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 and Director, BS in Mechanical Engineering
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
Associate Professor and Director, BS in Industrial Engineering and MS in Industrial Engineering
Ahad Ali Dr. Ahad Ali is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, BS in Industrial Engineering and MS in Industrial Engineering. He is the Director of Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group.  Dr. Ali earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, Masters in Systems and Engineering Management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His areas of interest and expertise are manufacturing systems, simulation, 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
Daw R. Al-Werfalli Prominent professor, highly perceived expert and senior technical industrial advisor, manufacturing engineering educator with a tremendous expertise in program and curriculum development in higher 
technical education. Highly experienced and dedicated community leader with great ability to work with an array of constituencies and coalitions in developing shared organizational vision to create and implement strategies aimed at advancing common causes to accomplish goals in fulfilment of the organization’s mission. Founder of Manufacturing Engineering Solutions (MES) a consulting firm founded in 2000, providing technical support and strategic planning to the US manufacturing industry. MES developed executive training programs to numerous organizations such as Chrysler, Ford, GM, Exxon Mobil, CONOCO Philips, Marathon and Tier I and II suppliers to the US auto industry and other international companies.
Selin Arslan, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director, MS in Mechanical Engineering
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
Vernon Fernandez

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

Robert W. Fletcher, PhD
Professor and Director, Alternative Energy Program
Robert W. 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
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
Wuming Jing, PhD
Assistant Professor
 Wuming Jing Wuming Jing joined Lawrence Technological University in 2016. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Harbin Institute of Technology, China and Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, respectively, both in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology, also majored in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on microrobotics. He continued microrobotic research at Purdue University as postdoctoral associate before joining LTU. At LTU, he teaches mechanical and robotic courses. His research interest is on the novel robotics on multiple scale, especially meeting the engineering challenges.
Harold Josephs, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Harold 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
Associate 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
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
James Mynderse James Mynderse joined Lawrence Technological University in 2012. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering 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.
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 PhD in 1971 from Texas Tech University. He devoted 40 years to manufacturing engineering education.
Xin Xie, PhD
Assistant Professor
Xin Xie Dr. Xie, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, joined LTU in 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hefei University of Technology, the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University. His research interests include experimental soiled mechanics, optical strain/stress analysis, material behavior testing, nondestructive testing, quality inspection, digital shearography, speckle pattern interferometry, digital image correlation, and spatial phase-shift technology.
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.
Robert Gandolfo
Staff Engineer
Sandra Wheeler
Administrative Assistant
Sandra Wheeler Sandra Wheeler joined Lawrence Tech in 2008 and the Mechanical Engineering department in 2012.