of Calicut, India; M.S. 1980, Ph.D. 1985, University of New Mexico

James Z. Zhang, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
B.S.E.E. 1986, Hunan University, PRC; M.A. 1993, Indiana University; M.S.E. 1993, Purdue University; Ph.D. 2002, Purdue University