Executive Committee Bios
Lisa Barclay was promoted to interim chief diversity and inclusion officer and assistant dean in August 2020. She succeeded Donnie Perkins, who announced his retirement after serving exceptionally in the role since January 2015.
With more than 20 years of professional experience in higher education, Barclay began her tenure at the College of Engineering in 2002 as a student recruitment coordinator and was promoted to director of that unit in 2008. In 2011 she began leading Engineering Diversity and Outreach Programs as an associate director. She was promoted to senior director of the college’s Office of Diversity, Outreach and Inclusion (DOI) in January 2016. As interim chief diversity and inclusion officer, Barclay will represent the college within the university as well as with peer universities and industry partners. She will lead DOI’s staff of 12 and play a key role on the College of Engineering Executive Committee.
Under Barclay’s leadership, engineering recruitment doubled the number of new first year student applications, with more than a 25% increase in underrepresented minorities and women between 2006 and 2012. In her role as senior director of Diversity, Outreach and Inclusion, she supervised a staff of six and was responsible for undergraduate recruitment, retention and student success, the Minority Engineering Program, and Women in Engineering, impacting hundreds of prospective students and more than 2,500 current students. From 2012 to 2018, Barclay’s team significantly contributed to a 34% rise in enrollment in the number of women and a 25% increase in enrollment for underrepresented minority students, making Ohio State one of the nation’s top producers of diverse engineers.
"In my tenure as interim CDO I intend to work with the senior leadership and department chairs to see us through the critical establishment of diversity and anti-bias professional development and learning opportunities for the entire College of Engineering, work alongside faculty for the review and revision of numerous aspects of our engineering curricula offerings, support the associate deans and department chairs in establishing a system of talent acquisition and student recruitment that reflects our commitment to diversity and equity, and collaborate with the chief financial officer and associate dean for facilities secure sustainable financial resources for diversity, outreach and inclusion initiatives."
Ginger Breon is the Chief Information Officer of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for investing in technology innovations that enable and support the research, teaching and learning, and outreach missions of the college. She also serves as interim Deputy Chief Information Officer for the university.
Breon has over 30 years in higher education. She also is part owner of the Weaver Family Farm, a large, family-owned, dairy operation where she directs the capital investments and oversees the fiscal management.
Prior to joining the college, Breon was assistant dean for administration and CIO for the Smeal College of Business at Penn State where she led the Research, Instruction, and Information Technology Group, managed the facilities, including overseeing the $68 million business building project, directed the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Continuous Improvement Accreditation Renewal process, chaired the college’s Faculty/Staff Campaign, and oversaw the Board of Visitors. She was a founding member and former chair of the Technology in Business Schools Roundtable (TBSr). At Penn State, Breon was also a founding member and first chair of the IT Leadership Council
Breon graduated from Penn State with a Master of Business Administration degree and earned Bachelor of Science dual degrees in Accounting and Agriculture Business Management.
"I believe an essential requirement of the college’s technology implementation strategy is enabling access for all to fight against social injustice. Technology innovations can be transformative and impactful if these resources and the corresponding support are accessible by everyone."
Dr. Ann Christy serves as the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning in the College of Engineering as well as a professor in the Department of Engineering Education and the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering. Prior to joining Ohio State’s faculty, she worked in the environmental consulting industry. She is a registered professional engineer and a second-generation woman engineer.
Christy has won multiple teaching awards at the college, university and national levels. Her research in bioenergy, environment and engineering education has generated over 130 publications including over 40 on topics in teaching and learning. Christy earned both her BS in agricultural engineering and MS in biomedical engineering at Ohio State, and her PhD in environmental systems engineering at Clemson University.
“As a college leader in the area of teaching and learning engineering, my goal is to impart the professional and personal skills to our students that will help them succeed as engineers and as human beings. I am committed to creating an inclusive environment in our College of Engineering in which all students, staff, and faculty are respected and valued. I believe that institutional, professional, and personal transformation is needed to dismantle systemic racism (and all other exclusionary -isms). I hope you can join with me in co-creating a better world.”
