Adjunct Faculty Directory

John Dexter Bird III

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Debra D. Charlesworth

  • Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate School
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Specialties

  • Review of theses and dissertations
  • Presents and organizes professional development seminars
  • Processes withdrawals
  • Manages new student orientation
  • Manages the postdoctoral affairs office

Steven J. Elmer

  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
906-487-2324
sjelmer@mtu.edu
SDC P105

Research Interests

  • Neuromuscular function and dysfunction
  • Adaptations to eccentric exercise
  • Exercise-induced fatigue
  • Functional losses following injury
  • Cycling biomechanics

William J. Emblom

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Structural Analysis
  • Dynamic/Vibration Analysis
  • Failure/Fatigue Analysis
  • Design Engineering
  • Project Engineering
  • Wind Tunnel Test and Evaluation
  • Aerodynamics

John K. Gershenson

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Life-Cycle Engineering
  • Modular Product Architecture
  • Lean Engineering
  • Sustainable Product Design

Research Interests

  • Life-cycle design
  • Modular product and process architectures
  • Sustainable product/process design
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Lean engineering
  • Design for post-manufacturing issues
  • Mechanisms of innovation

Tammy L. Haut Donahue

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Mechanics of Multiscale Materials Research Group

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Finite Elements
  • Computational and Experimental Mechanics

Research Interests

  • FE model of human knee joint
  • Microstructural model of meniscus
  • Material properties of menisci, tendons, and ligaments
  • How musculoskeletal cells respond to mechanical stimulus

Jingfeng Jiang

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
906-487-1943
jjiang1@mtu.edu
305 M&M

Research interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Ultrasonic imaging
  • Image and signal processing

Dana M. Johnson

  • Professor of Supply Chain and Engineering Management, School of Business and Economics
  • Affiliated Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, College of Engineering
906-487-2803
dana@mtu.edu
Academic Office Building 121

Teaching Interests

  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Engineering/Six Sigma
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Statistics

Research Interests

  • Supply chain management and modeling
  • Service quality and patient experience in healthcare
  • Integrated management systems (IMS)
  • Benchmarking and performance measurement
  • Assessment standards and IMS

Joshua M. Pearce

  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Interest

  • Photovoltaic Materials and Electronic Device Physics of Solar Photovoltaic Cells: Gallium nitride (GaN) and indium gallium nitride (InGaN), Hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon (a-Si:H, nc-Si:H)
  • Applied Sustainability and Green Engineering: Solar energy, Sustainable development, Open Source Appropriate Technology, and Energy Policy
  • Open-source 3-D printing, RepRap (self-replicating rapid prototyper), recyclebot (waste plastic recycling to 3-D filament, low-cost metal 3-D printing, distributed manufacturing, ethical filament

Meysam Razmara

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Model Predictive Control (MPC)
  • Integration of Energy Efficient Buildings to Grid (B2G)
  • Exergy-based Control of Energy Systems
  • Powertrain Control
  • Solar Energy Integration with B2G Systems
Paul G. Sanders
"The more you do, the more you do."
—George Sanders (my Dad)

Paul G. Sanders

  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University
906-487-2339
sanders@mtu.edu
M & M Building 603

Teaching Interests

  • Integration of design, ICME tools, Six Sigma, and experiments to create new materials
  • Material (Metal) Design: Microstructure design through alloy and processing
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): Thermo-Calc, MAGMASOFT
  • Six Sigma: Application of statistical tools to material design; especially designed experiments
  • Synthesize new materials through melt, deformation, or additive methods
  • Apply design, ICME, statistics, and experiments in undergraduate project work (Enterprise and Capstone Design experiences)

Research Interests

  • Material Design in aluminum, ferrous, nickel, and zinc systems
  • Application of ICME and statistical tools to material design; use designed experiments (especially mixture DOEs) to assess thermodynamic and kinetic processing space
  • Experimental verification of simulated material designs through metal casting, wrought (extrusion, rolling, drawing, swaging) processing, and/or additive manufacturing
  • Design and assess mechanical (tensile/fatigue/creep), electrical (conductivity), wear, and corrosion properties
  • Applications in sustainability, transportation (light weighting), efficiency (high temperature stability), and wear resistance (in process surface optimization)
  • Research areas: high temperature aluminum, cast iron, and nickel alloys; high strength aluminum, aluminum and steel alloys for additive manufacturing

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology for Electrochemical Energy Storage (Batteries and Supercapacitors)
  • Nanogenerators and Piezotronic Sciences
  • Nanoscale Degradation of Fuel Cell Materials
  • Nanoscale Properties of Low Dimensional Materials for Thermoelectrics and Nanoelectronics
  • Mechanics of Bio and Nano Materials and Composites
  • In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy

Tolou Shokuhfar

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic implants

Sheryl A. Sorby

  • Professor Emerita, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
906-487-3393
sheryl@mtu.edu
MEEM 825

Teaching Interests

  • Advanced structural analysis
  • Finite elements
  • Computer applications/mechanics

Research Interests

  • Advanced composite materials for use in civil infrastructure
  • 3-D computer graphics for visualization of complex behaviors

Kelly S. Steelman

  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
906-487-1730
steelman@mtu.edu
Meese Center 102

Research Interests

  • Basic and applied attention
  • Models of attention
  • Human performance in aviation
  • Instructional design
  • Display design
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Cortino Sukotjo

  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

John W. Sutherland

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing
  • Quality
  • Machining
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Manufacturing and environment/sustainability
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Stanislaw Szwaja

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics