ME Division Executive Committee and Leadership 2023-2024

Division 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


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


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.


Awards Selection Committee Chair


David Mikesell, Ph.D., PE


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 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.


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