Together, the CETA team plans to revolutionize engineering education and expand access to the highest quality educational experience.
James B. Smith has over 30 years of experience leading large, complex organizations. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2009-2013 before moving on to a consulting role with Crosswinds Strategic Consulting. Over his distinguished career, he has also worked in a variety of roles with Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, and the military. He served as Deputy Commander and Commander of the Joint Warfighting Center with Joint Forces Command, Commander, 18th wing, out of Kadena Air Base in Japan, and Deputy Commander of Operations for North American Aerospace Defense Command, among other roles.
Smith is an expert in aviation and aircraft manufacturing, military operations, strategic planning, education, international business and trade, and U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit (most recently in 2000), Defense Superior Service Medals (most recently in 1998), the Order of the Rising Sun (Government of Japan), the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and the Sue Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, among others.
Smith earned a B.S. in Military History from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.A. in History from Indiana University. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Command and Staff College, the Naval War College, and the National War College, and has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Southern New Hampshire University and the University of Maryland.
Dr. Yan Xiang has a B.S. in Chemistry Education and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry. Her experience includes serving as a Dean of the Research Division, Beihang University, and Director of the Beijing Key Laboratory of Bioinspired Energy Materials and Devices since 2013. Since 2016, she has also served as the Director of Collaboration and Publishing Services China (Asia) for the AAAS Publishing office.
Dr. Xiang is a Fellow of the Royal Chemistry Society, UK, and a board member of the International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES). She is also an Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Materials Chemistry Frontiers. Dr. Xiang has published over 100 refereed papers in high-impact and prestigious journals on materials science and technology and fuel cells-related electrochemistry fields within recent years.
Dr. Xiang is the author of five authorized Chinese patents, as well as three additional pending patents. She has been awarded the Outstanding Youth Scholar award by the National Natural Science Foundation, among many other recognitions.
Dr. Ghanim Aljumaily has spent decades as a leader in various fields of engineering, including space exploration. He developed a process for making stable optical components for the Hubble Space Telescope and Cassini mission to Saturn and designed optical components used in the Mars-Pathfinder Mission and in countless other high-level projects. He pioneered the development of optical metrology for the data storage industry and holds three patents.
Dr. Aljumaily earned his B.S. in Physics from the University of Baghdad, Iraq, before going on to earn an M.S. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1987 from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Aljumaily has published 35 papers in refereed publications in the areas of optical materials, characterization, and metrology.
Chris Carlstrom joins SNHU after 11 years serving primarily as Engineering Lab Manager at Daniel Webster College. Prior to this, Carlstrom held a variety of positions with firms including Sanders Associates, Lockheed Sanders, and BAE Systems, most notably serving as Principle Electrical Engineer. He also served as an electronics technician in the United States Navy from 1976-1980, and was given an honorable discharge.
Carlstrom earned a BSEET degree from the University of Lowell and completed a correspondence course with the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute.
Former Dean of the School of Aviation Sciences at Daniel Webster College, Glenn Carter is now an assistant professor at Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics (CETA). Mr. Carter grew up in an Air Force family, learning how to fly at the age of 16. Mr. Carter has over 20 years of naval aviation experience, including executive management, supervision, security, maritime, and safety management. This experience was gained during his time with the U.S. Navy, working as an aviation gas free engineer, company commander, aircraft maintenance manager, line operations manager, air traffic controller, aviation structural mechanic, and quality assurance manager (among numerous other positions) before his retirement from service.
As an aviation manager, consultant, and contracting officer technical representative with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Carter assisted in developing the Transportation Security Administration’s Airport Access Control Pilot Program in addition to other security projects for the department. Mr. Carter also assisted with the review of the North Carolina Rural Court Commission on Courthouse Security and Safety for all Judges, Staff, and Public Personnel.
Mr. Carter is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and Master of Aeronautical Science degrees. He currently is a Ph.D. Candidate in Business Administration: Organizational Leadership.
Joe Donovan was a mainstay at Daniel Webster College from 1995-2017, most recently serving as Director of Information Technology Services, a position he held since 2005. He not only worked collaboratively with management in planning and implementing enterprise applications but also trained and supervised computer technicians to serve students.
Donovan is a hands-on IT director with experience in higher education, research, technology, team building, application development, project management, building consensus, and working with a wide range of constituents.
