Program Director
Saeed Foroudastan (Ph.D., Tennessee Technological University)
153 Jones Hall
615-494-7618
MTSU Box 83
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
saeed.foroudastan@mtsu.edu

Dr. Foroudastan serves as the Program Director of the MS-PS Program as well as the Associate Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Science.

His industrial experience focused on the areas of Manufacturing, Research and Development, Design and Analysis, Metal Forming, Material Characterization, Mathematical Modeling and Simulation, and Management of Engineering Projects. He has also achieved U.S. and European patents and published technical papers throughout his industrial career.

His academic experience includes teaching in the area of engineering technology, safety, environmental science and technology, civil and mechanical engineering, and computer science. Furthermore, he has performed extensive externally funded research, instructed several laboratories, and published technical papers. In addition to this, he also reviews papers for journals and conference proceedings and has been a session moderator for several professional conferences. He has also served on committees at the department, college, and university levels. Finally, he has been the faculty advisor for such national competitions as the Solarbike Rayce, the Great Moonbuggy Race, the SAE Formula One Collegiate Competition, Mini Baja, and Solar Boat.

For his concern for students and his dedication to them, Dr. Foroudastan received the 2002-2003 Outstanding Teaching Award from Middle Tennessee State University. Also in the same year he published six technical papers. He published an average of ten papers in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. Dr. Foroudastan has been nominated for Outstanding Research Award and Public Service Award for 2005. He currently holds full membership in the MTSU Graduate Faculty and serves as a graduate faculty advisor. Finally, he has previously served as the faculty advisor for Mechanical Engineering Technology, Pre-engineering, ASME, SAE , and Tau Alpha Pi Honors Society.

Actuarial Sciences Coordinator
Don Hong (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)
269 Kirksey Old Main
615-904-8339
MTSU Box 34
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
don.hong@mtsu.edu

Dr. Don Hong, Professor of the Department of Mathematical Science, earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Texas A&M University and finished his postdoctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin in Computational Mathematics. Before taking a faculty position at MTSU, he received internship at Texas Department of Insurance and also served on the faculty at East Tennessee State University as the director of actuarial mathematics program. He also has held Visiting Professor positions at the Departments of Mathematics and Biostatistics of Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Hong is a Recipient of 2009 Distinguished Faculty Research Award from MTSU Foundation. His research areas include Approximation Theory, Medical Data Analysis, and Computational Statistics. Dr. Hong has published two books and more than 40 research articles in leading journals. His research results were cited by over hundred scientists all over the world. He has been invited to speak at national and international conferences, as well as in colloquia at several top ranked schools. In addition to having been a guest editor of three mathematical journals, he is serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Functional Analysis, International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science, The Current Development in Theory and Applications of Wavelets , and Open Proteomics Journal. He is also serving as an International Editorial Member of the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI) Transactions on Intelligent Systems, and has served as a referee for more than 20 journals, a reviewer/panel reviewer of research proposals for National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Health (NIH). He has received research support from NSF, NSA, CASE, and other agencies/organizations.

Dr. Hong serves as the faculty advisor of the Actuarial Math Student Association (AMSA), faculty member of the Ph.D. program in Computational Science (COMS), and the convener of the Actuarial Science (ACSI) program.

Dr. Green Biostatistics Coordinator
Lisa Bloomer Green (PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology)
201B Kirksey Old Main
615-898-5775
MTSU Box 34
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
lisa.green@mtsu.edu

Dr. Lisa Bloomer Green, Associate Professor of Mathematics at MTSU, is the Biostatistics Coordinator. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science at Goucher College in Maryland. She was awarded both Master and Ph.D degrees in applied mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Green has been teaching mathematics and statistics at MTSU since 2001.

Dr. Green has been involved in statistics education research, statistical consulting projects, and theoretical probability work. She worked with several colleagues on a project cataloguing internet resources for the teaching of statistics. She has worked on several projects for NASA, including the analysis of cloud data and the modeling of telescope costs. And she has worked on random probability measures. Several of these projects have included student contributions.

Dr. Seipelt-Thiemann Biotechnology Coordinator
Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann (PhD, University of Kentucky)
120D Davis Science Bldg
615-904-8393
MTSU Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Rebecca.seipelt@mtsu.edu

Dr. Rebecca Seipelt, associate professor of biology, earned her B.A. in biology at Berea College and her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She furthered her studies through post-doctoral training in gene expression at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Thomas Hunt Morgan School of Biological Sciences at the University of Kentucky before taking a faculty position at MTSU.

Dr Seipelt teaches non-majors biology, general genetics, internship in biology, undergraduate research, and human genetics while pursuing research in molecular biology and service related to biotechnology integration into high schools. Her basic science research interests include the function and expression of M1 metallopeptidases in yeast and humans, regulated gene expression at the RNA level in various eukaryotic species, and bioinformatics using existing microarray data. Her education research interests include internship experiences, interdisciplinary peer-teaching teams, practice problems to improve problem solving skills, and concept map use in upper division courses. Her service activities include coordinating internship experiences for biotechnology undergraduates and graduates as well as biotechnology outreach to local high schools by providing expertise, equipment, and workshop opportunities.

Dr. Seipelt additionally has been recognized at the University level with two awards for outstanding use of instructional technology, at the College level with one award for mentoring research students and two award for teaching.

Dr. Elrod-EricksonBiotechnology Admissions Coordinator
Matt Elrod-Erickson (Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
336 Jones Hall
615-898-5402
MTSU Box 60
Matt.Elrod-Erickson@mtsu.edu

Dr. Elrod-Erickson, associate professor of biology, earned his B.A. in microbiology at the University of Texas. He then furthered his education at MIT obtaining a Ph.D. in biology before taking a faculty position at MTSU

Dr. Elrod-Erickson is interested in various aspects of basic cellular and molecular biology. He is interested in the molecular mechanisms that determine how proteins are sorted and transported within cells and how cytoskeletal systems help establish cell asymmetries and bring about asymmetric cell divisions. He conducts research using the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae which is an excellent model organism for determining how basic cellular functions common to all eukaryotic cells work. Yeast are amenable to both genetic and molecular analyses, and the techniques for doing research on yeast can be mastered fairly quickly, making it an ideal system for research at the undergraduate and masters level.

Dr. WardHealth Care Informatics Coordinator
Karen Ward (Ph.D. Cornell University, Ithaca)
221 Cason-Kennedy Nursing Bldg
615-898-5622
MTSU Box 81
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
karen.ward@mtsu.edu

Karen S. Ward received her BSN and MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at Vanderbilt University and a PhD in Developmental Psychology
from Cornell University. She is Professor and Interim Director at Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing; she also serves as
Concentration Coordinator for the HCI/MSPS program. Dr, Ward has published in journals, such as Nurse Educator, Journal of Nursing
Scholarship, Journal of Emotional Abuse, Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, and presented at local, regional, and international
conferences. Topics of these publications and presentations include online learning, leadership variables, child and adolescent maltreatment,
stress, depression, and survivorship.

Educational Preparation:
Ph.D. Cornell University Ithaca
MSN Vanderbilt University
BSN Vanderbilt University
Academic/Clinical Preparation:
Developmental Psychology
Mental Health Nursing
Course and Area of Responsibility:
Nursing Research
Adv Nursing Research Gerontology

Dr. Smith Business Core Coordinator
Vincent W. Smith (Ed.D. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee)
N433 Business and Aerospace Bldg
615-898-2192
MTSU Box 160
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
vincent.smith@mtsu.edu

Dr. Vincent W. Smith, Professor of Business Education, serves as the coordinator and liaison for the business component of the MS-PS program. Dr. Smith received his B.S. and M.B.E. degrees in business education from Middle Tennessee State University and his Ed.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Smith joined the MTSU business education faculty in 1985. He is actively involved in the business education community on local, state, and national levels. He is President of the Tennessee Business Education Association, a member of the Delta Pi Epsilon National Publications Committee,Section editor for the Business Education Forum, and Co-Sponsor of the Gamma Eta local chapter, and served from 1997-2005 as a teacher educator with the Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Career and Technical Education, consulting with State staff and state middle and high school business teachers in the areas of teacher licensure, certification, and professional development.

In 2006, Dr. Smith became a Certified Online Instructor. As such, Dr. Smith teaches several classes online in the Business Communications and Entrepreneurship department and through Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP) in addition to his face-to-face classes. He has also designed and delivered numerous professional development seminars related to business education and technology. He has also published in the areas of court reporting, business education, office management, and technology.

Dr. Smith has been recognized at the university level as the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Educator in Distance Learning Award from MTSU, the 2007 Tennessee Business Education Association Postsecondary Business Teacher of the Year Award,  and the 2010-2011 MTSU Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award.

Dr. Warner Cribb Geosciences Coordinator
Warnen Cribb ( Ph.D Ohio State University)
322A Kirksey Old Main
615-898-2379
MTSU Box 9
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
warner.cribb@mtsu.edu

Dr. Cribb joined MTSU in 1993 as an Assistant Professor of Geology. He earned his doctorate degree in geology from The Ohio State University (1993) after receiving his master's degree from George Washington University (1986) and his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University (1983). He was promoted to Professor of Geology in 2002.  Dr. Cribb served as MTSU Faculty Senate President in 2010-11, and is currently interim Chairperson of the Department of Geosciences. He teaches courses in Earth science, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and geochemistry.

