electrical + computer engineering faculty

FULL TIME FACULTY

Philip D. Olivier, PhD, P.E.
Department Chair

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Philip D. Olivier received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and MS in Mathematics from Texas Tech University, and his BS in Physics from Loyola University (New Orleans). He has taught a wide range of electrical engineering courses at Texas Tech, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and most recently at Mercer University in Macon, GA. He is the author of over 70 papers and reports in the areas of control engineering, electricity and magnetism (TEMPEST analysis), robotics, and other areas. His current research interests include application of Laguerre functions to various control engineering problems and robotics. His leisure activities include watching his beloved New Orleans Saints beat up on the Atlanta Falcons, and cooking cajun/creole food ... more

 

Lisa M. Anneberg, PhD, P.E.
Associate Professor

Lisa M. AnnebergDr. Anneberg received the BS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, the MS in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University, and the PhD in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University. She has previous industrial experience at General Motors, Daimler Chrysler, and US Army TACOM. She is a SME-certified Enterprise Integrator, a licensed professional engineer in Michigan, and a Certified Quality Technician. Dr. Anneberg presently chairs the Engineering Faculty Senate and serves on the University-wide Faculty Senate. She is active in the Society for Women Engineers, Michigan Society for Professional Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education. She is also a senior member of the IEEE and a section chair of the Trident Section of the IEEE-Southeast Michigan. She is presently working on funded educational projects at Lawrence Tech through AT&T, the Jerome Bettis Foundation, the National Football League, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Daimler Chrysler Foundation ... more

Michael J. Cloud, PhD
Associate Professor

Michael J. CloudDr. Cloud received the PhD in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. He has been an Associate Professor since 1992. Dr. Cloud received a Sears Foundation award for teaching excellence in 1991. He has coauthored over a dozen books on mathematical engineering ... more

 

 

H. Robert Farrah, PhD, P.E.
Professor Emeritus

Robert FarrahDr. Farrah holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering, which was granted by Wayne State University. He also earned MSEE and MBA degrees from WSU, and a BSEE degree from MIT. Prior to joining the faculty at LTU, Dr. Farrah was employed by the Bendix Corporation. During his tenure at Bendix he worked on various electronics, instrumentation, and computer projects. From 1990 to 2001, Dr. Farrah was the Chairperson of the Department of Electrical Engineering at LTU ... more

 

Ronald C. Foster
Professor

Ronald C. Foster
Mr. Foster received the MS in Systems Engineering from Oakland University and the BS in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University ... more

 

 

Kun Hua
Assistant Professor

Kun Hua
Kun Hua received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China in 1999 and 2004 respectively; and the Ph.D. degree in computer and electronic engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA in 2008. From 2009 to 2010, he has been with the department of Computer and Electronics Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a postdoctoral research associate and instructor. His research interests include wireless communications, wireless sensor network, digital signal processing and embedded system design ... more

 

Nabih Jaber 
Assistant Professor

Nabih Jaber
Nabih Jaber received his B.A.Sc, M.A.Sc and PhD degrees all in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Windsor in 2006, 2009 and 2012 respectively. From January 2012 to June 2012, he held a Research Fellow position at Wireless Communications and Information Processing (WiCIP) Lab, where he also held the position of Lab Manager.  He has many years of hands on experience in his research area topic and he always strives to give back to society.  In addition to designing wireless systems' protocols and prototypes, some of he’s main contributions include sharing his ideas via journal papers, conferences and teaching ... more

 

Richard R. Johnston, PhD, P.E.
Professor

Richard JohnstonDr. Johnston received the BSEE (Magna cum Laude), the MSEE, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University. Dr. Johnston is Director of the Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His interests include power systems, power electronics, and numerical methods ... more

 

 

Umasankar Kandaswamy
Assistant Professor 

uma.jpgDr. Kandaswamy received his Ph.D. (Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2008) from Clarkson University Potsdam, NY.  At Clarkson he worked extensively on combining discriminative model-based machine-learning techniques with machine-vision techniques. He also worked on benchmarking state-of-the-art color texture recognition algorithms and as well as developing robust color texture based image recognition algorithm. Prior to pursuing his PhD at Clarkson Dr. Kandaswamy received M.S. (Signal Processing) from West Virginia University, Lane Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and B.E (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) from University of Madras. His research work at WVU was mainly focused in the areas of illumination invariants; texture image retrieval and automated image segmentation for oncology purposes. Dr. Kandaswamy did his postdoctoral work at Washington University in St Louis (Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2008 - 2010) and University of Chicago (Postdoctoral Scholar, 2010 - 2011). His work at WUSTL was in the field of Computational and Systems Neuroscience with major focus on understanding short term plasticity at pre-synaptic terminal and elucidating control factors behind the synaptic vesicle recycling. At UChicago, Dr. Kandaswamy worked at Hatsopoulos Lab and Somatosensory Lab focusing mainly on different types of feedbacks used in Brain-Machine Interfaces ... more

Lewis N. Walker
Professor 

walker.jpgLewis N. Walker served as chancellor of Lawrence Technological University from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012, following six years as president. He continues to serve as a professor of electrical engineering.