Susan Elsass joins SNHU after 35 years with Daniel Webster College, most recently as Dean of Students. She brings with her a wealth of higher education experience and expertise in student engagement and support, program development and management, recruitment, and strategic planning and policy.
Elsass earned her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education and her M.A. in Student Personnel and Counseling from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA. She has conducted doctoral coursework at Boston College.
Dr. Anat Eshed is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in SNHU's College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics. Dr. Eshed brings with her decades of teaching experience, including time as a teaching assistant at the Israel Institute of Technology, as a physics lecturer for the University of Texas, and as a Ph.D. research supervisor for the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Eshed earned her Ph.D. in Physics from the Israel Institute of Technology, with concentrations in Solid State/Materials Physics and Biomedical Science. She has been awarded the Gutwirth Fellowship for Academic Excellence, Best Teaching Associate - Permanent Honor, and Academic Excellence Fellowship (Physics Department) by the Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. Eshed brings many years of research experience in the areas of photonics, solid-state physics, and materials engineering for a wide range of applications. Dr. Eshed has been published in a wide range of professional journals.
"Always remember to be authentic to who you are. This sometimes takes bravery. The goal of having more women in STEM fields is to bring diversity and innovation, and that can only be achieved if we are true to ourselves."
Angela Foss has worked in higher education for over 10 years. She has a BS in Computer Engineering and experience in hardware, software and video game development. Angela is passionate about supporting women in the technical fields and has continuously participated in women's leadership groups and technical women's organizations. At SNHU, she supports the student-run group, Women in IT.
Dr. David Guo brings with him over a decade of teaching experience, most recently at Daniel Webster College, as well as years of experience in the private sector as an aerospace design engineer for the Beijing Electronic System Engineering Institute. Over the years, he has served as an advisor for the Nashua Technical Center, a judge at VEX Robotics, and an appraiser at several FLL Robotics competitions.
Dr. Guo earned both a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology in China before earning a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics/Aerospace from Old Dominion University. Dr. Guo is a member of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).
Former Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Daniel Webster College, Dr. Bo Kim possesses a wealth of experience in the computer science field. Dr. Kim has over two decades of both industrial experience, as Systems Architect at Lucent Technologies, and teaching experience, including time at Merrimack College and the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Kim earned a B.S. in Computer Science & Statistics from Chungnam National University in South Korea, as well as an M.S. in Statistics from the same institution. She also earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Kim is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery and the American Society for Engineering Education.
Dee Koumarianos has 15 years of experience in specialized education. Before coming to SNHU, she was Executive Assistant to the President at Daniel Webster College for six years. She now works with Executive Vice President James Smith.
Major LaRowe brings with him over 30 years of experience as both a pilot and an aviation manager. He is a combat veteran who has logged over 3,500 hours of aircraft piloting across his three decades of experience. Major LaRowe has served as both a professor and adjunct professor of Aviation Management and Operations, as well as a small group instructor for a National Security Course.
With master’s degrees in Aeronautical Sciences, Public Administration, and National Security Strategy, Major LaRowe brings a broad knowledge base to the Aviation Management program at SNHU. Major LaRowe’s affiliations include the Aviation Association of America, the Army War College Foundation, the American Legion, and the Military Officer’s Association.
Linda Marquis has a decade of teaching experience, including as an adjunct professor at SNHU from 2007 to 2009. She served as Writing Director at Daniel Webster College and has extensive experience in marketing communications for high-technology companies, including serving as Director of Corporate Communications for Data Switch Corporation.
Marquis earned her B.A. in English and German from St. Lawrence University before moving on to earn her MBA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut. She also earned an M.A. in Teaching English from Rivier College in 2005. Marquis has been a presenter at multiple education conferences, including the New England Educational Assessment Network conference. Among the professional organizations she belongs to are the IWAC, ASEE, and Northeast WCA.
Before joining SNHU, Jennifer McInnis taught at Daniel Webster College from 2014 to 2016. She also enjoyed a previous stint with Daniel Webster as an engineering project lead and several years as a teaching assistant with Worcester Polytechnic Institute. McInnis also has a strong track record within the engineering industry, having spent time as a manufacturing engineering technician with UltraSource, Inc.
McInnis holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Daniel Webster College and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, as well. She is a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators and the Society of Women Engineers.
