People in the Engineering Design Division

The program, provides an environment that encourages and supports a diverse faculty, as well as graduate teaching assistants, undergraduate course assistants and staff.

We focus on the skills, talents, knowledge, and abilities that individuals bring to our collective effort to provide the best possible education to our engineering first-year students.

Our faculty and graduate teaching assistants represent each engineering department within The Watson College.

Our adjunct lecturers represent the liberal arts, the humanities, art, the legal profession as well as engineering.

Contact Us

Engineering Design Division
Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Parkway East
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Phone: (607) 777-2500   Email: nalfaran@binghamton.edu

(Please note there may be a 24-hour turnaround response time.)

How to Find Us

Here is a map showing directions from the Visitor's Paid Parking Lot to the Engineering Design Division.

You will see a pedestrian walking ramp between the Engineering Building and the Bartle Library.  Walk up that ramp and follow the arrows on the map. The arrows point you to a walking area between the Technology Hub and the Bartle Library.  There is an outside door designated by the "star" on the map.  Go in that door, take the stairs down to the bottom, turn right, and you will come directly into the Engineering Design Division area. The main office is LN-G110.

  • Mike Elmore, Director and Visiting Associate Professor

    melmore@binghamton.edu

    Office:  Library North, G110B
    Phone: 607-777-2004

    Mike Elmore

    Prior to becoming Director of the Engineering Design Division (EDD) in The Watson College, Mike Elmore was a Systems Engineer Senior Staff at Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego and an Adjunct Lecturer at Binghamton University.  He holds a B.S.E.E. ('85) degree from the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, a M.S.E.E. ('88) degree from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, and a Ph.D. ('04) degree from Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, where he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Research in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  He is also a graduate of the General Electric Advanced Course in Engineering.

    Dr. Elmore's research interests include control theory, modeling and simulation, and design optimization, as applied to power electronic circuits and electrical power systems.  While at Lockheed Martin he was an electrical power systems engineer for the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programs.  He designed both military and commercial power electronic circuits while employed at General Electric, IBM and Celestica.  In addition to his design and systems experience, Dr. Elmore was a manager with Celestica Corporation in Johnson City, NY.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of ASEE.

    Mike Elmore also received both his M.Ed. in Secondary School Math Education and his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Vermont.  He has been a high school math teacher and has taught adult education courses in mathematics and computer programming.

  • Koen Gieskes, Assistant Director and Instructor 

    gieskes@binghamton.edu

    Office:  Library North, G107

    Koen GieskesKoen Gieskes first joined the Engineering Design Division at Binghamton University as a graduate student in 2004, then, in 2009, he became a full-time lecturer.  In this role, he serves as the engineering lab coordinator for the EDD 111/112 courses.  Mr. Gieskes received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University.  In 2019, Mr. Gieskes received the Chancellor's Award in Teaching.

    Koen's research interests include mechanical design, mechatronics, structural analysis, engineering education, and 3D (FDM) printing.

    Koen was born in the Netherlands, and after moving to the United States in the early 90s,currently resides in Binghamton.  In his free time he experiments with many forms of art including sculpture, painting, and etching.

    Courses taught:
    EDD 111 -- Introduction to Engineering Design
    EDD 112 -- Introduction to Engineering Analysis
    WTSN 380B/CINE 417A -- Interactive Installation Art
    EDD 305 -- Intro to Sustainable Engineering & Design
    EDD 306 -- Engineering Sustainable Energy (co-taught)
    ME 211 -- Solid Mechanics (Summer Session -- Distance Learning Course)
    ME 273 -- Statics (Summer Session -- Distance Lea

  • Melissa Simonik, Instructor

    msimonik@binghamton.edu

    Office: Library North, G106                           Melissa Simonik

    Dr. Melissa Simonik started at
    Binghamton University in 2015 as a Mechanical Engineering doctoral student. She served as a teaching assistant (TA) for Watson Capstone Projects for two years. She continued as a TA for the Engineering Design Division in 2017 where she taught both EDD 111/112 labs and EDD103/104 communications classes. She became a full-time instructor in 2020 and serves as the engineering communications coordinator for the EDD 103/104 courses.

    Melissa received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College (Schenectady, NY) in 2014 and her M.Eng. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in 2015. She has completed her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University in 2020.

    Melissa's research interests include design, biomechanics and finite element modeling.

    Courses taught:
    EDD 103 -- Engineering Communications I
    EDD 104 -- Engineering Communications II

  • Nicole Alfarano, Administrative Assistant

     nalfaran@binghamton.edu

    Office: Library North, G110 EDD Ad Min
    Phone: 607-777-2500

    Nicole Alfarano started working at Binghamton University in the Fall of 2017, before joining the Engineering Design Division in Spring 2020.

    Nicole received her B.S. in Business Management and MBA with a concentration in HR Management from Excelsior College.

    Nicole is a member of Sigma Beta Delta International Society for Business, Management and Administration.

  • Juliet Berling, Adjunct Instructor

    jberling@binghamton.edu

    Dr. Juliet Berling has taught EDD 307 Ecology for Engineers for the Sustainability Engineering Minor since fall 2015.  She is also an Adjunct Faculty in the Geology and Environmental Studies Department while working full-time for the City of Binghamton as Director of Planning, Housing and Community Development.  In the past, Dr. Berling has also been Planning Commissioner for the City of Binghamton and the Director of Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship, Department of Green Initiatives, at Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital.

    Berling has received numerous awards including the Practice GreenHealth Partner Recognition Award, Who’s Who in America Listing, Department of Energy Meritorious Performance Award, and Secretary of Energy Gold Medal Award.

    Berling received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Binghamton University; M.S. in Environmental Science & Law from Baylor University; and her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University.

  • Sarah Wallace, Half-Time Instructor

    swallace@binghamton.edu

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    Office: Library North, G314

    Sarah Wallace joined Binghamton University in 2021 as a lecturer in the Engineering Design Division.

    Sarah works as Mental Health Therapist at Intuitive Strengths Family Services. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science and  Masters in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College. She is currently a Licensed MSW.

    Sarah has lived in the Binghamton area her whole life. Her interests include communicating with others and hearing people’s stories, and spending time with her dog. 

  • Bill Schiesser, Half-Time Instructor

    wschiess@binghamton.edu

    Office: Library North, G316Bill

    Prior to joining the Engineering Design Division in 2021, William E. Schiesser was a Consulting Patent Agent at the IBM Corporation. Bill is admitted to practice in patent cases before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  He has deep expertise in Patent Strategy, Portfolio Management, and International Patent Practice, including prosecuting cases filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the Paris Convention.

    Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.  His research interests include hardening computing infrastructure against cyber-attacks by minimizing attack surfaces, as well as abstraction and virtualization of computing resources, such as cloud and edge computing.

    Bill’s other interests include Astronomy, Planetary Science, Paleoanthropology, Aviation and Aerospace, Cruiser and Sport Motorcycles, MotoGP and Stock Car Racing, and Classical Music – especially Beethoven, Puccini, and Tchaikovsky!

  • Jennifer Vaughn, Half-Time Instructor

    jvaughn@binghamton.edu

    Office: Library North, G105 JVaughn

    Jennifer Vaughn joined Binghamton University in 2021 as a lecturer in the Engineering Design Division. 

    Jennifer works as an Environmental Engineering and Grant Services Specialist. Her engineering work experiences include Hunt Engineers, Cornell University, and the Knolls Atomic Power Lab. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering and M.S. in Geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). Jennifer's research interests included temporal and spatial trends of natural and anthropogenic compounds in the Hudson River and its tributaries.

    Jennifer passionately educated a generation of students at the Chemung Valley Montessori School. She encouraged outdoor education through the development of nature trails and an outdoor classroom. She earned her American Montessori Society Certificate from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education. 

    Jennifer's personal goal is to utilize her unique skills and experiences to help others reach their potential and contribute to a just and sustainable world.

2021-2022 EDD Student Advisory Board

2021-2022 EDD Internal Advisory Board

  • L. William (Bill) Kazmierczak, Ph.D.
    Director of Calculus, Department of Mathematical Sciences
    WH 228
    kaz@math.binghamton.edu
    607.777.4276
  • Mohammad T. Khasawneh, Ph.D.
    Chair, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
    Graduate Director, Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
    Associate Director, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE)
    BI 1608
    mkhasawn@binghamton.edu
    607.777.4408
  • Aiyakrishnan Meenakshi, Ph.D.
    Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and
      Astronomy
    S2 156
    ameenaks@binghamton.edu
    607.777.4288
  • Bruce T. Murray, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    ES 1312
    bmurray@binghamton.edu
    607.777.6561
  • Alexsa Silva, Ph.D.
    Director of Instruction and Outreach, Department of Chemistry
    S2 123
    asilva@binghamton.edu
    607.777.3829
  • Douglas Summerville, Ph.D.
    Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    ES 2312
    dsummer@binghamton.edu
    607.777.2942
  • Kaiming Ye, Ph.D.
    Chair, Biomedical Engineering
    BI 2623
    kye@binghamton.edu
    607.777.5887

2021-2022 EDD External Advisory Board