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Aaron Brown, Ph. D., MET Coordinator, Full-Time Faculty

B.S., California State University-Chico; M.S., University of Colorado-Boulder; Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Professor Brown's background includes aerospace industry work. Among his notable project contributions were design work on the landing mechanism for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Mission AKA Curiosity. Mechanism design work for Hubble Robotics and on Global Precipitation Measurement Instrument Missions. Additionally, Professor Brown has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology designing test equipment to measure stress-strain relationships to superconductor performance.

His past work on the tethering landing mechanism used to lower the Mars rover Curiosity to the Red Planet’s surface is part of a $2.5 billion program NASA says will assess whether the Gale Crater area of Mars has ever had the potential to support a habitable environment.

His current research interests include electric vehicle optimization and design, robotics, and harvesting solar energy, green energy, and Humanitarian Engineering. He created a course called Humanitarian Engineering, where he took students to Costa Rica for 10 days in January 2013 to work on a water project for a new school.

Recently, Professor Brown completed a PhD degree in Civil System Engineering with a topic in Sustainable Community Development, and implementing technologies that help marginalized communities.

With  limited free time his interests outside of work include cycling (he is an ex-professional bike racer), skiing, hiking, travel and exploring other cultures.


S. James Chang, Ph.D., Affiliate Faculty

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana; M.S., Ph.D.,School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.


John Chart, M.S., Affiliate Faculty

M.S. & B.S. Metallurgy, Pennsylvania State University; B.S. Computer Science, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.


Maryam Darbeheshti, Ph.D., Affiliate Faculty

B.S., University of Rajasthan, India; M.S., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of Denver; Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.


Frantisek Grund, M.S., Affiliate Faculty

M.S.E., VUT University of Brno, Czech Republic; Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.


Stephen Hevert, M.S., Affiliate Faculty


B.S.M.E., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and M.S.M.E., California State University, Long Beach. Certified Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute; Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Mr. Hevert has over 25 years of professional experience in the aerospace industry supporting the design, development and production of chemical propulsion systems for spacecraft and missile systems. Between 1990 and 1995, he did additional post-graduate studies in the Center for Combustion Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Areas of academic interest include space vehicle propulsion systems, fluid dynamics, and management of engineering projects. In addition to teaching part-time in the MET department, Mr. Hevert is currently a Senior Staff Engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, specializing in space vehicle propulsion systems.


Ralph N. Jones, M.S., Affiliate Faculty

B.S.E.E., Georgia Tech; M.S.Ae.E., USAF Institute of Technology; Affiliate Professor of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology.


Ralph N. Jones received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1962 and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree from the U. S. Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1964. He served four years as an Air Force officer at what is now called the National Aerospace Intelligence Center (NAIC), analyzing foreign weapon systems and estimating their capabilities.

His expertise as a civilian includes time in Huntington Beach, California where he worked on projects such as McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics’ Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL). In Denver years of expertise come from the time employed Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon at Buckley Air Force Base tracking satellites, processing downloaded satellite data, and performing control, operation and failure analysis of space-qualified hardware.

As a technical writer he has written documents on projects involving command/control and signal processing systems, and user manuals for a publisher of civil engineering and animation software.

As an Affiliate Professor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology at MSU Denver he brings these years of expertise in the aerospace industry into the classroom


Devi Kiran Kalla, Ph.D., Full-Time Faculty


B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Mangalore University, India; M.S., Engineering Technology, West Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.


Jose M. Lopez, M.S., Affiliate Faculty

M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Tennessee Space Institute; B.S., Aerospace Engineering, St. Louis University, Parks College of Engineering and Aviation; Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology



William Rickard, M.B.A., Affiliate Faculty

Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), University of Phoenix, Certified Quality Manager (CMQ/OE), American Society of Quality (ASQ), Senior Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Professional (GDTP S-0128), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology


Odon Musimbi, Ph.D., Affiliate FacultyDoctor Odon Musimbi

Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic School, University of Kinshasa, Congo; M.S. in Engineering Systems, Ph.D. in Engineering (Mechanical Specialty), Colorado School of Mines; Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.




Department Chair

Mingli He, Ph.D., P.E., Full-Time Faculty, Chair

B.S., Nanjing Aeronautical Institute; M.S., Ph.D., University of Central Florida; Chair Engineering & Engineering Technology and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Having served in various MSU Denver faculty positions since August 1998; Dr. Mingli He assumed the role as Chair of the Engineering & Engineering Technology Department on July 1st, 2013.

Dr. He brings many years of industrial experience and classroom experience to the position. He has worked at Aeroengine Research Institute, Shenyang, China; University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida; Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, Orlando, Florida; AT&T Microelectronics Plant, Orlando, Florida; Navy Center for Excellence, Orange, Texas; and most recently as Coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at MSU Denver. He is a tenured full professor in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Dr. He processes a strong background in CAD, Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, as well as his teaching.

Dr. He is a member or been associated with in various organizations such as ASME, SAE, SME, ASHRAE, SMACNA and ASEE.

Dr. He has worked on various projects such as the DEMOSAT Project – NASA; The Colorado Space Grant Consortium to develop interest in the STEM programs in education.

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