During his years at MTSU, Dr. Cribb has developed and managed the University's analytical geochemistry labs and acquired National Science Foundation funding for equipment for and construction of laboratories. He and his students conduct research in areas such as:

  • Development of new x-ray fluorescence and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analytical methods for analysis of natural and synthetic solids
  • Geochemical characteristics and distribution of coal ash in stream/river systems surrounding coal-fired power plants
  • Improved methods for the analysis of arsenic by x-ray fluorescence spectrometry
  • Development of new x-ray fluorescence method for the analysis of fossilized bone.
  • Mobility and transport mechanisms of metals in stream and river systems surrounding mine-affected landscapes
  • Geochemical origin and evolution of lavas erupted at northern Oregon Cascade Range volcanoes

Dr. Cribb is a member of The American Geophysical Union, The Geological Society of America, The National Association of Geoscience Teachers, The Tennessee Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Gamma Epsilon (The National Earth Science Honorary Society)

Dr. harrisGeosciences Coordinator
Dr. Clay Harris
322E Kirksey Old Main
615-904-8019
MTSU Box 09
Clay.Harris@mtsu.edu

 

David GoreEngineering Management Coordinator
David Gore
(P.E. Florida Institute of Technology)
249 Voorhies Engineering Technology Building
615-898-2110
MTSU Box 19
David.Gore@mtsu.edu

Mr. Gore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies.  He received his BSEE Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and MSEE from the Florida Institute of Technology.  He also attended Xavier University and completed MBA coursework in Operations Research, Administrative Operations, and Economics.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee, and received his Blackbelt training from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a member of several honorary societies -- Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering), and the Briaerean Society (Co-op).

His industry experience spans 33 years beginning with Pan-American/Guided Missiles Range Division as the Telemetry Project Engineer on the Titan IIIC and Mariner Mars projects.  Afterwards he worked as a Product Manager at Industrial Nucleonics Corporation in development of Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems; and, then as the Design Engineering Manager at Chromolox Instruments & Controls.  Later, he joined MeasureX Corporation as an Account Manager involved with sales of Computer Control Systems to the Pulp & Paper Industry.

He worked as a Department Manager at Nissan for 19 years in several departments -- Plant Engineering, Information Systems, Maintenance & Manufacturing Engineering (power train & fascia injection molding), Body Engineering, and Product Quality Engineering.

He teaches courses in Quality (Six Sigma), Productivity Strategies (Lean Manufacturing), Engineering Economy, Operations Management, Plant Layout & Material Handling, Maintenance Management, and manufacturing automation systems; and, is a consultant for MTSU in facilities maintenance. His professional organizations include Society of Manufacturing Engineering (Senior Member), National and Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.  He has served as Vice-President of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the TSU Engineering Advisory Committee; and, currently serves on the Smyrna Town revitilization committee.

Dr. BoraikoIf Dr. Gore is unavailable Dr. Boraiko will be the contact person for all Engineering Management students.
Carol Boraiko
207 EW Midggett Building
615-898-2106
MTSU Box 19
carol.boraiko@mtsu.edu

 

 

Elizabeth Lamb Executive Aide
Elizabeth M. Lamb (B.S. Middle Tennessee State University)
153 Jones Hall
615-494-7618
MTSU Box 83
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Elizabeth.lamb@mtsu.edu

Elizabeth Lamb serves as Executive Aide for the MS-PS program as well as the Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and Ph.D. programs in Computational Science, Mathematics and Science Education and Molecular Biosciences. She is responsible for assisting with the coordination and planning of special events and projects including the MSPS internship presentations, budgets, web pages, assisting students with application and registration processes, purchasing and maintaining student files.

Professional Background:
Ms. Lamb began working at Middle Tennessee State University in 2007. She received her B.S. in Mass Communications in 1994 from MTSU with a concentration in Advertising and minors in Art and Psychology. While in college, she performed with the MTSU Band of Blue for four seasons, was an officer in the Ad Club and completed an internship with Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Professionally, Ms. Lamb has worked on proposal teams for various defense contractors and performed communications support at the University of the South in Sewanee. Before coming to CBAS, she served as secretary in the Department of Engineering Technology, during which time she earned her Certified Professional Secretary rating (2009) and was recognized as "Making a Difference in the Lives of Students"; (2008).

For additional information regarding the MS-PS program, please contact the MS-PS department at:

Email: msps@mtsu.edu
Office: 153 Jones Hall
Phone: (615) 494-7618
Fax: (615) 898-2615
Mail: MTSU Box 83
Murfreesboro, TN 37132