Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012
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Utpal Dutta [Email]
Professor and Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering, teaches transportation engineering, constructional materials, engineering economics and optimization. Dutta’s publications and professional presentations both here and abroad have dealt with transportation planning, use of waste materials in highway construction and transportation safety and control. He is currently doing research on the use of automotive shredder residue in asphalt pavement. In 1994, he was awarded the UDM President’s Award for Faculty Excellence. Dutta has a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan. He joined the University in 1988.

Kevin J Daimi [Email]
Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Director of Software Engineering, teaches classes in Computer Science and Software Engineering. He received a M.S. in Applied Computation and a Ph.D. in Computational Optimal Control from the University of Cranfield, England. He has long and extensive computing experience including working as a programmer, systems analayst, director of a computer center, computer manager, computer consultant, and professor of computer science. His research interests include data mining, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, software engineering, and software security. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS). He joined the University in 1998.

Jeanne M David [Email]
Associate Professor of Accounting, teaches introductory and upper level financial and managerial accounting. She has published in the Journal of Business Ethics and Research in Accounting Ethics and made presentations for the American Accounting Association, ORSA/TIMS, and the Institute of Management Accountants. She is a Michigan Council director and Oakland County Chapter past president of the Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the American Accounting Association and Beta Alpha Psi. David received her CPA from Texas, her Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Texas A & M University and her B.S. from the University of Lowell. She joined the University in 1988.

Donald G DiPaolo [Email]
Assistant Professor, teaches the Introduction to Education courses as well as courses in the Educational Administration and Leadership program. His publications and professional presentations have been in the area of leadership and leadership education. Dr. DiPaolo earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and joined the faculty in 2003 after serving for three years as the Cohort Director of the University of Michigan Masters and Certification (MAC) Program. Dr. DiPaolo served as Chair of the Education Department from 2003-2006. He was recently selected to serve on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Leadership Education.

Edwin Dewindt [Email]
Professor of History, a distinguished member of the faculty since 1968, he teaches courses on the history of England and the Middle Ages. He holds a Ph.B. from the University of Detroit, the Licentiate of Medieval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, and the Ph.D. from the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is also a member of the Royal Historical Society. Among his several books are Royal Justice and the Medieval English Countryside (2 vols., 1981) and Ramsey: The Lives of an English Fenland Town, 1200-1600 (2006), both co-authored with Anne R. DeWindt. He is now engaged in a study of the popularization of English history through drama in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England.

Victor B Dauphin [Email]
Assistant Professor of Psychology., teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Child Therapy and Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He published a book titled Tantalizing Times: Excitements, Disconnects, and Discontents in Contemporary American Society. He has published and presented papers on experimental analyses of psychological assessment instruments, psychotherapy process and outcome, regulatory issues concerning the practice of psychology, understanding psychoanalytic psychology as other than healthcare, philosophical issues in psychoanalytic psychology and has ongoing research projects concerning the influence of patients' prosody (voice characteristics) on clinical judgment, understanding absorbing and very psychologically involving experiences, among other projects. He received his B.S. in psychology from Tulane University in 1981 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Syracuse University in 1988. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship through Wayne State Medical School in 1990.

Nihad Dukhan [Email]
Associate Professor of Mechanical EngineeringAssociate Professor of Mechanical Engineering teaches thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. His research interests include experimental and numerical methods related to heat transfer problems including strategic cooling of electronics, application and characterization of thermal properties of metallic foams. Dr. Dukhan is well-known for his efforts and involvement in undergraduate research. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of Toledo; an MSME and and MS-Applied Mathematics from University of Toledo; and a BSME from University of Toledo. His previous experience includes 4 years at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaquez (associate professor), 4 years at Marconi Communications (senior research engineer), and 3 years at NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center (researcher). Dr. Dukhan is a member of numerous professional societies including ASEE, ASME, ASHRAE, IIR (refrigeration) and CSA (cryogenics). He holds four patents and has authored or co-authored numerous archival publications, proceedings publications, and presentations. He joined UDM in 2005.

John M Dwyer [Email]
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, teaches mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Dwyer’s publications have included numerical evaluations of mathematical functions and social issues of (computer) technology. He has given numerous talks on mathematics, statistics, and computer science topics. His current interests include the generalized calculus and nonrational processes (such as for artificial intelligence). He has served as chair (1974-77) and interim chair (1990-91) of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He received his A.B. and M.S. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University. He joined the University in 1969.

Linda Dobis [Email]
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene, teaches non-surgical diagnosis and treatment planning of periodontal disease. Her areas of interest include periodontology and oral microbiology. She received her D.D.S. from the University of Detroit Mercy, a Certificate in Hospital Dentistry from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a Certificate in Periodontology from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Dobis joined the University in 1998.

Shuvra Das [Email]
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, teaches mechanics of materials, mechanical design, computer aided design, and finite element methods. His research interests and publications are in mechanistic modeling of manufacturing processes, solution of inverse problems, laser assisted manufacturing, mechatronics, and the thermo-mechanics of manufacturing. He received the Engineering Teacher of the Year Award in 1996 and was named the Best Teacher in the North Central Region of the US by the American Society for Engineering Education in 2003. Das earned his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University. He was a post-doctoral research associate at University of Notre Dame and worked as an analysis engineer for Concurrent Technologies Corporation prior to joining the University in 1993.

