ME Division Executive Committee and Leadership 2017-2018

Division Chair

David Mikesell, Ph.D., PE

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ohio Northern University

525 S. Main St.

Ada, OH 45810

(419) 772-2386

Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2008
M.S., Ohio State University, 2006
B.S.M.E., Ohio Northern University, 1997

David R. Mikesell is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University.  His research interests are in land vehicle dynamics, autonomous vehicles, and robotics.  He joined the faculty in 2007 after work in automotive engineering at Ohio State (MS 2006, PhD 2008), six years designing automated assembly machines and metal-cutting tools for Grob Systems, and four years’ service as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  He holds bachelor degrees in German (Duke 1990) and Mechanical Engineering (ONU 1997).

Program Chair

Matthew Gordon, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

2390 York St., Clarence M., Knudson Hall, Room 200

Denver, CO 80208

(303) 871-3580


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1992
M.S., Stanford University, 1987
B.S.M.E., Stanford University, 1986

Dr. Matt Gordon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. His research areas include numerical and experimental plasma physics, chemical and physical vapor deposition, electronic packaging, and bio-medical engineering. He has supervised to completion 26 MSME students and 5 PhD students. Publications include 1 book chapter, 31 journal publications, 44 refereed conference proceedings, 29 non-refereed publications, and 27 non-refereed presentations.


Thomas W. DeNucci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
20 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT, 06320
(860) 444-8672

Ph.D., Delft University, NL, 2012
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, 2005
B.S.E.E., United States Coast Guard Academy, 1994

CDR Tom DeNucci from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1994. He has served aboard the CGC HEALY as the damage control assistant and electrical officer. Following his time aboard HEALY, CDR DeNucci served as a port engineeri and maintenace corrdinators for USCG cutters in the Pacific Northwest. He is a tenured military professor teaching at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Research Areass
Ship Design, Design Process, Optimization


Rungun Nathan, Ph.D.


Associate Professor and Program Chair,

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Pennsylvania State University



PG-Diploma in IISC, MS (System Science)
Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Rungun Nathan is an associate professor and program chair for mechanical engineering in the division of engineering at Penn State Berks. He got his BS from University of Mysore, DIISc from Indian Institute of Science, MS from Louisiana State University and PhD from Drexel University. He has worked in the area of Electronic Packaging in C-DOT (India) and then as a Scientific Assistant in the Robotics laboratory at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He worked as a post-doc at University of Pennsylvania in the area of Haptics and Virtual Reality. His research interests are in the areas of unmanned vehicles particularly flapping flight, mechatronics, robotics, MEMS, virtual reality and haptics, and teaching with technology. He has ongoing research in flapping flight, Frisbee flight dynamics, lift in porous material and brain injury He is an active member of ASEE and ASME and reviewer for several ASME, IEEE and ASEE, FIE conferences and journals.

Nominating Committee Chair
Immediate Past Chair

Michael J. Benson, Ph.D., PE

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Building 752, Mahan Hall

West Point, NY

(845) 938-6214

Awards Selection Committee Chair

Anna Howard
NC State University

ME News Editor

Diane Peters, Ph.D., PE
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Kettering University
(515) 294-1050

Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2010
M.S., University of Illinois, 2000
B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1993

Dr. Diane Peters, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering has expertise in combined design and control of mechatronic systems. She was attracted to Kettering in particular because of the school’s strong connections with industry and the students’ enthusiasm and drive. She thinks that Kettering students are talented, mature, and a lot of fun to be around. She enjoys teaching them and advising the students in both A and B sections of the Society of Women Engineers

Research Areas
Mechatronics, Control Systems, Dynamic Systems


Pavan Karra, Ph.D.

Trine University

1 University Ave.

Angola, IN 46703

(260) 665-4230





Charles Baukal, Ph.D.
Director John Zink
George Fox University
(503) 554-2786

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Drexel University
B.S., Drexel University

CHARLES E. BAUKAL, Jr., PhD, Ed.D., P.E., is the Director of the John Zink Institute which is part of John Zink Hamworthy Combustion in Tulsa, OK where he has been since 1998.  He has 35 years of experience in the field of industrial combustion in the metals, minerals, incineration, textiles, paper, chemicals, and petrochemicals industries.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer, is an inventor on eleven U.S. patents, and has authored/edited 13 books on industrial combustion along with over 150 other publications and presentations. He also has an MEd from the University of Oklahoma and an EdD from Oklahoma State University with a dissertation on CPD for engineers.  He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Combustion Institute. He serves on several boards for those organizations as well as for several others.  He has been an adjunct instructor for 30 years and currently teaches at the University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University.h a passion.  Mike enjoys competitive volleyball, baseball, photography, hiking, and hanging out with his family. His wife, Luann, is an exercise physiologist and a student in the George Fox PsyD program. They are parents to two energetic boys.