Faculty & Staff

Administrative Staff

Dr. David R. Finley

David Roland Finley, Ph.D., P.E.

College Dean and Professor

Expertise/Interests: Environmental Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Lambda Epsila Eta Honor Society Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2207
Office: CASET 202A
E-mail:

Biography for Dr. David Finley

Education

BS Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, 1986, University of Michigan

MS Atmospheric Sciences, 1988, University of Michigan

MS Chemical Engineering, 1994, Wayne State University

PhD Chemical Engineering, 1996, Wayne State University

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As dean of the College of Innovation and Solutions, Dr. David R. Finley leads LSSU’s Lukenda School of Business, the School of Engineering & Technology, the Business Engagement Center, and the Product Development Center.  He also serves on both the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone (SSMart) board and Operation Action U.P. board. Formerly VP for Academic Affairs at Trine University in Angola, Indiana, Finley directed educational programs in the five schools comprising that 2,300-student institution, as well as allied support offices and programs. During his tenure as VPAA, the institution saw a 48% increase in overall enrollment, and a 16% increase in freshmen to sophomore retention. At Trine, Finley also served at times as interim dean for the Ketner School of Business and the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences.

At LSSU, Finley has served as chief liaison to the Higher Learning Commission, and participated in Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) Academic Affairs Officers meetings. He is presently active in Rotary. In his previous capacity as Trine VPAA, he participated in activities of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), Independent Colleges of Indiana, Fort Wayne Area Teaching Colleges Consortium, Steuben Co. Industrial Guild, and Angola Area Chamber of Commerce. Programs launched during his tenure at Trine included: an honors experience; graduate engineering, criminal justice, and leadership; a co-curricular music initiative; concurrent enrollment for exemplary high school students; and nine new undergraduate majors and seven minors. Finley has helped to secure $13.5M in funds for the Considine Hall (South Hall) Renovation Project at LSSU, and he played a key role in raising over $6M for programmatic initiatives at Trine.

From 2001 until 2005, Finley was dean of the Allen School of Engineering & Technology at Trine, having formerly served as chemical engineering department chair. Several programs were begun in this role, including the institution’s first-ever graduate degree and multiple K-12 partnerships, most notably a week-long STEM day camp for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. He also received Trine’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer Recognition.

Finley began his career as an environmental scientist in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area. He is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Amer. Institute of Chemical Engineers, Amer. Society for Engineering Education, Order of the Engineer, and the Sigma Beta Delta and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. Finley completed the AALI Executive Leadership Academy in 2012.

Finley graduated cum laude in atmospheric science from the University of Michigan, earning his master’s and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit. Major research efforts have included measurement of ambient soot concentrations via photoacoustic spectroscopy, creation of the Landfill Odor Characterization Model, and design of the MMk model to more accurately describe landfill gas generation kinetics. A frequently invited speaker on topics as diverse as entrepreneurship, assessment, and retention, Finley has consulted in the areas of program development and air pollution control.

Dr. Paul J. Weber

Paul Weber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & School Chair
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Renewable Energy (Primarily Solar), Energy Efficiency, Engineering Educational Research, Machine Vision, Distributed Control

Senior Project Faculty Board Chair

Phone: (906) 635-2031
Office: CASET 128
E-mail:

Biography for Dr. Paul J. Weber

Education

BS Computer Engineering, 2003, Michigan Technological University

MS Electrical Engineering, 2005, Michigan Technological University

PhD Electrical Engineering, 2006, Michigan Technological University

Laura Bofinger

Laura Bofinger

LSSU Employee of the Year Award Recipient (2011)

Academic Administrative Assistant
School of Engineering & Technology Product
Development Center
Summer Robotics Camps

Phone: (906) 635-2207
Office: CASET 202
E-mail:

Biography for Ms. Laura Bofinger

Education

BS Business Administration-Management, 2006, Lake Superior State University

Jordan Huff

Jordan Huff

Mechanical Laboratory Engineer
School of Engineering & Technology

Phone: (906) 635-2595
Office: CASET 120C
E-mail:

Biography for Mr. Jordan Huff

Education

BS Mechanical Engineering, 2017, Lake Superior State University

Mr. Jeff King

Jeff King

Electrical/Computer Laboratory Engineer
School of Engineering & Technology
Serves as EE adjunct faculty

Phone: (906) 635-2838
Office: CASET 307
E-mail:

Biography for Mr. Jeff King

Education

BS Electrical Engineering Technology, 1996, Lake Superior State University

Faculty

Dr. David Baumann

David Baumann, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
School of Engineering & Technolog
y
Electrical Engineering