Michael P Dosch [Email]
Associate Professor, and Chair of Nurse Anesthesiology, teaches applied physics, and the anesthesia gas machine. Dosch has published on the subjects of recall under anesthesia, statistics, student attrition, and anesthesia equipment. His research interests include prevention of side effects related to anesthetic agents, universal precautions, anesthesia equipment, and student motivation. Dosch holds a B.A. from University of Michigan, an M.S. from Mercy College of Detroit, and a PhD from Wayne State University. He has been a faculty member since 1988.

Daniel Garrett Duryea [Email]
Dr. Duryea teaches courses in assessment, internship, addictive populations, and drugs and behavior. Dr. Duryea's research interests include student's motivation to enter the addition treatment field, client engagement, and how to best educate and train future practitioners in the addictions treatment field. He received a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision in 2007, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo.Dr. Duryea has more than 13 years experience as an outpatient substance abuse counselor in Buffalo, NY at the Erie County Medical Center and has taught at the State University of New York at Oswego. Dr. Duryea joined the University in 2009.

Mustafa Demir [Email]
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, specialized in Mathematics Education and Technology (2009) from Michigan State University. He teaches courses in Mathematics and Mathematics Education. He also designs online learning environments to improve students’ content and pedagogical knowledge in mathematics.Demir's research area is exploring mathematics learning and teaching in technology-based settings and analyzing effective integration of information technology into mathematics education. In particular, he is studying the effects of using virtual manipulatives with different instructional methods on students' learning of mathematics concepts.He has also a M.A. degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology (2004) from Michigan State University, and B.S. degree in Mathematics Education from Marmara University (1999).

Abhijit Dasgupta [Email]
Associate Professor of Mathematics, teaches classes in mathematics at all levels using various teaching techniques such as the Moore Method. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in Topology, Analysis, and Measure Theory in the context of the Borel and Projective hierarchies in Polish spaces, an area known as Descriptive Set Theory, which uses tools and techniques from Mathematical Logic and Theory of Computation. Recently, he has also worked in Nonstandard Analysis, Philosophy of Randomness, and Algorithmic Information Theory. Before joining UDM, he had earlier taught at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and Jadavpur University, India. He had also worked in the networking industry as a network hardware and software engineer for many years at various companies including ANS, AOL, MCI/Worldcom, and Cisco Systems. His EECS interests and experience are in the areas of network and systems programming and operating systems (especiallyLinux/UNIX). He is also an electronic hobbyist, likes playing with embedded systems and writing programs in C and assembly, and occasionally writes parsing and lexical analysis software.

Amy G Deines-Green [Email]
Associate Professor of Architecture, a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, M.Arch in 2000, has a diverse design background that builds on her academic training in industrial design and architecture. Her teaching and research interests stem from an inter-disciplinary approach that seeks to encompass both visual communications and the built environment with specific focus on design, mapping, urban design and new technologies. Amy is an Associate Professor at the UDM|SOA where she teaches Architectural Design Studios, Graphic Design, and Graduate Seminars. Amy is a professional designer with experience in both the public and private sectors, specializing in architecture, graphic design, and urban design. She has been involved in numerous prototypical projects that have been awarded four United States Patents involving technology and customization within point of purchase environments. Amy is the co-founder of Awake by Design, an award winning multidisciplinary design + technology studio founded in 2007. Awake by Design, LLC is an expansive practice that engages new technology surrounding RFID, web + software development, environmental design and prototypical design specific to product. Her work also involves exhibits, web sites, large-scale projects developing exhibitions and way finding programs, interpretive installations, and retail design. Ms. Deines currently has received funding to continue her research on reclamation of materials and place within Detroit’s Post Industrial Landscape. Amy’s research also engages cultural interventions within the context of Detroit where she collaborates with students of architecture and fellow colleagues. Ms. Deines was invited to co-teach with Will Alsop, SMC Alsop. The studio has traveled between Toronto, Canada + Detroit, Michigan with the specific interest to re-develop Detroit by looking at other Great Lake Cities as well as Post-industrial landscapes. The work produced under the direction of Ms. Deines embraces the design process that moves from the scale of the city to the scale of a building. She currently is collaborating with Alberto Francini of Metrogramma, Milan, Italy on a new vision and master plan for Detroit. Amy was the former Board Chair of the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit for three years, while under her leadership she developed new gallery spaces located at the Russell Industrial Center and the Whitdel Building in Southwest Detroit.Lastly, Amy is a recent graduate of Detroit Leadership Experience affiliated with the Detroit Chamber of Commerce, which allows her to further her work and mission in the city of Detroit.

Vivian I Dicks [Email]
Professor of Communication Studies, teaches argumentation, audience analysis, group dynamics, persuasion, and public speaking. Dicks’ research and publications deal with legal rhetoric. She holds a B.A. degree from Wayne State University, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University, and a J.D. degree from the Detroit College of Law. Dicks joined the University in 1979.


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