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
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
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.
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
BS Computer Engineering, 2003, Michigan Technological University
MS Electrical Engineering, 2005, Michigan Technological University
PhD Electrical Engineering, 2006, Michigan Technological University
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
BSEE 1991 University of Texas at Austin
MSEE 1993 Purdue University
PhD 2002 Purdue University
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
BS 2008, Michigan Technological University
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