Ben D. Blau (A.A.S.)
Ben Blau teaches for the Audio Engineering Technology degree program. He has been an audio engineering and music professional since 1983. He owns a recording studio in Livonia, MI, where he provides a number of audio related services, including multitrack recording, mixing, mastering, arranging, and music production. Mr. Blau has also worked on staff and freelance at several prominent Michigan-based recording studios, where he has recorded and produced local and national recording artists, and composed music for radio and television commercials.
Ben uses his industry experience to teach all aspects of professional recording and audio production in the classroom. Since 1990, he has developed and taught many courses in audio engineering, music theory, technical ear training/psychoacoustics, sound for picture, and music production at several colleges and vocational schools in the state of Michigan (including Lawrence Technological University, Schoolcraft College, and The Recording Institute of Detroit). He is also the author of several books, articles, and technical training manuals currently being used as instructional material within these programs. As a long-time recording professional and audio educator, Ben has a unique understanding of the training requirements for new audio professionals entering the field, and brings his diverse range of experience to the classroom.
Chris Breest is an adjunct and program advisor for the Audio Engineering Technology degree program. He owns Plymouth Rock Productions, a multi-media production company in Plymouth MI that serves the music, film, and commercial industries in a variety of capacities. Since 2008 Mr. Breest has been developing the BSAET program for Lawrence Tech. University.
Chris has occupied a variety of positions in the audio engineering field. From field audio sound mixer for X Games, Ford Motor, and S.E.M. Red Cross to long format mixer for feature films like Detroit techno documentary "High Tech Soul", his varied skill set allows Mr. Breest to provide unique insights into the field. As a studio engineer his credits include rap artist Royce Da 5' 9", gospel singer Regina Belle, and Detroit rock legend Mitch Ryder. As a live sound engineer he has worked with the touring music acts Muse, Bob Dylan, Kenny Loggins, Counting Crows, and Frankie Valli among others at Freedom Hill Amphitheater.
Chris is also a music composer and publisher as a member of ASCAP. He has composed music for various commercials and television programs. His compositions have been placed on FX network as well as the WB's hit series "One Tree Hill" .
Alan Camiener teaches courses in Alternative Energy. He has three undergraduate Engineering degrees (Chemical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Engineering Mathematics) from the University of Michigan – all in 1957. He also has a Master of Arts in Mathematics from Wayne State University – 1970.
He has 17 years of experience as an Engineering and Computer Consultant, 29 years in Oil Refinery where he Economics, Operations, Processes, Design and Safety Systems; Extensive experience in the analysis and evaluation of many Chemical Engineering processes, equipment design and plant operations; Complete analysis, evaluation and design of several refining and manufacturing facilities; Extensive development of a wide variety of process, transportation, logistics and costing modeling systems; President of a 50 person manufacturing and sales company; Design, manufacture, test, install and maintenance of industrial and laboratory equipment; Metallurgical Consultant for several industrial companies; Extensive experience in the complete life cycle of numerous Computer Application and Database systems for many Manufacturing and Packaging companies; and 5 years experience as an Executive Recruiter of Engineering, IT and technical personnel.
President of Carnovale Associates – Architects and Carnovale Construction - Builders in Birmingham, MI. Mr. Carnovale is a Graduate of the Architecture School at Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Professional Estimators and the National Association of Home Builders. He has worked as an architect, construction project manager, estimator and consultant on projects throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. He is a licensed architect and certified professional estimator. Mr. Carnovale has extensive experience designing and building custom residential, specialty retail, medical, professional office, childcare and industrial building types. Currently, he teaches construction estimation and construction project management.
Tami Dafoe is an adjunct faculty member and has been with the Technology Department since August 2006. She teaches a course in Project Management. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a dual major in Logistics Management and Marketing from Central Michigan University in May of 2000. She also got her MBA from Walsh College in March of 2007.
She has over ten years of work experience in Supply Chain. She has experience working in the automotive, chemical and military industries. Her main focus has been in transportation and procurement.
Heidi Eichbauer pursued her PhD in English at Wayne State University completing all degree requirements but the dissertation. Her area of specialty is in the history of rhetoric and rhetorical/literary theory. She also has a strong background in British Romantic literature. Her most recent intellectual interest centers on the gendering of discourses and knowledge in the Western rhetorical tradition and how that gendering relates to current debates about sexual difference in feminist theory. She is currently working on a project that, in part, seeks to uncover the rise of these gendering dynamics in the interstices of poiesis, rhetoric, and philosophy in ancient Greek culture. Heidi teaches at Wayne State University, Focus HOPE’s Center for Advance Technology and at the College for Creative Studies.
