Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201

About the SECS


Welcome to the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS)! I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our academic programs and our on-going engineering and computer science research at Oakland University. The School of Engineering and Computer Science will always strive for excellence and innovation – in teaching, research, as well as service to the profession, community, and society at-large.Louay M. Chamra, Ph.D., Dean

Our goal is to provide our students, faculty, and staff with the best educational and working experience in a highly supportive, yet stimulating, environment. Our faculty provide the highest quality of education which is enhanced by cutting edge research sponsored by federal agencies and industrial partners. In addition, the School of Engineering and Computer Science will continue to be actively involved in outreach and economic development initiatives.

Prospective undergraduate students should contact the Engineering Advising Office at (248) 370-2201 or Prospective MS students should contact the appropriate Department Office, while prospective Ph.D candidates should contact the Associate Dean's Office at (248) 370-2233 or

Please let me know if we can be of any additional service.

Louay M. Chamra, Ph.D., Dean
School of Engineering and Computer Science
(248) 370-2217


For a complete composite of faculty research within the School of Engineering and Computer Science, please review our 2015 Faculty Research Profiles booklet.


The Advisory Board for the School of Engineering and Computer Science is composed of leaders in industry. They assist the school in developing educational and research programs to meet the rapidly expanding requirements in the technical world. The board is available as a body or individually for consultation on such matters as curriculum, research, facilities, equipment requirements, special subjects and long-range planning.

Board members are:

  • Ron A. May, Chairperson, Advisory Board; Executive Vice President, DTE Energy
  • William H. Mattingly, Vice President, Business Development, ESG Automotive Inc.
  • David Agnew, Director, Advanced Engineering, MOBIS Technical Center of North America
  • Michael Bolon, Retired Senior Vice President, General Dynamics Land Systems
  • Glenn Denomme, Consultant
  • Robert Fascetti, Vice President, Powertrain Engineering, Powertrain Product Development, Ford Motor Company
  • Robert Fisher, Vice President of Purchasing Core Engineering & Program Management, Takata
  • Grant R. Gerhart, Ph.D., Retired Senior Research Scientist, TARDEC
  • Richard Haller, President and Chief Operating Officer, Walbridge
  • Jim Hassenberger, President, SolidThinking (an Altair Company)
  • Fred Killeen, Interim Chief Technology Officer, General Motors Corporation
  • Joseph Long, Chief Engineer, Door Systems, Inteva Products
  • Rob Martin, Director, Engine Electrical Engineering, Denso International America, Inc., Engineering Division
  • Yogen Rahangdale, Retired President & COO, American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Kristen Siemen, Executive Director - Global Thermal/HVAC, General Motors Corporation
  • James Toeniskoetter, Chief Operating Officer, Hirotec America
  • Jeff Van Dorn, Partner, Partner, Android Industries, L.L.C
  • Diana Wagner, Engineering Director, Global Head of Cost Engineering, Process & Methods, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Mazin Yousif, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Shell Global Account, T-Systems International
  • Sara Blackmer, Director of Government Markets, Pratt & Miller Engineering
  • Gerald "Gerry" Deren, America's Business Development
  • Bob Lee, Vice President and Head of Engineering Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC
  • Gary Rogers, Vice President of Advanced Engineering, Roush Enterprises
  • George Saikalis, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hitachi America, Ltd.


Ex-Officio members are:

  • Louay Chamra, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
  • Qian (Beth) Zou, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
  • Daniel Aloi, Ph.D., Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
  • Lunjin Lu, Ph.D., Chair, Computer Science & Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
  • Brian Sangeorzan, Ph.D., Chair, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
  • Robert Van Til, Ph.D., Chair, Industrial & Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
  • Amy Butler, Director, OU Incubator, Oakland University
  • Chris Kobus, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering Professor and Director of SECS Outreach, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
  • Rick Rachner, Development Officer, School of Engineering & Computer Science, Oakland University
  • Kathy Livelsberger, Assistant Director of Career Services, Oakland University



The School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) offers instruction leading to degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The programs are offered through four departments: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

The SECS, with about 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students, features an outstanding faculty dedicated to preparing learners for the 21st-century workplace and society as well as for research in their fields of specialization. The school offers close student/faculty interaction, small classes and individualized attention.


The overall mission of the School of Engineering and Computer Science is threefold:

  • To provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of instruction in engineering and computer science to prepare graduates for careers in the coming decades,
  • To advance knowledge through basic and applied research in relevant branches of engineering and computer science, and
  • To provide service to both the engineering profession and public of the State of Michigan.

In carrying out its mission the school will address the needs of the automotive and related industries in southeast Michigan for the:

  • Education of engineers and computer scientists,
  • Development of research programs and
  • Fulfillment of the demands for professional service.

Due to the proximity of Oakland University to the large number of automotive related manufacturing companies in southeastern Michigan, the research interests of the faculty include a strong component of applied research. This research emphasizes product design, development and manufacturing in support of both large and small companies. In addition, the faculty are engaged in research projects in a wide variety of scholarly areas of engineering and computer science.

The faculty of the School of Engineering and Computer Science has a distinguished record of research and scholarship and one of the aims of this web site is to highlight their expertise so that it may be easily accessed by industry, government and other organizations.