Faculty members that join RISE come from varying fields in computer science, forestry, engineering, technology, biology, and cognitive and learning sciences. To join RISE, please contact us! If you feel your Center can become a RISE Center, learn about our Collaborative Centers. If you wish to support RISE activities, become a sponsor.

Biological Sciences

Chandrashekhar Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

  • Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, CFRES

Research Interests: Biological Sciences

  • Plant Molecular Genetics

Areas of Expertise: Biology and Forestry

  • Cellulose and lignin biosynthesis in trees
  • Wood formation
  • Tree growth and development
  • Engineering trees
  • Forest bioinformatics/computational biology


Biomedical Engineering

Steven Lehmann

Steven D. Lehmann

  • Staff Engineer II, Biomedical Engineering
  • Advisor, Velovations Enterprise


  •  LabVIEW programming and instruction
  • Data Acquisition
  • Test Automation
  • Sensors

Chemical Engineering

Caryn Heldt

  • Director, Health Research Institute
  • James and Lorna Mack Endowed Chair of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Bioseparations
  • Virus removal and detection
  • Biosensors

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

David R. Shonnard

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Robbins Chair in Sustainable Use of Materials

Research Interests

  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Alternative energy/Biofuels
  • Sustainability


Patricia A. Heiden

  • Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Synthesizing, processing, and characterizing polymers and composites or nanoparticles
  • Stimulus-response nanoparticles for drug delivery
  • Electrospinning of nanofibers for tissue scaffolds
  • Structured nanoparticles for low-leaching wood preservation
  • Biocomposites and biofibers
  • Studies of controlled nanoscale interfaces of rice-hull reinforced composites
  • Engineered wood- or biopolymer-reinforced composites having improved processing, longevity, moisture resistance, and mechanical properties

Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Henrique (Kiko) de Melo e Silva

  • Research Engineer II, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Audra Morse, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE

  • Department Chair, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Built World Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Water reclamation systems and Fate of personal products in treatment systems

R. Andrew Swartz, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Application computationally efficient and robust embedded algorithms for monitoring and protection of civil infrastructure assets such as buildings, bridges, pipelines, wind turbines, roadways, and railroads.

Norma Veurink

  • Adjunct Teaching Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Christopher Wojick

Christopher Wojick

  • Senior Researcher, Program Evaluation
  • Great Lakes Research Center

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Susan L. Amato-Henderson

  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Motivation Science
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Impact of Values on Behavior
  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Individual Differences in STEM Learning

Bradley H. Baltensperger

  • Emeritus Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Research Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • STEM Learning and Teaching
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Earth Science Education
Amanda Gonczi

Amanda Gonczi

  • Associate Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director of Research and Evaluation, Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform

Areas of Expertise 

  • Design and implementation of professional development for K-12 and undergraduate STEM teachers
  • K-12 STEM education research 
  • Program evaluation 

Amanda's CV

Research Interests

  • Instructional practices that support environmental literacy and stewardship
  • Integration of computing into STEM education
  • Teachers beliefs about reforms-based science instruction including nature of science, inquiry, engineering, Next Generation Science Standards, and technology integration
  • Professional development elements (remote and face-to-face) that support instructional change, teacher leadership and reforms-based science instruction
  • Using levels of inquiry to support teachers' understanding and integration of mathematical and scientific inquiry in k-12 education
  • Teachers' understandings regarding key concepts in science including respiration and photosynthesis

Kedmon N. Hungwe

  • Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Cultural foundations of cognition 
  •  Media theory and criticism
  • Lifespan development theory
  • STEM education

Kelly S. Steelman

  • Department Chair and Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science

Research Interests

  • Basic and applied attention
  • Models of attention
  • Human performance in aviation
  • Display design
  • Tech adoption
  • Technology training

College of Computing

Yu Cai

  • Professor, Department of Applied Computing
  • Associate Chair, Department of Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Professor, Computational Science and Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Network
  • Computing Education

College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Andrew Burton
"Every day in the woods is a good day - don't get so caught up in the work at hand that you forget to look around and appreciate where you are."

