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Eve Vitale

Director of Philanthropy - Corporate & Foundation Relations Development, Staff, University Advancement 1700 University Ave
4-930 CC
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Eve is responsible for finding and maintaining corporate and foundation partners who share Kettering’s mission and vision and procuring funding for the vital work done by the University’s faculty, staff and students.

In her previous position Eve was the Coordinator of High School Youth Ministry at the Church of the Holy Family in Grand Blanc. She holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Oakland University.

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Connie Vlachovic

Operational Services Assistant Auxiliary Services 1700 University Ave
1-217 AB

Alvin Wallace

Stadium Assistant Recreation Center

Lihua Wang

Associate Professor, BioInorganic Chemistry Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-109 MC
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Dr. Lihua Wang, Associate Professor of BioInorganic Chemistry
Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry from Purdue University, with expertise in the study of the properties of anti-cancer metal complexes and in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds and nanomaterials for biomedical imaging applications.

Wang sees Kettering students as good communicators, who are mature and capable and feels these qualities are the result of the cooperative education experience. She enjoys teaching and interacting with the high quality students at Kettering and was initially drawn to Kettering by their outstanding quality.

During one of her general chemistry classes, Wang mentioned that stomach acid is made of HCl. A few weeks later, she discussed the reaction of Zn with HCl to form ZnCl2 and hydrogen in class. One student who was interested in fuel cells quickly made an interesting connection between the two. He joked, "So, theoretically, if I swallow a piece of Zn, my stomach can generate the hydrogen gas that can be used to power fuel cell cars." (Warning: Danger! Do not try this at home!) This "Human Hydrogen Generator" will not work well in practice. However, imagination and innovation are the spirit of Kettering students.

Wang has two pieces of advice for prospective students. First, "as a Kettering student, you will not only gain classroom knowledge of science, engineering, or business but also gain valuable real-world work experiences" through Kettering's unique cooperative education program. This cooperative education provides the student "with the competitive edge that is necessary to face the ever more challenging global economy in your future career." Second, "you are not only expected to fulfill the academic requirements of a regular four-year college degree within 4-5 years, but also finish at least 15 months of co-op work within the same time period," making good time management and organizational skills very important in order to be successful at Kettering.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not involved with teaching or her students, Wang enjoys travel, listening to music and reading.

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Yunsheng Wang

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Computer Science 1700 University Avenue
Room: 2-300 F AB

Anna Ward

Retail Manager Kettering Dining Services

Ravi Warrier

Professor of Electrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Faculty 1700 University Ave
2-703 Q AB
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Dr. Ravi Warrier, professor of Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Electrical Engineering, with expertise in signal processing.

Warrier finds Kettering students to be positive, prepared and perspicacious. He feels that what distinguishes a Kettering student from students at other colleges is that "a Kettering student applies education to real world problems instantaneously." Warrier was originally attracted to teaching at Kettering by the unique learning environment but what became his favorite part of teaching at Kettering is the interaction with the students.

He would tell prospective students to be themselves, "be willing to be challenged and Kettering will open a door for you to a successful career."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching, Warrier takes part in social and humanitarian activities.

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Digital signal processing and controls

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Frances Webster

Residence Life Coordinator Residence Life, Staff, Student Life 1700 University Ave
2-099 RH

Elizabeth Welch

Library 1700 University Avenue
2-202 AB

Jonathan Wenzel

Assistant Professor Chemical Engineering 1700 University Avenue
2-228 AB
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Jonathan Wenzel

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
2228 Academic Building


B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1999
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2008

Work Experience

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 2006-2010, Research Engineer for the  Laboratory for Transportation Fuels and Polymer Processing, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.  Dr. Wenzel supervised a graduate student research team engaged in novel process research in energy techologies, prototype design and development, and green processing.  Particular projects included the fabrication of supercritical water reformation process prototypes and the evaluation of the supercritical water reformation of JP-8 for the United States Depeartment of the Army and Air Force.  He was responsible operations, design, proposal preparation and execution of strategic projects and worked as a liason between the lab and project sponsors.


CHME 300 Unit Operations          (co-developed)
CHME 401 Mass Transfer Operations Laboratory   (developed)
CHME 450  Reactor Design           (developed)
CHME 451 Reactor Design Laboratory   (developed)
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Research Statement

My principle research focus is in developing novel high pressure and temperature process prototype technologies applied to efficient, sustainable energy, synthesis of chemicals, extraction, and the greening of conventional technologies.  With the increasing demand for fossil fuels as well as the environmental costs associated with production and use, there is need for continued research in novel and greener energy and process technologies.  A particular area of research that may be utilized in greener, efficient, and sustainable applications are process technologies utilizing near-critical and supercritical fluid applications as applied to the production of bio-hydrogen or synthesis gases from renewable resources.  Supercritical fluids gas and liquid-like solvent nature, as well inherently high density, permits for more compact, scalable, portable, and reactive energy-related processes in comparison to vapor phase catalytic processes.  Supercritical fluid technology may also be utilized in compact next-generation process technology that reduce reliance upon energy intensive and polluting mediums ranging from extraction of medicinal components from plants to polymerization and polymer processing.    


