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Staff

Dr. Michael W. Grieves

Executive Director

Dr. Michael W. Grieves

Dr. Michael Grieves splits his time between the business and academic worlds. He is the author of the seminal books on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM): “Product Lifecycle Management: Driving the Next Generation of Lean Thinking” (McGraw-Hill, 2006) and Virtually Perfect: Driving Innovative and Lean Products through Product Lifecycle Management” (SCP, 2010).

Dr. Grieves is an acknowledge world expert in PLM and lectures world-wide on engineering, manufacturing, and PLM in both industry and academia conferences. In addition to his books, Dr. Grieves has numerous publications and articles. Dr. Grieves consults with a number of leading international manufacturers and governmental organizations such as NASA.

Dr. Grieves has been a Co-Director of the Purdue PLM Center of Excellence, where he still participates, and served as a Visiting Professor at the Purdue University College of Technology. Dr. Grieves has also been affiliated with the Eller School of Business MIS Department at the University of Arizona, where he was designated Director – Industry Research for the MIS Department and Director, Information Technology Industry Research Center (ITIRC) at the University of Arizona. He served on the advisory board for the MIS department.

Dr. Grieves is Chairman Emeritus of Oakland University’s School of Business Board of Visitors. He has taught in the United States, China, and Europe at the university senior undergraduate, and graduate school levels and has authored and taught executive education courses. Dr Grieves is a Professor at CIMBA University, Asolo, Italy with an appointment at the University of Iowa. He also has an appointment as Research Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Grieves is a founder and Chairman of Interactive Frontiers, Inc. the world leader in golf and sport instructional software, Dr. Grieves has over thirty years experience in the computer and data communications industry. He has been a senior executive at both Fortune 1000 companies and entrepreneurial organizations during his career. He founded and took public a $100 million systems integration company and subsequently served as its audit and compensation committee chair. Dr. Grieves has substantial board experience, including serving on the board of public companies in both China and Japan.

Dr. Grieves has a BSCE from Michigan State University and an MBA from Oakland University. He received his doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.

Corporate Outreach Team

Gretchen Sauerman

Office of Research/Associate Vice President, Corporate Sponsored Programs

Gretchen Sauerman

Gretchen holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and serves as Florida Tech’s Assistant Vice President for Corporate Sponsored Programs. Prior to joining FIT, for more than 20 years, she held leadership roles in business development and market analysis for aerospace, oil & gas, environmental and advanced & renewable energy industries. Gretchen’s role at the University includes serving as a liaison between corporate partners and our world-class researchers. Previously, Gretchen was Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Florida Tech’s Office of Development, where she forged philanthropic relationships with industry partners nationwide.

gsauerman@fit.edu

Robert E. Salonen, CEcD

Director, Global Business Development

Robert E. Salonen, CEcD

Robert E. Salonen is Director, Global Business Development for the Florida Institute of Technology connecting the talent and technology development capabilities of the university to community and corporate interests worldwide. Rob consults with companies, organizations and government to facilitate co-location in the east central Florida region, develop programs to support advanced industry and foster partnerships with the principal offices of Florida Tech.

rsalonen@fit.edu

Academic Leadership Team

Abram Walton

College of Business/Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Abram Walton

Dr. Abram Walton has been actively researching in the fields of Innovation and Product Lifecycle Management for the past decade, and currently serves as the founding Director of Florida Tech's Center for Lifecycle and Innovation Management.  He has authored numerous manuscripts and given many conference presentations on topics related to new product development, innovation, and technology commercialization.  He is the Managing Editor for the International Journal of Innovation Science, he serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the International Association of Innovation Professionals, and is the Founding Chairman of the Space Coast EDC's Innovation Council.  Dr. Walton has developed a number of academic programs related to new product development and innovation and currently serves as the Program Chair for Florida Tech's M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Walton has consulted for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies who are seeking to increase their ability to employ innovations strategies to enhance their offerings.  

Beshoy Morkos

College of Engineering/Mechanical and Aerospace

Beshoy Morkos

Dr. Beshoy Morkos is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology where he directs the STRIDE Lab (SysTems Research on Intelligent Design and Engineering) on systems engineering and computational representations and reasoning in design. Dr. Morkos received his Ph.D. from Clemson University and was the recipient of the 2014 ASME Dissertation of the year award for his doctoral research. His engineering design research focuses on developing computational representation and reasoning support for managing complex system design, and is currently implemented in multiple industry practices. He has worked on projects with partners such as NASA, Michelin, and BMW. His past work experience include working at the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) as a Research Associate and Robert Bosch Corporation as a Manufacturing Engineer.

Dan Kirk

College of Engineering/Associate Dean for Research

Dan Kirk

Dr. Daniel R. Kirk, Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Associate Dean for Research, joined Florida Tech in 2004. Dan completed his Ph.D. and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics under a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Dan’s research interests focus on air-breathing and rocket propulsion, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, and advanced and additive manufacturing for existing and new aerospace applications. Dan has obtained over $4 million dollars in external funding, produced over 80 conference and journal publications, served as a visiting scholar at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Kennedy Space Center and has managed research projects with NASA, the United States Air Force and the Office of Naval Research. In collaboration with NASA and MIT, Dan’s research group is directing experiments onboard the International Space Station to study how liquid propellant slosh behavior affects the dynamics of rocket motion.

Michael Freund

College of Science/Department Head, Chemistry

Michael Freund

Dr. Freund was born and raised in Florida where he received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University in 1987 developing his interest in electrochemistry and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Florida in 1992 where he began to explore new electronic materials. Subsequently he moved to the California Institute of Technology where he became a Postdoctoral Fellow and helped to initiate a multi-investigator interdisciplinary research program on the development olfactory-inspired sensor arrays that broadened to include NASA and DARPA. In 1994 he began his academic career as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Lehigh University where he developed research programs in sensing and electronic materials with strong collaborations with Electrical Engineering. In 1999, he was recruited back to Caltech to direct the Molecular Materials Research Center in the Beckman Institute and in 2003 to Canada where he was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and helped to establish the Manitoba Institute for Materials as Director. During his time in Canada his research program expanded to include solar fuels (in collaboration with Caltech) in addition to sensing and electronics and he was responsible for securing over $30M in research and infrastructure funding as lead or co-principle investigator.

Muzaffar Shaikh

College of Engineering/Engineering Systems

Muzaffar Shaikh

Dr. Shaikh obtained his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), which is a leading university in Advanced Manufacturing techniques. He was employed at Caterpillar, Incorporated, for more than 17 years before joining Florida Tech. Being fundamentally a manufacturing company, Dr. Shaikh worked on a number of manufacturing-related problems. Recently, he has dedicated himself to Systems Engineering, which is an essential element to sound design methods prior to product development, that avoids rework and save on manufacturing costs. Dr. Shaikh heads the Systems Engineering Department at Florida Tech.

 

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