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UD School of Engineering Welcomes New Dean, Department Chair and Faculty Members

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The School of Engineering at the University of Dayton is proud to announce and welcome our new faculty members for the 2022-2023 academic year.

UD School of Engineering New Dean

Gül E. Kremer

Dean, School of Engineering

Gül E. Kremer, distinguished researcher, teacher and skilled university administrator, began her tenure as the new dean for the University of Dayton School of Engineering on August 1, 2022. Kremer brings an extensive track record in collaborative sponsored research, engineering program development, advancements in diversity and inclusion, and fundraising. Previously, she was the Wilkinson Professor in Interdisciplinary Engineering in the Iowa State University Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and senior director of presidential projects in the Office of the President. She earned a doctorate in engineering management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, master's and bachelor's degrees in industrial engineering from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a master’s in business, specializing in production management, from Istanbul University. Her research accomplishments focused on applied decision sciences and operations research for product and design systems. Her other research interests include sustainability, system complexity, design creativity, and engineering education.

UD School of Engineering New Department Chair

Susan Scachitti

Department chair, engineering management, systems and technology

Susan Scachitti served 25 years at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) where she held academic leader positions of department chair and associate dean. Her work in academia began after a 10-year career in manufacturing as an industrial engineer and production manager. Scachitti’s research and scholarship focus on operational systems engineering, enterprise optimization, and adaptation of quality management applications across manufacturing, healthcare, and service environments. Scachitti teaches in traditional areas of industrial engineering including quality management techniques and organizational change, Six Sigma methodologies, methods engineering, Lean thinking, facility layout, process improvement, and ergonomics. She holds degrees in industrial engineering technology from the University of Dayton and an MBA in management from North Central College. 

UD School of Engineering New Faculty

Sharon Bommer

Associate professor, engineering management, systems and technology

Sharon Bommer recently served as the dean of the School of Business and Applied Technologies at Clark State College providing leadership in business, information technology, agriculture, and engineering technology. Prior to Clark State, Bommer taught at UD and was the lead faculty for the Manufacturing Day Symposium in 2019. She also started the UD School of Engineering Human Performance Cognition Laboratory for undergraduate student research experiences and is looking forward to continuing her research. Prior to UD, Bommer worked as a research scientist with the Air Force Institute of Technology. Her last role in the automotive industry was as plant manager for a Tier 1 parts supplier. Bommer has over 15 years of automotive manufacturing engineering and operation management experience. She holds degrees in mechanical engineering from Tennessee State University, an MBA in international business from the University of Cincinnati, an M.S. in industrial and human factors engineering and a Ph.D. in industrial and human systems engineering from Wright State University. 

JungHo Jeon

Assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering

JungHo Jeon received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University. He received his M.S. in architectural engineering at Seoul National University in South Korea and his B.S. in architectural engineering at Yonsei University in South Korea. His research areas include human-cyber-physical systems, and AI and VR-centered construction safety management and industry experience. Previously, Jeon worked in construction management for three years. 

Namgyun Kim

Assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering

Namgyun Kim received his Ph.D. in construction science at Texas A&M. Kim received his M.S. in architectural engineering from Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea and his B.S. in architectural engineering at Konkuk University in South Korea. Kim's research areas are in virtual and augmented reality for safety monitoring and training. He applied cognitive science and human factors for construction safety and health management. Previously, Kim worked in the construction and offshore industries for nine years. 

Sunil Kulkarni

Lecturer, engineering management, systems and technology

Sunil Kulkarni received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University, an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Dayton, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Additionally, he earned a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Kulkarni held various positions at Emerson Electric and gained over 20 years of global experience spanning R&D, product development, project management, strategic marketing, and business development. He also worked at Merrill Lynch where he developed investment portfolios for personal investors. Kulkarni, over the past ten years, has taught various engineering, finance, management, entrepreneurship, and innovation courses at the University of Dayton and Wright State University. 

Julie Motz

Faculty of practice, engineering management, systems and technology

Julie Motz received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton. Prior to joining UD faculty, Motz worked as an industrial controls and simulation engineer for the automotive industry, also as an aerospace quality engineer and University of Dayton School of Engineering lab manager. Motz has a passion for experiential engineering education and has teaching experience at the secondary and introductory college levels. Outside of work, Motz enjoys spending time with her family, biking, cooking, gardening, and supporting the performing arts. 

Michael Moulton

Faculty of practice, Innovation Center

Michael Moulton is a proven leader in rapid innovation and prototyping with 15+ years of Government and Department of Defense experience. Moulton was tech lead for the Air Force Research Lab's Airman Systems Directorate’s Rapid Prototyping Cell and led the development and execution of advanced technology demonstrations. He is an entrepreneur with eight years of start-up experience and founded two successful technology start-ups and a successful housing start-up. In his spare time, Moulton enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife, their three children and two dogs. They home school their children with an emphasis on self-guided, experiential learning. The Moulton family’s current hobby is fossil and artifact hunting.

Brian D. Rigling

Professor, electrical and computer engineering 

Brian Rigling received his B.S. degree in physics-computer science from the University of Dayton in 1998 and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University in 2000 and 2003, respectively. From 2000 to 2004, he was a radar systems engineer for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2004, Rigling joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, Wright State University, and was promoted to associate professor in 2009, professor in 2013, department chair in 2014, and dean of Engineering and Computer Science in 2018. In 2010, he was employed at Science Applications International Corporation as a chief scientist while on leave from Wright State University. In 2022, Rigling accepted an appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Dayton as a professor and the Ohio Research Scholar for Sensor Exploitation and Fusion. He has authored chapters for 4 textbooks, authored more than 120 conference and journal papers, and received nearly $60M in collaborative research funding in his career. He served on the IEEE Radar Systems Panel 2009-2018 and was an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing 2009-2013. Rigling was the general chair for the 2014 IEEE Radar Conference, awarded the 2015 IEEE Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award, and elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2018. 

Vinayak Vijayan

Lecturer, mechanical and aerospace engineering

Vinayak Vijayan received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at University of Dayton in 2022. He received his M.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan in 2017 and his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Dayton in 2017. Vijayan teaches MEE 114L, Introduction to Programming, and MEE 427, Mechanical Design I. His research areas include spatiotemporal and muscle activation adaptations during overground walking in response to added mass as well as lower body joint kinematic following an ACL injury.

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