Expertise/Interests: Control Systems, Acoustics

Phone: (906) 635-2142
Office: CASET 204A
E-mail:

Biography for Dr. David Baumann

Education

BS 1987, University of Wisconsin – Madison

MS 1989, University of Wisconsin – Madison

PhD 1991, University of Wisconsin – Madison

MS 1992, University of Wisconsin – Madison


Jim Devaprasad

Coordinator & Professor, Manufacturing Engineering Technology & Engineering Technology
School of Engineering & Technology
Director, Robotics Laboratory
Expertise/Interests: Robotics, Automated Manufacturing, SME Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2131
Office: CASET 125C
E-mail:

Biography for Prof. Jim Devaprasad

Education

BS 1983, University of Madras, India

MS 1986, University of New Mexico

Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Robert Hildebrand, Ph.D.

Coordinator and Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Acoustics & Vibrations, Vehicle Dynamics, Soil Dynamics
SWE Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2139
Office: CASET 202B
E-mail:

Biography for Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Education

BSE (ME) 1990, University of Michigan

MS (EM) 1994, University of Nebraska

PhD 2001, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Sweden

Dr. Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones, Ph.D.

LSSU Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient (2010)

Coordinator and Associate Professor,
Electrical & Computer Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Mobile Robots, Microcontrollers, Renewable Energy, Intelligent Control
IEEE Advisor
FIRST Robotics Mentor, FIRST LEGO League Head Coach/Head Judge

Phone: (906) 635-2138
Office: CASET 304
E-mail:

Biography for Dr. Andrew Jones

Education

BSEE 1991 University of Texas at Austin

MSEE 1993 Purdue University

PhD 2002 Purdue University

Mr. David Leach

David Leach

Instructor, Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Plastics Design, Injection Molding, Quality Systems

Co-operative Education Coordinator

Phone: (906) 635-2635
Office: CASET 129
E-mail:

Biography for Mr. David Leach

Education

BS 2008, Michigan Technological University

Dr. Zakaria Mahmud

Zakaria Mahmud, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Experimental Fluid Mechanics/ Aerodynamics, Energy Technology, Renewable Energy, Turbo Machinery, Scramjet Combustion, Laser Based Diagnostics, Active and Passive Flow Controls, and Computational Fluid Dynamics

Engineering House Advisor

SAE Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2137
Office: CASET 202D
E-mail: zmahmud@lssu.edu

Biography for Dr. Zakaria Mahmud

Education

BS 1996 – Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology

MS 1998 – The Royal Institute of Technology

PhD 2003 – The University of Alabama

Dr. Joseph P. Moening

Joseph Moening, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Power Electronics, Renewable Energy, Electronic Devices & Circuits
Engineering House Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2135
Office: CASET 130
E-mail:

Biography for Dr. Joseph P. Moening

Education

BS Electrical Engineering, 2004, University of Toledo

MS Electrical Engineering, 2006, University of Toledo

PhD Electrical Engineering, 2010, University of Toledo

Dr. Paul J. Weber

Paul Weber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Renewable Energy (Primarily Solar), Energy Efficiency, Engineering Educational Research, Machine Vision, Distributed Control

School of Engineering & Technology Chair

Senior Project Faculty Board Chair

Phone: (906) 635-2031
Office: CASET 128
E-mail:

Biography for Dr. Paul J. Weber

Education

BS Computer Engineering, 2003, Michigan Technological University

MS Electrical Engineering, 2005, Michigan Technological University

PhD Electrical Engineering, 2006, Michigan Technological University

Masoud Zarepoor

Masoud Zarepoor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Vibrations, Structural Dynamics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Piezoelectric Actuation, Piezoelectric Materials

ASME Member, ASEE Member

Faculty Advisor of ASME Chapter at LSSU

Phone: (906) 635-2660
Office: CASET 131
E-mail:

Biography for Dr. Masoud Zarepoor

Education

BS 2011, Shiraz University

MS 2013, Wright State University

PhD 2016, Old Dominion University

Product Development Center

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Eric Becks

Engineering Projects Manager, Electrical Engineering
Director of Intellectual Property & Economic Development
President/CEO Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone

Lambda Epsilon Eta Honor Society Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2738
Office: CASET 125B
E-mail:

Biography for Mr. Eric Becks

Education

BS Electrical Engineering, 1976, Michigan State University

MS Electrical Engineering, 1981, Michigan State University

Jordan Huff

Jordan Huff

Mechanical Laboratory Engineer
School of Engineering & Technology

Phone: (906) 635-2595
Office: CASET 120C
E-mail:

Biography for Mr. Jordan Huff

Education

BS Mechanical Engineering, 2017, Lake Superior State University

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