ME Division Executive Committee and Leadership 2019-2020

Division 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
M.S., Stanford University
B.S.M.E., Stanford University

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.


Program Chair

Thomas W DeNucci, Ph.D.

Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

20 Mohegan Avenue

New London, CT 06320

(860) 444-8672

Ph.D., Delft University
M.S., SMassachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S.E.E., United States Coast Guard Academy

CDR Tom DeNucci 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 engineer and maintenance coordinator 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

Program Chair-Elect

Rungun Nathan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Program Chair

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Pennsylvania State University, Berks

2080 Tulpehocken Road

Reading, PA 19610

(419) 772-2386

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University
M.S., Systems Engineering, Louisiana State University
DIISc, Electronics Design Technology, Indian Institute of Science
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, PESCE, Mysore University

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.



Anna Howard, Ph.D.

Teaching Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

NC State University

Raleigh, NC 27695

(919) 513-4019


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Penn State University
M.S., Mathematics, Penn State University
B.S., Mathematics, University of North Carolina
B.A., Philosophy, University of North Carolina

Dr. Howard's research in vertical flight aircraft has addressed air and ground resonance stability, whirl flutter stability, structural dynamics of tiltrotors, composite tailoring of wings and blades, nonlinear modeling of fluid-elastic dampers, and alignment measurement with magneto-strictive position sensors.


Nominating Committee Chair
Immediate Past Chair


David Mikesell, Ph.D., PE

Professor and Chair

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ohio Northern University

525 S. Main St.

Ada, OH 45810

(419) 772-2386

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University
B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University
B.A., German, Duke University

David R. Mikesell is a professor and chair 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, 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.

Awards Selection Committee Chair


LTC Brian Novoselich
G5E Strategic Effects Director
U.S. Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996

(845) 938-6942

ME News Editor

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

Ph.D. University of Michigan
M.S., University of Illinoios
B.S., University of Notre Dame

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.

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Trine University

(260) 665-4230

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India


Nathan Washuta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
The Citadel
(515) 294-1050

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland

Dr. Nathan Washuta earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, where he studied flow in the turbulent boundary layer that occurs along the hulls of large naval ships. His current research interests include Hydrodynamics, Turbulence, Experimental Methods, Optical Measurement Techniques, and Image Processing. Dr. Washuta teaches introductory through upper-level undergraduate mechanical and electrical engineering courses primarily in the areas of thermal/fluids and computer applications.

Research Areas
Hydrodynamics, Turbulence, Experimental Methods, Optical Measurement Techniques, Image Processing, Engineering Education.


Maryam Darbeheshti, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
University of Colorado, Denver
(303) 315-7592

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver