College Leadership

Executive Dean

Academic Dean, School of Business Administration

Academic Dean, School of Design and Engineering

Director of Academic Operations and Textile Engineer and Strategist

Executive Dean

Dr. Ronald Kander


Phone: 215-951-0252

Awards and Honors

  • Mayor's Appointee to the Philadelphia Manufacturing Task Force Advisory Committee
  • Governor’s Appointee to the Virginia New College Planning Commission
  • Governor’s Appointee to the Virginia Hydrogen Economy Roundtable
  • Governor’s Appointee to the Virginia Geographic Information Network Advisory Board
  • Invited speaker at three different Gordon Conference on Engineering Education, Thermoset Polymers and Composite Materials
  • Recipient of the Virginia Tech Diggs Teaching Scholar Award
  • Inductee into the VT Academy of Teaching Excellence
  • Recipient of the VT William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Recipient of the VT Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Recipient of the VT College of Engineering "Sporn Award" for Excellence in Teaching
  • Recipient of the DuPont Director's Award for outstanding contribution to the Textile Fibers Department

Teaching Statement

I absolutely love teaching. In fact, it is the single most satisfying part of my job. My goal as a teacher is to encourage innovation and creative problem solving in my classroom. I have an active, collaborative teaching style and have always felt that my job is to coach students to be lifelong self-learners, as opposed to relying on a teacher to walk them through the learning process. Ultimately, helping students learn how to learn is the best outcome I can achieve in my classroom.


Before joining Philadelphia University in 2011, I was founding Director of the School of Engineering at James Madison University (JMU), Department Head of Integrated Science & Technology (ISAT) at JMU, and a faculty member in the Materials Science & Engineering Department (MSE) at Virginia Tech (VT). While at VT, I was also Director of the College of Engineering’s interdisciplinary “Green Engineering” program. Before joining academia, I was employed by E. I. DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware as a Senior Engineer in the Advanced Composites Division of the Fibers Department and in the Polymer Physics Group of the Central Research Department.

Courses Taught

At PhilaU:
  • Materials Selection & Design
  • Integrative Design Processes

At Previous Institutions:
  • Aesthetics of Visualizing Information
  • Godel, Escher, Bach
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Polymer Deformation and Fracture
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Environmental Life Cycle assessment
  • Analytical Methods
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Fundamentals

Research Statement

My research is in the areas of materials selection & design, systems dynamics, modeling and simulation, composite materials characterization and manufacturing, polymer characterization and processing, and sustainable manufacturing processes.

I have supervised more than 30 graduate students (PhD and MS), published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and refereed conference papers, and presented more than 75 invited lectures and conference presentations (including two invited Gordon Conference presentations). According to the Citation Index, my work has been cited in the literature more than 200 times. I have secured in excess of 6 million dollars in funded research, approximately half of which was from industrial sources. In addition to these research activities, I also remain active in industrial consulting and in teaching industry short courses.

Recent Publications

"A New Model For Interdisciplinary Education", Dr. Ronald Kander & Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, 2013 AIGA Design Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

"An Adventure in Extreme Curriculum Integration to Stimulate Innovation and Collaboration", Dr. R. G. Kander, 2012 American Society of Engineering Education Conference, San Antonio, TX."

Not all problems are created equal: From problem-based learning theory to research on complex problem solving and implications for the engineering classroom", Pierrakos, O. , Watson, H., Kander, R., Russell, J. & Anderson, R., 2010 Frontiers in Education Conference, Arlington, VA.

Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Finance

Philip Samuel Russel


Phone: 215-951-2814

Awards and Honors

  • Nexus learning grant (2013)
  • Teaching Excellence Award, School of Business Administration (2006)
  • Lindback Research Grant (2003)
  • Summer Research Grant (2002)
  • Team-Member, NTC grant (2001, 2002)

Teaching Statement

I am passionate about teaching! My teaching is learner centered, and my pedagogy reflects my attempts to provide an environment for students to actively learn through multiple mediums and from one another. I strive for students to not only understand and integrate the core concepts but also learn to appreciate its significance in the business world and in their own personal lives.

