Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012
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Nassif E Rayess [Email]
Associate Professor and Chair of Mechanical EngineeringDr. Rayess received his bachelor and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University. His areas of interest are noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), acoustics, finite element and boundary element methods and mechanical design. He teaches senior design, mechanical measurements, dynamics and a graduate course in NVH. His current research is focused on theoretical and experimental work in the areas of acoustic holography and coherence techniques for complex acoustic fields. He joined the University in 2001.

David L Regal [Email]
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Artistic Director for The Theatre Company, teaches fundamentals of acting and acting dynamics. Regal’s performance experience includes professional stage appearances, industrial video, and feature films. In his 30 years in theatre, he has directed several world premieres, including Jane Martin’s Criminal Hearts. Recipient of a host of Best Actor and Director awards, Regal expanded his expertise to Europe by directing a production of the Gravity of Honey at the Dublin Theatre Festival. He holds a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University and a M.F.A. from Wayne State University. He joined the University in 1972.

Elizabeth S Roberts-Kirchhoff [Email]
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, teaches biochemistry. Her research focuses on the cytochrome P450 enzymes and their mechanism of action and role in the metabolism of drugs and natural products. Particular emphasis is on plant compounds that are cancer chemopreventive agents whose mode of action may include their interaction with the cytochrome P450 enzymes. Roberts-Kirchhoff received a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A & M University and Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from University of Michigan. She completed postdoctoral research at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. Roberts-Kirchhoff joined the University in 1997.

Alexa N Rihana-Abdallah [Email]
Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, teaches courses on water and wastewater treatment, environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology and other environmental related topics. Her publications and presentations deal with physicochemical and biological processes and their role in determining contaminant bioavailability and the potential of in-situ bio-remediation. Rihana is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the University in 2000.

Jennifer L Rike [Email]
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, teaches theology. Her publications and professional presentations have dealt with contemporary Roman Catholic theology, the Christian concept of love, and feminist theology. Currently she is exploring the paradoxical relationship between violence and religion. She edited and introduced a volume of essays in honor of David Tracy, Radical Pluralism and Truth. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Rike joined the University in 1995.

Nicholas D Rombes [Email]
Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Department.His research and teaching interests include digital culture, early American literature, and creative non-fiction. In addition to many articles and book chapters, Rombes is author of the book Ramones, published by Continuum as part of their 33 1/3 series, and editor of New Punk Cinema, published by Edinburgh University Press. He is completing one book on humanism in digital cinema, and another on the cultural poetics of punk rock. Rombes earned his B.S. from Bowling Green State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Penn State. He joined the university in 1995.

Noah S Resnick [Email]
Assistant Professor, currently teaches and practices in the city of Detroit, Michigan. He is a principal of uRban Detail, along with cofounder and wife, Melissa Dittmer. It is a small research based architecture and urban design studio that operates under the interrelated concepts of the architectonics of multiple scales; the architect as urban collaborator; and the architect as community builder. Noah grew up in Miami, Florida, where he attended the Design and Architecture Senior High magnet school (D.A.S.H.). He earned his BArch from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, graduating at the top of his class, for which he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal of Excellence. Noah completed his Masters of Science in Architecture Studies (SMarchS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Architecture + Urbanism stream. This degree culminated in an urban design thesis that focused on the potential for transit oriented development nodes in the city of Detroit. In addition to Detroit, Noah has lived and practiced in Chicago, Boston, and New York, as well as Berlin, Germany where he worked in the studio of Daniel Libeskind. His professional experience in architecture and urban design ranges from the conceptual and design development of a two hundred thousand sq ft mall/ spa complex in Switzerland, to in depth urban design studies and proposals for very high profile Central Artery sites above the ‘Big Dig' in Downtown Boston, to the full service design and construction administration of a high-end townhouse building in New York City, to the landscape design of the City Hall Plaza and nearby park in Downtown Brockton, Massachusetts. Most recently, Noah served as the project architect for the construction administration of the Affirmations Community Center in Ferndale, Michigan.

Robert Ross [Email]
Professor of Physics, teaches general physics, modern physics, and solid state electronics along with electrical engineering courses. He has 14 years of industrial research experience in the field of solar energy. His research and publications in the field of amorphous silicon photovoltaic cells helped lead to the development of more efficient solar panels. He is currently doing research on the transport and optical properties of thin films and solid state devices. Ross holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University. He joined the University in 1995.

Patricia A Rouen [Email]
Assistant Professor of Nursing, teaches the theory and clinical courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Her areas of interest include health education and management of chronic disease in adults. Rouen earned her B.S.N. from the University of Michigan and her M.S.N. from Oakland University. She holds a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Oakland University. Rouen maintains a clinical practice. She joined the University in 1999.

Jason John Roche [Email]
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, teaches courses in audio production, video field production, television studio production, mass media and documentary film production. Roche's research includes documentary film production and media content analyses. Roche has an A.A. degree from Cayuga Community College, a B.A. from Geneseo State University of New York, and a M.A. from Syracuse University. He joined the UDM faculty in 2009

Earl T Ray [Email]
Assistant Professor of Health Professions, RN, MS, MBA, has been a nurse since 1976. He has spent the majority of his professional career working in various mental health settings. Interested in international health, he has practiced in Germany, England and the U.S. He has served in every aspect of mental health, and has held positions ranging from Nurse Aide in an inpatient setting to Director of Mental Health Services for a multi hospital, inner city medical center. He is a Commonwealth Fund Nurse Executive Fellow, and a Pew Charitable Trust Health Policy Fellow. He is a member of the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Currently completing a Doctorate in Public Health Administration and Policy his research interests include program and policy analysis as well as economic issues impacting health care. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Nursing and Health Care Administration programs. Additionally, he has consulting experience in health care business valuation, traditional curriculum development, and development of Web-based curriculum. An active researcher, his current projects include economic evaluation of health insurance structure from the perspective of an employer. He has held local Public Health and Hospice board positions. Ray is currently on the Board of Directors of Ixmucané Centro de Parto y Salud de la Mujer, an NGO addressing women’s health issues in Antigua, Guatemala.

Beverly A Reppert [Email]
Assistant Librarian, Public Services, Dental Library, provides reference service and research skills instruction. She is responsible for collection development in theater, psychology, addiction studies, and counseling. Reppert holds a B.A. degree in History from Mercy College of Detroit and a M.S.L.S. degree in Library Science from Wayne State University. She joined the University in 1974.

Diane L Robinson-Dunn [Email]
Associate Professor of History.After receiving a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she joined the faculty in 2001. She teaches courses in the history of modern Europe (especially Britain) and the modern Middle East. Published: The Harem, Slavery, and British Imperial Culture: Anglo-Muslim Relations in the Late Nineteenth Century (2006).


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