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.
Office of Research/Vice President, Corporate Sponsored Programs
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.
Robert E. Salonen, CEcD
Director, Global Business Development
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.
College of Engineering/Mechanical and Aerospace
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.
College of Engineering/Associate Dean for Research
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.
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