Dr. Michael Hagenberger serves as the Associate Dean for Facilities and Capital Planning in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. He joined the College of Engineering as an Associate Professor of Practice in Civil Engineering and Geodetic Engineering, bringing nearly 10 years of professional experience as a structural engineer and in project management. From 2017 - 2019 he served as the Associate Chair of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Engineering. Hagenberger is the lead on the Sustainable Resilient Community program at Ohio State. The signature project for the program is developing a sustainable water system sourced by the Pangani River for Marwa, Tanzania. He is on the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission and volunteers as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Hagenberger is also a member in the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, and the American Society of Engineering Educators.
Prior to joining Ohio State, Hagenberger served as Associate Professor and Department Chair of Civil Engineering at Valparaiso University. While there he focused on undergraduate research, facilities expansion international, and curriculum development. Hagenberger has led or cooperated in research projects such as: the Baltimore Convention Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland), the 1993 World Trade Center reconstruction, and prominent convention centers, arenas and stadiums. He has authored or coauthored journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical publications and has made invited presentations at workshops, civil engineering forums, and outreach events. Hagenberger received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, his master’s degree from Cornell University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
"As Associate Dean for Facilities and Capital Planning, I am committed to continuously transforming the physical environment in which we learn, conduct research, teach, work, and socialize to increase both equity and inclusion. This commitment is in alignment with the University values of excellence, diversity of people and ideas, inclusion, access and affordability, innovation, collaboration, integrity, transparency, and trust. There will be challenges along the journey and I look forward to working with the college community to address them."
Professor John M. Horack is the Senior Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. He arrived at Ohio State in 2016, when he was named the inaugural Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy. He is also currently a tenured professor in both the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, the Interim Chair of the Center for Aviation Studies, the leader of the Diversity and Inclusion committee in the MAE department, and advisor to the Buckeye Space Launch Initiative team, which is a Spaceport America Cup winner two years running. Horack is also an FAA-licensed flight instructor, with commercial and instrument pilot ratings.
Before coming to Ohio State, Horack served as the vice president for Space Systems at Teledyne Brown Engineering, vice president for research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and vice president of the International Astronautical Federation which is a consortium of academic, industrial and governmental leaders from 68 countries. He spent nearly two decades as a NASA civil servant, performing original theoretical and experimental research in high-energy astrophysics, cosmology, and gamma-ray bursts, as well as being a member of the Senior Executive Service, leading the Science and Mission Systems Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. With a group of colleagues from NASA in 2000, Horack was a co-founder, president, and chief product architect of Mobular Technologies, Inc., an innovative document-distribution company serving financial services and e-commerce customers, still in the market today. He is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific papers, conference proceedings, and publications across subjects including space policy, atmospheric physics, and high-energy astrophysics. Despite being away from active research for almost 20 years, his work has garnered over 4,000 citations. Horack holds a PhD and a master’s degree in Astrophysics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy from Northwestern University.
"I am personally committed to providing and realizing equality and opportunity for all students. ALL ARE WELCOME in any class I teach. ALL ARE WELCOME in any research work that I perform. And ALL ARE WELCOME to join our community of practice and engagement, using science, engineering, and technology to create positive social, economic, educational, and quality-of-life outcomes for all."
Rachel Kleit is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include housing mobility and location choice, affordable housing policy, housing as a poverty alleviation strategy, equity impacts of economic development, and urban and regional disparity. Kleit teaches courses on affordable housing policy, metropolitan policy, social equity and advanced planning theory. She is an occasional guest on WOSU’s On the Record, engaging in discussions around economic inequality in Columbus and the city's recent Smart City Challenge win.
Previously, Kleit served as head of the City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School. Before coming to Ohio State, she was an associate professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington.
