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Dr. Michael Mann - Department of Chemical Engineering
Dr Mann is a Professor and Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of North Dakota. He holds an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering. Dr. Mann worked for 18 years at the Energy & Environmental Research Center before joining the Chemical Engineering faculty in 1999. His primary areas of interest include performance issues in advanced energy systems firing coal and biomass; renewable and sustainable energy systems with a focus on integration of fuel cells with renewable resources through electrolysis; production of fuel and specialty chemicals from crop oils; and development of energy strategies coupling thermodynamics with political, social, and economic factors.
Hossein Salehfar, Ph.D. - Department of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Salehfar received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universityof Texas at Austin, and his Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees in Electrical Engineering fromthe Texas A&M University in College Station. He was a research assistant with the Electric Power Institute at Texas A&M University during 1985-1990. He was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Clarkson University in New York during 1990-1995. Since 1995 he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, where he is now a full Professor, Department Vice-Chair, and the Director of Engineering Ph.D. Programs. He is currently working on a number of projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Some of the projects that he has worked on include alternative and renewable energy systems, fuel cell technologies, power electronics, electric drives, neuro-fuzzy intelligent systems, electric power and energy systems, power systems reliability, engineering systems reliability, power systems production costing, energy and load management, and energy efficiency. Dr. Salehfar is an active reviewer of proposals and manuscripts for the National Science Foundation (NSF), IEEE, Power Electronics Specialist Conference (PESC) and various other international journals, conferences, and publications. He is a professional member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and a senior member of the IEEE.