Primary Courses Taught

FINC-301 (Financial Management), FINC-303 (Intermediate Financial Management), FINC-318 (International Finance), FINC-411 (Seminar in Finance), and MBA-629 (Financial Policy and Planning)


Academic consultant for leading publishers (Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Addison-Wesley).

Research Statement

My research has focused primarily on corporate bankruptcy, managed portfolios, and international finance.

Recent Scholarly Works

Co-authored with Bhargava, V., Malhotra, D. K.and M. Singh. “An Empirical Investigation of Volatility Spilover between the Indian and the US markets” International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2012, Volume 7, 3:289-304.

Co-authored with Malhotra, R., and Malhotra, D.K. “Using DEA analysis to Rate Bonds,” Journal of Business and Economic Studies, Spring 2010, 16:58-75.

Co-authored with Chien-Chung, N., Chang, Y., and K. Hung “The Assymetric Impact of Financial Intermediaries Development on Economic Growth,” International Journal of Finance, 21:6035-6079.

Education Background

Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), MBA (Morgan State University), BCom(honors) and MBE (University of Delhi, India)

Academic Dean, School of Design and Engineering

Michael J. Leonard


Phone: 215-951-6858

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient, 2011 Philadelphia University President’s Award for Excellence, Philadelphia University, PA

Teaching Statement

Teaching is about unlocking potential and introducing opportunity to young professionals. I believe that my job as an educator is to prepare people to meet the challenges of our society with confidence.


Principal Designer, Mike Leonard, Designer
2006- Present
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Partner, Duzeo Product Design
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Owner/Principal Designer, Designship
Philadelphia/Bala Cynwyd, PA

Founding Partner/Principal Product Designer, The Design Works
Philadelphia, PA

Manager, Advanced Product Design, Exxon Office Systems
Exton, PA

Research Statement

I am studying reusable learning objects and their impact upon Project based-learning outcomes in post-secondary Design Education. This study will examine the relationship pre-recorded, online content has to on-ground studio/lab based disciplines.

Recent Scholarly Works

Presentation: THE NEXUS SPRINT

Bigger, Better, Faster Innovation through Partnership

Front End of Innovation Conference, Boston, May 2013

Director of Academic Operations and Textile Engineer and Strategist

Mark A. Sunderland


Phone: 215-951-2979


Mark A. Sunderland is an accomplished textile engineer and industry expert. He is currently the Director of Academic Operations for the Kanbar College of Design Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University. Mark is also the title Textile Engineer and Strategist for the Kanbar College. At the university, he has taught courses in advanced textile structures and performance materials at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His expertise extends to advanced technical design, engineering and technology in sports and performance.

Mark has more than 30 years of experience in the field of engineered advanced textile materials and products. He was COO/partner of a knitted textile manufacturing company for 10 years, with a facility in Philadelphia and contract manufacturers globally, producing fabrics for the advanced fabric performance and apparel market. He has a complete understanding of moving textile materials and products through the global supply chain.

For the past 18+ years, Mark has worked as a consultant in textile engineering, design and product development. His work is focused in textiles, advanced product performance, industrial and medical (biomedical and implanted medical devices), performance (athletic), sports material technology and technical/smart materials.

Mark has a diverse work experience in business and operations, including entrepreneurial pursuits, to compliment his field expertise.

Work Experience

Philadelphia University

  • Manager Academic Operations-Kanbar College-Design Engineering and Commerce-2011 to Present
  • Assistant Dean-School of Design and Engineering-2007 to 2010
  • Adjunct Professor 2001-2007
  • Robert J. Reichlin High-Performance Apparel Chair-2015 to 2020

Partner M&D Group—Business and Textile Consulting--1996 to 2008

Partner (33% Owner)—Ambler Sports Academy, Ambler, PA--Baseball Instruction-2006 to 2011

Partner (50% Owner)—AKM, Inc. Transportation Co. Yardley, PA--1998 to 2009

COO—Allivine Knitting Mill, Inc., Philadelphia, PA--1984 to 1996

Anderson-Little Co. Fall River MA. (Woolworth Corporation/Footlocker) 1977-1984

  • Asst. Supervisor to Various Positions—including manuafcaturing, distribution and retail.


Bachelor of Science-Philadelphia University 
Degree: Textile Marketing and Management

Masters of Science-Philadelphia University 
Degree: Textile Engineering