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Wael Mokhtar

Wael Mokhtar, Ph.D.

Director, School of Engineering
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Office Address: 136 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: 616-331-2441

Dr. Mokhtar joined GVSU Engineering during fall 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Old Dominion State University and MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Alexandria University. His expertise is in the thermo-fluid sciences. His research is in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Wind Tunnel Testing, Vehicle Aerodynamics, and Teaching Methods.

Samhita Rhodes

Samhita Rhodes, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, School of Engineering
Associate Professor, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Office Address: 253 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: 616-331-6267

Brief Biography: Her teaching interests include mathematical modeling, digital signal and image processing, and linear and non-linear time-frequency methods. Dr Rhodes has various research interests including heart rate variability and cardiac arrhythmogenesis, mitochondrial bioenergetics, and cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion injury. She currently has a 4-year grant from the American Heart Association to study the development of lethal cardiac arrhythmias. She has an adjunct appointment in the Dept of Anesthesiology at the MCW where she continues her research collaboration. 

Degrees: Dr. Rhodes has a BE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pune, India, and earned her MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University. She has just finished a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she studied the effects of age on cardiac function.

Program Chairs

Shabbir Choudhuri

Shabbir Choudhuri, Ph.D.

Director, School of Engineering Graduate Program
Professor, Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering

Office Address: 225 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616) 331-6845


Charlie Standridge, Ph.D.

Chair, Computer Engineering
Professor, Manufacturing Engineering

Office Address: 332 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616) 331-6759

Bruce Dunne

Bruce Dunne, Ph.D.

Chair, Electrical Engineering
Associate Professor, Computer and Electrical Engineering

Office Address: 351 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616) 331-6754

Nael Barakat

Nael Barakat, Ph.D. P.Eng. FASME

Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Interdisciplinary Engineering

Office Address: 343 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616) 331-6825
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John Farris

John Farris, Ph.D.

Chair, Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering
Professor, Product Design & Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering

Office Address: 223 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616) 331-7267

Wendy Reffeor

Wendy Reffeor, Ph.D.

Chair, Interdisciplinary Engineering
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Office Address: 335 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616)-331-6010