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COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT – College of Technology

Left to Right: Guy Downs, Giri Jogaratnam, Paul Majeske (Chair), Jiang Lu, Ali Eydgahi (Vice Chair), Sean Che. Not Pictured: John Texter

Left to Right: Guy Downs, Giri Jogaratnam, Paul Majeske (Chair), Jiang Lu, Ali Eydgahi (Vice Chair), Sean Che. Not Pictured: John Texter

Reported by: Kristina Reppert

Recently I have had the pleasure of working with Professor Paul Majeske, Chairman of the COT Faculty Council and Associate Dean Mary Brake to provide you with some valuable information from the College of Technology.

The College of Technology was established in 1980 and while the college is housed primarily in Sill & Roosevelt Halls, courses are taught in many other buildings on the Eastern Michigan University campus and at several off campus sites. The College consists of 1800 undergraduate and 450 graduate students, and over 50 tenure track faculty in four schools & the Military Science department.

The College offers 35 Undergraduate, Graduate and Certificate programs and a Ph.D. in Technology.

New Faculty – Engineering

The COT welcomes Vernnaliz Carrasquillo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. Dr. Carrasquillo’s recently graduated from the University of Michigan with her doctorate in Industrial Operations Engineering. She earned her Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and has two Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Operations Engineering.   Before attending graduate school, she worked in industry, most recently at Toyota Technical Center. She has taught at the University of Puerto Rico and was a graduate student instructor, including a semester as primary instructor, at the University of Michigan while she worked on her Ph.D. Her research is in the field of occupational ergonomics. Specifically how variations in assembly tasks affect worker posture and recovery time.

Emad Tanbour, Ph.D., Assistant Professor also joins the School of Engineering. Dr. Tanbour earned both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Iowa.   Dr. Tanbour has more than 24 years combined experience in Mechanical Engineering in both academia and industry.  His industry experience spans over 18 years in the areas of product development, energy efficient appliances and sustainability, thermal systems design and engineering management.  He is an expert researcher in industry and had been leading industry-academia funded research since 1997. Dr. Tanbour is an innovator with over 13 US pending and issued patents all of which resulted in products sold in North America.  Most of his innovations are in the field of sustainable design of domestic and commercial appliances. Dr. Tanbour has advanced knowledge of computer aided engineering, CFD and computational mechanics.  He is an expert user and trainer of computer aided design using solid modeling. He has conducted research in the areas of heat transfer, thermal-fluids, and energy systems and led many years of research and development projects in the interdisciplinary areas of Mechanical Engineering.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and ranked third over his cohort and received full scholarship to pursue graduate studies towards his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa.  During his studies at Iowa, Dr. Tanbour led the thermal design of all control circuits for NASA Cassini spacecraft that was launched to Saturn.  Dr. Tanbour is the recipient of Arch T. Colwell Award from Society of Automotive Engineers and had served for five years as ABET industry consultant.  He also received EMBA training courses at the University of Iowa.

New Faculty – Information Security & Applied Computing

Zaki Malik, Ph.D., Assistant Professor comes to us with an earned Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. Dr. Malik’s research interests lie broadly in service computing, reliable distributed systems, Web databases, and semantic integration systems. The focus of his research is on applying service-oriented techniques in these areas to build computer systems that are deployable in practice. Specifically, he has explored how to use reputation information in resolving trust and privacy issues in service-oriented environments, how to use information obfuscation techniques to enhance privacy, how to build more efficient Web databases, and how to add semantics to legacy data to facilitate integration. The coherent theme of his work is solving practical real world problems via innovative research and development, with focus on building efficient and reliable distributed systems. In the future, he intends to continue his research in the areas of distributed and semantics-enabled systems

Munther Abualkibash, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, earned his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Al-Ahliyya Amman University in Amman, Jordan and his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Bridgeport. Recently, Dr. Abualkibash received his Doctorate from the University of Bridgeport. His interests and expertise is in computer and network security, parallel and distributed systems, cloud computing, and machine learning.


The College of Technology has recently proposed a Mechanical Engineering major as well as an Information Technology major. Both are moving along through the process of getting accepted. The Mechanical Engineering major would be the first undergraduate engineering program offered, joining the other 9 programs offered in the School of Engineering Technology at Eastern Michigan University.


The architectural firm, HED, was hired last spring to help the College of Technology to assess facilities like Sill Hall and Roosevelt Hall and come up with a plan for renovations. Renovation, expansion and/or new construction has been an ongoing need for a decade and this is good news!