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Master of Engineering Faculty

Learn from some of the brightest minds in engineering.

Sree N. Sreenath

Sree Sreenath, Program Director


Focus Area: Systems biology

Courses: EECS 404, EECS 408

Sree N. Sreenath, Ph.D., MNO (nonprofit MBA) is a tenured full professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Currently, he is the Director of Case Complex Systems Biology Center and a Director of Online Graduate Program in Systems Controls. His research and educational interests are in complexity, focusing on Systems Biology (hydrocephalus, Leukemia and Prostate cancer), and, Global Issues and Sustainable Development. He served the Co-Director of UNESCO GENIe Program — an international network of educational institutions from 1996-2006. He consults with many developing countries on issues of water, energy, and policy development. He has received many scholarships and awards including the Best Undergraduate Teaching Award, Who’s Who Among Teachers in America, and the NIH Research Career Award. He has lectured in 25 countries and has organized more than 35 workshops, symposia, and conferences in the last ten years. Outside of higher education, Sreenath has been active in the social service field and has served as an officer in cultural and community organizations in Northeast Ohio as well as nationally. Since 2009, he is the President of Sewa International, a nonprofit charity working in disaster relief, rehabilitation, and social service. Professor Sreenath is a practitioner of Vedic Math – ancient Indian Math – for over 25 years and has developed a curriculum to educate children in this area. He lives with his wife Shobha in Cleveland, Ohio.

Vira Chankong

Vira Chankong

Associate Professor

Focus Areas: Engineering economics, financial analysis

Courses: EPOM 407, EECS 416

Vira Chankong is an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University. His research interests are in the areas of large-scale optimization, multiple objectives optimization, logic-based discrete optimization, intelligent computing, and computational engineering and science with specific application to energy and biomedicine. He is the senior author of Multiobjective Decision Making: Theory and Methodology (published by Elsevier-North Holland in 1983 and Dover Publications in 2010). He also coauthored two other books in Multiobjective Decision Making and Risk Assessment related to Carcinogens. He has several papers in multiple objective optimization, large-scale optimization, systems methodology, and applications of decision theory, optimization and information technology to medical research and engineering design and operation problems.

Evren Gurkan-Cavusoglu

Evren Gurkan-Cavusoglu

Assistant Professor

Focus Areas: Control, signal processing

Courses: EPOM 405

Evren Gurkan-Cavusoglu received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1996, the M.S. degree in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering from The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, in 1997, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 2003. She has worked in industry as a research and development engineer from 1997 to 1999. She was a research and teaching assistant at EEE, METU, from 1999 to 2003. She was a research associate from 2003 to 2007, a senior research associate from 2007 to 2009, and a research assistant professor from 2009 to 2013 at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University, where she is currently an assistant professor. Her research interests include systems and control theory, systems biology, computational biology, biological system modeling, signal processing applied to biological systems, and signal processing.

Joachim Mayer

Joachim Mayer


Focus Areas: Engineering professionalism, business operations

Courses: EPOM 400, EPOM 401, EPOM 403, EPOM 409

Dr. Joe (Joachim) Mayer has 25 years of experience as President and CEO of divisions of publicly traded companies around the world. In 2007 he followed his entrepreneurial calling and became the founder of 4 successful companies. Today, Joe is the managing Partner of the Mayer Business Group, a business coaching and training company. He has helped clients educate their leaders so that they adapt a caring servant leadership style, evaluate and change their marketing, sales, and distribution strategies, introduce new products, and educate and train their staff by enhancing personal and professional skills in a wide range of topics from communication, motivation, and delegation to behavioral selling, customer service, and high performance teams. Joe is an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve University, an Executive Coach for the Weatherhead School of Business at the Case Western Reserve University, and a national speaker and facilitator.

Ted Theofrastous

Ted Theofrastous


Focus Areas: Intellectual property strategies, business and nonprofit law, technology transfer and commercialization, transaction design and execution, new venture creation and capital formation, technology-based economic development

Courses: EPOM 410, EPOM 411, EPOM 412, EPOM 413

Managing Attorney of the IP Venture Clinic and Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence Ted Theofrastous has extensive experience in the field of high technology development and commercialization, both as a business architect/manager and as a legal professional. Prior to founding his corporate legal practice and ThetaSquared, a strategic technology commercialization firm, Theofrastous served as managing director and fund counsel for a small family venture fund, where he created and managed a portfolio of new and existing technology startup investments. Before the fund, Theofrastous managed a diverse IP portfolio and launched startup companies for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation designed to commercialize products based on CCF intellectual property. Theofrastous's roles related to the tech startups he works with typically include business structuring and operational planning, developing an intellectual property strategy, negotiating financial investment and playing an active role as a manager and/or director. Before joining CCF, Theofrastous practiced in the Cleveland and London offices of the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., where his primary practice focused on the nexus of investment capital and technology. At Squire Sanders and CCF, he handled matters ranging from high tech start-up ventures to multi-billion dollar domestic and off-shore private equity fund offerings. Theofrastous's business background consists of over twenty years' working as a technologist, executive and board member to design and implement new and re-engineered products and business systems. Theofrastous also serves as Managing Attorney for the Case Western Reserve School of Law's IP Venture Clinic and teaches courses in Technology Commercialization & Venture Law at the School of Law. He also serves as Chief Commercialization Officer and General Counsel for the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles on a range of technology and legal topics and is a frequent speaker in the field of technology commercialization, regulation and finance.

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