Research  Specialties

Supercritical fluid technologies, high pressure and temperature reaction process prototypes and control system design and fabrication, Extraction of medically active chemicals from plants, Biodiesel production, Supercritical water partial oxidation, Reformation technologies, Process modeling and simulation


Active Grants

“MRI: Acquisition of a CHNSO Elemental Determinator to Support Multidisciplinary Applied Research,” National Science Foundation, NSF Grant Number CBET-1228432, PI: Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, Co-PI’s: Drs. L. Wang, S. Nartker, J. Aurandt, M. Rabago-Smith. 9/1/2012-8/31/2014

“Non-catalytic reactions producing phenol from aromatic hydrocarbons using hydrogen peroxide and supercritical and subcritical water,” American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, PRF Award Number 52948-UNI9, PI: Dr. Jonathan Wenzel. 1/1/2013-8/13/2015

Supercritical fluid extraction and evaluation of antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory agents from grape stems, pomegranate, walnut hulls, and local flora,” Kettering University Faculty Fellowship, PI: Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, Chemical Engineering Co-PI’s: Dr. Michelle Ammerman and Cheryl Samaniego, Applied Biology; Dr. Lihua Wang and Dr. Ali Zand, Chemistry. 9/27/2013-6/30/2014.

“Production of biodiesel in a compact reactor from soybean oil using a naturally-derived acid catalyst and supercritical methanol,” Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, PI: Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, Chemical Engineering Co-PI: Dr. Ali Zand, Chemistry. 4/1/2014-3/31/2015


U.S. Patents

Lee, S., Lanterman, H., Sardesai, A., Wenzel, J., Marshall, B., Yen, J., Amin-Sanayei, A., Moucharik, M.  Polymerization of Vinylidene Fluoride (VF2) in a Supercritical Fluid Medium.  U.S. Patent Number 7,091,288 issued August 15, 2006.

Refereed Articles

1.       Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Lee, S.  Experimental P-T-r measurements of carbon dioxide and 1,1-difluoroethene mixtures.  Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 2005, 50, 774-776.
2.       Lee, S., Lanterman, H., Wenzel, J., Picou, J.  Noncatalytic reformation of JP-8 fuel in supercritical water for production of hydrogen.  Energy Sources 2009, 31, 1750-1758.
3.       Lee, S., Lanterman, H., Picou, J., Wenzel, J.  Kinetic modeling of JP-8 reforming by supercritical water.  Energy Sources 2009, 31, 1813-1821.
4.       Picou, J., Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Lee, S.  Hydrogen production by noncatalytic autothermal reformation of aviation fuel using supercritical water.  Energy and Fuels 2009, 23, 6089-6094.
5.       Picou, J., Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Niemoeller, A., Lee, S.  A kinetic model based on the sequential reaction mechanism for the noncatalytic reformation of jet fuel in supercritical water.  Energy Sources: Part A 2011, 33, 785-794.
6.       Picou, J., Stever, M., Bouquet, J., Wenzel, J., Lee, S.  Kinetics of the noncatalytic water gas shift reaction in supercritical water.  Energy Sources: Part A 2011, accepted and in press.

Select Articles in Proceedings and Conference Papers

1.       Wenzel, J., Picou, J., Factor, M., Lee, S.  Kinetics of supercritical water reformation of ethanol to hydrogen.  In Energy Materials, 2007 Proceedings of the Materials Science and Technology Conference, Greyden Press: Columbus, OH, 2007.
2.       Liu, H., Lee, Y. Wenzel, J.  High-pressure compaction of municipal solid waste to form an upgraded fuel for co-firing at power plants.  Pipeline and Environmental Engineering for the Next Millennium.  Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.  July 23-26, 2000.
3.       Vincent, L., Mabusela, W., Folk, W., Weitz, F., Rottinghaus, G., Mawhinney, T., Khan, I., Lee, S., Wenzel, J., Applequist, W., Gqaleni, N., Johnson,  Q.  Ethnobotanical studies of artemisia afra jacq. ex willd. (african wormwood).  2007 Missouri Life Science Week Poster Session. Conference, Columbia, Missouri.  April 16-20, 2007.
4.       Wenzel, J., Picou, J., Lee, S.  Control of ethanol dehydration in the supercritical water reforming of ethanol into hydrogen.  AIChE 2008 Spring National Meeting.  Conference, New Orleans. April 6-10, 2008.
5.       Picou, J., Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Lee, S.  Kinetics of noncatalytic water gas shift reaction in a supercritical water medium.  AIChE 2008 Spring National Meeting.  Conference, New Orleans.  April 6-10, 2008.
6.       Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Lee, S.  The kinetics of tert-butyl-peroxy-acetate initiated polymerization of 1,1-difluoroethene in a supercritical carbon dioxide medium. AIChE 2008 Annual Meeting. Conference, Philadelphia.  November 16-21, 2008.
7.       Wenzel, J., Picou, J., Lee, S.  Thermal effects of non-catalytic supercritical water partial oxidation of mid-distillate hydrocarbon fuels.  AIChE 2008 Annual Meeting. Conference, Philadelphia. November 16-21, 2008.
8.       Wenzel, J., Picou, J., Lanterman, H., Tschannen, R., Lee, S.  Control of C2-Hydrocarbon Formation in the Supercritical Water Reformation of Jet Fuel.  AIChE 2009 Annual Meeting.  Conference, Nashville. November 8-13, 2009.
9.       Bouquet, J.; Stever, M.; Picou, J.; Wenzel, J.; Tschannen, R.; Lee, S.  The Effects of Temperature upon the Supercritical Water Reformation of Alcohols for Hydrogen Productions.  AIChE 2010 Annual Meeting.  Conference, Salt Lake City.  November 7-12, 2010.


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