ME Division Executive Committee and Leadership 2022-2023

Division Chair


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 is a Teaching Professor at NC State University. Her research centers on providing active learning to large numbers of students and the role technology can play in improving student learning and retention. As the coordinator of Engineering Statics, she has developed extensive materials to allow students to excel both in and out of class. The online environment includes short videos for each topic, pre- and post-class quizzes, full class notes, and multiple example videos for each class in a gamified environment. In-class demonstrations and active problem-solving sessions challenge students to apply basic concepts to widely varying problems in an environment where they can get help from their teammates, instructors, and undergraduate learning assistants. Her new focus is on entrepreneurial-minded learning.


Program Chair


LTC Brian Novoselich, Ph.D., PE
Associate Professor
Director, Strategic Plans and Assessment
U.S. Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996

(845) 938-6942

Program Chair-Elect


Siamak Farhad, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Interim Director of Center for Precision Manufacturing
University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325

(330) 972-7469



Jamie Canino, Ph.D.
Wade Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Trine University
Angola, IN 46703

(260) 665-4232

Dr. Canino is a Professor at Trine University in Northeast Indiana. He teaches classes in the aerospace and thermal science areas. His research is focused on implementation of the flipped pedagogy in small classes as well as immediate feedback for students on homework assignments. He also chairs the team charged with faculty development at Trine University. He has completed officer rotations in the Aerospace Engineering Division and the Indiana-Illinois Section and he looks forward to serving the members of the Mechanical Engineering Division.


Nominating Committee Chair
Immediate Past 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.

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