Faculty Credentials

Faculty Credentials



Dr. Benjamin Caldwell, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Academic Administration

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Office: Glaske O111
Phone: 903-233-3936
Fax: 903-233-3901
Email: BenjaminCaldwell@letu.edu

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  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2011
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2007

Current Research Interests:

  • Mechanical engineering design methods and tools.
  • Modeling functionality and interactions of mechanical systems to support conceptual design.
  • Designers' use of functional representations in conceptual design.


  • National Science Foundation: Integrative Situated Design Research
  • BMW Manufacturing Co.: Lightweight Engineering Design Methods Research
  • Electrolux Major Appliances: Bottom Mount Refrigerator Design


Dr. Jesse J. French, Ph.D.

Director of Engineering Outreach
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Office: GLSK 0113
Phone: (903) 233-3933
Email: JesseFrench@letu.edu

Research Group


BSME Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1995
MSME The University of Tulsa, 2007
Ph.D. The University of Tulsa, 2010

Current Research Interests

  • Natural Fiber Composite Materials
  • Non-Rotational Energy Extraction Devices
  • Flow Visualization within the Built Environment

Previous Research Projects

  • Non-Metallic Repair of Transmission Pipeline (Carbon Fiber Composites)
  • Vertical Axis Wind Energy Capture
  • Appropriate Technology for Energy Sustainability

Global Service Learning Projects

  • Vortical Energy Recovery Turbine - VERT Project
  • Locations: Mongolia, Haiti, Israel
  • Sustainable Energy for North East Asia (The SENEA Project)
  • Locations: China, Korea

Dr. Marian V. Iordache, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Office: GLSK 0116
Phone: (903) 233-3928
Email: MarianIordache@letu.edu

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  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Notre Dame, 2004.
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, January 2004.
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, May 1999.
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering--Microsystems, Politehnica University of Bucharest, 1997.
  • Engineer Degree in Electronics--Computing Systems, Politehnica University of Bucharest, 1996.

Current Research

  • The development of software tools for concurrent systems with focus on the following topics.
    • Automatic synthesis of concurrency control code for multithreaded programs.
    • Methods for representing software and software specifications with Petri nets.
    • Rules and heuristics for a computationally efficient application of supervisory control methods.
    • Specification languages and translators.
    • Supervisory control algorithms for software applications.
  • Discrete event systems and supervisory control.

Past research

  • Hybrid dynamical systems.
  • Network embedded systems.

Dr. Joonwan Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Office: Glaske Room O110
Phone: (903)233-3920
Email: JoonwanKim@letu.edu

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  • Ph.D., Aug. 2003 Electrical Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
  • M.S., Dec. 1998
  • Electrical Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
  • B.S., Feb. 1993 Computer and Communication Engineering, Daegu University, Daegu, S.Korea


  • Serving on NSF (National Science Foundation) S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Review Panel, Washington D.C, Sep. 26 -28, 2010
  • PI (Principle Investigator) of NSF (National Science Foundation) DUE-0728613: Scholarships for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Amount: $529,000 from Feb. 2008 to Jan. 2013
  • Director of LeTourneau University Electrical & Computer Engineering Senior projects supported by Rockwell Collins Inc. Amount $95,000 from Aug. 2007 to Apr. 2011

Previous Research Experience/Projects

  • Two dimensional barcode
  • Adaptive noise cancelling filter
  • DRM Receiver

Current Research Interests

  • FPGA and Embedded system
  • Military Radio communication system

  • Learning Disabilities Research, Retention Studies, Improve Conditions for STEM Students with Learning Disabilities, Online Homework Delivery Tools