Academic Affairs

Endowed Faculty

Endowed Chairs

Andrea Da Costa

Herbert H. Dow Endowed Chair in Chemical Process Safety

Dr. Andre Da Costa

The holder of this position will develop and promote graduates with outstanding technical skills and cultural attitudes with respect to chemical process safety, assist other universities and departments in integrating concepts of chemical process safety into their curricula, develop a nucleus of faculty with research expertise in chemical process safety, work closely with industry and industrial colleagues to provide a resource for industrial training and research on chemical process safety and be a resource to the College of Engineering, the University and the larger academic community regarding the importance of safety in engineering design and implementation. 


Caryn Heldt

James and Lorna Mack Endowed Chair of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

Dr. Caryn Heldt

The James and Lorna Mack Chair emphasizing bioengineering will allow the Department of Chemical Engineering to establish national leadership in bioengineering research and education. The holder of the Mack Chair will be a leader in bioengineering research and education at Michigan Tech and nationally. The Chair will also involve undergraduate students in research efforts and teach undergraduate courses involving the cutting edge of bioengineering. 


Michael Drewyor

Roland Mariucci Endowed Chair: Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

Michael Drewyor

This endowment was created to appoint distinguished civil and environmental engineering practitioners to the Endowed Chair position. The gift was set up in support of helping the civil and environmental engineering programs in producing practical engineers.


William Predebon

J.S. Endowed Department Chair in Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. William Predebon

Dr. Craig Friedrich

Robbins Chair in Sustainable Manufacturing and Design

Dr. Craig Friedrich

This endowment was created with the intent to retain and attract high quality faculty who are dedicated to advancing sustainability across disciplines. These include, but are not limited to:  development of machines and transportation systems with low noise, low levels of air pollution and high energy efficiency; the development of the use of alternative and renewable energy sources; and the application of ecological and wildlife management principles in forestry best practices. Annual Report


Guy Meadows

Robbins Chair in Sustainable Marine Engineering

Dr. Guy Meadows

This endowment was created with the intent to retain and attract high quality faculty who are dedicated to advancing sustainability across disciplines. These include, but are not limited to:  development of machines and transportation systems with low noise, low levels of air pollution and high energy efficiency; the development of the use of alternative and renewable energy sources; and the application of ecological and wildlife management principles in forestry best practices. Annual Report


Robbins Chair in Sustainable Resources

This endowment was created with the intent to retain and attract high quality faculty who are dedicated to advancing sustainability across disciplines. These include, but are not limited to: development of machines and transportation systems with low noise, low levels of air pollution and high energy efficiency; the development of the use of alternative and renewable energy sources; and the application of ecological and wildlife management principles in forestry best practices. 


David Shonnard

Robbins Chair in Sustainable Use of Materials

Dr. David Shonnard

This endowment was created with the intent to retain and attract high quality faculty who are dedicated to advancing sustainability across disciplines. These include, but are not limited to: development of machines and transportation systems with low noise, low levels of air pollution and high energy efficiency; the development of the use of alternative and renewable energy sources; and the application of ecological and wildlife management principles in forestry best practices. Annual Report


Endowed Professors

Jeffrey Allen

John F. and Joan M. Calder Endowed Professor in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Jeffrey Allen

This professorship was created with the intent to provide leadership in research and teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics. Funds from this endowment  will also provide support for equipment and graduate and undergraduate students engaged with world-renowned faculty on cutting-edge research.


Gordon Parker

John and Cathi Drake Endowed Professorship in Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Gordon Parker

This professorship was created with the intent to retain and attract high quality faculty who are at the top of their profession, can excite students to think beyond the classroom material and know how to integrate their research into the classroom. The holder of the Drake Endowed Professorship will provide leadership in research and teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics. Funds from this endowment will also provide support for equipment and graduate and undergraduate students engaged with world-renowned faculty on cutting-edge research.


Charles C. and John G. Gates Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This professorship was created with the intent to support the Center for Technology Innovation, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (TILE) efforts to focus on existing models with activities that relate specifically to technology and engineering, in accordance with its mission and building on its existing strengths and resources. It will aim to prepare students to immediately, successfully enter business environments and/or to start their own businesses.


Shuanglin Zhang

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Endowed Professorship in Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Shuanglin Zhang

This professorship was created with the intent to provide support for an outstanding faculty member in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. 


Lucia Gauchia

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor (Energy Storage) 

Dr. Lucia Gauchia

This professorship was created with the intent to establish a vigorous interdisciplinary research program in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering. 


Greg Odegard

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor in Computational Mechanics

Dr. Greg Odegard

This professorship was established with the intent to provide leadership in teaching and research in mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering. Annual Report


Fernando Ponta

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor in Wind Energy

Dr. Fernando Ponta

This professorship was created with the intent to provide leadership in teaching and research in mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering. Annual Report


Timothy Havens

William and Gloria Jackson Professorship

Dr. Timothy Havens

This professorship was created with the intent to provide financial support for an outstanding faculty member in computer and information sciences. The holder will be an exceptional scholar and teacher whose expertise and activity bridges the disciplines of computer science, electrical and computer engineering and business entrepreneurship.


