Lawrence Tech is home to accomplished faculty who are researching cutting edge technology to create the future. Lawrence Tech's Research Institutes are collaborations of faculty who are using their knowledge and research efforts to make strives in their disciplines.  

For information regarding the Research Institutes below please read the institute description and the faculty biographies to see how their knowledge and research contribute to the collaborative effort.

Automotive Engineering Institute: Extremely knowledgeable automotive engineering faculty, exceptional students, plus more than 70 years of theory and practice at the hub of one of America's great industrial and technological centers - this winning combination places Lawrence Technological University in an ideal position to partner with the automotive industry.


Dr. James MynderseJames Mynderse, PhD
Program Director, Master of Science in Mechatronic Systems Engineering

James A. Mynderse, Assistant Professor, is the Director of the M.S. in Mechatronic Systems Engineering program in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. His research areas include dynamic systems and control, Li-ion battery manufacturing, additive manufacturing, and vibration control for perceived quality ...more

 

Prof Vernon FernandezVernon Fernandez
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Fernandez worked for Chrysler for 13 years as a researcher in Advance Manufacturing Engineering. Projects undertaken include the study and development of current and future manufacturing technologies. He has worked extensively with manufacturing cost analysis and finance for the Chrysler group. Having foreseen the demand for energy, he has focused his work on developing and designing optimal processes, that result in energy efficient operations that reduce cost. Initial studies performed on his research show a significant reduction in energy usage when compared with conventional methods used in production plants. These benefits occur with an increase in quality ...more

 

Prof Kingman YeeKingman Yee

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Kingman Yee  has conducted research in the manufacturing area, most notably with resistance spot welding and the replacement of pneumatic clamps with electric ones.  His other interests are in electrochemical/corrosion engineering and energy engineering, such as alternative energy ...more

 

Prof Robert FletcherRobert Fletcher
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Fletcher came to Lawrence Tech after several years in industry, and has been with LTU since 2003. For eleven years he was the faculty adviser to the Lawrence Tech alternative powered collegiate competition vehicles, including the all-electric fuel cell powered Element One racing vehicle, and to the Formula Hybrid teams. His research interests are in the areas of alternative energy power train systems including battery storage, biofuels, and fuel cells, and addressing the complexities of integrating those power sources into vehicles ...more

 

Prof Hamid VejdaniHamid Vejdani
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Vejdani's research is around analyzing the mechanics of locomotion to develop robots that are efficient, agile and robust in their intended way of movement. His goal is to understand how to design and optimize the dynamics of a robot that help the controller, and then develop control algorithms that use those natural dynamics in achieving the purpose of the desired locomotion ...more

 

Prof Giscard KfouryGiscard Kfoury
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Kfoury serves as the director of the Bachelor of Science in Robotics Engineering program. His research in the area of intelligent connected systems includes adaptive controller/estimator design, and modeling and simulation of autonomous systems ...more

 

Prof Wuming JingWuming Jing
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research interest focuses on the intelligent microrobot system for biomedical applications. Future research will advance to the microrobot swarm with coordinated operation.research interest focuses on the intelligent microrobot system for biomedical applications. Future research will advance to the microrobot swarm with coordinated operation. ...more

 

Prof Liping LiuLiping Liu
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Her research focuses on thermal sciences and energy systems, with special interest in addressing transport phenomena in energy processes. She received close to $300,000 research and educational grants as PI or Co-PI from DENSO, Johnson Controls, ASHRAE, Kern Family Foundation, National Fluid Power Association, etc. Liping has published 13 journal articles and over 50 peer-reviewed conference papers. Liping is currently working as the Director of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) program and Co-Director for the Doctoral program. She is also serving as faculty advisor for the SAE Supermileage competition team as well as a co-advisor for Blue Devil Motorsports. ...more

 

Prof Selin ArslanSelin Arslan
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Her current research interests include but not limited to Automotive Systems Testing, Power and Thermal Management of hybrid electric vehicles, Modeling and simulation, heat recovery system integration, micorelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microfluidics, PowerMEMS and Thermal Sciences and energy system...more

 

Prof Nishantha BandaraNishantha Bandara
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

His area of expertise includes vehicle--pavement interaction measurements including visual condition, roughness, friction and structural condition. His recent research studies include cost-benefit analysis of different winter maintenance vehicles, driver behavior modeling using a driver simulator, sustainable construction materials for pavement construction, safety-related infrastructure improvements, pavement performance modeling ...more

 

Prof Nabih JaberNabih Jaber
Associate Professor and Chair Electrical and Computer Engineering

His research interests focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), wireless communications, coding and information theory, Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) vehicular systems, smart grid power line communications, and sensor networks, Advanced Driver Assistance System/Autonomous Vehicles (ADAS/AV). He is also interested in test-bed implementations, and innovative simulation system designs ...more

 

Prof Jinjun XiaJinjun Xia
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Clope-loop ultrasound guided photoacoustic imaging systems for  intelligent manipulation of micro-robots in deep tissue; Close-loop ultrasound guided phtotoacoustic imaging systems for intelligent drug delivery and micro-surgery by micro-robots. ...more

 

Prof Kun HuaKun Hua
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Kun Hua's research interests include vehicular communications and networks, digital signal processing and software defined radios ...more

 

Prof CJ ChungCJ Chung
Professor, Computer Science

ChanJin “CJ” Chung was involved in developing TDX switching systems that became later the base system for the first commercialized mobile phone CDMA system in the world. His doctoral research was the development of a self-adaptive artificial intelligence system motivated by cultural evolution process, which was then applied to solve various optimization problems for intelligent systems ...more

 

Prof Franco Delogu Franco Delogu

Associate Professor, Psychology
Dr. Delogu published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in the fields of human perception and memory. As a quantitative researcher of human behavior and mental processes he is passionate about deriving data-driven insights to increase the understanding of people's minds and actions ...more

 

Cybersecurity Center: The Cybersecurity Center at LTU is an academic center that connects faculty, researchers, industry partners, government agencies, and students to facilitate collaboration in the areas of the cybersecurity discipline.  Areas of the cybersecurity discipline include: Risk Assessment, Big Data Analytics, Digital Forensics, Network Security, Data Security and Privacy, and Automotive Cybersecurity.


Anne KohnkeAnne Kohnke
Assistant Professor, Information Technology

After a 25-year career in IT, Anne transitioned from a Vice President of IT and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) position into full-time academia in 2011.  Anne’s research is focused in the area of cybersecurity: risk management, threat modeling, ethical hacking and mitigating attack vectors.  Anne has recently coauthored five books in this field of study ...more

 

Data Science and Systems Institute: Lawrence Tech's faculty work in data science and systems is creating new understanding of the fields through interdisciplinary approaches.


Anirban AdhyaAnirban Adhya
Associate Professor, Architecture and Design
His research focuses on geographic, environmental, socio-demographic, and behavioral information systems, their visualization, and their application in our homes, neighborhoods, and cities. Dr. Adhya uses G.I.S. and Space Syntax to develop spatial configuration, spatial prediction, and spatial scenario planning models addressing volume, velocity, and variety of big data and data systems ....more

Lilian Crum

Lilian Crum
Assistant Professor + Director, Graphic Design and Interaction Design

Lilian Crum's personal creative work investigates the relationship between digital and traditional tools in the art and design process. Crum's collaborative work through Unsold Studio focuses on brand and identity design for creative culture and the public good, and applies investigative creative techniques in client-oriented practice ...more

 

Franco DeloguFranco Delogu
Associate Professor, Psychology
Dr. Delogu published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in the fields of human perception and memory. As a quantitative researcher of human behavior and mental processes he is passionate about deriving data-driven insights to increase the understanding of people's minds and actions ...more

 

Shih-Hui (Steven) HsiaoShih-Hui (Steven) Hsiao
Assistant Professor, Information Technology

Dr. Shih-Hui Hsiao’s current research focuses on identifying the social influencer (a.k.a. opinion leader) in massive social media network by examining different kinds of data, e.g., textual data, user activity, and social network. His research interests include social media network, social computing, and opinion mining and he is expert in business intelligence,  data analytics, data mining, and predictive modeling ...more

 

Anne KohnkeAnne Kohnke
Assistant Professor, Information Technology

After a 25-year career in IT, Anne transitioned from a Vice President of IT and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) position into full-time academia in 2011.  Anne’s research is focused in the area of cybersecurity: risk management, threat modeling, ethical hacking and mitigating attack vectors.  Anne has recently coauthored five books in this field of study ...more

 

Prof Justin Ku

Chih-Hao (Justin) Ku
Assistant Professor, Information Technology

Dr. Ku's research interests include analyzing, understanding, and visualizing massive data using natural language processing (NLP), deep learning (DL), and machine learning (ML) techniques ...more

 

Lior Shamir

Lior Shamir
Assistant Dean for Research, College of Arts and Sciences

Twenty years of experience in machine learning and soft computing. Develop and apply machine learning, soft computing, and computational statistics to analyze large, complex, noisy, real-world data and turn them into insights ...more

 

Swati VermaSwati Verma
Assistant Professor, Business + Information Technology
My research interest lies in the area of behavioral pricing, advertising, and branding.  In behavioral pricing, I examine the effects of different types of price promotion and types of price promotion framing. In advertising and branding projects, I examine consumers' evaluation for a pure vice product versus a mixed vice-virtue bundle ...more

 

Melinda WeinsteinMelinda Weinstein
Associate Professor, English

Dr. Melinda Weinstein examines relationships between painters, schools, styles, and genres of art by applying computational analysis to digitized paintings.  Her current work utilizes DIAS and DENDRON, computer applications used for studying cancer tumors, and infectious fungi, to the work of Paul Cézanne and his predecessors ...more

 

Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute: Lawrence Tech’s Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute will help improve Michigan’s and the Great Lakes Region’s water quality, quality of life, and blue / green economy, thereby making it easier to attract and retain water-use industries knowing that one of the Region’s most valuable resources will be protected.  It's goal is to be a resource for citizens, policymakers, architects, and engineers through outreach and educational programs associated with innovative stormwater management techniques and low impact development strategies.