Kleit was the recipient of the 1998 Young Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association and Sage Publications, and the 1999 Best Student Paper Award in Housing and Community Development from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Fannie Mae Foundation. She was also a recipient of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship to support research on the New Holly HOPE VI site in Seattle. Kleit received a Bachelor of Arts, with Highest Honors, cum laude, from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"As Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, my goal is to increase inclusion and diversity among faculty in the College of Engineering in a manner that is sustainable. This means increasing the hiring of groups who are underrepresented in the college, including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and many other groups that are systemically omitted from our everyday interactions. It also means working towards a culture that is not only welcoming but that explicitly discusses issues of inequity. To improve culture, I focus on offering professional development and mentoring in an inclusive context where individuals are able thrive. I pay special attention to systems and practices that isolate or alienate particular groups—that have a disparate impact. Intrinsic to my role as Associate Dean is taking action to reduce systemic inequities in our college."
Marie M. Mead is the Executive Director of Finance and Chief of Staff in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. She oversees budget development, financial management, operations and human resources for the college. Mead has managed the budget in the college during significant change with the budget increasing from $200M to almost $300M over the last 10 years. She works closely with college leadership to develop and implement strategic initiatives across the college. In addition to her role in the college, Mead also serves on several university committees. She is a member of NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers) and the Engineering Directors Group, comprised of financial leaders in colleges of engineering across the U.S.
Mead has over 25 years of experience in higher education and has been with Ohio State since 1997 and with the College of Engineering since 2006. Previously, she has served in the University Budget office and the College of Pharmacy. Prior to coming to the university, Mead worked in budget management at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Outside of Ohio State, Mead is a board member of LifeCare Alliance and a former board member of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. She is a native of California, and received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
"Diversity, Equity and Inclusion represent the foundation of teaching, research and service in the college, university and higher education. In my role as the Executive Director of Finance and Chief of Staff, I am committed to ensuring everyone is valued and respected regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. I intend to collaborate with the leadership of the college to secure financial resources for our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, staff and students."
The inaugural Executive Director of the Air Transportation and Aerospace Campus at The Ohio State University Airport, Morgan is responsible for setting the strategic vision and operational blueprint for the air transportation and aerospace facilities on West Case Road. She fosters and leverages crucial relationships across a diverse group of stakeholders, including external business partners, community members and university leadership.
Morgan has managed two airports in Idaho and Florida, and gained valuable experience in operations, business development and community relations in various roles at Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which oversees four airports. She has overseen millions of dollars in airport improvements, directed numerous strategic initiatives, and worked extensively with airport community neighbors. A private, instrument-rated pilot, Morgan attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has her B.S. in aeronautical administration from St. Louis University. She earned an MBA from University of Phoenix and is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives. The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) recently elected Morgan as a Fellow, the highest level of its ranks.
“There is no place in our air transportation campus for manifestations or symbols of systemic racism, unconscious bias, or discrimination. We need to accept that ALL differences DO MATTER and we have much work to do. Leadership is not about me but it starts with me – I cannot improve my team, staff, students, or community unless I first improve myself. Systemic racism is one of the most complicated and complex problems, but it starts with commitment and action from top leadership, clearly defined organizational values, and a culture rooted in empathy and understanding.”
Bobby Srivastava is the Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. In this role he oversees research administration for the college, and supports the Associate Dean for Research in pursuit of an aggressive and strategic research agenda. Srivastava is responsible for financial oversight of the College’s research centers and manages a team of 20 staff in support of center operations and college-wide sponsored programs. Additionally, he manages college cost share requests, the $60M Honda/TRC TREP Endowment, and a $25M operating budget used to support centers and strategic research initiatives.
Srivastava served in progressive leadership roles within Engineering Research Operations, and as Business Manager for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to joining the College of Engineering, he served on the seven-member founding staff for KIPP Columbus where he led all facets of business management including capital planning, daily operations, budget planning and forecasting, human resources, compliance, and board governance. KIPP Columbus began as a middle school with 50 students, and now serves nearly 2,000 students on a $90M 125-acre K-12 campus in the Linden community. A Columbus native, Srivastava holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University, and his Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University. He is also Six Sigma Green Belt certified through Ohio State’s Center for Operational Excellence.
"Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion should not be a part of what we do, it should be the foundation of what we do. I am committed to ensuring that we have created an environment that provides under-represented minorities, women, and the LGBTQ community with the same opportunities and respect as their peers. As Assistant Dean for Research, my hope is that when you look at the research community in the College of Engineering, you not only see a diverse representation of our world, but a shared equality between us. As a Buckeye, private citizen, and Columbus native, I hope that I can be one small part of the greater solution."
Dr. Stiner-Jones is Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Assistant Professor of Practice in Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. As Assistant Dean she provides leadership of graduate affairs and professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. Stiner-Jones also oversees strategic recruitment of graduate students with a focus on increasing diversity. As Assistant Professor, she is responsible for participating in teaching, scholarship and service to the department.
Stiner-Jones received her Bachelor and PhD degrees from Wright State University and her MBA from Capital University. After completing her PhD in Biomedical Sciences, she completed postdocs in neuroimmunology and psychoneuroimmunology at Ohio State. Stiner-Jones’ work has been published in numerous scientific journals and presented both nationally and internationally. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship, she accepted a faculty position in Ohio State’s College of Dentistry and served as Director of Minority Student Recruitment and DENTPATH, a post baccalaureate program to prepare disadvantaged students for dental school.
“I believe that all people as human beings are equal and should be valued equally in our messages, actions, and policies. As a leader in this college I strive to treat people as they want to be treated, make them feel welcome, valued and their voices heard. I will continue to proactively champion/advocate for positive change in within Graduate Education."
David Tomasko is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Services in the College of Engineering and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. As Associate Dean he oversees curriculum, accreditation, scholarships, advising and career services for students in the College of Engineering. After extensive publication in the fields of molecular thermodynamics, separations and polymer processing, Tomasko’s current research expertise is in engineering education and student success in STEM majors. He currently serves on the Academic Advisory Council for ABET.
Tomasko has twice received the Ohio State College of Engineering Lumley Research Award and Macquigg Outstanding Teaching Award. He is also the recipient of the College of Engineering Faculty Diversity Award and the University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in Autumn 2010 delivered the commencement address at Ohio State. Tomasko received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa, MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and served as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
"I am an academic leader who has benefitted from being a member of a majority group in Engineering but I see and believe there are systemic structures preventing participation and marginalizing students of color in our programs. I feel a professional and personal responsibility to identify and break these down in support of our complete student body."
Chris Yates is the Chief Advancement and Economic Development Officer in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. In this role since January of 2017, he oversees all activities relating to development, alumni relations, and communications for the college.
Previously, Yates was Director of Advancement at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from July 2014 through December 2016. During his tenure at LSE, the school set significant new fundraising records in total philanthropic giving for two years in a row, including receipt of the two largest gifts in its history, the largest gift ever received from an alumnus, and consecutive new records for giving to the LSE Annual Fund. Yates came to LSE from the University of Southern California (USC) where he served as Associate Senior Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts from 2011-2014. His role at USC included overseeing central major gifts, planned giving, corporations and foundations, the parents program, USC Associates, and provost initiatives. Prior to USC, Yates worked at Stanford University for a total of 17 years, serving as Director of Planned Giving from 2003 to 2011 and as Associate Director from 1992 to 1998. In between those two positions, he spent five years at Caltech (1998-2003) as Director of Gift Planning. Yates got his start in higher education as Associate Director for undergraduate admission at Stanford (1989-92).
Yates has spoken on many topics relating to advancement and planned giving both in the U.S. and abroad, including serving as a member of the faculty for the CASE Europe Spring Institute in 2016 and 2017. Chris received his bachelor’s degree in History and Economics from Stanford University and his JD degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
"The advancement team serves our faculty, students, and staff by ardently representing and connecting them to our external stakeholders, especially alumni, with an ultimate goal of maximizing financial and volunteer support for the college. In order to accomplish this, every member of the team must be 100% committed to connecting effectively and respectfully across a broad spectrum of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Our hearts and minds must be open to all, free of preconception and prejudice, and we must recommit ourselves to working diligently to expand the diversity of our team so that it reflects the full diversity of our campus and alumni community. I firmly believe that our future success as an advancement team is tied directly to our ability to move quickly, make progress, and achieve sustainable results in diversity, equity and inclusion."