Dr. Bo Chen

Dave House Endowed Professorship

Dr. Bo Chen

This professorship was created with the intent to recruit and retain the most distinguished and highly sought nationally and internationally celebrated professors and support world-class research in the educational department specified by the donor.


 Daniel Fuhrman

Dave House Endowed Professorship in Computer Engineering

Dr. Daniel Fuhrmann

This professorship was created with the intent to recruit and retain the most talented faculty and support world-class research in computer engineering, computer science and information technology. The holder will be expected to demonstrate superior leadership skills in the conduct of his or her duties, with the objective of guiding and encouraging others to greater levels of performance. Annual Report


Dave House Endowed Professorship in Computer Science

This professorship was created with the intent to recruit and retain the most talented faculty and support world-class research in computer science, computer engineering and information technology. The holder of the Dave House Endowed Professorship in Computer Science will be expected to demonstrate superior leadership skills in the conduct of his or her duties, with the objective of guiding and encouraging other to greater levels of performance.


Dave House Endowed Professorship in Engineering

This professorship was created with the intent to support and promote exceptional leadership in the positions of Dean of Engineering, department chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, or department chair of Computer Science or their successor positions that might arise through consolidation of academic units.


Kui Zhang

Dave House Endowed Professorship Statistics

Dr. Kui Zhang

This professorship was created with the intent to recruit and retain the most talented faculty and support world-class research in mathematical sciences, computer science, computer engineering and information technology.


 Julia King

James and Lorna Mack Endowed Professorship in Continuous Improvement 

Dr. Julia King

This professorship was created with the intent to attract, reward and retain highly talented faculty and thereby assist in advancing the pursuit of new knowledge and innovative scholarship in chemical sciences and engineering. The Endowed Professorship in Continuous Improvement will have a focus on organic chemistry within the chemical engineering department. 


Yun Hang Hu

Charles and Carroll McArthur Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Yun Hang Hu

This professorship was created with the intent to provide financial support for an outstanding faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.


L. Brad King

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Endowed Professor (Space Systems)

Dr. L. Brad King 

This professorship was created with the intent to provide leadership in research and teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics. Funds from this endowment will also provide support for equipment and graduate and undergraduate students engaged with world-renowned faculty on cutting-edge research. 


Jeffrey Naber

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Endowed Professor (Energy Systems) 

Dr. Jeffrey Naber 

This professorship was created with the intent to provide leadership in research and teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics. Funds from this endowment will also provide support for equipment and graduate and undergraduate students engaged with world-renowned faculty on cutting-edge research. 


Stephen Kampe

Franklin M. St. John Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Stephen Kampe

This professorship was created with the intent to assist the materials science and engineering department chair with expenditures such as research, start-up for new faculty, supporting graduate students and equipment.


Dean Johnson

James and Dolores Trethewey Applied Portfolio Management Program Professorship

Dr. Dean Johnson

This professorship was created with the intent of the holder to serve as the Director of the APMP program. This is in addition to maintaining and advancing the program's reputation through national and international competitions as well as taking advantage of the opportunities and changes in portfolio management education.


Bruce Mork

Dennis Wiitanen Professorship in Electric Power Systems

Dr. Bruce Mork

The holder of this professorship will apply their leadership  efforts toward the continued advancement of the energy systems program at Michigan Tech University to a truly world-class level. He or she must also be an outstanding recognized professional, active in professional societies, have a strong history of industrial, foundation and government funding and have demonstrated research and educational accomplishments in one or more areas of electrical power systems, wind, solar and other renewable energy technologies, smart grid technologies, cyber security, converters, motor drives and electrical vehicles and energy conversion and storage.


Joshua Pearce

Richard Witte Endowed Professorship

Dr. Joshua Pearce 

This professorship was created with the intent to reward highly talented faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.


Keat Ghee Ong

Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Technological Innovations of Health 

Dr. Keat Ghee Ong

This professorship was created with the intent to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, drafting entrepreneur-friendly, start-up policies with community partners like the SmartZone and growing our local medical technology economic base in the community.


William Cooke

Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Preventative and Community Health

Dr. William Cooke

This professorship was created to focus on building high-impact, community collaborations in health education and research, growing the NIH research portfolio at Michigan Tech through research activities and mentorship of other faculty, and engage with Portage Health Foundation on community outreach activities and committees


Qiuying Sha

Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Population Health

Dr. Qiuying Sha

This professorship was created with to support the Partnership to Improve Health Education, Research, Infrastructure and Local Economic Growth grant.


Dr. Paul Sanders

Patrick S. Horvath Endowed Professorship of Materials Science

Dr. Paul Sanders 

This professorship was created with the intent to reward highly talented faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.


Endowed Faculty Fellows

Timothy Eisele

Chemical Engineering Endowed Faculty Fellow

Dr. Timothy Eisele

Joel Tuoriniemi

Edward and Betty Robinson Endowed Faculty Fellow

Joel Tuoriniemi

This professorship was created to assist the School of Business and Economics with its priority need to attract, reward and retain highly talented faculty and with its goal to grow the accounting program.