Harold Friedman is an adjunct professor in the department of Engineering and Technology and Natural Sciences. He has been teaching physics and material sciences for forty-eight years. His industrial and military experiences include three years as a research engineer at the research engineering lab at Ford Motor Company, two years developing electronic and nuclear instrumentation at Nucor Research, and five years as a project engineer at Chrysler Corporation Missile Division. Also, during the summers from 1964 to 1969, he worked on various projects in the optics and metallurgy labs at Ford Scientific Laboratory. During World War II, he was an electronic technician aboard a destroyer escort. Later, he became an LTJG in the naval reserve. He has a BS and MS degree in Physics, along with thirty graduate credits in Chemistry. Furthermore, he has completed fifteen credit hours of law school. For twenty-eight years he taught Physics, Chemistry, Metallurgy, Math, and History at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan.
Accomplished, results-oriented Professional with expertise leading account and client management functions to achieve corporate goals. Background includes 12+ years managing business development and marketing initiatives realizing strong and sustainable revenue growth. Demonstrated success building lucrative business partnerships with top-tier decision makers to communicate services and value proposition to drive growth. A respected leader and solution provider recognized for consistent achievement and dedicated to surpassing organizational objectives at major industrial suppliers like Visteon Corporation, Benteler Automotive, Collins and Aikman, Pulse Engineering, and Happ Controls.
In addition, Louay held an adjunct professor position with LTU/Engineering Technology Department for undergraduate programs since 2004 covering industrial technical and economical challenges and methods to enhance and leverage corporate resources.
Tony’s passion is teaching and interacting with students at LTU. Tony has been an adjunct professor with College of Engineering (undergraduate-level courses) as well as the College of Management (graduate-level courses) at LTU since September 2006. His education consists of an MS in Industrial Operations, a BS in Engineering Technology (Lawrence Technological University), and an AS in Industrial Drafting Technology (Henry Ford Community College).
Tony has worked for Yazaki North America Inc, a Tier One automotive supplier, since June 1991. His experience at Yazaki includes over 10 years of automotive component testing, the establishment of a tooling design center at Yazaki’s Mexican operations, program build event activities, program launch support, component design, benchmarking activities, as well as onsite test lab audits. All of which involve multi-cultural interaction. Tony has also traveled extensively to Yazaki’s manufacturing facilities in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Nicaragua to conduct various manufacturing-related activities and audits. He has extensive experience presenting in front of a variety of people from manufacturing plant managers to Japanese mentoring groups. Tony brings his field experience into each classroom lecture as it relates to the material being discussed. When not at Yazaki or in the classroom at LTU, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife Mary and their two sons Alex and Michael.
William Kuziak’s experience includes 35+ years at General Motors Research Labs and 5+years and Chryslers.
At GM Kuziak did R&D on the design and test of Direction Injection Gasoline engines, Diesel Engines, Gas Turbine Engines. He also worked on Computational Fluid Dynamics, and misc. design projects. He has co-authored external papers, ASME paper 77-GT-95, SAE Paper SAE-760119 and SAE Paper 860462. He has written 25+ internal papers. Kuziak has 2-US patents. At Chrysler Kuziak worked on the design & development of various heavy duty vehicles.
Kuziak has B.S.M.E., 1965, Lawrence Technological University, MSEM 1973 Wayne State University. Kuziak is an Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Technology Dept. at Lawrence Tech. For 35+ years, he has taught in the Engineering Technology Dept. while working in industry.
Keith Toro, P.E.
Keith Toro, P.E. in a Senior Project Engineer at Soil and Materials Engineers, inc. in Plymouth, Michigan, where he started as a co-op while at LTU in 1990. He worked for 20 years in the Construction Materials Services group, where he was responsible for managing new construction testing programs for large projects, and department manager for 12 staff engineers and 8+ university co-ops and interns every season. In 2010, he transferred to the Materials group at SME, where he is responsible for non-destructive testing and forensic failure analysis for projects worldwide. Keith is a licensed residential builder in Michigan and a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and Ohio.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a Construction Engineering concentration from Lawrence Technological University. His research experience at the Master's level includes shear characteristics of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for landfill redevelopment, and the design and construction of one of the largest direct shear boxes in the world (now in use at Cal Poly) with a capacity of one cubic meter of MSW or soil, and shear and normal load capacities of 80 tons each. He has been teaching in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management departments in the College of Engineering at LTU since 2001. Keith is an avid skeet shooter, and has shot competitively at the local, state, and international levels for many years. He is married with three children and resides in Canton, Michigan.
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