Edmund Yuen, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering
Dr. Edmund Yuen

Dr. Yuen received his PhD from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He is a practicing professional engineer (PE) with expertise in environmental and water resources engineering. He has been an active engineering consultant in Michigan and has 11 years of consulting experience with Chrysler on projects that include production draw dies air exhaust holes; paint booth control; air stack odor abatement; mid-frequency direct current (MFDC) resistance spot weld lobe development for high strength steel and aluminum; and high payload robot riser anchoring design standards for Nachi, Kuka, Fanuc and ABB robots. He was a recipient of the 2007 Chrysler Environmental Leadership Award (ELA) as a top ten finalist among 130 competing teams from Chrysler's corporate wide facilities around the world.


Filza Walters, FESD
College Professor
Director, Integrated Baccalaureate-Master of Science Architectural Engineering Programs

Filza2.jpgProfessor Filza H. Walters is director of the Combined Bachelor's + Master's Architectural Engineering at Lawrence Technological University, a program she was instrumental in creating, developing and launching. This fast-track program was introduced in the fall of 2009 and is the first program of its kind in Michigan.

Nicole Annis-Alajaj, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Nicole-Annis-Alajaj.jpgDr. Nicole C. Annis-Alajaj completed her Masters of Civil Engineering in 2010 and her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Dr. Alajaj’s research area was in the experimentation and modelling of Hybrid Photovoltaic-Thermal Solar Panels. Dr. Alajaj joined Lawrence Technological University in the fall of 2015, and is teaching Electrical System 1- Lighting and Advanced Daylighting.
Nishantha Bandara, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor

bandara-sm-1.jpgDr. Bandara received his PhD from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. His specialization is in Transportation Engineering with an emphasis in pavement evaluation, analysis and design, pavement management, highway safety and highway materials. His research interests include highway construction quality measurement, pavement condition monitoring, pavement analysis/ design and highway infrastructure related safety improvements. Dr. Bandara is an active member of TRB Committee AFD80 “Strength and Deformation Characteristics of Pavement Sections”.


Mena Bebawy, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor

Mena.jpgDr. Mena Bebawy is a graduate of Assiut University in Assiut, Egypt. Receiving a "Distinction with Honor", bachelor's degree in the field of Civil Engineering in June of 2000. Dr. Bebawy also served as a teaching assistant at Assiut University before joining the student body of Lawrence Technological University to pursue his master's degree. In 2007 Dr. Bebawy received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree while working as a research assistant and teaching assistant. In 2011 Dr. Bebawy received his Ph.D in Civil Engineering from the University of Windsor, (Windsor, ON, Canada). His interests also include the research and study of Structural and Fire Protection Engineering. He continues his ongoing research in this area, broadening the scope of the Architectural Engineering discipline.


Donald D. Carpenter, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP
Director of Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute
Dr. Donald Carpenter

Donald D. Carpenter, PhD, PE, LEED AP is Professor of Civil Engineering where he teaches courses on ethics/professionalism and water resources. Dr. Carpenter received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2001. He is an accredited green design professional (LEED AP) and practicing professional engineer (PE) whose expertise and research interests include engineering ethics, entrepreneurial engineering, Low Impact Development (LID), innovative stormwater best management practices (BMPs), hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, and field data collection for performance monitoring.
Nabil F. Grace, Ph.D., P.E., FESD
Dean, College of Engineering
University Distinguished Professor and
Director, Center for Innovative Materials Research
College of Engineering
Nabil Grace

Dr. Grace received his Ph.D. from the University of Windsor, Ontario. His specialization is Structural Engineering. Dr. Grace is the Director of the Structural Testing Center at Lawrence Tech University. This facility is primarily devoted to the investigation of the use of composite materials in concrete structural applications. His research interests include application of carbon fiber composites to structural engineering, assessment of dynamic behavior of composite automobile components, environmentally dependent behavior of composites, and infrastructure rehabilitation using composite materials. His research activities have been implemented in the design and construction documents of the first CFRP prestressed bridge in the USA.
Elin Jensen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
College of Engineering

Dr. Jensen received her Ph.D from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Her specialization is Material and Structural Engineering. Research interests include construction and highway materials with special emphasis on Portland Cement Concrete, highway analysis and design, and distress development of concrete pavements as affected by environmental and mechanical lading. Her research work is based on experimental and finite element methods. Dr. Jensen is an active member of the ACI Committee on Fatigue of Concrete, ISCP (International Society for Concrete Pavements), ASCE, and SWE.
Aslihan Karatas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Aslihan-Karatas.jpgDr. Karatas received her PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her MsC in Civil Engineering from University of Florida, and her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey. She also worked one year as a postdoc at Civil Engineering Department in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor before joining Lawrence Tech. Her specialization is in construction engineering and management with an emphasis in sustainable construction, building energy efficiency, and optimization and decision-making analysis in construction. She was also involved in DOT projects in Florida and Illinois. Dr. Karatas is a member of ASCE, Chi Epsilon, and Society of Women in Engineering.
Keith Kowalkowski, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.
Associate Professor & Director of Civil Engineering Graduate Programs.
Dr. Keith Kowalkowski

Dr. Kowalkowski received his Ph.D in Structural Engineering from Purdue University and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. His specialization is in structural engineering with an emphasis in steel design, analysis, fire design, and finite element applications. Current research is primarily in fire testing in regards to flammability, smoke, and toxicity properties of materials as well as structural performance. He is currently responsible for directing and building the Fire Testing Facility at Lawrence Tech. Other research interests include blast, seismic, erection engineering, heat-straightening, and steel connection design. Dr. Kowalkowski is a member of ASCE, AISC, PCI, SEAMi, and SAMPE.

Adam J. Lobbestael, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor
Adam Lobbesael
Dr. Lobbestael received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializing in geotechnical engineering. His research interests include dams and levees, slope stability, numerical modeling, geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil liquefaction, and soil-structure interaction. Dr. Lobbestael is a member of the United States Society on Dams, the American Society of Engineering Education, and the ASCE Geo-Institute and is an active member of the G-I Committee “Embankments, Dams, and Slopes.”
John V. Tocco, J. D.
College Professor
John ToccoProfessor Tocco earned his law degree at Michigan State University and his B.S. in Construction Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. His specialties include project management, construction law and alternative dispute resolution. Professor Tocco is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Design-Build Institute of America.


Administrative Staff and Laboratory Engineers

Kathryn Pretty
Civil & Arch. Eng. Secretary
Bridgett Bailiff
Arch. Eng. Secretary
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Roger Harrison
Research Engineer
Marc Kasabasic
Project Engineer, Research Projects
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