Safety Conference Speakers - Kelsen LaBerge


Kelsen LaBerge, Ph.D., joined the faculty of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering in the fall of 2018 as an Associate Professor for Aerospace Engineering. She currently teaches Introduction to Engineering Analysis using MATLAB® as well as the engineering Statics and Dynamics courses. As a non-tenure track professor, LaBerge is able to focus mainly on teaching, though starting in January of 2020 she has also taken on the role of Program Coordinator for Engineering Technology.

Prior to joining the Kent State faculty, LaBerge had a research position with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory as a civilian. In this position, she worked closely with Army and NASA engineers performing research in the area of rotary-wing drive systems. Her expertise focuses mainly on the areas of mechanical component diagnostics and hybrid (composite/steel) gears. LaBerge has also been involved in the build-up of several experimental research facilities and participated as a government reviewer on various technology demonstration programs.

Degree Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Hometown Towson, Maryland
Current Location Lakewood, Ohio
Job Title Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Kent State University
Previous Employers U.S. Army Research Laboratory (2010-2018)
Years of Experience 11
Presentation Topic Happy Accidents: Emergency Lubrication of Helicopter Gearboxes, a discussion of hybrid composite/steel gears and the discovery of a potential loss of lubrication solution for gearboxes.