Andrew J. Burton

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Interim Associate Dean for Research
  • Coordinator of Interdisciplinary, Multi-Institutional Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest responses to global change factors
  • Belowground processes
  • Carbon and nutrient cycling
  • Physiological ecology of tree roots
  • Undergraduate involvement in research
David Flaspohler
"Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul."
—Emily Dickinson

David J. Flaspohler

  • Interim Dean & Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Programs

Areas of Expertise

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

Computer Science

Briana Bettin

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • User experience
  • Human factors
  • Human-computer Interactions
  • Mental models
  • Information representation
  • Rural digital literacy
  • Education, engagement, and retention
  • Digital anthropology 

Laura E. Brown

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Director, Data Science Graduate Program

Area of Expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Data Mining and Data Science
  • Applications of AI and ML to Energy (microgrids, power systems), Health, and other domains

Scott A. Kuhl

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor, Husky Game Development Enterprise

Area of Expertise

  • Computer Graphics
  • Virtual Environments
  • Head-mounted displays
  • Human Perception

Denise Landsberg

  • Academic Advisor, Computer Science

Linda Ott

  • Professor, Computer Science

Area of Expertise

  • Software Measurement
  • Software Processes
  • Software Engineering Education
  • Women in Computing
  • Retention in Undergraduate CS Education

Robert Pastel

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor, Humane Interface Design Enterprise

Links of Interest

Area of Expertise

  • Mobile App Design and Usability
  • Software Development and Processes
  • Computer Science Education

Leo C. Ureel II

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Coordinator, College of Computing Learning Center

Area of Expertise

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science Education
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Charles Wallace

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction, College of Computing
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • software usability & accessibility
  • gerontechnology
  • smart & connected communities
  • communication in software development
  • agile development methods
  • applied formal methods
  • computing ethics
  • sustainable computing
  • computer science & software engineering education

Engineering Fundamentals

Brett Hamlin

  • Teaching Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Instructor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Research Interests

  • Educational methods
  • Student engagement and experience
  • Student community development
  • Cross discipline holistic education

Mary Raber

  • Chair and Professor of Practice, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Director, Tech Forward 21st Century Education Initiative
  • Co-director, Husky Innovate

Areas of Expertise

  • Design Thinking
  • Strategic Doing
  • Lean Start-up/Entrepreneurship
  • Educational Innovation

Research Interests

  • College to Work Transition
  • Educational Innovation
  • Engineering Identity Formation

Sarah Tan

  • Research Assistant Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Affiliated Research Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Education Assessment Specialist, IDEAhub

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Educational Research and Assessment

  • Project Evaluation

  • Culture Difference

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis

  • Statistical Analysis

  • R Programming Language

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Glen E. Archer

  • Teaching Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Image processing
  • Undergraduate EE labs
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Electronic warfare
  • Information operations

Jeremy P. Bos

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Robotic Systems Enterprise

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Atmospheric optics
  • Statistical optics
  • Quantum optics
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Autonomous vehicles and vehicular networks
  • Industrial automation and controls
Nagesh Hatti

Nagesh Hatti

  • Director, The Enterprise Program and Chair, Enterprise Governing Board
  • Advisor, ITOxygen


  • Corporate/Industry Sponsorship
  • Program Management

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Luke Bowman

  • Research Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Curriculum Development Assistant

John S. Gierke, PE

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Hydrogeology
  • Ground water Engineering
  • Contaminant Transport
  • Subsurface Remediation

Research Interests

  • Field performance of air sparging for removing volatile organic chemicals from ground water
  • Volatile organic vapor transport in unsaturated soils
  • Sulfur dioxide interactions with volcanic ash

Jacqueline E. Huntoon

  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences


  • Geoscience
  • Teacher Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment

Nathan D. Manser

  • Professor of Practice, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor, Innovative Global Solutions Enterprise

Teaching Interests

  • Engineering Problem Solving and Analysis
  • Systems Modeling
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Mining Methods and Materials Handling 

Research Interests

  • Biotechnology Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Consequences of Mining Waste
  • Engineering Education 

Thomas Oommen

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Methods in Geomechanics
  • Computational Geoscience
  • Remote Sensing for Geotechniques
  • Geostatistics and Data Analysis
  • Engineering Geology and Geoinformatics

Research Interests

  • Liquefaction susceptibility evaluation at local and regional scales using in-situ measurements and remote sensing observations
  • Estimating liquefaction induced damage such as lateral spread displacement
  • Transportation Geotechniques
  • Documenting earthquake induced damages, especially liquefaction using aerial/satellite images that are sensitive to surficial moisture
  • Geotechnical asset monitoring
  • Machine Learning

