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Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics Faculty

Together, the CETA team plans to revolutionize engineering education and expand access to the highest quality educational experience.

Kirk Kolenbrander

Dr. Kirk D. Kolenbrander

Executive Vice President, College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics

Kirk Kolenbrander holds a B.A. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. He joins SNHU as Executive Vice President of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, continuing a long and distinguished career in higher education with a focus on student success.

Dr. Kolenbrander served the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 29 years, first as a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and then as a member of the senior administration. As Vice President in the Office of the President, he worked closely with the Institute’s senior academic leadership to implement MIT’s emerging initiatives. He oversaw MIT’s communications, marketing, and Institute events.

Kirk is the author of more than 30 academic publications, and has been awarded the MIT Baker Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the MIT Smith Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Student Life, and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He presently serves as Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

Yan Xiang

Yan Xiang Ph.D.

Dean (CETA)

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.

Barbara Bancroft

Barbara Bancroft Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Computer Science)

Dr. Barbara Bancroft joined SNHU in 2020. Previously, she was a professor of computer science at Nashua Community College, where she developed a cybersecurity degree. She also taught at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and New England College. She developed software for mobile devices at Puma Technology and worked on the space program at Mission Research Corp. Dr. Bancroft is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and she has held such positions as New Hampshire chair of IEEE Computer Society and New Hampshire chair of Women in Engineering. UML recognized her with an award for best practices in the online education.

Dr. Bancroft earned a Master of Business Administration in Information Technology at Western Governors University and a PhD at Case Western Reserve University.

Chris Carlstrom

Chris Carlstrom

Engineering Lab Facilitator

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.

Joe Donovan

Joe Donovan

Director of Lab Operations

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

Susan Elsass

Associate Dean of Student Success

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.

Anat Eshed

Anat Eshed

Assistant Professor (Mechanical Engineering)

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. 

Learn more about Eshed in this faculty Q&A.

Stephanie Faxon

Stephanie Faxon

Associate Director of Academic Development

Stephanie Faxon began her career at SNHU in 2013 as an academic advisor and moved to an advising team lead role in 2015. During that time, she focused on driving student success, employee engagement and change management. Faxon was able to combine her passion for STEM education and higher education when she joined CETA in November 2019. Prior to SNHU, Faxon worked as an analytical technician at Radiation Safety & Control Services Inc. in Stratham, N.H. 

Faxon earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Wesleyan College and her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from SNHU.

Arana Fireheart

Arana Fireheart

Assistant Professor (Information Technology)

Arana Fireheart joins SNHU with over 20 years’ experience in the design, development and support of software and hardware systems. As an academic, he has taught for several private and community colleges throughout the Greater Boston area. He is also owner and president of Fireheart Software, Inc., a software development company building optimized coding solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, in addition to having owned a web development and tech support company.

Arana earned a B.E. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Computer Engineering Concentration – the former from City College of New York; the latter from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is highly skilled in several programming languages, including Python, C++ and Django, as well as being a skilled embedded systems and IOT developer.

Angela Foss

Angie Foss

Associate Vice President of Innovation

"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.

Mike Glaeser

Michael Glaeser

Student Success Specialist

Michael Glaeser began his career at Southern New Hampshire University in 2014 as a graduate program advisor for Global Campus. He was presented with the Excellence in Advising award in May, 2018 before joining CETA as a Student Success Specialist.

Glaeser also designed and taught history courses at UNH-Manchester and SNHU. He currently travels around the state giving public history talks and is a published author. Prior to entering academia, Glaeser was a material product lead at Raytheon where he led cross-functional teams to resolve issues in the supply chain.

Glaeser earned his MA in Early Modern History from the University of Sheffield, England, and his BA in Business Relations from the University of New Hampshire, Manchester.

Jennifer Gorczyca

Jennifer Gorczyca D.Eng.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Jennifer Gorczyca was most recently at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, serving as lecturer and the associate chair for undergraduate studies in the mechanical engineering department. She was previously a senior engineer in the computational and statistical sciences group at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, SC.  Her research in the areas of composite material forming and predictive finite element modeling has been published in various academic journals, and she contributes subject matter expertise to a leading publisher of engineering textbooks.

Dr. Gorczyca earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Lowell. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

David Guo

David Guo Ph.D.

Department Chair (Engineering), Assistant Professor (Aeronautical Engineering)

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).

Faculty

Shanna Hayes

Associate Director of Innovation & Strategic Communications

Shanna Hayes joined SNHU in 2016 as an academic advisor and developed new resources for students. In 2017, Hayes became a campus tutoring coordinator, where she develops and manages student resources in STEM programs. Before SNHU, Hayes taught mathematics at John Stark Regional High School in Weare, N.H. There, she also stood as a district representative and designed ways to help students through each K-12 transition. 

Hayes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education – Secondary Mathematics Education at New England College, a Master of Science in Sport Management at SNHU and is expected to earn a Master of Arts in Higher Education at SNHU in December 2020.

