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 School.
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
Fax: (607) 777-6525
(Please note there may be a 24-hour turnaround response time!)
Mike Elmore, Director and Visiting Associate Professor
Office: Library North, G110B
Prior to becoming Director of the Engineering Design Division (EDD) in The Watson School, 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 WTSN 111/112 courses. Mr. Gieskes received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University.
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.
WTSN 111 -- Introduction to Engineering Design
WTSN 112 -- Introduction to Engineering Analysis
WTSN 380B/CINE 417A -- Interactive Installation Art
WTSN 305 -- Intro to Sustainable Engineering & Design
WTSN 306 -- Engineering Sustainable Energy (co-taught)
ME 211 -- Solid Mechanics (Summer Session -- Distance Learning Course)
ME 273 -- Statics (Summer Session -- Distance Lea
Sharon Fellows, Lecturer
Sharon Fellows is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
She says, “Every year brings a new set of challenges in the freshman engineering program: keeping an open mind, creating safe learning environments, creating active learning strategies to guide a class through the many layers of knowledge it takes to successfully accomplish the learning and course objectives, stimulate and engage students, and design curriculum and projects that encompass the many skills students need to succeed, and to also be that person a student turns to when they need help."
Ms. Fellows has been in the Engineering Design Division since the school converted from a two year engineering school to a four year engineering school twenty-five years ago. She worked on the original design for the freshman engineering program and has taught the Engineering Communications component ever since. She has served as interim director as well as assistant director of the program. Ms. Fellows is the faculty adviser for the Society of Women Engineers; a position she values because of the opportunity to work with so many amazing young women. The position provides the opportunity to foster and build a supportive atmosphere that encourages women in engineering to excel and be their best.
Ms. Fellows has studied educational pedagogy for over thirty years and is well versed in the theory; she feels that the challenge is in the application and in the design of the curricula that engages students while meeting learning and course objectives, and fulfilling ABET requirements. Designing curriculum and programs is her passion, creating team based projects that have real life applications and incorporate the academic and success skills students must have to build a solid foundation for future success is the challenge. She believes that every “true” teacher knows that there is no right way or wrong way to learn; there are different strategies each uniquely suited to capturing a particular type of information and that insight must be at the forefront of every lesson plan. Her end goal is to get students to embrace the concept of lifelong learning with an understanding of how to approach problems, knowing with patience and persistence, an answer can be found. She believes that her greatest gift to her students is to lead them to believe that the responsibility for learning ultimately rests on individuals.
Ms. Fellows has written many articles on engineering education and has presented papers at major engineering conferences.
Juliet Berling, Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Juliet Berling has taught WTSN 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.
Claudia Martin, Adjunct Lecturer
Office: Library North, G316
Claudia Martin is in her third year teaching in The Watson School's Engineering Design Division. She also teaches British Literature in Binghamton University's English Department as she completes her Ph.D. She has a M.A. in English from California State University and a Juris Doctor Degree, and was a litigation attorney in California for over 20 years; her specialty was engineering design deficiency cases and real estate litigation. In addition, for over a decade she was a feature writer on technology innovations for magazines such as Digitrends.
Binghamton University is her alma mater.
Wendy Neuberger, Adjunct Lecturer
Office: Library North, 1105
Wendy Neuberger has been an adjunct lecturer in the Engineering Design Division since 2006. Ms. Neuberger was employed at IBM Corporation for over 26 years, achieving the position of Distinguished Engineer and Certified IT Architect. She joined IBM in 1983 and over the course of her career has performed a variety of roles including Systems Analyst, Information Technology (IT) Architect, Application Developer, Team Leader, Project Manager, Inventor, and Instructor. In her most recent role as Chief Architect for Distribution Sector worldwide, she was responsible for ensuring technical solutions were based on sound architectural principles, best practices and delivered client value. She used technology and innovation as a differentiator to demonstrate technical leadership to clients on a variety of topics including social networking, Service Oriented Architecture and virtual world technology.
Ms. Neuberger is currently the Director of Harpur Edge which is a part of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. Harpur Edge gives students a jump-start on their future by providing connections to resources on and off campus, sponsoring enrichment programming and supporting student-driven initiatives.
Ms. Neuberger has authored a number of technical papers and articles that have been published in internal and external publications, and has presented at both internal and external conferences. She currently holds two U.S. patents. A strong mentoring advocate, Ms. Neuberger served as Corporate Counselor for Binghamton University's section of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) from 2004-2011.
Ms. Neuberger received a B.S. in Business Management and M.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Binghamton University.
Erika Olenik, Adjunct Lecturer
Office: Library North, G105
Erika Olenik started working as an adjunct lecturer for the Engineering Design Division in the Fall 2013.
She graduated from Binghamton University in Spring 2010 with her B.A. in English. Directly after graduating, she entered the M.A.T. program in Fall 2010. She graduated in Fall 2011 with her M.A.T. in Secondary English. Mrs. Olenik is also NYS certified to teach high school English Language Arts.
She has lived in the Binghamton area since 2001.
George Weinschenk, Lecturer
Office: Library North, G314
George Weinschenk has been with the Engineering Design Division since the beginning of 2010, having previously taught composition and literature courses for Florida Atlantic University, three other departments at Binghamton University -- Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and German, Russian, and East Asian Languages (before the latter was divided), Broome Community College, and SUNY Oneonta.
Raised mostly overseas, in Great Britain, Italy, Iran, Greece, and Singapore, but Dr. Weinschenk began his academic career as a fine arts student, but after earning his bachelor's degree in fine arts (Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis), he pursued a second bachelor's in English (Florida Atlantic University), a master's in English (FAU), a second master's in philosophy (Binghamton University), and, finally, a doctorate in comparative literature (BU). Dr. Weinschenk received a scholarship to study literary theory, Modern literature, and Shakespeare for six weeks at the Oxford Summer Programme in Literature in 1997. He has presented papers on the moral imperatives of adjunct teaching, on a Buddhist environmentalism, and on the appearance of Buddhist notions in the poetry of Wallace Stevens.
Relocating from country to country throughout his childhood and from school to school in the pursuit of his academic degrees, Dr. Weinschenk has come to identify especially with college freshmen who are in the process of adjusting to a new environment. While he also teaches Computer Ethics in the Computer Science Department, here in the Engineering Design Division, his interest in the incoming college student experience combines wonderfully with the play of puzzles and invention in engineering.
Bobbi Libous, Secretary
Office: Library North, G110
Mrs. Libous has worked at Binghamton University since 1988 and for the Watson School since 1999.
She received her A.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (with a focus on history and political science) in 2009 from Empire State College.
Please feel free to contact her for appointments with the Engineering Design Director or for general questions.