Shiliang Wu

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Interactions among climate, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, and land use/land cover
  • Impacts of global change on atmospheric chemistry and long-range transport of air pollution
  • Anthropogenic perturbations to the atmosphere and implications for environmental sustainability
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions, especially in the context of global change
  • Impacts of aerosols on the global hydrological cycle

Great Lakes Research Center

Erika Vye

Erika Vye

  • Geosciences Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center

Areas of Interest

  • Geosciences Education
  • Geoconservation
  • Geoheritage
  • National Marine Sanctuary
  • Great Lakes Indigenous Knowledge
  • University-Indigenous Community Partnerships


Erin Smith
"Also, you'll find a pair of safety glasses and some earplugs under your seats. Please feel free to use them."
—Max Fischer, Rushmore

Erin Smith

  • Director, Humanities Digital Media Zone
  • Teaching Professor in Digital Media and Cinema, Humanities
  • Faculty Advisor, Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise

Links of Interest

41 North Film Festival


  • Digital Media Production
  • Documentary Production and Theory
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Academic Technology Administration
  • British Literature

Keweenaw Research Center

Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

John L. Irwin

  • Professor and Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director, Research and Innovation in STEAM Education Institute (RISE)

Research Interests

  • Problem-based learning methods applied in the areas of CAD/CAM
  • Static and dynamic model simulation
  • Product and manufacturing work cell verification

Teaching Interests

  • Parametric Modeling
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Product Design and Development
  • CAE and FEA Methods
  • Computer-aided Manufacturing
  • Senior Design

Kevin M. Johnson

  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Faculty Advisor, SAE Baja Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Research Interests
  • Hydraulics
  • Vibrations/Modal Analysis

Teaching Interests

  • Applied fluid power
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Vibrations

David M. Labyak

  • Assistant Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Faculty Advisor, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics—Solid Mechanics
    • Head Impacts
    • Helmet Performance and Design
  • Solid Mechanics
    • Finite Element Analysis and Vibration Analysis


  • Understanding football helmet design and performance
  • Solid mechanics and finite element analysis methods
  • Helping student groups (such as Baha and Clean Snowmobile) with design and analysis of components
  • Vibration analysis
  • Shock analysis methods
  • Youth Hockey Coaching Do’s and Don’ts

Materials Science and Engineering

Edward A Laitila

  • Senior Research Engineer/Scientist II
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Focus on X-ray diffraction techniques

Research Interests

  • X-ray diffraction theory and applications
  • Mechanical alloying
  • Intermetallic materials
  • Physical metallurgy
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Materials characterization
  • Powder metallurgy

Mathematical Sciences


  • Leads the Early Career Management program
  • Works with research staff members to identify priorities to support mid-career and non tenure-track faculty
  • Coordinates staff in the Offices of the Provost and Vice President for Research in order to host and recruit faculty for the Michigan Tech Research Forum

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Andrew Barnard

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Acoustics
  • Noise Control
  • Vibration
  • Real Time Control Systems
  • LabVIEW programming and instruction

Research Interests

  • Advanced Measurements and Signal Processing
  • Acoustic Intensity and Vector Sensors
  • Room Acoustics
  • Acoustic Material Characterization
  • Outdoor Sound Propagation
  • Physical Acoustics
  • NI LabVIEW Data Acquisition and Control
  • Microphones
  • Crowd Noise
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Structural Acoustics
  • Array Signal Processing

Jason R. Blough

  • Interim Chair and Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Clean Snowmobile Team Faculty Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • Vibrations
  • Unique Instrumentation/Data Acquisition
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Noise Control

Research Interests

  • Dynamic Measurement Problems
  • Developing new digital signal processing algorithms to understand NVH type problems
  • Ways to improve the NVH characteristics of virtually any machine

James DeClerck

  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, Formula SAE Enterprise

Areas of Expertise

  • Noise and Vibration
  • Model Validation
  • Modal Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Model Validation
  • Digital Data Processing
  • Robust Engineering
  • Noise and Vibration
  • System Design

Ibrahim Miskioglu

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, BoardSport Technologies Enterprise
  • Solid Mechanics (SM) Area Director and Faculty Advisor, SEM

