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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
Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in bioengineering, crash safety, orthopaedics, and solid mechanics (how things deform when they are pushed or pulled).

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."

Hidden talents and outside interests: In addition to an extremely strong commitment to his family, Atkinson finds time to enjoy music, playing instrument, karaoke and working around the house.

Research Associations:

Crash safety
Occupant protection
Orthopedic biomechanics

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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