MEM Faculty

Colin Drummond

Colin K. Drummond

Faculty Director, The Institute for Management and Engineering
Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering


In January 2015, Colin re-joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering as Professor and Assistant Chair, to lead efforts in undergraduate education with a specific focus on expanding experiential design courses and professional practice preparation.  Shortly after returning to the School of Engineering, Professor Drummond assumed the role of Faculty Director for the Masters of Engineering and Management Program.  Colin’s research focuses on educational pedagogy, healthcare IT, entrepreneurship and innovation; much of this research has a strong translational focus, resulting in collaboration and secondary appointments in the School of Medicine and the University Hospitals Case Medical Center.  Most recently, Colin was with the School of Nursing.  From 2008-2013, Colin was the Director of the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University in 1985 and an MBA in Technology Management from the Weatherhead School of Management in 1997.  Professor Drummond has conducted research in the areas of medical device design, microfabrication packaging, sensor systems, and cross-platform software systems integration.  For over two decades Colin has worked in the application of science and technology to the creation of products and services.

During 2004-2007, Colin was the Director of Clinical Research for non-acute medical products at the Invacare Corporation, specializing in respiratory therapy (primarily oxygen therapy), sleep disorder research, and establishing a new clinical research program strategy.  Prior to joining Invacare in 2000, Colin was the Manager of Marketing and Business Development for the Powder Systems Group at the Nordson Corporation, focusing on product development, international high-technology manufacturing coating system start-ups, and eBusiness initiatives.  Earlier, Colin spent 8 years at the NASA Lewis Research Center developing programming techniques for complex aircraft system analysis and turbomachinery stability. He holds three product patents and has a fourth pending.

Technology Marketing Strategy, Technology Entrepreneurship: Market Opportunity Analysis, Fundamentals of Clinical Information Systems, Technology Entrepreneurship: Managerial Decision-Making, BioDesign

Tracy Messer

    Organizational Behavior
    Assistant Professor


Tracey Messer, PhD, holds a doctorate in organizational behavior and an MBA with a specialty in entrepreneurship and organizational behavior, both from Case Western Reserve University.

Messer teaches courses addressing leadership and individual development, team effectiveness, and emotional intelligence, all with the aim of helping individuals become better leaders and teammates, and therein, building stronger organizations. In addition to Weatherhead’s undergraduate program, Messer teaches in the specialized masters programs in engineering and management, business analytics, and operations and supply chain management.

Messer’s research focuses on dynamics of entrepreneurship, specifically family business and social ventures, like B corps, and how these ventures are extensions and expressions of the values of the leaders. Messer’s interest in this area grew out of experience in her family’s chemical company and her own experience as the founder of a small business. Additionally, before entering academia as a career, Messer was a development officer with the World Wildlife Fund, building a keen sense of how individual values come to play in organizational life, leadership and among team members.

Her scholarship has appeared in textbooks, monographs and academic journals. She regularly presents her research at academic meetings including the Academy of Management and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference.

Initially Appointed: 2004


Timothy Fogarty

Dale Flowers

Associate Professor
The Weatherhead School of Management

Timothy J. Fogarty, Ph.D. is a professor in the Accountancy Department at the Case Weatherhead School of Management, where he is also the KPMG Peat Marwick Faculty Fellow. He has been an attorney for thirty years and a CPA for twenty-five years. Before coming to Weatherhead, Dr. Fogarty taught at Pennsylvania State University and North Carolina A&T State University.

Dr. Fogarty's teaching interests include accounting, auditing, income tax and the legal environment of management. He has published close to two hundred articles on a wide variety of topics, in both academic and practitioner journals. He serves on the editorial boards of over twenty accounting and management journals, including several outside the U.S. He has served in several capacities at the national level for the American Accounting Association, including President of the Teaching and Curriculum Section (2005-2006), the Public Interest Section (1996-1997) and the Accounting, Behavior and Organizations Sections (1999-2000). He has worked on research and educational projects for the Financial Executives Research Foundation, ACT and the AICPA. Dr. Fogarty was heavily involved with the design of the current CPA examination, and occasionally does expert testimony.