Prof. Donald CarpenterDonald Carpenter, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP
Professor, Civil Engineering

Donald D. Carpenter is an accredited green design professional and professional engineer whose expertise includes green infrastructure, stormwater best management practices (BMPs), hydrologic modeling and design, and field data collection. Dr. Carpenter joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Lawrence Technological University in 2000.  He currently serves as Director of the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute and a Professor of Practice.  In this capacity, he conducts research on stormwater BMP effectiveness and advises communities on how to implement green infrastructure to manage stormwater. As a NCI Certified Charrette Facilitator, he has extensive experience in community engagement and planning.  His efforts have facilitated community implementation of green infrastructure and the development of community socio-economic sustainability plans. Dr. Carpenter routinely provides professional lectures and short courses on stormwater BMP design and green infrastructure implementation.  Professionally, Dr. Carpenter is an active committee leader for the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute and serves as a board member on several regional non-profit organizations

Intelligent Connected Systems Institute: Lawrence Tech's faculty contribute to the development of intelligent connected systems from various disciplines and research perspectives bringing together a holistic approach to this growing field that will impact engineering, transportation, and design.


Ahad AliAhad Ali
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr Ali has conducted research projects with Chrysler, Ford, DTE Energy, New Center Stamping, Elring Klinger, Delphi Automotive System, GE Medical Systems, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Truck and Engine Corporation (ITEC), National/Panasonic Electronics, and Rockwell Automation. His research interests include quality, reliability, six sigma, manufacturing, simulation, optimization, scheduling, maintenance, e-manufacturing, lean, CAE and GD&T ...more

 

Dr. CJ ChungCJ Chung
Professor, Computer Science

Dr. ChanJin “CJ” Chung was involved in developing TDX switching systems that became later the base system for the first commercialized mobile phone CDMA system in the world. His doctoral research was the development of a self-adaptive artificial intelligence system motivated by cultural evolution process, which was then applied to solve various optimization problems for intelligent systems ...more

 

Prof. Steve CoySteve Coy
Assistant Professor, Art + Design

Steve Coy, an associate professor in the College of Architecture and Design, creates large scale site-specific immersive installations that explore various issues of the human condition, frequently integrating components of technology. The work is influenced by various genres including relational aesthetics, speculative art, and conceptual art and often takes form as street art and public performance in an aesthetic described as dystopian glamour. ...more

 

Kun HuaKun Hua
Associate Professor, Electrical + Computer Engineering

Dr. Kun Hua's research interests include vehicular communications and networks, digital signal processing and software defined radios ...more

 

Nabih JaberNabih Jaber
Associate Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
His research interests focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), wireless communications, coding and information theory, Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) vehicular systems, smart grid power line communications, and sensor networks, Advanced Driver Assistance System/Autonomous Vehicles (ADAS/AV). He is also interested in test-bed implementations, and innovative simulation system designs ...more

 

Wuming JingWuming Jing
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research interest focuses on the intelligent microrobot system for biomedical applications. Future research will advance to the microrobot swarm with coordinated operation.research interest focuses on the intelligent microrobot system for biomedical applications. Future research will advance to the microrobot swarm with coordinated operation. ...more

 

Giscard KfouryGiscard Kfoury
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Kfoury serves as the director of the Bachelor of Science in Robotics Engineering program. His research in the area of intelligent connected systems includes adaptive controller/estimator design, and modeling and simulation of autonomous systems ....more

 

Eric Meyer

Eric Meyer
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Meyer directs the Experimental Biomechanics Laboratory (EBL) at Lawrence Technological University with the goal to advance experimental biomechanics understanding by providing practical training to engineering, life science and medical students and advancing the boundary of knowledge through translational research. In the area of Intelligent Connected Systems, the EBL has partnered to develop a Wearable Technology Innovation Center that provides practical, hands-on experiences to students focused around the topics of sensing, perception, and control in next generation robotics, haptics, and other quantified-self devices ...more

 

James MynderseJames Mynderse
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

James A. Mynderse, Assistant Professor, is the Director of the M.S. in Mechatronic Systems Engineering program in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. His research areas include dynamic systems and control, Li-ion battery manufacturing, additive manufacturing, and vibration control for perceived quality ...more

 

Hamid VejdaniHamid Vejdani
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Vejdani's research is around analyzing the mechanics of locomotion to develop robots that are efficient, agile and robust in their intended way of movement. His goal is to understand how to design and optimize the dynamics of a robot that help the controller, and then develop control algorithms that use those natural dynamics in achieving the purpose of the desired locomotion. ...more

 

Jinjun XiaJinjun Xia
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Clope-loop ultrasound guided photoacoustic imaging systems for  intelligent manipulation of micro-robots in deep tissue; Close-loop ultrasound guided phtotoacoustic imaging systems for intelligent drug delivery and micro-surgery by micro-robots ...more

 

Dr. Dongwoo Jason YeomDongwoo 'Jason' Yeom
Assistant Professor, Architecture

Dr. Yeom’s research focuses on high performance building and human building integration. He is investigating the intelligent system for the indoor thermal environment control by human physiological signal sensing, and its relationship with the building performance and indoor environment quality ...more