Chairs and Directors
Professor Anish Arora was named chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, effective July 1, 2020. He began his faculty tenure at The Ohio State University in 1992 and was promoted to full professor in 2002. He is currently a program co-director of Ohio State’s Translational Data Analytics Institute, leading a community of practice on Smart Communities and Distributed Sensing.
Arora is a world leader in wireless sensor networks (WSN) and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. An IEEE Fellow, he has made many research contributions to fault-tolerance and security of distributed, networked systems. He has led research, development and deployment of many large-scale and several long-lived WSNs worldwide, including ExScal, Kansei, PeopleNet, ThermoNet, HornNet and SONYC, for diverse applications.
A two-time recipient of the College of Engineering’s Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award, Arora is a key Ohio State contributor to the SmartColumbus mobility initiative. He co-founded wireless sensor networks company Samraksh in 2005 and still serves as chief technology officer.Arora earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, before receiving an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Hesham El Gamal
Professor Hesham El Gamal is the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. He joined Ohio State as a faculty member in 2001 and his areas of interest are information theory, coding theory, wireless communication, and DNA self-assembly. El Gamal is a world-renowned information theorist and inventor, holding 15 U.S. patents in proactive communications, space-time coding/decoding, and graphical code design, with key contributions to wireless communications, game theory and machine learning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the National Academy of Inventors, and the co-founder and CEO of “inmobly,” an Ohio State spinoff company pioneering artificial intelligence for enhancing multi-media delivery.
El Gamal earned his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt. Then, while earning his PhD in ECE at the University of Maryland at College Park, he worked as a research assistant and taught classes. El Gamal then became a senior member of the technical staff of Hughes Network Systems’ Advanced Development Group. He was the founding director for the Wireless Intelligent Networks Center, an acting vice president of research at Nile University, Cairo, and has held visiting appointments at UCLA and Institut Eurecom. El Gamal was named a Highly-Cited Researcher for four consecutive years (2014-2017) by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). He has earned numerous recognitions and honors: Ohio State’s Innovator of the Year Award (2013), the Ohio State Electrical Engineering Department FARMER Young Faculty Development Fund (2004-2008), the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award (2004), the Ohio State College of Engineering Lumley Research Award (2002), and the Hughes Network Systems Annual Achievement Award (2000). El Gamal has also been an associate editor or guest editor in multiple IEEE Transactions, a member of SP4COM technical committee, co-chair of a Globecom ’08 symposium and a 2010 IEEE workshop.
A former NASA senior executive and corporate aerospace leader, Jim Free is the director of the Center for Aviation Studies. He pilots Ohio State’s aviation education activities, which encompass students in the Colleges of Engineering, Arts & Sciences and Business. Also appointed as a professor of practice in mechanical and aerospace engineering, he will oversee the Center for Aviation Studies’ research and outreach initiatives as well.
Throughout his career, Free has served in a wide range of engineering and leadership roles for domestic and international aerospace programs. He recently retired from NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he last served as the deputy associate administrator in its Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Free also was director of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, where he was responsible for leading more than 3,200 civil service and contractor employees.
Free has worked in the aerospace industry since leaving NASA and is currently a consultant in program and technical management in a variety of sectors. He is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Significant Achievement Medal and numerous other awards. A native of Northeast Ohio, he earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Miami University in Ohio and his master’s degree in space systems engineering from Delft University in the Netherlands.
Froyd joined The Ohio State University College of Engineering in 2017 as a professor of engineering education. He began his tenure as chair of the Department of Engineering Education on June 1, 2020.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his arrival at Ohio State, Froyd was a research professor in Texas A&M’s Engineering Experiment Station and Engineering Academic and Student Affairs office. He has taught electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota. Additionally, he has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) supported projects and served on the leadership team at Texas A&M’s NSF ADVANCE project.
