Special Faculty Edition

Meet Michigan Tech’s new faculty and existing faculty who have now accepted tenure-track and lecturer positions.

School of Business and Economics

Robert Hutchinson, PhD
Robert Hutchinson joins the School of Business as an associate professor. Hutchinson joins Michigan Tech from the University of Detroit Mercy. 

Hutchinson earned a PhD in Manufacturing Management and Engineering from the University of Toledo. He received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

He has been published in Advances in Management Accounting, the Journal of Midwest International Business Research and Management Accounting Quarterly. He has industry experience at Owens Corning, PPG Industries, Bayer A.G. and Westinghouse.

Heather Knewtson, PhD
Heather Knewtson joins the School of Business as an assistant professor. Knewtson comes to Michigan Tech from Central Michigan University.

She earned her PhD in Business Administration (Finance) and her Master’s in Applied Economics from Washington State University. 

Knewtson belongs to the American Financial Association, the Financial Education Association, and the Financial Management Association International. She has worked at Michigan Tech and Watson Wyatt & Company. 

Bryan Lagalo
Bryan Lagalo joins the School of Business as a lecturer. He comes to Michigan Tech from Brenau University. 

Lagalo received a Master’s in Economics from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance from Saginaw Valley State University. 

He belongs to the Southern Economic Association. His fields of specialization are industrial organization, managerial economics, finance, labor economics, microeconomics and entertainment economics.

Latika Lagalo, PhD
Latika Lagalo joins the School of Business as an assistant professor. Lagalo comes to Michigan Tech from Emory University.

She received a PhD in Economics from Wayne State University and a Master’s in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.

Lagalo’s fields of specialization are macroeconomics, energy economics, international economics and applied time series econometrics. She is a member of the American Economic Association, the Southern Economic Association and the Midwest Economic Association.

Meet Michigan Tech’s new faculty and existing faculty who have now accepted tenure-track and lecturer positions

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Yvette Dickinson, PhD
Yvette Dickinson joins the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science as an assistant professor. Dickinson comes to Michigan Tech from the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University.

She earned a PhD in Forest Resources from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Dickinson is affiliated with the Ecological Society of America, Society of American Foresters and the International Association for Landscape Ecology. She has been published in the Journal of Forestry, Forest Science and the New Zealand Journal of Ecology.

College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Orhan Soykan, PhD
Orhan Soykan joins the Department of Biomedical Engineering as a professor of practice. Soykan comes to Michigan Tech from YouGene Corporation in Fairfax, Virginia.

He received a PhD in Electrical Engineerng and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech.

Soykan has 22 issued U.S. patents and 47 published patent applications. He also is a senior member of IEEE and Advancing Science, Serving Society.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Chito Kendrick, PhD
Chito Kendrick joins the Department of Electrical and Computer Science as a research associate professor. Kendrick comes to Michigan Tech from Colorado School of Mines.

Kendrick received a PhD and a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. 

He has reviewed for the Journal of Crystal Growth, the Journal of Photovoltaics and Thin Solid Films. He has also worked at Firestone Ltd, GPC Electronics Ltd, and Agtronics Ltd.

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Snehamoy Chatterjee, PhD
Snehamoy Chatterjee joins the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences as an assistant professor. He comes to Michigan Tech from the National Institute of Technology in India.

Chatterjee earned a PhD in Mining Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Mining Engineering from Bengal Engineering and Science University.

His research areas of interest are short-term mine planning, production monitoring, ground water flow and injury determination modeling. Chatterjee has been published in Mathematical GeoSciences, Marine and Georesources and Geotechnology and Applied Intelligence.

Chad Deering, PhD
Chad Deering joins the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences as an assistant professor. Deering comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

He has a PhD in Geological Sciences, Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry and Volcanology from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. His Master’s in Geological Sciences, Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry is from Michigan State University.

Deering has been published in numerous journals including the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, American Mineralogist, the Journal of Petrology and Lithosphere. He belongs to Geological Society of America and American Geophysical Union.

Ebrahim Karimi Tarshizi, PhD
Ebrahim Karimi Tarshizi joins the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences as an assistant professor. He comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Nevada.

Tarshizi received a PhD in Geo-Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration and Mining Engineering from the University of Nevada. He also received a Bachelor’s in Mining Engineering–Exploration from Azad University in Iran.

Tarshizi has worked for Barrik Gold Corporation and the National Iranian Oil Company. He belongs to the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, the Project Management Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Bo Zhang, PhD
Bo Zhang joins the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences as a visiting assistant professor. He comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Oklahoma.

Zhang received a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a Master’s in Geophysics from the Chinese Academy of Science. 

His specialties are seismic processing, development and calibration of new seismic attributes, and seismic inversion. Zhang has industry experience with BP and dGB Earth Sciences.

Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Andrew Barnard, PhD
Andrew Barnard joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics as an assistant professor. Barnard comes to Michigan Tech from Penn State University. He is a Michigan Tech alumnus.

Barnard earned a PhD in Acoustics from Penn State University and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech.

He is a member of the Acoustical Society of American and a board-certified member of the Institute for Noise Control Engineering. He also has been a reviewer for the Journal of Sound and Vibration, the Journal of Building and Environment, Noise Control Engineering Journal and the ASME Noise Control and Acoustics Division.

Jaclyn Johnson, PhD
Jaclyn Johnson joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics as a lecturer. Previously, she was an instructor and research staff member at Michigan Tech.

Johnson is a Michigan Tech alumna, where she received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics and her Master’s in Mechanical Engineering.

Johnson’s teaching interests are energy thermofluids and solid mechanics. Her research interests are in combustion, diesel spray characteristics and structure and fundamental spark ignition studies of gaseous fuels.

Aneet Narendranath, PhD
Aneet Narendranath joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics as a lecturer. He previously was a visiting assistant professor.

Narendranath received a PhD and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Tech.

He held numerous leadership roles at Michigan Tech while a graduate student: secretary of the Daniell Heights Apartment Council and president of the Indian Student Association. He belongs to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Physical Society.

Ye (Sarah) Sun, PhD
Ye (Sarah) Sun joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics. Sun travels to Michigan Tech from Case Western Reserve University. 

She received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s in Precise Instrumentation of Measurement and Control from Tianjin University.

Sun has worked on two National Science Foundation projects. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Society of Optical Engineering.

Radheshyam Tewari, PhD
Radheshyam Tewari joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics as a lecturer. Previously, Tewari was an instructor at Michigan Tech.

Tewari received a PhD and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in India.

Tewari has three years of industry experience in machining processes, production planning, quality engineering and total productive maintenance. Tewari also has research experience using semiconductor fabrication and metrology tools for micro/nano-manufacturing.