Dr. Les Flemming
Les Flemming is an assistant professor for the department of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University - Mankato (MNSU). He joined MNSU in August 2011 to serve as one the mechanical engineering instructors and project mentors for the Iron Range Engineering program in Virginia, MN. His emphasis is in mechanical systems, controls, instrumentation and robotics. Flemming received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah, a M.S. in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University, a B.S in both mechanical engineering and engineering physics from South Dakota State University.
Dr. Mohammed Habibi
Dr. Habibi is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Engineering at the Minnesota State University-Mankato. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology in 1993, and his master’s in Electrical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in 2000. He earned his Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. Following his postdoctoral appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he joined the Iron Range Engineering (IRE) Program which is a 100% project-based, upper division engineering program located in Virginia-Minnesota. Dr. Habibi has more than ten years of hands-on experience working as an engineer in several companies. Dr. Habibi taught a number of courses such as Electronics I, II, Senior Design, Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Electronic technology in the world Around Us at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His teaching interests include AC/DC Circuits, Electronics, Digital Logic, Junior and Senior Design, and Advanced topics in Electrical Engineering using project-based pedagogy. His area of research spans Design in Engineering Education, Project-based Learning, Biophotonic, Dielectric Spectroscopy, and Medical Signal/Image Processing.
Ron Ulseth, P.E. is Co-Director of IRE as well as an instructor of technical competencies in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Ulseth has been teaching engineering fundamentals courses since 1988. He was a lead developer in the Itasca Community College Engineering program starting in 1992. Ulseth led a team of ~10 engineering educators from around the United States to develop the Iron Range Engineering program. In addition to being a engineering faculty member, he is a licensed professional mechanical engineer and recently retired after 25 years in the United States Navy Reserve as an Engineering Duty Officer. Ulseth has a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is an active member of ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) and is a life time member of Tau Beta Pi.
Andy Lillesve is an EIT who joined Iron Range Engineering as a Project Mentor in January 2011. In addition to mentoring roles, Andy has had ownership over the material science, heat transfer, entrepreneurship and engineering economics technical competencies. In Summer 2010, along with Ron Ulseth, Andy began on IRE preparations for ABET accreditation.
He began his engineering education at Itasca Community College later transferring to Michigan Technological University. There he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. From there, he received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University with summa cum laude honors.