Department Chairs

Daniel R. Fuhrmann

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Daniel R. Fuhrmann
fuhrmann@mtu.edu
EERC 118
906-487-2550

Before coming to Michigan Tech in September 2008, Daniel R. Fuhrmann served as a faculty member for 24 years in the Department of Electrical Engineering (now Electrical and Systems Engineering) at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He was also a research associate in the Biomedical Computer Laboratory and the Genome Sequencing Center, both part of the university's School of Medicine.

Fuhrmann was also an ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow at both the Naval Underwater Systems Laboratory . . . 

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John S. Gierke

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

John S. Gierke
jsgierke@mtu.edu
Dow 630
906-487-2535

My approach to learning is not to rely only on the transfer of knowledge through lectures, reading, and rote practice. I place greater importance on providing opportunities for students in both classroom and research settings to develop their own problem-solving skills by attempting to solve problems independently. The best opportunities are those where the problem is new, requires synthesizing many technical aspects, and may also require the student to learn a brand new technical skill for some aspects.

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David Hand

Civil and Environmental Engineering

David W. Hand
dwhand@mtu.edu
Dow 871
906-487-2777

David Hand began his professional affiliation with Michigan Tech in 1982 as an assistant research engineer at the Environmental Engineering Center for Water and Waste Management. In 1984 he became a research engineer, and in 1987 a senior research engineer. In 1992 Hand became an assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and was promoted to associate professor in 1996. He served as program manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Center . . . 

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Stephen L. Kampe

Materials Science and Engineering

Stephen L. Kampe
kampe@mtu.edu
M&M 601
906-487-2036

Professor Stephen L. Kampe was appointed chair of Michigan Technological University's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, effective July 1, 2012. In addition, he has been named the new Franklin M. St. John Professor in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering . . . 

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S. Komar Kawatra

Chemical Engineering

S. Komar Kawatra
skkawatr@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 203B
906-487-3132

S. Komar Kawatra joined the faculty at Michigan Tech as an associate professor in 1977. He was promoted to Professor in 1985 and chaired the Department of Mining and Materials Processing Engineering from 2000-2002 when its programs were merged into other academic departments. He has served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2007.

Kawatra is an accomplished researcher, teacher, and lecturer. His primary area of research . . .  

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Sean J. Kirkpatrick

Biomedical Engineering

Sean J. Kirkpatrick
sjkirkpa@mtu.edu
M&M 301
906-487-2167

Sean Kirkpatrick is an accomplished researcher and teacher. His primary area of research is biomedical optics, specializing in the biophysical applications of light scattering for assessing the mechanical, structural and biochemical nature of biological tissues and fluids, and synthetic biomaterials. Of particular interest to him is the theory and application of the laser speckle phenomenon, as well as other aspects of coherent imaging. Other research interests include optical nondestructive evaluation of materials and structures . . . 

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William W. Predebon

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

William W. Predebon
wwpredeb@mtu.edu
ME-EM 808
906-487-2551

William Predebon joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in 1975. He was associate chair from 1993-1997 and has been chair of the department since 1997. Under his watch, the department has made great strides in conducting interdisciplinary research, growing the doctoral program, expanding research funding, and updating the curriculum and laboratories. He also brought diversity to both the faculty and student body . . .

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