Badih Ali Jawad, PhD
Department Chair
Badih Jawad

Professor Badih A. Jawad is the chairman of the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering.

He joined Lawrence Tech in 1996 and was promoted to full professor in 2006. His areas of expertise are thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and internal combustion engines.

Jawad has been part of many initiatives involving faculty, staff, students and the College of Engineering. He served as the faculty advisor to the Formula SAE team and the "supermileage car" project.

Chris H. Riedel, PhD
Assistant Chair
Chris Riedel Chris Riedel joined Lawrence Technological University in 2000 as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.  He holds a B.S. degree from Oakland University and M.S. and Ph. D. degrees from Wayne State University, all in Mechanical Engineering.  His areas of interest and expertise are dynamics, vibrations, and applied mechanics.  His industrial experience includes working for Yazaki EDS Engineering as a design engineer and TRW Vehicle Safety Systems as a technician.
Ahad Ali, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director, MS in Industrial Engineering
Ahad Ali Dr. Ahad Ali joined Lawrence Technological University in 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.  He earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh (1994), Masters in Systems and Engineering Management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2000) and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2003). His areas of interest and expertise are manufacturing systems, simualtion, optimization, lean manufacturing, PLM, supply chain management and decision support systems. Prior to coming to LTU Dr. Ali worked with the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez in Industrial Engineering as Assistant Professor and with the University of Toledo as Visiting Assistant Professor.
Daw R. Al-Werfalli, D.E.
Professor and Director, Master of Engineering Management
al-werfalli_sm.jpg Dr. Alwerfalli is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Master of Engineering Management.   He has over 30 years of industrial and teaching experience.  Prior to joining LTU in 1990, Dr. Alwerfalli assumed many engineering positions at JNOFI Libya as Process Engineer, Production Manager and Senior Engineer.
Selin Arslan, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director, MS in Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Selin Arslan Selin Arslan joined LTU from Columbia University, New York,NY. She received her bachelor’s degree from Middle East University Ankara, Turkey, the M.S.  degree from Rutgers University and the M. Phil. from Columbia University all in Mechanical Engineering. During her PhD studies she also worked at Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada as a Research Associate.  Her current research interests include MEMS, microfluidics, PowerMEMS and Thermal Sciences and energy systems.
Vernon M. Fernandez, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, BS in Industrial Operations Engineering
Vernon Fernandez

Dr. Vernon Fernandez is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Industrial Engineering program. He joined Lawrence Technological University in the fall of 1988. He earned his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Bombay University, India, and his M.A.S.C. from the University of Windsor, Canada.  He holds a Ph. D. in Systems Engineering (Mechanical) from Oakland University, Michigan where he conducted research in Industrial Application of Lasers

Robert W. Fletcher, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, Alternative Energy Program
Robert Fletcher

Robert W. Fletcher joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University in the summer of 2003, after two decades of continuous industrial research, product development and manufacturing experience

