Terri Lynch-Caris

Research Interests

Work Design

Productivity Improvement

Occupational Ergonomics

Lean Processes

Environmental Sustainability

Applied Statistics



B.S. Industrial Engineering, Kettering University, Flint, MI 1988

M.S. Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 1990

Ph.D. Industrial & Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2000



Director of CETL, Kettering University, Flint, MI, 2011-present

Professor, Kettering University, 2014 – present

Associate Professor, Kettering University, Flint, MI, 2007-2014

Assistant Professor, Kettering University, Flint, MI, 2002-2007

Lecturer, Kettering University, Flint, MI, 2002

Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 1998-2002

Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1997-1998

Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1988-1990

Manufacturing and Product Design Engineer, Ford Motor Company, 1990-1996

Engineering Intern, General Motors Corp., Baltimore Assembly Plant, 1989

Computer Systems Engineer, Computer Horizons Corporation, 1988

Engineering Co-op Student, General Motors Corp., Central Foundry Div., 1983-1988


Research Activities

MRI: Acquisition of a high-accuracy, three-dimensional motion capture system which will be used to enable collaborative research projects and enhance undergraduate research training and outreach efforts, National Science Foundation (NSF), Co-PI, 2013-2015


Selected Publications

T.M. Lynch-Caris, Karl Majeske, Janet Brelin-Fornari, Shrishail Nasi, “Establishing Reference Values for Cervical Spine Range of Motion in Pre-pubescent Children” Journal of Biomechanics 41 (2008), pp. 2714-2719.

J. Brelin-Fornari, K.M. Majeske, T.M. Lynch-Caris, “Effect of Head and Neck Anthropometry on the Normal Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine of Prepubescent Children” Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Conference, June 9-11, 2009, Gothenburg, Sweden (09DHM- 0067)

T. M. Lynch-Caris, N. LaRocque, “Integrating Physical Fitness Research into the Ergonomics Classroom” ASEE Conference, 2005. *Best Paper-new IE Educator.

Jennifer Aurandt, A. Borchers, T. Lynch-Caris, J. El-Sayed, C. Hoff, “Bringing Environmental Sustainability to Undergraduate Engineering Education: Experiences in an inter-disciplinary course,” Journal of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (JSTEM) Education, Article #1552 Volume 13, Issue 2, 2012.

Ludwigsen, Dan, Terri Lynch-Caris, Lihua Wang, Eric Ethington, “Using a Systematic Approach to Build an Institutional Process for Instructional Technology” 7th International Technology, Education and Development (INTED2013) conference in Valencia, Spain, March 4-5, 2013.

Bohn, Alex and T. Lynch-Caris, “Getting Into The Game: Increasing Project Management Skills via Role-Playing Simulations,” Industrial Engineer Magazine, Volume 45, Number 1, January 2013.

Kleinke, Darrell, Jonathan Weaver & Terri Lynch-Caris, “Biomimicry: Tools and Techniques,” Published by Innovation in Action Inc., available through itunes for ipad download, Oct 2012.

T.M. Lynch-Caris, “End-of-life considerations in the design process,” Center for Sustainable Engineering Electronic Library, accessible at www.csengin.org as of September 2011, 13 pages.

T.M. Lynch-Caris, D. Ludwigsen, “Integrating Student Experience into the Classroom,” American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Houston, TX, June, 2009. – Awarded Best Paper in Industrial Engineering Division

J. Brelin-Fornari, B. Homsher, T.M. Lynch-Caris, “Impact of Pre-College Program on High School Girls’ Interest in Engineering” American Society for Engineering Education, Conference Proceedings, ASEE 2008-1861, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008.

S. Luck, Lynch-Caris, T., “From Orientation to the First Year Experience,” First Year Engineering Education (FYEE) Conference, August 2014.

Lynch-Caris, T., “The Effect of Active Collaborative Learning on Instructor Evaluations: An Observational Study,” American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Industrial Engineering Division, Indianapolis, IN, Paper Accepted for June 2014

Stanley, R., T. Lynch-Caris, “An Innovative Method to Apply the Flipped Learning Approach In Engineering Courses via Web Based Tools,” American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Zone Conference, New Orleans, LY, May 2014

Murray, S., Lynch-Caris, T, “Educating the Professional Engineer of 2020”, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Industrial Engineering Division, Paper #6598, Atlanta, GA, June 2013.

Lynch-Caris, T., M. Palmer, “Enjoyable Instructional Technology Can Enhance Learning” American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Industrial Engineering Division, Atlanta, GA, June 2013. Paper #6920.


Contact Information

Email: tlynch@kettering.edu

Phone: (810) 762-9859

Office: 1-700P AB