ME Division Executive Committee and Leadership 2020-2021

Division 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., Massachusetts 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

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.

Program Chair-Elect


Anna Howard, Ph.D.

Teaching 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.




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

(845) 938-6942

Nominating Committee Chair
Immediate Past 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.


Awards Selection Committee Chair

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.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Minnesota State University

(507) 389-1484

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

ME News Editor

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

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver


Orlando Ayala, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Engineering Technology
Old Dominion University
(757) 683-4467

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela