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:

(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 LNG-110.

  • George D. Catalano, Emeritus Bartle Professor

    George Catalano

    Research Focus
    A socially just engineering profession and education paradigm, environmental ethics, engineering ethics, fluid dynamics of the natural world, turbulence, aerodynamics, creativity, liberative pedagogy, predator-prey modeling, cellular automata.

    Dr. Catalano has joined the Engineering Design Division in Spring 2020 as an Emeritus Bartle Professor after serving many years as Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments.  Dr. Catalano was also a former Director of the Division of Engineering Discovery & Design, the precursor program to Engineering Design Division.  He teaches a sustainability engineering course in Spring 2021.

  • Mike Elmore, Director and Visiting Associate Professor

    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.

    Mike Elmore's website:

  • Koen Gieskes, Assistant Director

    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, Lecturer

    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 lecturer 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

  • Juliet Berling, Adjunct Lecturer

    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.

  • Claudia Martin, Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Office:  Library North, G316
    Phone: 607-777-3244

    Claudia Martin

    Claudia Martin is in her 12th year teaching in The Watson College's Engineering Design Division.  She also teaches British Literature in Binghamton University's English Department. Dr. Martin received her Ph.D. in English in May 2018.  She has a M.A. in English from California State University and a Juris Doctor Degree, and was a litigation attorney in California for over 20 years; her specialty was engineering design deficiency cases and real estate litigation.  In addition, for over a decade she was a feature writer on technology innovations for magazines such as Digitrends.

    Binghamton University is her alma mater.

  • Annuli Daramola, Adjunct Lecturer

    Office:   Library North, G314

    Annuli Daramola joined Binghamton University inAnnuli Daramola 2020 as an adjunct lecturer in the Engineering Design Division.

    Annuli has worked as a research assistant for 3M, United States Department of Energy, Auburn University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include water purification and renewable energy.

    She received dual B.S in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and M.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests include cooking, music, and mentoring.

  • Erika Olenik, Adjunct Lecturer

    Office:  Library North, G105
    Phone: 607-777-3240

    Erika Olenik

    Dr. Erika Olenik started working as an adjunct lecturer for the Engineering Design Division in the Fall 2013.

    She graduated from Binghamton University in Spring 2010 with her B.A. in English. Directly after graduating, she entered the M.A.T. program in Fall 2010.  She graduated in Fall 2011 with her M.A.T. in Secondary English. She obtained her Ed.D. ('20) in Education. Dr. Olenik is also NYS certified to teach high school English Language Arts.

    She has lived in the Binghamton area since 2001.

  • Sarah Wallace,  Adjunct Lecturer

    Office: Library North, G105
    Phone: 607-777-3240

    Sarah Wallace joined Binghamton University in 2021Sarah Wallace 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. 

  • Nicole Alfarano-Halwachs, Administrative Assistant Trainee 2

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    Office: Library North, G110
    Phone: 607-777-2500

    Nicole Alfarano-Halwachs 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 from Excelsior College.  She is anticipated to complete her MBA in 2021, with a concentration in HR Management.

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

2020-2021 EDD Student Advisory Board

  • EDD: Kristen Allen
  • BME: Paul DeCostanza
  • ME: Wanxian Lin
  • ISE: Lucy Benack
  • EECE: Daniel Iacobacci

2020-2021 EDD Internal Advisory Board

  • L. William (Bill) Kazmierczak, Ph.D.
    Director of Calculus, Department of Mathematical Sciences
    WH 228
  • 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
  • Aiyakrishnan Meenakshi, Ph.D.
    Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and
    S2 156
  • Bruce T. Murray, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    ES 1312
  • Alexsa Silva, Ph.D.
    Director of Instruction and Outreach, Department of Chemistry
    S2 123
  • Douglas Summerville, Ph.D.
    Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    ES 2312
  • Kaiming Ye, Ph.D.
    Chair, Biomedical Engineering
    BI 2623

2020-2021 EDD External Advisory Board