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The key to any program is its faculty and staff. Western Michigan University's Department of Engineering Design, Manufacturing, and Management Systems has 19 full-time faculty members and several part-time faculty and adjunct professors. These faculty members are committed to providing the finest undergraduate programs, and the teaching and student support that defines these programs, in the Midwest.

They are also actively engaged in research that keeps them current with developments in their fields. Most faculty members have industrial work experience and appreciate both the applied and theoretical aspects of education.

Many of our faculty also teach at the Grand Rapids Graduate Center-Beltline facility.


Steven Butt, Professor and Department Chair
Office: E-227 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3356
Specializations: Operations Research, Routing & Scheduling, Engineering Statistics
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Betsy Aller, Associate Professor
Office: F-227 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3354 
Specializations: Capstone design, First-year STEM Education, Manufacturing for/Managing Sustainability
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Kailash Bafna, Professor
Office: E-212 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3355 
Specializations: Engineering Cost Analysis, Facilities Design, Quality Control, Material Handling
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Alamgir Choudhury, Associate Professor
Office: F-222 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3357
Specializations: Mechanical Design, Mechanics, Computer Aided Engineering, Fluid Power, Instrumentation and Process Control
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Paul V. Engelmann, Assistant Dean for Advising and Retention
Office: E-102 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3258 
Specializations: Student Success in STEM Education, Injection Molding, Plastics Tooling
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Jerry Fiala, Faculty Specialist
Office: F-225 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3359 
Specializations: Technical Communication, Team / Small-Group Communication, Science News Writing and Journalism, Editing, and Photography
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Tarun Gupta, Professor
Office: E-220 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3361 
Specializations: Robotics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Computer Simulation
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Pavel Ikonomov, Associate Professor
Office: E-221 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3284
Specializations: Virtual Reality Simulation, Immerse Technologies
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Mitchel Keil, Professor
Office: F-221 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3365 
Specializations: Design for Manufacturability, Machine Design, Vehicle Simulation, Automatic Routing of Flexible Elements, Reverse Engineering
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David Lyth, Professor
Office: E-222 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3368
Specializations: Quality Management, Healthcare Engineering, Production/Operations Management, Service Management
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Larry Mallak, Professor
Office: E-228 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3369 
Specializations: Healthcare Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Organizational Culture Assessment and Change
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Joseph Petro, Master Faculty Specialist
Office: F-229 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3370
Specializations: Production/Operations Management, Productivity, Continuous Improvement
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Troy Place, Faculty Specialist II
Office: F-220 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3366 
Specializations: Technical Communications, Report Preparation
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Sam Ramrattan, Professor
Office: F-218 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3373 
Specializations: Metal Casting, Process Control, Industrial Materials and Processes
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Jorge Rodriguez, Associate Professor
Office: E-224 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3374 
Specializations: Computer-Aided Design/Engineering, Finite Element Analysis, CAE-Optimization
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Fred Sitkins, Professor
Office: F-231 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3375 or 276-3261 
Specializations: Quality Assurance, Metrology, Motion Control in Manufacturing Processes, ISO 9000/QS 9000 Assessment and Preparation
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Thomas Swartz, Master Faculty Specialist
Office: F-224 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3376 
Specializations: Technical Communication, Report Writing
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Slobodan Urdarevik, Master Faculty Specialist
Office: F-215 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3364 
Specializations: Engineering Graphics
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James VanDePolder, Associate Professor
Office: F-230 Parkview Campus
Phone: 269-276-3378 
Specializations: Engine Testing, Emission and Air Pollution Control, Automotive Fault Analysis
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