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Composite Materials

Research Interests

  • Use of severe plastic deformation to alter properties of materials
  • Failure studies of random fiber composites with applications to structural problems
  • Failure of sandwich panels with applications to structural problems
  • Nanoscale properties of interphase in polymer matrix composites
  • Photomechanics integrated with digital image processing for thermomechanical stress analysis

Gregory M. Odegard

  • John O. Hallquist Endowed Chair in Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Director of Research
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering and ASME Faculty Advisor

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science

Research Interests

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Chemistry

Radheshyam Tewari

  • Associate Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Graduate Seminar Series Coordinator
  • Faculty Advisor, Innovative Global Solutions Enterprise

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing
  • Senior Capstone Design Projects
  • Product Realization
  • Dynamics
  • Manufacturing
  • Metrology
  • Production Planning
  • Quality Engineering
  • Design of Experiments
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Micromanufacturing
  • Semiconductor Fabrication
  • Implantable Medical Devices

Areas of Expertise

  • Micromachining
  • Micromanufacturing
  • Semiconductor Fabrication Processes

Research Interests

  • Microsystems Development
  • Nanotechnology
  • Medical Devices
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Engineering Education
Ryan Towles

Ryan A. Towles

  • Academic Advisor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Paul van Susante

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Multiplanetary INnovation Enterprise (MINE) Faculty Advisor

Teaching Interests

  • Engineering Design Process
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • System Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Practice
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Intro to Aerospace Engineering
  • Space System Engineering
  • Space Resource Utilization
  • Senior Design Capstone / Enterprise Project
  • Product Realization

Areas of Expertise

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Structural Design
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Engineering Design Process
  • System Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering (Aerospace, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Architecture)
  • Extreme Environment Design
  • Civil and Mining Engineering
  • Education
  • Optimization and Modeling

Research Interests

  • Extreme Environment Technologies (Space, Underwater, Mining, Arctic, etc.)
  • Excavation and Mining Technology
  • Planetary Science and Exploration
  • In-Situ Resource Utilization
  • Space Mining and Construction
  • Design Optimization
  • Robotics and Automation
  • System Engineering and Integration

Jeremy Worm

  • Research Engineer, Advanced Power Systems Research Center
  • Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Michigan Tech Mobile Lab

Research Interests

  • High-Performance Engines (SI & CI)
  • Direct Injection
  • Compressed Natural Gas
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Energy Efficiency

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal Combustion Engines Combustion System Development Variable Valve Lift / Timing Powertrain Calibration Alternative Fuels Engine Integration
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Instrumentation & Testing Ground Vehicle Systems Powertrain Systems

Pavlis Honors College

Laura Kasson Fiss

  • Associate Teaching Professor, Humanities
  • Assistant Director of the Honors Pathway Program
  • Pronouns: she, her, hers


  • Victorian literature
  • Gender studies
  • History of the book
  • Children’s literature
  • Music and performance history 
  • Humor
  • Emotion/affect studies
  • Qualitative educational research
  • Curriculum Development

Lorelle A. Meadows

  • Founding Dean, Pavlis Honors College
  • Research Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences


  • STEM Education Research
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Service-Learning


John A Jaszczak

  • Professor of Physics
  • Director and John and Phyllis Seaman Endowed Curator, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Nanotechnology Education
  • Assessment in STEM education

Research Interests

  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Theory and modeling of single-electron transport devices
  • Modeling and simulation of properties of interfaces and interface materials
  • Atomistic computational physics of surface phases and surface dynamics
  • Crystal growth
  • Mineralogy of natural graphite

Western U.P. MiSTEM Network

William H. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning

Jean DeClerck

Jean Straw DeClerck

  • Assessment Manager


MS in Rhetoric & Technical Communications, Michigan Technological University


  • Manages learning-goal assessment systems for both General Education and undergraduate degree programs.
  • Assists faculty in planning learning-goal assessment approaches intended to reveal opportunities to help students.
  • Promotes collegial, knowledge-sharing initiatives to improve instructional practices and student-learning-goal achievement across disciplines.
Michael Meyer

Michael R. Meyer

  • Teaching Professor
  • Faculty Development


  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Physics, University of Minnesota-Duluth


  • Provides instructional support including learning technologies, student surveys, and instructional workshops
  • Holds pedagogical consultations with faculty and staff from all departments
  • Conducts training for graduate teaching assistants
  • 50% appointment as physics teaching professor