Dr. Reza Moghimi has taught at Daniel Webster College, Stonehill College, The George Washington University, and the Khaled Nasir Toosi University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, where he was the Chairman of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1993 to 1995. He has also managed the network design group in the Informatics Service Corporation (ISC), a company used a VSAT network for banking automation in Iran, incorporating more than thirty years of academic and industrial experience.
Dr. Moghimi has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Telecommunication College in Tehran, Iran, and earned both an M.S. and D.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Prof. Rosner is an aeronautical engineer with extensive experience in industry and education. He earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and his M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now known as the Polytechnic Institute of New York), was a senior flight test engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corp working on testing F-15 and F-18 fighter aircraft, led testing of the USAF Sensor Fused Weapon with Textron Defense Systems, and directed the Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) integration and test program at Raytheon.
Before coming to SNHU, Prof. Rosner taught Aeronautical Engineering at Daniel Webster College for six years. His teaching experience also includes a prior stint as a lecturer in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel.
Dr. Sadraey has over 20 years of teaching experience at institutions including Daniel Webster College, the University of Kansas, and Queensland University of Technology in Australia. His non-academic experience includes time as a mechanical engineer with Tehran Airport in Tehran, Iran, and as an aerospace design engineer with Hoobareh Engineering Company.
Dr. Sadraey has M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and completed a PostDoc program applying a Neural Networks Scheme to UAVs for full autonomy. Dr. Sadraey has authored five books, including Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach, Unmanned Aircraft Design, and Aircraft Performance. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society for Engineering Education, and Sigma Gamma Tau. Dr. Sadraey is the guest editor of the Journal of Aerospace special issue on aircraft design.
Nathaniel St. Jean is an assistant professor in SNHU’s Construction Management program in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics. St. Jean is a registered architect with over 10 years of experience in design and construction. His recent work includes time spent as the head of operations/architect for Caveney Architects and as a project manager/field architect for GreenEdge Builders. St. Jean also founded the company TECTONICA in 2017.
St. Jean earned both his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and his Master of Architecture degrees from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is currently a full member of both the American Institute of Architects and the New Hampshire American Institute of Architects, as well as a board member for the EPiC Leadership Team, a general member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a licensing advisor for the NCARB.
Gaynelle Swann has over 25 years of experience in the automotive, aerospace, and defense industries, including nearly two decades at Raytheon Company. Swann worked as a systems engineer in Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems and Missile Systems divisions, while championing K-College STEM partnerships locally, regionally, and nationwide.
Swann earned her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University before earning an M.S. in Engineering with a minor in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a Certified Raytheon Six Sigma Expert and has Earned Value Management Certification Level 2. Swann has received numerous awards, including the Women of Color in Government and Defense Technology Award for Educational Leadership and the Raytheon Missile Systems Woman on the Move Award, and was a 2014 SAS Excellence in Engineering Technology Award nominee.
Deb Trottier brings to the table many years of experience in both the administrative field and the engineering industry. She has worked at SNHU since 2012, previously as an administrative assistant within the culinary department. Prior to this, her experience includes time as a bookkeeper with the Dunbarton Public Library, as an office manager/field technician with JE Belanger Land Surveying, and as an assistant project engineer with Weston Solutions.
Trottier earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering through New England College. She is a member of the Dunbarton, NH, School Board.
Dr. Yili Tseng joins SNHU after two years teaching graduate programs in the Department of Computer Science at Rivier University. Dr. Tseng received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. He served as a second lieutenant of artillery in the Taiwanese Army for two years after graduation before coming to the United States for advanced studies. Dr. Tseng received an M.S. in Engineering Science from University of Florida, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Computer Engineering, from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Tseng’s specialties focus on parallel and distributed computing and high-performance computing (HPC). He conducts continuing research in the high-performance computing field.
With over 10 years of experience teaching air traffic management and aviation management and 25 years of air traffic control and airfield management experience, Peter Wyman brings an incredible depth of knowledge to SNHU. His experience includes time as an assistant and associate professor at Daniel Webster College and time as an Air Force Representative to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Professor Wyman holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maine-Orono, as well as an M.S. in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. Among other qualifications, he is a member of the Association of CTI Schools and the Air Traffic Control Association, is an FAA Certified Control Tower Operator, and holds a Private Pilot Certificate.