People in the Engineering Design Division

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.

Contact Us

Engineering Design Division
Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Parkway East
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Phone: (607) 777-2500 

(Please note there may be a 24-hour turnaround response time!)

How to Find Us

Here is a small map showing directions from the Visitor's Paid Parking Lot to the Engineering Design Division.

You will see a pedestrian walking ramp between the Engineering Building and the Bartle Library.  Walk up that ramp and follow the arrows on the map. The arrows point you to a walking area between the Technology Hub and the Bartle Library.  There is an outside door designated by the "star" on the map.  Go in that door, take the stairs down to the bottom, turn right, and you will come directly into the Engineering Design Division area. The main office is LNG-110.

  • George D. Catalano, Emeritus Bartle Professor


    George Catalano

    Research Focus
    A socially just engineering profession and education paradigm, environmental ethics, engineering ethics, fluid dynamics of the natural world, turbulence, aerodynamics, creativity, liberative pedagogy, predator-prey modeling, cellular automata.

    Dr. Catalano is joining the Engineering Design Division in Spring 2020 as an Emeritus Bartle Professor after serving many years as Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments.  Dr. Catalano was also a former Director of the Division of Engineering Discovery & Design, the precursor program to Engineering Design Division.  He will teach a sustainability engineering course in Spring 2020.

    George D. Catalano's profile

  • Mike Elmore, Director and Visiting Associate Professor

    Office:  Library North, G110B
    Phone: 607-777-2004

    Mike Elmore

    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:

  • Koen Gieskes, Assistant Director

    Office:  Library North, G107
    Phone: 607-777-2308

    Koen GieskesKoen 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 EDD 111/112 courses.  Mr. Gieskes received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University.  In 2019, Mr. Gieskes received the Chancellor's Award in Teaching.

    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.

    Courses taught:
    EDD 111 -- Introduction to Engineering Design
    EDD 112 -- Introduction to Engineering Analysis
    WTSN 380B/CINE 417A -- Interactive Installation Art
    EDD 305 -- Intro to Sustainable Engineering & Design
    EDD 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

    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 EDD 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
    Phone: 607-777-3244

    Claudia Martin

    Claudia Martin is in her 12th year teaching in The Watson School's Engineering Design Division.  She also teaches British Literature in Binghamton University's English Department. Dr. Martin received her Ph.D. in English in May 2018.  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.

  • Diana Murtaugh, Adjunct Lecturer

    Office:  Library North, G316
    Phone: 607-777-4282
    Diana Murtaugh

    Diana Murtaugh returned to the Engineering Design Division in Fall 2017 as an adjunct lecturer.

    She graduated with a B.A. in English and Cinema (2004) and a M.A. in English (2009) from Binghamton University. She was an Adjunct Lecturer in EDD from 2005-2007. She went on to be an English teacher in the Whitney Point Central School District from 2007 until 2018. She has attended several conferences and served on a number of committees while working for the Whitney Point CSD.

    We are extremely happy to welcome Diana back to EDD to teach EDD 103 and 104!

  • Erika Olenik, Adjunct Lecturer

    Office:  Library North, G105
    Phone: 607-777-3240

    Erika Olenik

    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.

  • Wendy Neuberger, Adjunct Lecturer

    Wendy Neuberger, '81 MBA '84 is currently the Director of Harpur Edge at Binghamton University.

    She has been an Adjunct Lecturer for the Engineering Design Division since 2006 and will be again for EDD 103 in the Fall 2019 semester.  Prior to campus, Ms. Neuberger was a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Corporation.

  • Andrea Babcock, Secretary

    Office: Library North, G110
    Phone: 607-777-2500

    Ms. Babcock began working at Binghamton University and the Engineering Design Division in July 2019.  Previously, she worked 17 years for the Social Security Disabilities Office.

    Please feel free to contact her for appointments with the Engineering Design Director or for general questions.

2018-2019 EDD Student Advisory Board

  • EDD: Lydia Hanchett
  • BME: Adam Levine
  • ME: Chloe Long
  • ISE: Michael Rutigliano
  • EECE: Matthew Simiele

2019-2020 EDD Internal Advisory Board

  • L. William (Bill) Kazmierzak, Ph.D.
    Director of Calculus, Department of Mathematical Sciences
    WH 228
  • Mohammad T. Khasawneh, Ph.D.
    Chair, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
    Graduate Director, Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
    Associate Director, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE)
    BI 1608
  • Aiyakrishnan Meenakshi, Ph.D.
    Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and
    S2 156
  • Bruce T. Murray, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    ES 1312
  • Alexsa Silva, Ph.D.
    Director of Instruction and Outreach, Department of Chemistry
    S2 123
  • Douglas Summerville, Ph.D.
    Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    ES 2312
  • Kaiming Ye, Ph.D.
    Chair, Biomedical Engineering
    BI 2623

2019-2020 EDD External Advisory Board