Lewis Frasch, PE
Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Lewis Frasch Lewis Frasch joined the mechanical engineering faculty in 1984 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990. Dean Frasch has taught courses in Statics, Engineering Cost Analysis, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Thermal-Fluid System Design, and Capstone Design.  He has published and presented papers primarily discussing engineering design instruction. Before joining Lawrence Tech, Dean Frasch served as a nuclear-trained, commissioned officer in the US Navy’s submarine program. He received a personal citation from the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, and the Navy Expeditionary Medal.
Andrew Gerhart, PhD
Associate Professor
Andrew Gerhard Dr. Gerhart, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, joined the faculty of Lawrence Technological University's Mechanical Engineering Department in 2002.  His main area of interest is the Thermal-Fluid Sciences concentrating on experimental fluid mechanics & heat flow as well as power generation
Harold Josephs, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Josephs Dr. Harold Josephs areas of interest and expertise are dynamics, kinematics, bolting and joining, mechanics of materials, quality, reliability, safety and ergonomics. He is a member of the SAE, ASME, the American Society of Quality, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the System Safety Society, the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (fellow status), the Human Factors Society, and the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (fellow status)
Giscard Kfoury, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director, BS in Robotics Engineering
Dr. Giscard Kfoury Dr. Kfoury Joined Lawrence Technological University in 2008 as an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering department. He received a BEME from the American University of Beirut in 2001, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in 2008.  His areas of expertise are nonlinear control, nonlinear observer design, modeling and simulation, dynamics, vibration analysis, robotics, and engine dynamics and vibration
Laura L. Lisiecki, PhD
Associate Professor
Laura Lisecki Dr. Lisiecki is Associate Professor for Mechanical Engineering at LTU.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Materials Science from Northwestern University in 1986. Prior to joining LTU, Dr. Lisiecki worked at GE Aircraft Engines in C incinnati and at Riso National Laboratories in Roskilde, Denmark.  She has conducted research on composite drive shafts at Lawrence Tech through grants from DaimlerChrysler and Visteon. 
Liping Liu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dr. Liping Liu Liping Liu joined Lawrence Technological University in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she pursued her PhD study in the department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on thermal sciences and energy systems, which special interest in addressing transport phenomena in energy processes. Most of her work is directed toward improving performance and efficiency of various types of energy generation, conversion, and consumption applications.
James Mynderse, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director, MS in Mechatronic Systems Engineering
mynderese_sm.jpg James Mynderse joined Lawrence Technological University in 2012. He received a BSME in 2002, an MSME in 2005, and a PhD in 2012 from Purdue University. His areas of expertise are mechatronics, control theory, piezoelectric actuation, and hysteresis compensation. He teaches Mechatronics courses in the BSME and MSMSE programs.
Donald Reimer
College Professor
dreimer-100x100.jpg Don Reimer joined Lawrence Technological University in 1977 as an Adjunct Faculty member in the College of Management. He joined the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2007.  He holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Management from Lawrence Technological University and M.A. degree Political Science from University of Detroit Mercy.  His areas of interest are entrepreneurial education, business planning, strategy formulation and implementation.  Don is the founder of The Small Business Strategy Group and is a Certified Management Consultant. He has advised and consulted with closely-held businesses for over 45 years.
Khalil S. Taraman, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Dr. Khalil S. Taraman Dr. Taraman joined LTU in 1986 and served as Dean and Associate Dean of Engineering. He earned a BSME in 1964 and a MSME in 1967 from Ain Shams University in Egypt, a MSME in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in 1971 from Texas Tech University. He devoted 40 years to manufacturing engineering education. He spearheaded two Manufacturing Systems graduate programs at LTU: the first Master of Engineering in 1989 and the first Doctor of Engineering in 2002
Kingman E. Yee, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, MS in Automotive Engineering
Dr. Kingman E. Yee Dr. Yee, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, joined LTU in 1987. He is interested in the thermal sciences, alternative energy and electrochemical engineering. His academic research has investigated the effect of galvanic corrosion on fasteners in aluminum-intensive vehicles. Typically, he teaches heat transfer, engineering cost analysis, introduction to engineering, engineering materials, statics, mechanics of materials, thermal science lab, mechanics lab and materials lab.
Jim Kerns
Robotics Lab Instructor
Jim Kerns Jim Kerns joined Lawrence Tech as the Robotics Lab Instructor in 2011. Prior to joining Lawrence Tech, his industrial experience includes many years working on automotive power-train controls (spanning the transition from mechanical systems to modern computer controls).  He also has experience in diverse areas such as combustion analysis and active aerodynamic controls. Jim has been awarded more than sixty U.S. Patents covering various control system and diagnostic inventions.
Mark Schmidt
Lab Technician
Mark Schmidt  
Sandra Wheeler
Administrative Assistant
Sandra Wheeler Sandra Wheeler joined Lawrence Tech in 2008 and the Mechanical Engineering department in 2012.