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.

David Flaspohler
"Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul."
—Emily Dickinson

David J. Flaspohler

  • Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Programs

Areas of Expertise

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

Amber Kemppainen

  • Principal 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


  • 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
Heather Simpson

Heather Simpson

  • Associate Director, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success


  • Responsible for Parent and Family initiatives, programs, communication, and services
  • Provides support and outreach to transfer students, commuter students, and other special student populations
  • Coordinates the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success mentoring programs
  • Coordinates UN 1000 and UN 1010 courses

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

  • Associate Professor of Economics, College of Business

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