Walker joined Lawrence Tech in 1994 as provost, the University’s chief academic officer. In 2003 he was appointed to the additional role of executive vice president, adding oversight of student services and business activities.

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ADJUNCT FACULTY

Joseph R. Asik, PhD

Joseph R. AsikDr. Asik is an Adjunct Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments. He received his BS in Physics with honors from Case Institute of Technology in 1959 and his PhD in Magnetic Resonance Physics from the University of Illinois in 1966. Prior to joining Lawrence Technological University, Dr. Asik performed research and development at the Ford Motor Co. Research Laboratories in Dearborn, MI, retiring in 2001 after 31 years of service. At Ford he specialized in designing and developing automotive electrical and electronic control systems for engines, transmissions, and low emissions systems. Dr. Asik has authored more than 50 technical publications in physics, electrical engineering, and automotive engineering. He has been awarded 20 U. S. Patents for automotive inventions. He has received several technical achievement awards from Ford Motor Co. and the SAE ... more

 

Hussein Dourra, PhD

Hussein DourraHussein Dourra has over 28 years of industrial experience and over 20 years of teaching experience. A member of the PowerTrain Product Team, he holds more than 25 US patents in system control and has more than 10 technical publications. Dr. Dourra received the PhD in Engineering and the MBA from Wayne State University. Besides teaching at LTU, he has taught at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Oakland University. He is a member of the SAE Transaxle Standards Committee ... more

 

 

Riyadh Kenaya

Photo Not AvailableRiyadh Kenaya received the BSEE in 1992, and the MS in Nuclear Electronic Engineering in 1995, both from Baghdad University. He is presently working toward his PhD in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oakland University. In addition to teaching at LTU, Prof Riyadh teaches courses at Oakland University and the ITT Technical Institute. His research interests include adaptive neural networks, fuzzy ART, and Euclidean ART systems.

 

 

Bridget A. Renehan

Bridget A. RenehanBridget Renehan has been teaching various engineering courses as an adjunct instructor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University since 1988. She has also served as an engineering advisor. She earned her BSEE ('84) and MSEE ('86) from the University of Michigan. Ms. Renehan has been an engineer in the automotive industry since 1984, working for Ford, Visteon, and currently Autoliv Electronics America. She is married and has 3 children.

 

Benjamin Sweet

Sweet-Ben.jpgMr. Sweet has been an adjunct faculty member at LTU since 1994. In that time he has taught for the departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Math & Computer Science, Technology, and Continuing Education. His primary focus is Embedded Systems and Control Systems (ECE) and Software Engineering (MCS). He is passionate about teaching real-world skills to his primary customers – the students.

Mr. Sweet has been engaged in the industry of developing real-time embedded software/systems for automotive and industrial applications since 1987. He currently holds the position of Staff Software Engineer in the Research and Advanced Development group for Vehicle Audio and Infotainment Systems at Panasonic Automotive Systems, Farmington Hills, MI.  In this role he is involved in defining software product-line architecture and developing software to meet the evolving needs for advanced audio and infotainment products. He is interested in learning and applying contemporary product development and improvement methodologies, and disseminating that knowledge to his colleagues and students.

He holds a M.S. in Electronic and Computer Control System from Wayne State University (1993), and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University (1987).

As CEO of TEKNOWLEDGE, LLC, he enjoys writing informative works that are pleasant to read, and delivering practical short courses to meet the technical education needs of his clients.

 

Nicholas J. Zorka, PhD

Nicholas J. ZorkaDr Nicholas G. Zorka is an entrepreneur who specializes in the field of artificial intelligence - fuzzy logic. His PhD dissertation was titled "Adaptive Fuzzy Cluster Tracking Techniques with Radar Applications". Dr Zorka's work in adaptive fuzzy logic with the use of sensors such as radar, far IR, and cameras, led to the development of key invention disclosures for which Ford Motor received US patents in the field of automotive safety applications. While working in Ford's Scientific Research Laboratories, Dr Zorka also developed new patentable concepts in emission controls, resulting in huge vehicle savings and the meeting of new automotive emissions standards.

Dr Zorka has published technical papers for the ASME and IEEE, and for internal consumption at Ford in the areas of emission controls, automotive safety, and mechanical design. He has presented his finding at prestigious technical conferences in Austria and Italy, as well as in the USA.

Dr Zorka started NICA-Engineering, a consulting business, in 2006. He now specializes in artificial intelligence controls and computational fluid dynamics. As a consultant, he has worked on computational fluid dynamics in the generation of wind power. His company has submitted proposals to the US Army for unmanned ground vehicle applications. Dr Zorka's academic background covers both mechanical and electrical engineering. His four college degrees include a bachelors in mechanical engineering, a masters in engineering mechanics, a masters in electronics and computer control, and a PhD in systems engineering.

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Martha S. Thompson
Laboratory Technician

Martha S. ThompsonMs. Thompson is the Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratory Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology at Lawrence Technological University and is a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technologist. Martha was named Staff Person of the Year in 2003. She serves as a committee member on the Parking, Professional Development and Open House committees.