Bo Kim

Bo Kim Ph.D.

Department Chair (Computer Science), Professor

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.

Mayumi Kostar

Mayumi Kostar

Assistant Director of Academic Operations

Mayumi Kostar is an academic administrative assistant in SNHU's College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics. She has considerable experience in the field of education, having served as a teacher at the Boston Japanese Language School and as an assistant store manager for Follett Corp., representing the college bookstores for Nashua Community College, St. Anselm College, and Daniel Webster College.

Kostar spent her undergraduate years at Tohoku Gakuin University in Japan, where she earned a Bachelor of Computer Information with a minor course concentration in Mathematics. She is a native speaker of Japanese, and has worked in both Japan and the United States, often putting her skills to use as a translator.

Dee Koumarianos

Dee Koumarianos

Administrative Manager, Executive Assistant

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.

Faculty

Domenic LaFauci

Assistant Dean of Aviation

As a knowledgeable and student-oriented educator with experience in leadership and aviation, Domenic LaFauci serves as the Assistant Dean of Aviation for SNHU’s Aviation Operations and Management program. As a part-135 PIC in a twin-turbine aircraft, an instructor with more than 1,000 hours of instructional experience under his belt and a former adjunct instructor for the Aviation Operations and Management program, LaFauci brings to the table overwhelming credibility in the aviation field.

Before joining SNHU, LaFauci worked at Bridgewater State University where he served as Staff Assistant, Flight Instructor and Check Instructor. He was also responsible for student outreach, programming efforts, and well as compliance management. He is currently pursuing qualifications as an aerobatics and upset recovery flight instructor. 

Alejandro Lopez

Alejandro Lopez

Laboratory Coordinator

Alejandro Lopez joined SNHU in 2018 as a laboratory coordinator. He previously worked at Massachusetts Bay Community College, where he instructed students and developed curriculum. Prior to that, Lopez worked in a variety of industries in Mexico – such as manufacturing, healthcare, education and energy – in quality management and manufacturing engineering roles.

Lopez earned an MBA in Quality Management from the Universidad Estatal de Sonora and a BS in Mechatronics Engineering from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico.

Linda Marquis

Linda Marquis

Director of Technical Writing

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.

Jennifer McInnis

Jennifer McInnis

Assistant Professor (Mechanical Engineering)

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.

Amy Milillo

Amy Milillo

Program Manager (Aviation Operations)

Amy Milillo joins SNHU as an aviation operations program manager following two years working for National Flight Simulator in Manchester, NH, as an office manager, test proctor, and marketing and content specialist. Her prior aviation experience includes time at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, several years as a flight advisor for Onesky Jets, and nearly a decade as the owner/operator of Northeast Pilot Training Center in Nashua, NH.

Milillo is an FAA-licensed pilot and a 2nd Lieutenant Deputy Commander of Cadets for the Civil Air Patrol Manchester Composite Squadron. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Daniel Webster College.

Reza Moghimi

Reza Moghimi D.Sc.

Assistant Professor (Electrical Engineering)

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.

Peter Rosner

Peter Rosner

Assistant Professor (Aeronautical Engineering)

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.

Mohammad Sadraey

Mohammad Sadraey Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Aeronautical Engineering)

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

Nathaniel St. Jean

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator (Construction Management)

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.

Learn more about St. Jean in this faculty Q&A.

Deb Trottier

Deb Trottier

Associate Director of Budget and Facility Operations

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.

Kyle Viator

Kyle Viator

Assistant Dean, CETA

Kyle Viator joined SNHU in 2010 and became the director of the Bradley Three-Year Honors Program in 2013. Since that time, he has served as director of Three-Year Business Programs and assistant dean of the School of Business. In 2018, he moved to the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, where he currently serves as the assistant dean of academics.

Viator has also gained significant teaching experience during his time at SNHU, both on campus and online. He has served as an instructor for Degree in Three senior capstone projects, taught a special topics course in global executive management, and taught online students about human relations in administration. Other on campus courses taught by Viator include Civic Engagement and Citizenship, Foundations of Management, and various general education milestone courses.

An alumnus of SNHU, Viator earned his BS in Business Administration before moving on to earn an MS in Organizational Leadership. He is currently a PhD candidate in International Business at SNHU, and plans to complete his degree soon. Viator is currently a member of the SNHU University College Leadership Team, as well a member of the advisory board for business programs at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.

Kyle Winters

Kyle Winters Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Mechanical Engineering)

Dr. Kyle Winters joined SNHU in 2018. He was previously a teaching and research assistant at both the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University. Winters has also worked as a data scientist and engineering consultant. 

Winters earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in experimental fluid mechanics from the University of Minnesota. At Minnesota, he was a Kenneth and Rosemary Anderson Fellow and a John D. Akerman Fellow. He received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University and his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.

Peter Wyman

Peter Wyman

Program Chair (Aviation), Assistant Professor

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.