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New professors join School of Engineering faculty
10/23/13

Alfred University’s Inamori of School of Engineering has three new professors -- Ehsan Ghotbi, David Lipke and Eric Payton -- who joined the University at the start of its 178th academic year.

Ghotbi is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. His research interests include design optimization, multilevel optimization problems, game based design and systems optimization and his past professional education and research experiences include working as a teacher assistant, a faculty assistant, a research assistant, a project assistant and an instructor. He has won several awards and honors, including the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ghotbi believes in identifying class objectives and increasing students’ ability to solve engineering problems.

Ghotbi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Amirkabir University (Tehran, Iran) in 2003, a Master of Science in socio-economic systems engineering from Institute for Management and Planning Studies (Tehran, Iran) in 2006, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Dec. 2009 and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Dec. 2012.

Lipke is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering. His research experience includes working as a graduate research assistant, a residential research associate for Loral, a space communications company and as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received the Harvey S. Mudd Merit Award, the Boeing Fellowship and the National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship in 2011. Lipke believes the primary instructional goals for undergraduate education should be the development of practiced critical analytical skills and the broad-base technical literacy sufficient to promote lifelong self-learning.     

Lipke earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, Calif.) in May 2005 and a Doctor of Philosophy in materials science and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.) in May 2011. 

Payton is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering. He’s previously worked as an undergraduate research assistant, an intern in failure analysis and laboratory testing services, a graduate research associate/graduate fellow, a postdoctoral researcher, an Adolf Martens postdoctoral fellow and a principal investigator. In the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at The Ohio State University, he assisted in undergraduate research laboratory, as a graduate mentor, as a teaching assistant, grading quizzes and exams, holding study sessions, performing class demonstrations, writing instruction sheets, teaching undergraduate laboratory on the operation of optical microscopes, grading student lab reports, holding office hours and teaching graduate students the operation of transmission electron microscopes.

Payton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in science and engineering from Virginia Tech in 2003, a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2007 and 2009 respectively.