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Mark Gellis

Associate Professor of Communication Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-318AA AB
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PhD from Purdue University

Courses Taught

COMM 101:  Written and Oral Communication I

COMM 301:  Written and Oral Communication II

LIT 315:  Literature of the Fantastic

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John Geske

Professor and Department Head Computer Science, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-300I AB
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Dr. John G. Geske, department head and professor of Computer Science
Ph.D. in Computer Science from Iowa State University, with expertise in software engineering, computational complexity, theoretical foundations, discrete mathematics, logic and the philosophy of computing.

Geske, who has taught at Kettering since 1994, describes Kettering students as driven, self-assured and hard-working. In his eyes, they are also more career-oriented and inquisitive than students at other schools.

He says that one of his most enjoyable pleasures of teaching is bearing witness to the "aha!" moment when students first understand a new and difficult concept that they were convinced they would never understand. He came to Kettering for the opportunity to help build the Computer Science program.

Hidden talents and outside interests: He enjoys the "New York Times" Crossword Puzzle, playing golf and walking his dog in the woods around his home.

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Farnaz Ghazi-Nezami

Assistant Professor Industrial Engineering 1-700 J AB x5994

Pete Gheresus

Professor of Industrial Engineering Industrial Engineering 1700 University Ave
1-700Q AB
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Dr. Petros "Pete" Gheresus, professor of Industrial Engineering

Ph.D from Iowa State University, with expertise in various computer programming languages, engineering economy, manufacturing processes, and controls using ladder logic programming and ControlLogix hardware and Access Database.

Gheresus feels that Kettering students "mature earlier than other students because they are immediately afforded the opportunity to work with varied types of individuals through cooperative education, which cannot be taught in any academic setting." He says that Kettering students have the theory and also they know how to apply it.

Gheresus was first attracted to teaching at Kettering by the unique blend of academia and industry, truly the best of both worlds. He enjoys teaching students of varying abilities and learns from them because "many are able to bring back to the class the experiences or tools that they have used at their place of employment."

In preparation for one of his exams, Gheresus made a copy of the exam that had half of the answers on it. He forgot to erase the answers from those questions and didn't have the time to make new copies or make up another exam by the time he discovered it. Of course word got out and spread like wildfire. Gheresus was so embarrassed that he stayed away from campus for three weeks.

Hidden talents and outside interests: In keeping with his well-rounded background, Gheresus' extracurricular activities are diverse. He enjoys playing racquetball, exercise, reading, spending time with family and friends, and working with Kettering's pre-college students, who often ask questions no one has asked before.

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C programming language

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Nadia Gilbert

Administrative Assistant Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives, Staff, Student Life 1700 University Ave
3-300 CC

Mary Gilliam

Assistant Professor Chemical Engineering 1700 University Avenue
2-224-A AB
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Mary Gilliam

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
2224A Academic Building


B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2001
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2006

Work Experience

Exatec Division of Sabic Innovative Plastics, Wixom, MI, 2006 – 2011

After graduating in 2006, Dr. Gilliam took a position at Exatec, a division of Sabic Innovative Plastics, as the Plasma Technology Leader, supervising global technology programs and directing international R&D teams to develop next-generation coated polymer products. As the Plasma Technology Leader, Dr. Gilliam gained experience in translating processes to industrial scale, process characterization and control, statistical design of experiments and data analysis, quantifying relationships between process parameters and product outcomes, root cause analysis, linking customer requirements to manufacturing conditions, product validation, leading cross-functional teams, and technology road-mapping.                                                                                                             


CHME 435 Process Control   
CHME 436 Process Control Laboratory   
CHME 401 Mass Transfer Operations and Separations Laboratory   
CHME 420 Transport Phenomena   
CHME 421 Transport Phenomena Laboratory   
CHME 300 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer   
CHME 301 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Laboratory
CHME 100  Introduction to Chemical Engineering   
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Research Statement

The research program involves surface treatments and coatings using atmospheric plasma for a variety of applications on rigid substrates as well as micro- and nano-sized particles. Surface modification and coating is often performed to improve adhesion, tailor hydrophobic or hydrophilic properties, increase scratch and abrasion resistance, improve biocompatibility, tailor bioactivity, increase barrier properties, reduce friction, enhance resistance to chemicals, and other goals. Plasmas can be applied to modify very thin surface layers or to deposit single or multi-layer coatings without altering the bulk characteristics of materials. Atmospheric pressure plasma processes offer the versatility of plasma processes without expensive and high-maintenance vacuum equipment. Furthermore, the processes can be implemented as a continuous process without load/lock chambers for adjusting pressures.
Current research projects are targeted for applications in biomedical materials, medical diagnostics, particle dispersions, light-weight materials for transportation, UV-blocking coatings, and more. Investigation work focuses around innovative modifications of the process and apparatuses, testing various precursors, process characterization, and optimizing for performance. Experiments are designed to characterize the effects of the precursors and process parameters on the material properties and outcomes. This characterization generates process predictive models that subsequently provide the basis to tailor the properties of the coating or surface to meet the requirements.  

