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Dawn Armstrong

Accounting Clerk - Sr Business Office 1700 University Ave
5-633 CC

Joseph Asperger

Director of Physical Plant Physical Plant 1700 University Ave
5-700 CC

Patrick Atkinson

Professor Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2-123 MC
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Dr. Patrick Atkinson, professor of Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University, 1991
Master's  (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in bioengineering, crash safety, orthopaedics, solid mechanics (how things deform when they are pushed or pulled), and lately, entrepreneurship education for engineering students

Atkinson finds Kettering students driven, innovative and engaged. He feels there is a lot that distinguishes them from students at other universities. He says, "They know what being an engineer is all about because of the cooperative education experience. . .they require and expect the faculty to be up on their topics." He feels that this results because they are so current and have the ability to handle an academic, work, and social life which makes them people "who are able to perform in a variety of settings." Because Atkinson's time as a Kettering student left a very positive impression on him, he had a desire to return and do the same job as his professors had. Atkinson enjoys "giving students a great engineering education and the additional courses/labs that allow them to specialize in engineering subspecialties."

His hot tip for prospective students is: "Just remember that what you do from the age of 20 to 30 will dictate to a large part what you will be doing from 30 to 60. On one hand, this is great; it's a blank slate, you can do whatever you want. On the down side, it is a blank slate: you have to decide on something.  One other thing: while you may not wish to become an entrepreneur, consider the life of an intrapreneur.  This is a person who innovates from within at their day job."

Hidden talents and outside interests: In addition to an extremely strong commitment to his family, Atkinson finds time to enjoy music, playing instruments, karate and karaoke (not at the same time.....yet), and working around the house.

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McLaren Flint, Dept of Orthopaedics 



Crash safety
Occupant protection
Orthopedic biomechanics
Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship in the classroom


1. Charpentier PM, Flanagan BP, Srivastava AK, Atkinson PJ: ‘Reverse’ oblique end screws in non-locking plates decrease construct strength in synthetic osteoporotic bone medium. J Oorthop Surg Spec., In press, September, 2014.

2. Martineau D, Shorez J, Beran C, Dass AG, Atkinson P: Biomechanical performance of variable and fixed angle locked volar plates for the dorsally comminuted distal radius.  Iowa Orthop J 2014, 34: 123-8.

3. Flanagan BP, LeCronier D, Kubacki MR, Telehowski P, Atkinson P: A method to modify angle-stable intramedullary nail construct compliance. Iowa Orthop J 2014, 34: 68-73.

4. Kubacki MR, Verioti CA, Patel SD, Garlock AN, Fernandez D, Atkinson PJ. Angle Stable Nails Provide Improved Healing for a Complex Fracture Model in the Femur. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Apr;472(4):1300-9.

5. Garlock AN, Donovan J, LeCronier DJ, Houghtaling J, Burton S, Atkinson PJ. A modified intramedullary nail interlocking design yields improved stability for fatigue cycling in a canine femur fracture model. Proc Inst Mech Eng H. 2012 Jun;226(6):469-76.

6. LeCronier DJ, Papakonstantinou JS, Gheevarughese V, Beran CD, Walter NE, Atkinson PJ. Development of an interlocked nail for segmental defects in the rabbit tibia. Proc Inst Mech Eng H. 2012 Apr;226(4):330-6.

7. Smith MR, Atkinson P, White D, Piersma T, Gutierrez G, Rossini G, Desai S, Wellinghoff S, Yu H, Cheng X. Design and assessment of a wrapped cylindrical Ca-P AZ31 Mg alloy for critical-size ulna defect repair. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2012 Jan;100(1):206-16.

8. Jain R, Jain E, Dass AG, Wickstrom O, Walter N, Atkinson PJ: Evaluation of transdermal steroids for trapeziometacarpal arthritis. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Jun;35(6):921-7.

9. Srivastava A, Walter N, Atkinson P. Streptococcus bovis infection of total hip arthroplasty in association with carcinoma of colon. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2010 Summer;19(2):125-8.

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Theresa Atkinson

Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering 1700 University Ave
2109 MC

Tom Ayers

Vice President for Administration & Finance / Treasurer Office of Administration & Finance 1700 University Ave, 5-945 CC
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Tom Ayers, Vice President for Finance & Administration / Treasurer, joined Kettering in July 2012.  He serves as Treasurer to the Board of Trustees and is head of all activities involving university finance including accounting, cashier’s office, payroll, purchasing and student accounts; Human Resources; and all areas of facility management including business operations, planning and construction management, campus maintenance and central receiving.  Mr Ayers came to Kettering University having most recently served as the Executive Vice President for Operations & Treasurer at Huntington University.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Taylor University and later received both a master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration and a master’s of Business Administration from Ball State University.

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Hua Bai

Assistant professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty ECE
1700 University Ave
AB 2703S
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Dr. Hua Bai, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, China

Hua Bai was born in Chifeng City, Inner-Mongolia, China in 1980. He received B S and PHD degree in Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University., Beijing, China in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Bai was a post-doc fellow and research scientist in Univ of Michigan-Dearborn, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Now he is an assistant professor in Department of Electrical and Compurter Engineering, Kettering University, MI, USA.

His research interest is the dynamic processes and transient pulsed power phenomena of power electronic devices, including variable frequency motor drive system, high voltage and high power DC/DC converter, renewable energy and hybrid electric vehicles.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Think globally, Act Locally". "Self-respected, self-disciplined, and self-motivated."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Bai enjoys snowboarding, hiking, volleyball, and gym.

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Ryan Ballantyne

Adjunct Faculty Department of Business

Janet Barrigar

Gift Processor University Advancement 4-920 CC

Jonathan Barton

Safety Officer Campus Safety, Office of Administration & Finance 1700 University Ave
2-000 CC