Retirement good byes

Aug. 31, 2020

Nine faculty and staff members retire from MSU Engineering

Nine faculty and staff members will have retired between August 2019 and August 2020 from the MSU College of Engineering.

Two of the retiring Spartans totaled 58 years of service to the Composite Materials and Structures Center. Mike Rich (left) and Brian Rook (right) were honored at a reception hosted by University Distinguished Professor Lawrence Drzal (center).
Mike Rich (left) and Brian Rook (right) were honored at a reception hosted by University Distinguished Professor Lawrence Drzal.

Engineering Dean Leo Kempel thanked each of retirees for their contributions.

“Their collective service represents 300 years of dedication, effort, and scholarship on behalf of the college and MSU,” Kempel added.

The retirees are:

Jackie Carlson, director of the Division of Engineering Computing Services. She retired in February 2020 after 33 years of service to MSU.

Alejandro Diaz, professor of mechanical engineering. He retired in August 2019 after 33 years of service. He is a specialist in optimal design of structures and materials, topology optimization, and finite element methods. He served as department chair for mechanical engineering from 2009 to 2015. Among his awards, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Joyce Foley, research administrator in electrical and computer engineering (ECE). She retired in September 2019 after 44 years at MSU, including 16 years in the ECE Department.

University Distinguished Professor Hassan Khalil retired after 40+ years at MSU.
University Distinguished Professor Hassan Khalil retired after 40+ years at MSU.

Hassan Khalil, University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering. He retired in May 2020. He joined the ECE department in 1978. His research interests included robust and adaptive control of nonlinear systems, singular perturbation methods in control. He is a Fellow of IEEE and the International Federation of Automatic Control.

Michael Rich, senior specialist and lab manager of the Composite Materials and Structures Center. He retired in November 2019. He spent 33 years at MSU.

Brian Rook, research assistant in the Composite Materials and Structures Center. He retired in January 2020. He spent 25 years at MSU.

Edward Rothwell, Dennis P. Nyquist Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He retired in May 2020 after serving as a faculty member since 1985. A Fellow of IEEE, his research interests include antennas, scattering, radar target identification, measurement of the electromagnetic properties of materials, and electromagnetic theory.

​Francie Todd's retirement plans include spending time in Portugal.
​Francie Todd's retirement plans include spending more time in Portugal.

Francie Todd, director of marketing and communications. She retired in February 2020. Todd spent 20 years at MSU, including the past 10 years as the college’s marketing director.

Gregory Wierzba, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. He retired in August 2020. He joined MSU in 1983. His current research interests are in macromodeling of analog integrated circuits, symbolic circuit analysis, and audio engineering. He compiled multiple teaching honors during his 36 years at MSU. He was the adviser to Audio Enthusiasts and Engineers (AEE) and was an adviser to MSU’s licensed ham radio station, W8SH.