Pavlis Honors College

Internal Advisory Board

The Pavlis Honors College Internal Advisory Board provides support to the college in its mission to cultivate thoughtful, passionate and authentic students who go on to positively impact the world as innovative scholars and leaders. The board’s mission is to advise the Dean on short and long-range planning, serve as advocates for the college across campus, and assist in the refinement of existing and development of new experiential-learning opportunities for students.

The Pavlis Internal Advisory Board is a drawn from a diverse group of Michigan Tech faculty and staff who have shown their support to the educational goals of the college and university. We are honored to welcome our 2018 inaugural board members listed below.

A. Nasser Alaraje

  • Professor, School of Technology
  • Program Chair, Electrical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

 

  • Digital logic design and embedded systems
  • Field-Programmable Logic Array (FPGA) architecture and design
  • Hardware description language
  • Processor architecture
  • Engineering technology education

 

Teaching Interests

  • Circuits
  • Data communications
  • Digital systems/microprocessor basics
  • Digital electronics
  • Digital design and modeling with VHDL
  • Microcomputer interfacing
  • FPGA design
Kathy Carter

Kathy Carter

  • Academic Advisor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
David Flaspohler
"Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul."
—Emily Dickinson

David J. Flaspohler

  • Professor, SFRES
  • Director of Undergraduate Programs

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation biology
  • Avian ecology and reproduction
  • Cascading effects of deer overbrowse
  • Island ecology

Amy Lyn Howard

  • Campus Diversity Educator, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

About me:

  • Hi! I’m Amy and I’m incredibly excited to be working with passionate students, staff, faculty, and community members to create a more culturally and socially conscious and inclusive campus community! While I’m not from the UP originally and have never experienced a true Yooper winter yet, I consider myself an “Outdoorsbian” and am elated to spend as much time outdoors [especially in the winter] as possible. In addition to loving the outdoors, I also consider myself a subpar weightlifter; a pizza/donut/coffee aficionado [which may feel contrary to the fact prior]; a hip hop enthusiast; a highly invested cat lady [I have two very needy cats – Mildred and Oswald]; and someone who loves people. My office is on the 2nd floor in CDI and whether you’re just passing through for some coffee, in need of a chat or a hug, or just want to come and discuss life – I’m here [with a big couch and a bowl of candy]!

Amber Kemppainen

  • Senior Lecturer, Engineering Fundamentals

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Spatial visualization
  • Engineering communication

Research Interests

  • Environmental life cycle assessments
  • Biobased fuels
Michael Meyer

Michael R. Meyer

  • Director - William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning

Specialties

  • Directs and coordinates center activities with those of other campus units
  • Holds pedagogical consultations with faculty and staff from all departments
  • Promotes new faculty development tools, training, and opportunities
  • Coordinates initiatives to support teaching and learning, such as the university testing center
  • Holds joint appointment as physics senior lecturer

Tony N. Rogers

  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Co-Advisor, Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Process simulation and improvement
  • Physical property prediction and measurement
  • Electrical energy storage

Kevin M. Trewartha

  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Links of Interest

Lab Website

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Aging
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Motor Learning
  • Sensorimotor Control
  • Memory
  • Cognitive Control

David Watkins, PE

  • Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water resources planning and management
  • Environmental systems analysis
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic engineering
  • Optimization methods
  • Learning through service

Research Interests

  • Integrated water resources planning
  • Use of seasonal hydroclimatic forecasts
  • Climate change risk assessment
  • Robust decision-making
  • System dynamics modeling

Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Teaching Interests

  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary Theory and Policy
  • International Economics
  • Economic Decision Analysis

Research Interests

  • Barriers to technological adoption
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Institutions and regulation
  • Informal economy
  • Growth and development