Froyd served as editor-in-chief for the IEEE Transactions on Education from September 2012 to December 2018, has served as an associate editor and senior associate editor for the Journal of Engineering Education since 2003, and has served as an associate editor for the International Journal on STEM Education since 2014. In 2012, he was elected as Fellow of the IEEE and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Dr. Samir Ghadiali is a Professor in Biomedical Engineering, and the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is also a Professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is a recognized expert in the areas of computational modeling of complex biological systems, the mechanobiology of lung injury and inflammation and biomechanical modeling at the molecular, cellular and tissue scale. His group is currently developing “lung-on-a-chip” platforms for drug screening applications. Ghadiali is a member the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Bioengineering Division, the American Thoracic Society, and a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Ghadiali’s research is or has been supported by the NIH, the NSF, the Pelotonia Cancer Research Program and the American Heart Association.
After earning his PhD, Ghadiali was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, while he completed post-doctoral training. Before arriving as an Associate Professor at Ohio State in 2009, he was the Frank Hook Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Lehigh University and was a founding member of their undergraduate bioengineering degree program. In 2013, Ghadiali was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop computational models of the respiratory system in patients with chronic ear infections (i.e., otitis media) and has received National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to investigate the biomechanical mechanisms of lung injury and cancer metastasis. Ghadiali has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and has twice been chair of the Respiratory Engineering track at the annual Biomedical Engineering Society meeting. He has received the Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award (2015), the Herman Weed Excellence in Teaching Award (2010), and the NSF Career Award (2008). Ghadiali earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University.
"These are challenging times for our nation. In addition to health care disparities associated with COVID-19, the brutality and violence committed against our citizens of color and the institutionalized racism in our criminal justice system is simply unacceptable. As chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department, I strongly support enacting change that advance equity and inclusion on our campus and in our broader communities. The BME department is committed to listening, learning and implementing the change that leads to a more equitable and just learning environment for our students. Our strength is in our community and together we will make BME at Ohio State a welcoming home for all."
Professor James W. Gregory became chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at The Ohio State University, effective June 1, 2020. He succeeded Professor Vish Subramaniam, who has served as chair since 2016.
Currently an MAE professor and former director of the Aerospace Research Center (ARC), Gregory came to Ohio State in 2008. Under his leadership, ARC expanded interdisciplinary collaborations to include colleagues from industrial engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and medicine. The center’s research output also has grown substantially, with a doubling of research expenditures over the past two years. In August 2017, Gregory led a team of researchers and students in setting official world records for speed and distance for an autonomous drone.
Gregory received his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, graduating with the highest honors. He went on to receive his doctorate and master’s degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University in 2005 and 2002, respectively. In 2018 he received the designation of Outstanding Aerospace Engineer from Purdue. Following his doctorate, he was a policy fellow at the National Academy of Engineering, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Air Force Academy. While at Ohio State, he was selected as a Fulbright fellow to conduct research at the Technion in Haifa, Israel. Gregory’s research interests are at the intersection of unsteady aerodynamics, drones and advanced measurement techniques.
Gregory’s innovative teaching methods helped him earn numerous awards throughout his career, including the McCarthy Engineering Teaching Award, the Department of Aerospace Engineering Outstanding Professor Award, and SAE’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. He has produced a video lecture series on the Science of Flight, in collaboration with the Great Courses and the Smithsonian Institution’s Air & Space Museum.
"I believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment is critical to the flourishing of Buckeye engineers, and all of society. I am personally committed to carefully listening to those who have experienced injustice, and to acting as an ally – both as an individual and as an academic leader. I am committed to the hard work of identifying and rooting out systemic injustice. We can work together to transform our culture, shunning a culture of disrespect and power dynamics, and moving towards a collegial, equitable, respectful, and supportive environment."