Courses: Accounting/Finance & Engineering Economics

James M. Marder, Ph.D., FASM

Dr. Marder is currently the Vice President, Material and Process Development, Thermacore, Inc., a company that designs and manufactures thermal management systems primarily used in electronics and aerospace applications.  Previous positions held by Dr. Marder include Director of Operations,  k-Technology Division of Thermacore, and the Director of Technology, Beryllium Products at Brush Wellman, Inc.  In these positions, he was responsible for the development, introduction and manufacture of novel and improved materials for aerospace, medical and other industries.  He served as a materials development engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Division, United Technologies Corporation and the Colwell Center for Materials Science at TRW.   He served as the Technical Director of ASM International , previously the American Society for Metals, from 2006 until 2008. 

Dr. Marder received a B.S. Met. E. degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, an MS in Metallurgy from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Case Western Reserve University.  In addition, he earned an MBA from John Carroll University.  In 2000, Dr. Marder was inducted as a Fellow of ASM International.  He has published over 50 technical articles and presentations and holds 10 US and international patents.   

Courses: Materials and Manufacturing 

Andy Zynga

Andy Zynga joined NineSigma in February 2008 as CEO of NineSigma Europe where he established and grew the company’s presence across Europe. In late 2009, Andy assumed the role of global CEO and has focused his attention on increasing the company’s revenues and global presence by entering new markets and expanding its portfolio of Innovation Services. Working closely with clients and his global team, Andy has overseen the introduction of several new offerings that help innovation-driven organizations accelerate product development, reduce risk in their innovation program, and dramatically expand their capabilities.

Prior to joining NineSigma, Andy built, or turned around, four high tech businesses in the US and Europe. He earned a dual Master’s degree in Business Administration and Mechanical
Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Andy grew up in West-Berlin,
Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1985.

Courses: Product and Process Design and Development I & II; Project Management

John A. Shields, Jr., FASM

John Shields holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Case Western Reserve University. He is president of Mill Creek Materials Consulting and a principal in PentaMet Associates. His clients in the refractory metals business include producers, fabricators, end users, and investors. Prior to consulting, he spent 25 years with Climax Molybdenum Research Laboratory, Climax Specialty Metals, CSM Industries, and H. C. Starck, Inc.
John is the author or co-author of over forty publications and two patents.  He is a member of ASM International, APMI, ASTM, and TMS, having held local and national offices in these organizations. He has served on the editorial board of Advanced Materials and Processes, is currently a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, and has reviewed technical papers in the refractory metals area for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A.
John is a Fellow of ASM International and a recipient of the ASM International Cleveland Chapter Award of Distinction.  He has received the Engineer of the Year Award from the Cleveland Engineering Week Committee, and the Robert B. Cummings Distinguished Leadership Award from Cleveland Technical Societies Council.

Courses: Materials and Manufacturing

John Paul Stephens

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior
The Weatherhead School of Management

John Paul Stephens, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morgan State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the roles of perception, knowledge, and relationships in organizing, particularly in the performance of musical ensembles. His other research interests fall under the umbrella of positive organizational scholarship and include high-quality connections, strengths-based feedback, and the relationship between character strengths and person-job fit. Dr. Stephens employs a variety of tools and methods, from structural equation modeling to video-based conversation analysis and ethnography, to examine how people’s self-knowledge, be it about their relationships, their strengths, or their behaviors, impacts their work. His research has been published in the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work, and has been presented in papers and symposia at the Annual Meetings of the Academy of Management. 

Courses: Understanding People and Change in Organizations


Fred Collopy

FredCollopy - Professor, Design & Innovation

Vice Dean
Professor, Design & Innovation
Weatherhead School of Management

Fred Collopy received his PhD in decision sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has done extensive research in forecasting, objective setting in organizations, time perception and visual programming. His research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals including Management Science, the Journal of Marketing Research, the International Journal of Forecasting, the Journal of Forecasting, Chief Executive, and Interfaces.  

Collopy studies the design process and uses these insights to design information tools for managers. For example, he developed a system to help forecasters logically choose the best forecasting method for a given situation and to add qualitative data to the process. Collopy is currently designing methods to convert data into images to help analysts visualize financial information. He also conducts research in the application of design to organizational innovation.

PhD, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1990
BA, Thomas More College, 1971

Initially appointed: 1989

Collopy's research is a blend of thinking and doing, of the empirical and the constructive. It is in four principal areas. For almost two decades, he has been working on a basic problem in business forecasting — no single forecasting method performs well across all kinds of data and situations. That has produced an extensive program of research related to forecasting that has included work on expert systems development, assessment methodologies, statistical pattern recognition and applications of neural networks. More recently, he has been involved in an efforts to conceptualize how to manage by designing, an approach to management that complements the decision-oriented approach in wide use. His interest in design extends to the design of visualization instruments. Finally, Collopy has done work related to how people use information in setting objectives and on how they perceive time when using information systems.

