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    Fanaei, Mohammad

    Mohammad Fanaei

    Instructor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy as an Instructor in 2016. Prior to joining Detroit Mercy, Dr. Fanaei was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Iron Range Engineering Program, Virginia, MN in the Department of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University Mankato from 2015 to 2016. His Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV is pending in 2016, and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran in 2008 and 2005, respectively. Dr. Fanaei's research interests are in the broad areas of the applications of stochastic signal processing in wireless communications and sensor networks as well as the design, analysis, and evaluation of the technologies enabling connected, automated, and autonomous driving systems.

    fanaeimo@udmercy.edu

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    Fasko, Sharla N.

    Sharla N. Fasko

    Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program. She teaches courses in psychoeducational interventions and applied behavior analysis. Formerly president of the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools, Fasko is a licensed psychologist and a nationally-certified school psychologist. She holds a BME from Henderson State University, a M.Ed. for Southern Arkansas University, and Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati. Fasko joined the Psychology Department faculty in the fall of 2008.

    sfasko@udmercy.edu

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    Finkenbine, Roy E.

    Roy E. Finkenbine

    Professor of History, Department of History Co-Chair, and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive. He teaches courses in African American history, modern Africa, slave resistance, the Civil War era, and the Underground Railroad. He received a doctorate. from Bowling Green State University in 1982 and joined the Detroit Mercy faculty in 1996. While on the editorial staff of the Black Abolitionist Papers Project at Florida State University in the 1980s and 1990s, he coedited the five-volume Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865 (1985-1992) and Witness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery, and Emancipation (1993). He is also the author of Sources of the African-American Past (1st ed., 1997; 2nd ed., 2004), as well as a dozen articles and book chapters on the black abolitionists and the Underground Railroad. He has consulted on museum exhibits, documentary films, and television programs on aspects of African American history. His work has been mentioned in Time, Atlantic, the Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as on NPR.

    finkenre@udmercy.edu

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    Finkel, Jonathan S.

    Jonathan S. Finkel

    Assistant Professor of Biology, teaches courses in the areas of biology, molecular biology, and microbiology. His research interest focuses on the fact that elevated bloodstream infections are associated with implanted medical devices – such as catheters, artificial joints, and artificial heart valves. Specifically, he seeks to elucidate the adherence and biofilm formation mechanisms of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans, the major fungal pathogen of humans. He received his BA from Saint Olaf College in Chemistry and Norwegian, and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a graduate student he was awarded a National Institute of Health (NIH) Kirschstein National Research Service Award, and as a post-doctoral fellow, he was awarded an NIH Kirschstein National Research Service Award F32 and a National Science Foundation First IV teaching fellowship. As a professor at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, he was awarded a National Priority Research Program grant from the Qatar National Research Fund.

    finkeljs@udmercy.edu

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    Flores, Juan Carlos

    Juan Carlos Flores

    Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department. Juan Carlos Flores grew up in El Salvador and pursued his university studies in the United States and Belgium. He has taught in a variety of disciplines, including languages, at St. John's College and at Providence College, where he was an associate professor prior to coming to University of Detroit Mercy. In addition to introduction to philosophy, ethics and logic, he teaches advanced courses in ancient and medieval philosophy, philosophical theology, metaphysics and philosophy of human nature. He has published books and articles, and edited Latin texts, in the area of medieval philosophy. His research in this field has concentrated on metaphysical themes and on the relation between faith and reason in Scholasticism, especially in Henry of Ghent, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure and Duns Scotus. Flores also studies medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophers and is very interested in ancient philosophy and its timeless legacy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) from Connecticut College, a Master of Arts. (with distinction) from Boston College, as well as a licentiate and doctorate from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He joined University of Detroit Mercy faculty in the fall of 2010.

    floresju@udmercy.edu

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    Fockler, Thomas V.