Landscape Architecture Professor Dorothée Imbert began her four-year term as director of the Knowlton School in August 2020. She joined the Knowlton faculty in 2013 as the inaugural Hubert C. Schmidt ’38 Chair in Landscape Architecture. Before joining Knowlton, Imbert established the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Imbert has published extensively on landscape modernism, contemporary practice, and productive landscapes. She is the author of the books Between Garden and City: Jean Canneel-Claes and Landscape Modernism (2009), Garrett Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living (with Marc Treib, 2005), The Modernist Garden in France (1993), and the editor of A Landscape Inventory: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste (2018) and Food and the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation (2015). Imbert’s recent essays focus on the politics of landscape. Imbert has served on numerous boards and juries, including Dumbarton Oaks and the Society of Architectural Historians. She continues to engage in research and design practice and recently completed the Square (with Andrew Cruse), a landscape on structure for the Novartis campus in Basel, Switzerland. She received her architect's diploma from the Unité Pédagogique d'Architecture nº 1 in Paris and holds MArch and MLA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She practiced landscape architecture at Peter Walker and Partners.
"Our experience of the world is changed. Our perception of the world needs changing. The upheaval that began in Minneapolis with the 8-minutes-46 second public killing of George Floyd represents a watershed in our understanding of the movement for Black lives. We have been confronted with our roles as spectators and now must reconsider our roles as educators. Inaction is not an option. Read more: https://knowlton.osu.edu/leadership."
Dr. Allison MacKay is Professor and Chair of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. She joined Ohio State in August of 2015 as a Professor of CEGE. MacKay’s research program is directed toward the fate of contaminants in engineered and natural aquatic systems, including guidance for drinking water plant operators to manage the toxins from algae in reservoirs and molecular computation tools to identify the binding mechanisms of contaminants in sediments and soils. She currently serves on the Board of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and is a member of the American Chemical Society.
MacKay was instrumental in creating a national forum within the AEESP for environmental engineering program leaders. She has published a dozen journal articles, four papers, and given over 40 presentations. MacKay has received an Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario scholarship, an AEESP Poster Award, Environmental Science & Technology Reviewer Award, a UCONN Faculty Environmental Policy Advisory Council Award, a Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Chemist Travel Award, and was a United Technologies Corporation Associate Professor in Engineering Innovation (for three years). She received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering Science (Chemical Option) from the University of Toronto, doctoral and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has conducted postdoctoral research at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
"I am committed to creating community and policy that allows for all current and potential members of the Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering Department to reach their full leadership potential. Without being inclusive in our pursuit of academic excellence, we risk the failures both of individuals themselves, and of teams of collaborators, to bring the most creative problem-solving solutions and innovation to engineering challenges, small and large. We must work to dismantle inadvertent barriers in the pipeline of the engineering workforce and to develop individuals’ competencies in working effectively with diverse team members. Such actions are crucial to the role of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineers in designing, constructing and maintaining infrastructure that equally benefits and serves all members of society."
Bob Mick is the Director of Professional and Distance Education Programs in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. In this role since 2013, he oversees the college’s executive education and workforce development programs in the form of online professional master’s degrees, non-credit certification programs, boot camps and short courses.
Mick has over 20 years of experience in higher education including eight years in Executive Education with the Fisher College of Business. Prior to this, he worked in various private sector positions for 13 years including manufacturing and retail management and the travel industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The Defiance College, and his Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University.
"My staff and I are committed in supporting all efforts by the college and university that will increase diversity and eliminate social injustice. Every person is created equal and should be treated with the same respect regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation. We will work to develop and implement strategies that will integrate in to our program curriculum awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion."
Michael J. Mills
Professor Michael J. Mills is the Taine G. McDougal Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. His research team utilizes advanced instruments at the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) to provide insights into the mechanical behavior of several important metallurgical systems through a detailed understanding of elementary deformation mechanisms. A dedicated teacher and advisor throughout his career, Mills received the College of Engineering’s 2019 Faculty Mentoring Award for successfully mentoring several junior faculty members and creating a new peer mentorship structure within the department. He is a Fellow in the American Society for Metals, and the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).
Mills served as Interim Chair of MSE from 2014-2015. He joined Ohio State in 1994 as associate professor with tenure after a two-year research associate appointment at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a six-year appointment at Sandia National Laboratories as a senior member of the technical staff. Mills has received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellowship (1996), the Oleg D. Sherby Award (2019) from TMS for research in high temperature materials, and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2019). Widely recognized for his research in the relationship between microstructure and structural properties of materials, he has authored or co-authored over 220 journal articles and chaired numerous international conferences. Mills earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University in 1985.
