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.
Engineering Design Division
4400 Vestal Parkway East
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Phone: (607) 777-2500 Email: email@example.com
(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
Office: Library North, G110B
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: http://systemicdesignandanalysis.com/
Koen Gieskes, Assistant Director
Office: Library North, G107
Koen 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.
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
Office: Library North, G106
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.
EDD 103 -- Engineering Communications I
EDD 104 -- Engineering Communications II
Nicole Alfarano, Administrative Assistant Trainee 2
Office: Library North, G110
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
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.
TBD, Half-Time Instructor
Office: Library North, G105
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Office: Library North, G314
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Office: Library North, G316
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
- 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)
- Aiyakrishnan Meenakshi, Ph.D.
Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and
- Bruce T. Murray, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Alexsa Silva, Ph.D.
Director of Instruction and Outreach, Department of Chemistry
- Douglas Summerville, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Kaiming Ye, Ph.D.
Chair, Biomedical Engineering
2020-2021 EDD External Advisory Board
- Jonathan Albrecht
Manager, Electrical Design Engineering
BAE Systems Controls Endicott
- Peter Dionne
Principal Mechanical Engineering
SAAB Defense and Security
- Maria Fronek
Systems Engineer Sr.
Lockheed Martin Rotary & Mission Systems
- Chris Kopec
Facilities Group Manager
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- Diana LaBelle
Associate Professor, Engineering Technologies
- Richard LaRusch
Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner
- Robert Lofthouse
Associate Professor/Chairperson, Engineering Sciences/Physics
- Dr. Gay E. Canough
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