Dr. Koorosh Naghshineh was named chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering beginning Jan. 1, 2017. He has served as interim chair of the department since July 2016.
Naghshineh has been a professor at Western Michigan University since 1994. His research interests include noise and vibration measurement and control, and structural acoustics and vibrations. In addition to teaching courses and supervising both graduate and undergraduate students, he served as the director of graduate programs for mechanical engineering from 2005-2016, as interim associate chair for the department, and as interim associate dean for graduate education and research for the college. He also is the director of WMU’s Noise and Vibration Laboratory.
“After serving as faculty in the department for 22 years, I am excited to take the chair position and hope to make a difference for students, faculty and staff,” Naghshineh said. He noted among the key areas the department will be focusing on is the upcoming ABET accreditation, highlighting faculty and student accomplishments to improve visibility, and conducting a curricular review to seek improvements that provide students with a quality education without overburdening faculty. His vision for the department also includes growing existing research funding, building the Ph.D. program and increasing alumni engagement.
“Our department has outstanding faculty and staff, and an excellent pool of students,” he said. “Working together, we will create a place where students feel they get a great education and are working with faculty who are excited about their teaching and research and who feel supported in their academic endeavors.”
Naghshineh received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Louisiana State University in mechanical engineering in 1981 and 1982, respectively, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Penn State University in 1991.
Naghshineh has an extended record of industrial collaborations. His research has been supported by government agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, as well as many industrial partners including General Motors and Nissan.