    Thomas V. Fockler

    Associate Professor. Dr. Fockler is an Associate Professor at University of Detroit Mercy in the College of Health Professions.  Prior to joining Detroit Mercy, Dr. Fockler served as the Administrator for Public Health Administrative Services, Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services/Health Division for 12 years. His position at the Oakland County Health Division entailed responsibility for direct oversight of the business and infrastructure functions of the Health Division, including program evaluation, finance, budgeting, personnel, payroll, purchasing, facilities, and information technology. Dr. Fockler also had programmatic responsibility for the Dental, Emergency Preparedness, Jail Inmate Clinic, X-Ray, and Laboratory programs at the Health Division.  Dr. Fockler’s research interests include identification and study of the determinants of programmatic, institutional, and system performance within public and private health care settings. These determinants include finance, manager preparation, leadership styles, and the effects of a public or private enterprise environment.

    fockletv@udmercy.edu

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    Freeman, John C.

    John C. Freeman

    Professor of English. John Freeman is a Renaissance scholar with a wide range of research and teaching interests, from Shakespeare and Thomas More to contemporary issues involving the Tupac hologram, "Catfishing," and programmable texts ("Shakespeare's Imitation Game, or How Do You Solve a [Problem Set] Like Katherina?"). His digital portfolio can be found at https://hythlodaeus.weebly.com. As a teacher, he enjoys engaging students in dialogues—sometimes over pizza—about literature, science and social issues. He is well known at the local YMCA for his hook shot and jump-roping skills.

    freemajc@udmercy.edu

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    Freeman-Hildreth, Yolonda

    Yolonda Freeman-Hildreth

    Yolonda Freeman is an Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program.  She teaches PAS 5100, PAS 5200, PAS 5300 Patient Evaluation Practicum I, II, III.  Professor Freeman has a background in Internal Medicine and is an alumnus of Detroit Mercy’s Physician Assistant Program. She has conducted research on Type 2 Diabetes Adherence.  Professor Freeman’s interests include mentoring others, reading, and research.  She has been a faculty member at Detroit Mercy since 2017.

    freemayf@udmercy.edu

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    Friedrich, Klaus

    Klaus Friedrich

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, teaches organic and medicinal chemistry. His research focuses on biological molecules, specifically on drug scaffolds related to neuroprotection, cancer chemotherapy, and the decorporation of radionuclides. Dr. Friedrich received a BS Degree in Chemistry from the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, an M.S. in Chemistry and a Dr. rer. nat. in Organic Chemistry from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn, Germany. After post-doctoral training at Duke University in Durham, NC, he joined BASF Group. After 19 years in industry, Dr. Friedrich joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2011.

    friedrkj@udmercy.edu

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    Frost, Kelli

    Kelli Frost

    Kelli Frost is an Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program. She began her career as a registered dietitian in 2004. While employed as a dietitian, she obtained foundation funding to employ a clinical dietitian in the Oakwood Hospital Center for Cancer Care, providing nutrition education and resources to patients undergoing active cancer treatments. She was a strong supporter for clinical dietitians in the oncology setting, and did research and educational courses to support her stance.

    Kelli earned her Physician Assistant degree in 2009 from University of Detroit Mercy. After graduation, Kelli worked in Hematology and Oncology in the inpatient setting. During that time, she also provided nutrition lectures and supervised clinical site visits for students in the PA Program at Detroit Mercy. In the Spring of 2018, Kelli returned to Detroit Mercy as an Assistant Professor. She currently assists with the Physical Exam Practicum courses and serves as remediator for students who need assistance with Clinical Medicine. Her professional interests include lung cancer and reducing medical errors.

    battankl@udmercy.edu

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    Fuchs, Wladyslaw

    Wladyslaw Fuchs

    Professor of Architecture, teaches architectural design, visual communications and Computer Aided Design. His main interests include integrating these subjects across the curriculum of architectural education. Fuchs recently published an article entitled Progressive Tradition, focusing on the relevance of the drawing experience in CAD practice. A member of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, his research includes the design and implementation of the V.C.net, an Internet based educational tool for the architectural community. Fuchs is the director of the School of Architecture’s international programs in Warsaw, Poland and in Volterra, Italy. He earned M.Arch. and Ph.D. degrees from the Warsaw Technical University in Poland. Fuchs joined the University in 1990.

    fuchsw@udmercy.edu

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