Faculty Advisory Board
Our distinguished Faculty Advisory Board members are all highly experienced engineers whose collective expertise - within both academic and professional contexts - ensures that AccessEngineering remains the most comprehensive, innovative, and up-to-date reference available to engineering faculty, students, and professionals alike.
Carlotta Berry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, USA
Carlotta Berry is an associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She earned her doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2003. Her research interests include mobile robotics education, human-robot interaction and human-robot interfaces. She has developed and taught courses in robotics, circuits, controls, and design at the graduate and undergraduate level. She is the director of the multidisciplinary minor in robotics and co-director of the ROSE Building Undergraduate Diversity (ROSE-BUD) program. She is a member of ASEE, IEEE, NSBE, and Eta Kappa Nu. In the past she has reviewed and created online videos and technical content for the AccessEngineering website.
Craig G. Downing, Ph.D., CMfgE
Department Head and Associate Professor of Engineering Management
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, USA
Craig Downing received his doctorate in Workforce Education and Development and MS in Manufacturing Systems from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dr. Downing has more than 12 years of experience teaching Manufacturing, Management, and Mathematics at the post-secondary level. Additionally, he has amassed 10 years of industrial experience, four years as a Process Engineer and six years as a private consultant for organizations such as Lockheed Martin/NASA, Parker Hannifin, and Crain Enterprises. His interests are rooted in Industrial-Academic relationships, Quality Management System Development, and Production/Operations Management. He has multiple publications/presentations related to his areas of interest and continually explores new research opportunities related to Quality and Operations Management.
Don Green, Ph.D.
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
School of Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
Don W. Green is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at The University of Kansas. Dr. Green has authored, co-authored, 65 refereed publications, more than 100 technical meeting presentations, and is co-author of the SPE textbook Enhanced Oil Recovery. He is also editor of the 6th, 7th and 8th Editions of Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook. Twice chair of his department at KU, he has also been co-director of the Tertiary Oil Recovery Project (TORP) with Professor G. Paul Willhite, from 1974 to 2007, focusing on the application of gelled polymer systems for water control.
Dr. Green has won numerous teaching awards at KU, including the Honors for Outstanding Progessive Educator (HOPE) Award and the Chancellor's Club Career Teaching Award, the highest teaching recognitions awarded at the University. He has also been featured as an outstanding educator in ASEE's Chemical Engineering Education Journal. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, recipient of the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, and the Improved Oil Recovery (IOR) Pioneer Award and was named an Honorary Member of both SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) and AIME (American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers). He is also a Fellow of the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers).Mustafa Mahamid, Ph.D., S.E., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE
Clinical Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Dr. Mahamid is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a structural Engineering consultant for multiple structural engineering firms. He worked as a structural engineer at GRAEF and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Chicago. His designs include a wide variety of projects, including healthcare, commercial, residential, industrial, and high-rise buildings located in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and China. Solid experience in various building materials, including concrete, steel, wood, and masonry add to his extensive skill set. While at GREAF and SOM, he also held the position of Adjunct Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Illinois Institute of Technology, and University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Mahamid serves on several technical committees sponsored by ACI and ASCE/SEI and chairs the reinforced concrete slab ACI-ASCE joint committee (ACI-ASCE 421). He authored and coauthored numerous journal, conference papers, design guides and presented at engineering conferences in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.James Pitarresi, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Assistant Provost and Executive Director, Center for Learning and Teaching
Binghamton University, State University of New York, Vestal, NY, USA
James Pitarresi is the assistant provost and executive director of the Center for Learning and Teaching at Binghamton University. The center focuses on student learning and providing faculty support for instruction. Dr. Pitarresi is also the director of the Opto-Mechanics Research Laboratory and co-director of the Vibration Research Laboratory at Binghamton University. Prior to joining the Watson School, he was a research fellow at the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, where his work was in the area of structural optimization and active control of large structures. He has worked for Bell Aerospace and General Motors and is an engineering consultant to industry and government. He is co-author of the recent text book, Introduction to Solid Mechanics, with Irv Shames and has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Peter A. Engel Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, Professor Pitarresi’s research activities are directed towards the computer modeling and experimental measurement of the mechanical performance issues of electronic components, as well as carrying out research into the areas of vibration modeling, and in the testing and modal analysis of structural systems.
Associate Department Head and Teaching Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Conrad Zapanta is the Associate Department Head and Teaching Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned her doctorate in Bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997. Dr. Zapanta was a Visiting Professor of Engineering at Hope College (Holland, MI) and Austin Community College (Austin, TX). He worked for Sulzer Carbomedics in the research and development of prosthetic heart valves. Dr. Zapanta was also a faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University, where his research area focused on cardiac assist devices for smaller adults and children. Currently, Dr. Zapanta supervises all phases of the biomedical engineering undergraduate curriculum at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as teaching laboratory and design classes. He has served in leadership roles for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Society of Artificial and Internal Organs (ASAIO), on NIH panels, and is a biomedical engineering program evaluator for ABET. Dr. Zapanta received the 2016 ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division’s 2016 Theo Pilkington Award, for his significant contributions to biomedical engineering education as evidenced by the development of successful teaching programs, curricula, and publications.