Collopy teaches courses in technology, systems thinking and how to manage by designing.
Collopy, F. APCI Design Innovation Conference, "Managing Creativity or Managing Creatively", APCI, Paris, France. (2009).

 Academic and Professional Activities

  • Committee Chair, EMBA Design Committee, 2009 - Present

  • Editor, Journal Editor, International Journal of Forecasting, 2005 - Present


  • Teaching Excellence Award, Weatherhead School of Management. (2008).

Alan F. Dowling

​    Adjunct Professor of Information Systems, Health Systems Management Center, Weatherhead School of Management; Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering; and Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing Case Western Reserve University (1986 - present) – Teach graduate courses in health & medical informatics and models of health systems.

President & Chief Executive Officer, IntelliDex, Inc. (2011-present) – Provide leadership, entrepreneurial strategy, and executive management of an advanced technology pharmaceutical information early-stage firm focused on providing relevant information and insight in real time to support professional knowledge workers’ complex decision-making.

President, Global Health Associates LLC (2002-present) - Provide executive and board consultation on strategy, regulation, M&A, channel development, process innovation, information systems, technology transfer & adoption and research - for the health-related NGOs, governments, not-for-profits and for-profits in the U.S. and internationally, to clients ranging from pre-angel start-ups through health systems and large corporations and governments. Also serves as base for start-up & turn-around positions conducted as an employee of those organizations (Listed under Previous Positons, below).

Concurrent Professional Activities:

Invited Lecturer (1980 – present), various universities including Yale, Cornell, Pennsylvania, M.I.T., Delaware, Georgetown (Adj.Prof.), Ohio State, Michigan, Missouri, Harvard, Georgia Tech, George Washington, Boston Univ., Northwestern, Massachusetts, Vanderbilt, Pitt, Tokyo, Cape Town, AUB.


HIMSS Annual Technical Paper Award (for " Information Management Implications of Federal Health Care Reform"), 1995
Diekhoff Award as Case Western Reserve University’s Outstanding Graduate Professor, 1986
Keck Research Scholar, 1982-1986
Whitaker Health Sciences Fellowship, 1980-1981
Keane Associates Fellowship, 1981
M.I.T. Austin Fellowship, 1978
M.I.T. Upham Fellowship, 1976
“Who’s Who” (national) 2010
Advised: Among final 300 candidates for Modern Healthcare’s most influential people in health care - 2011

Alireza Kabirian

Alireza Kabirian received his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees all in Industrial Engineering. His MSc degree was obtained in 2006 from Sharif University of Technology in Iran and his PhD was received from Iowa State University in 2009 with concentration in Operations Research. His dissertation at Iowa State focused on developing new algorithms for simulation-based optimization. His current research interest is about modeling operations and supply chain systems. He is working on optimization and stochastic models that integrates pricing decisions with inventory and production management policies. His research has appeared in numerous conferences and journal articles.

Alireza has previously taught and assisted in teaching over 2000 undergraduate and graduate students of Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, and Business Administration at Iowa State University, University of Alaska-Anchorage, and California State University-Northridge. His past teaching portfolio involves a variety of courses on Engineering Economics and Accounting Methods, Operations Research, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Statistics, Transportation Planning, Facilities Planning, Project Management, and Quantitative Methods of Business. 
Courses: Six Sigma and Quality Management, Enterprise Resource Planning/Supply Chain Analysis

Manoj Jhaveri

 Manoj is an adjunct faculty member at Case Western, where he teaches  the MEM graduate capstone course on innovation management and  marketing strategy.  He is enterprise lean six sigma certified and has  strong experience with value stream mapping. Manoj holds a BS in  mechanical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  a MS in industrial engineering from The Ohio State University and is  currently completing his Executive MBA at the University of Michigan  Ross School of Business. He is also certified in design thinking methods (University of Virginia Darden School of Business).  

Manoj started his career as an engineer with various Fortune 500 companies. He later transitioned into product development management consulting at Deloitte Consulting (~8 years) and also led Vitamix’s product lifecycle management program and managed their value engineering portfolio. Manoj is a seasoned consultant and has successfully led multiple consulting engagements in product development, supply chain and lean operations.  He launched Ten09 Consulting LLC with a focus on the design thinking methodology and helping organizations develop and implement a process for consistent, breakthrough innovation.