Faculty in the College of Engineering

Dr. Stan Napper, Dean and Professor of Engineering

Dr. Stanley NapperDr. Stan Napper was recruited to be the founding dean of the new College of Engineering, beginning Fall 2017. For the past 33 years, Dr. Napper was on the faculty of Louisiana Tech University where he received both his BS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Napper was a professor of Biomedical Engineering, and most recently served as vice president for Research and Development after having served nine years as the dean of the College of Engineering and Science. Napper has been active in teaching, research, administration, student organizations, and various professional organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. During the time Dr. Napper was Dean of the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, he and the faculty there proposed and created a new BS in Nanosystems Engineering, and a new BS in Cyber Engineering, as well as a number of other graduate-level degrees, certificate programs, and research centers, including the Center for Secure Cyberspace, and a designation as a NSA Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense (formerly known as Information Assurance) in both Education and Research. Dr. Napper served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of ABET (2009-2013).

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Dr. Keith Drake, Assistant Professor of Engineering

Dr. Keith Drake was first employed at HBU in Spring of 2018. Dr. Drake earned his BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where he conducted research in data mining for image analysis. Having participated in AFROTC at the University of Virginia, he spent four years in Air Force active duty serving at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Following his military service, Dr. Drake spent 25 years accumulating industry experience, working for AbTech (nine years, involved in data mining research), Medical Automation Systems (12 years), and Quest Diagnostics (four years).  Dr. Drake also has academic experience at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where he taught introductory and advanced engineering courses, and directed the Pre-Engineering program. Dr. Drake has direct experience using, and teaching with, the Arduino processor that will be used in the first-year Engineering and Cyber Projects at HBU, as well as with other microcomputers that may be used in other computing and cyber projects.

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Dr. Melissa Carlton, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Carlton has a BS in Computer Science, a MS in Information Studies, and a PhD in Information Systems and Security. She also has earned a BA in Business Management and an MBA. Dr. Carlton worked in information technology for a major retail corporation and for a major university for 26 years before completing her PhD in 2016. Her doctoral research was in cybersecurity skills and education. She has been teaching Computer Science courses at Florida State University in Panama City for the last 5 years.

Dr. Carlton brings specialized cybersecurity strength to the College of Engineering through her participation in the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), experience with one of the National Security Agency (NSA) Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), and the Joint Task Force for Cybersecurity Education. In addition to teaching the first-year cyber projects sequence, Dr. Carlton will teach other Computer Science courses, develop advanced computing and cyber laboratories, and develop the application to NSA for the Center of Academic Excellence for HBU.

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Lester Leonares, Director of Project-Based Labs

Mr. Leonares has a B.S. in Electronics Communications Engineering, and a M.A. in Theological Studies.  He is a senior software consultant with 25 years of experience in information technology and 20 years in SAP database and application implementation.  He also has expertise in project management, system architecture, system virtualization, courseware design and development.  He is a network specialist in design, configuration and administration of local and wide area networks, wireless networks, rack-mount switches, routers and hubs.

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Mr. Leonares has a strong faith, demonstrated in action through service in his church and in his state denominational organization.  He also demonstrates his faith in his service to our faculty and students.

In his role as Director of Project-Based Labs, Mr. Leonares supports the students and faculty of the College of Engineering by specifying, developing, calibrating, and maintaining “ClassLab” environments and equipment which enable project-based learning.

Adjunct Faculty

The College of Engineering may engage Houston-area experts to teach courses in the degree programs. A number of industry partners have expressed willingness to support the programs.

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Dr. Zadok Hakim has agreed to be an adjunct faculty member when needed, as the programs develop and new courses are offered. Dr. Hakim is Chairman and CEO of Commodity Customer Corp., and Chairman of JAG Energy, Inc. As an engineer, businessman and corporate executive, he has global expertise in the telecommunication and energy sectors. Through both individual and joint ventures, he has established Internet, Private Line, Cellular and various consulting companies in several countries around the world, developing a strong telecommunications and consulting presence in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Antigua/Barbuda, Anguilla, China, Ivory Coast and In Benin / Africa. He has served as chairman of CCOM of Venezuela and Peru as well as president of POINTCOME for the international Central and South America market, and served as Chairman and CEO of CCC GlobalCom.

Dr. Hakim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master in Business Administration from FIT, and recently completed a PhD program in Information Systems and Cyber Security from NSU.


Faculty Recruiting

In addition to Dr. Napper and Dr. Drake, the College of Engineering projects to hire up to eight faculty members during the first few years of the programs, including a Lab Manager. All of the faculty positions will be filled by candidates with a PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related programs (e.g. computer engineering).  Faculty will be attracted to HBU because of the opportunity to design and establish a new, high-demand program in a major metropolitan area that enjoys a relatively low cost of living, and in an environment that promotes ethical standards among students and faculty.

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