Research Specialties

 Surface treatments, coatings, plasma process technology, plasma chemical vapor deposition, particle treatment technologies, atmospheric plasma, organic and organosilicon coatings, plastics applications, polymer surface modification




Patents and Patent Applications

1.  Higuchi, K., Gilliam, M., and Yamaya, M. Organic Resin Laminate. U.S. Patent No. 8,361,607. 29 January 2013.
2. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., Garner, G., and Magyar, M. Method and Apparatus for Surface Chemical Functionalization of Powders and Nanoparticles. U.S. Patent Application No. PCT/US14/27814, Unpublished. Filing date 14 March 2014.
3. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., and Zand, A. Wear Resistant and Biocompatible Coatings for Medical Devices and Method of Fabrication. U.S. Patent Application No. PCT/US14/22505, Unpublished. Filing date 10 March 2014.
4. Gilliam, M., Higuchi, K., Organic Resin Laminate, Methods of Making and Using the Same, and Articles Comprising the Same. Publication No. WO2013032421 A1. 7 March 2013.


1. Farhat, S., Gilliam, M. Rabago-Smith, M., Baran, C., Walter, N., Zand, A. Polymer Coatings for Biomedical Applications Using Atmospheric Pressure Plasma. Surface and Coatings Technology, 2014, 241, 123-129.
2. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., Magyar, M., Stubbs, B. Atomspheric Plasma Surface Modification of PMMA and PP Micro-Particles. Plasma Processes and Polymers, under review.
3. Gilliam, M. Polymer Surface Treatment and Coating Technologies. In Handbook of Manufacturing Engineering and Technology; Nee, A., Ed.; Springer:  New York, 2013.
4. Gilliam, M., Ritts, A., Yu, Q. The Mesh Disturbance Effects in LTCAT for Surface Modification of LDPE. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2010, 118, 805-817.
5. Gilliam, M. Plasma Polymerization of Fluorocarbons and Plasma Surface Modification of Polymers; Lambert Academic Publishing: Germany, 2009.
6. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q., Yasuda, H. Plasma Polymerization Behavior of Fluorocarbon Monomers in Low-Pressure AF and RF Discharges. Plasma Processes and Polymers, 2007, 4, 165-172.
7. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. Surface Modification of a Group of Polymers Using a Low Temperature Cascade Arc Torch. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2007, 105, 360-372.
8. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. Low-Temperature Plasma Processes for Polymeric Surface Modification. in Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing; Lee, S., Ed.; Taylor & Francis:  United Kingdom, 2007.
9.  Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. A Critical Evaluation of Low Temperature Plasma Processes Applied to Polymers. In Recent Research and Developments in Applied Polymer Science, Pandalai, S.G., Ed.; Research Signpost:  Kerala, India, 2006; Vol. 3; p. 13.
10. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. Surface Characterization of Low-Temperature Cascade Arc Plasma–Treated Low-Density Polyethylene Using Contact Angle Measurements. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2006, 99, 2528-2541.

Conference Presenations and Proceedings

1. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., Stubbs, B., Magyar, M., Zand, A, Garner, G. Surface Functionalization of Polymeric Particles Using Low Temperature Atmospheric Pressure Plasma. AIChE Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. November 3-8, 2013.
2. Farhat, S., Gilliam, M., Zand, A., Rabago-Smith, M. Polymer Coatings for Biomedical Applications Using Low Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure Plasma. AIChE Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. November 3-8, 2013.
3.Farhat, S., Gilliam, M., Zand, A., Rabago-Smith, M.  Bio-compatible Polymer Coatings Using Low Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure Plasma.  Contact and Surface 2013:11th International Conference on Surface Effects and Contact Mechanics.  Siena, Italy.  June 5-7, 2013.
4. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., Zand, A., Stubbs, B., Magyar, M., Garner, G. Surface Treatment of Polymer Particles Using Atmospheric Plasma. Society of Vacuum Coaters Annual Conference. Providence, RI. April 20-25, 2013.
5. Farhat, S., Gilliam, M., Zand, A., Rabago-Smith, M. Biocompatible Coatings Using Low Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure Plasma. Society of Vacuum Coaters Annual Conference. Providence, RI. April 20-25, 2013.
6. Stubbs, B., Garner, G., Magyar, M., Gilliam, M., Farhat, S. Atmospheric Plasma Treatment For Surface Modification Of Polymer Powder. Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences Conference. Holland, MI. March 22, 2013.
7. Gilliam, M., Gasworth, S. Characterization of the Parameter Space in Expanding Thermal Plasma Systems with Organosiloxane and Oxygen Reagents. Society of Vacuum Coaters Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. 2008.
8. Yu, Q.S., Huang, C., Chan, Y., Gilliam, M., Yasuda, H.K. Glow Characterization in Plasma Deposition Systems. Proceedings of 17th International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry. Toronto, Canada, 2005.
9. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. Modification of Polymeric Surfaces Using Low Temperature Cascade Arc Torch. American Chemical Society Regional Conference. Columbia, MO, 2003.
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Nancy Gnagi

Registrar Assistant Registrar's Office 3-309 AB

David Golz

Associate Professor of Humanities Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-318 HH AB
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PhD from University of Nevada-Reno in English

PhD from University of California-Riverside in Geological Sciences

Courses Taught

HUMN 201:  Introduction to the Humanities

LIT 372:  Masterpieces of Literature

LIT 379:  Plays of Shakespeare

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Kathleen Goodrich

Accounts Receivable Manager Business Office 2-310 CC

Paul Gratsch

Associate Controller Business Office 1700 University Ave
5-942 CC