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Three new engineering leaders named at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: June 9, 2010

Southfield, Michigan – Associate Professor Elin Jensen has been named associate dean in the College of Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. Professor Badih Jawad has been named chair of the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Professor Edmund Yuen has been named chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.

The appointments were announced by Nabil Grace, who recently was named dean of Lawrence Tech’s 1,200-student College of Engineering.

“All of us in the Lawrence Tech community are striving to advance Lawrence Tech’s progress as a pre-eminent private university producing leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit and a global view,” Grace said. “Professors Jensen, Jawad, and Yuen have demonstrated strong commitment to this vision and to constantly improving the educational experiences of our students.”

As associate dean of graduate studies and research, Jensen coordinates and facilitates the assessment of student academic achievement for all graduate engineering programs. She also works closely with the faculty and the Office of University Advancement to raise funds and secure grants for research and industry-sponsored projects.

Jensen began teaching at Lawrence Tech in 2003, was promoted to associate professor in 2009, and became interim associate dean in January. Her major area of teaching and research has been performance of concrete materials in infrastructure and building applications, and structural fire safety.

She was director of the Civil Engineering Graduate Program, and is an active researcher in Lawrence Tech’s Center for Innovative Materials Research. She has been faculty advisor to the American Society of Civil Engineering student competition teams.

Jensen earned her master’s degree in civil engineering from Aalborg University in Denmark and her PhD in civil engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jawad chairs the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering. He joined Lawrence Tech in 1996, was promoted to full professor in 2006, and became interim chair in 2009. He directs the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) program. 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. He has been a research and product development engineer for Chrysler LLC.

He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, and a master’s degree and PhD in chemical engineering, all from Wayne State University.

Yuen chairs the Department of Civil Engineering He has taught at Lawrence Tech since 1988, was promoted to associate professor in 1992, and became interim assistant department chair in January. His areas of expertise are water resources engineering and environmental engineering.

He is faculty advisor for Chi Epsilon, the honor society for civil engineering at Lawrence Tech, and is chair of the Order of the Engineer Link 172. He has worked in Chrysler’s Professor Program since 1988.

Yuen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and PhD in civil engineering at the University of Windsor.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.