Umit S. Ozkan is a College of Engineering Distinguished Professor and the Chair of the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. Her current research addresses many critical problems in the energy and environmental protection fields and is funded by both federal agencies and industry. Ozkan holds leadership positions in the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and North American Catalysis Society, is a Professional Engineer registered in Ohio, and is on the editorial boards of 10 catalysis publications. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and American Chemical Society (ACS).
Ozkan joined the faculty of Ohio State in 1985 as the first woman to join the Department of Chemical Engineering, and now as the first woman to be named chair of the department. From 2000 to 2005, she served as the College of Engineering’s first female Associate Dean for Research. In her research group, Dr. Ozkan has advised and mentored over 100 graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and honors students. She has edited six books, written over 200 peer-reviewed publications with over 10,000 citations, given over 350 conference presentations, given over 150 invited lectures in 20 different countries, and holds seven patents. Ozkan’s work on emission control for lean-burn natural gas reciprocating engines has led to a catalytic system for which a patent was issued in 2008. She is the recipient of many honors and awards among which are ACS Henry H. Storch Award (2017), ACS Energy and Fuels Distinguished Researcher Award (2012), Ohio State College of Engineering Scott Faculty Excellence Award (2004), The Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award (1999), Ohio State College of Engineering Harrison Outstanding Faculty Award (1993), Ohio State College of Engineering Lumley Research Award (1991, 1996, and 2000, 2006, 2011), and the Ohio State College of Engineering McQuigg Outstanding Teaching Award (1990). In 2013, she was honored by a special issue of Topics in Catalysis, a premier journal, (Volume 56, issues 18-20), and in 2019, she was honored by a special volume of Catalysis Today (Volume 323, 270 pages). She received her PhD from Iowa State University in 1984.
"Diversity, equity and inclusion should be the guiding principles in everything we do as members of the Ohio State family. As a department chair, I am committed to create an open and welcoming environment in our department, where everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, background, national origin, religious affiliation, belief, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ability and all other visible and nonvisible differences, will feel valued, respected and included."
Dr. Farhang Pourboghrat is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. Currently, his research interests are in the areas of materials processing and modeling of advanced forming processes, including warm forming of sheet metals, tube hydroforming, incremental sheet forming, and FRT composite thermo-hydroforming. Pourboghrat is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Sigma Xi technical honor society. He co-organized the 2005 NUMISHEET conference in Detroit, MI, and has served as a member of the steering and scientific committee for the conference since 2005.
Pourboghrat has worked as a staff scientist at the Alcoa Technical Center, faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Michigan State University and spent a sabbatical leave in the Materials Science Department at Rice University. He has published extensively in the International Journal of Plasticity, his research work is internationally recognized, and his research has been funded by NSF, Alcoa, GM, Eaton, BAE Systems, Faurecia, DOE, and DOD. Pourboghrat received his BSME and MSME degrees from the University of Iowa, and his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1992.
"As chair of the Integrated Systems Engineering Department, I am committed to uphold students’ rights in receiving the best education. I am also committed to uphold the rights of the staff and faculty in receiving just treatment and equal opportunities for growth regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, nationality, religious belief, sexuality, or physical abilities."
Scott A. Shearer serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. His research areas are digital agriculture, precision agriculture, automation, and robotics (agricultural field machinery). Shearer is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He recently was named one of six recipients of a 2018 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) grant for the Global Sustainable Village (GSV), an on-campus re-creation of authentic living spaces that integrate sustainable innovations with humanitarian development.
Prior to 2011, Shearer was Chair of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky. Highlights of his research career include development of methodologies and controls for metering and spatial applying crop production inputs (seed, fertilizer and pesticides); modeling of agricultural field machinery systems; autonomous multi-vehicle field production systems; strategies for deployment of UAS in agriculture; and analyses of production agriculture data sets. Shearer has led research supported by over $14M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications (refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, meeting papers and book chapters); and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Agricultural Engineering from The Ohio State University.