Mechanical Engineering Faculty

 

David Purdy  

David J. Purdy

Areas of Specialization:

  • Controls
  • Modeling/simulation
  • Dynamics

Research Activities:

  • Applied Controls

Industrial Experience:

  • Ford Motor Company; Engineer, transmission electronics dept; 1995-1996
 

Thomas Adams  

Thomas M. Adams

Areas of Specialization:

  • Heat transfer, energy systems, fluid mechanics
  • MEMS (Micro-electromechanical systems)

Research Activities:

  • Microfluidics, MEMS, turbulent convection in microchannels
  • Two-phase flow

Industrial Experience:

  • None
 

Ashley Bernal  

Ashley Bernal

Areas of Specialization:

 

Patricia Brackin  

Patricia D. Brackin

Areas of Specialization:

  • Design Methodology
  • Creativity and Innovation

Research Activities:

  • Six Sigma
  • Service Learning

Industrial Experience:

  • Chicago Bridge and Iron, Design Engineer, 1975-1980
  • P.E. Tennesse
 

Christine Buckley  

Christine A. Buckley

Areas of Specialization:

  • Biomaterials
  • Orthopedic implants
  • Tissue engineering

Research Activities:

  • Micromotion in othopedic implants
  • Cellular response to biomaterial scaffolds

Industrial Experience:

  • Lifecell Corporation (manufacturer of biological tissue regeneration products); Project engineer; 1998-1999
 


Bradley Burchett  

Bradley T. Burchett

Areas of Specialization:

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Fin stabilized projectiles
  • Fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, neural networks
  • Kalman filtering

Research Activities:

  • Modeling and fault detection for launch vehicles
  • Brute force optimization of control systems

Industrial Experience:

  • U.S. Air Force; Pilot; 1987-1993, 1998-1999
  • Draper Labs; Research assistant; 1993-1995
  • P.E., Illinois
 

Zachariah Chambers  

Zachariah Chambers

Areas of Specialization:

  • Finite element analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Research Activities:

  • Educational pedagogy
  • Open channel flow

Industrial Experience:

  • Rose-Hulman Ventures; Finite element analyst; 2001-present
 

Phillip Cornwell  

Phillip J. Cornwell

Areas of Specialization:

  • Structural dynamics
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Mode localization

Research Activities:

  • Structural health monitoring
  • Engineering education

Industrial Experience:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory; Visiting faculty member, summers 1997-2002; Long term visiting staff member, July 1995-June 1996
 

Patrick Cunningham  

Patrick J. Cunningham

Areas of Specialization:

  • Controls
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Diagnostics and prognostics

Research Activities:

  • Monitoring diesel particulate filters
  • Engine governor design

Industrial Experience:

  • Cummins, Industrial Controls Engineer, Summer 1997
  • Holset Engineering, Manufacturing Engineer, Summer-Fall 1995
 

Jerry Fine  

Jerry M. Fine

Areas of Specialization:

  • Development & evaluation of algorithms for time dependent problems in computational mechanics

Research Activities:

  • Crash simulation with explicit finite element methods

Industrial Experience:

  • Mechanics Software Inc; Analyst; 1982-1984
  • Delware Machinery (Rose Hulman Ventures); Finite element consultant; 1992-1993
  • Cummins Engine Co; Analyst; 2000-2001
 

David Fisher  

David S. Fisher

Areas of Specialization:

  • Biomechanics
  • Smart Product Design
  • Manufacturing & Machining

Research Activities:

  • Smart Product Design

Industrial Experience:

  • Cummins Engine Company; Research & Development Engineer; Summer 1997, 1998
  • Analytical Engineering Inc; Design & Manufacturing Engineer; Summer 1999
  • Nike; Research Consultant; 2001-2005
 

Gibson , Darrell 2014  

J. Darrell Gibson

Areas of Specialization:

  • Solid mechanics
  • Mechanical design
  • Noise and vibration

Research Activities:

  • Industrial and environmental noise control
  • Design methodologies

Industrial Experience:

  • General Dynamics Corp; Senior structures engineer; 1959-1963
  • NASA Langley Research Center; Design fellow; 1969-1973
  • J.I. Case Co; Test engineer; 1974, 1978
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Research fellow; 1988
  • P.E., Indiana, Wyoming
 

Fred Haan  

Fred Haan

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structural Dynamics

Research Activities:

  • Wind Engineering
  • Experimental Aerodynamics
  • Extreme Wind Simulation

Industrial Experience:

  • Sulzer-Burckhardt, Intern, 1992
  • Industrial Wind Tunnel Testing, (Consulting), 2001-2008
 

Jones, Simon 140px  

Simon W. Jones

Areas of Specialization:

  • Dynamics
  • Vibrations
  • Computational Mechanics
 

Kawano, Daniel 140px  

Daniel T. Kawano

Areas of Specialization:

  • Vibrations
 

Richard A. Layton  

Richard Layton

Areas of Specialization:

  • Dynamic systems modeling and simulation
  • Instrumentation systems

Research Activities:

  • Physical systems theory for modeling and simulation of dynamic systems
  • Developing methods in active and team-based learning
  • Curriculum and lab development in mechanical engineering

Industrial Experience:

  • Pratt & Whitney (West Palm Beach, FL); Visiting faculty (bladed-disk design); 1998
  • Rocket Reseach Co (Redmond, WA); Propellant systems consultant; 1992-1994
  • Gary Walker & Assoc (Simi Valley, CA); Project manager and head of electrical group; 1983-1988
  • P.E., Indiana
 

Calvin Lui

 

Calvin Lui

Areas of Specialization:

  • Aeroacoustics
  • Compressible turbulence
  • Computational Methods
  • Parallel Computing

Research Activities:

  • Compressible mixing
  • Shock noise generation

Industrial Experience:

  • Boeing (noise engineering group); 1998-2002
 

James Mayhew  

James E. Mayhew

Areas of Specialization:

  • Heat transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Uncertainty Analysis
  • Instrumentation

Research Activities:

  • Heat transfer in gas turbine engines

Industrial Experience:

  • U.S. Air Force; Research, development, and logistics on aircraft, engines, and missles;1985-1998
 

Andrew Mech

 

Andrew R. Mech

Areas of Specialization:

  • Thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics
  • Thermal systems
  • Utility Power Production

Research Activities:

  • System simulation
  • Gas Turbine/Power Cycle topics

Industrial Experience:

  • U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, 1974-1978
  • Ralph Henneman and Associates, Consulting Engineers, 1978-1980
  • Cinergy, West Combustion Turbine Fleet, June - Oct. 2002
  • P.E., Illinois
 

Michael Moorhead  

Michael S. Moorhead

Areas of Specialization:

  • Thermal/Fluid Sciences

Research Activities:

  • Micro-scale heat transfer
  • Biological fluid mechanics

Industrial Experience:

  • Institute for Defense Analyses; Research associate; 1999-2001
  • Carrier Corporation; Co-op engineer; Fall 1997, Fall 1998
  • GE Industrial Power Systems; Co-op engineer; Spring-Fall 1996

 


Sean Moseley  

Sean N. Moseley

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fluid/Solid mechanics
  • Experimental investigations

Research Activities:

  • Mechanics of computer hard disk drives

Industrial Experience:

  • Club Car, Inc., Engineering co-op
  • Western Digital Corp., Tribology team summer intern
 

Lorraine Olson  

Lorraine G. Olson

Areas of Specialization:

  • Numerical Methods
  • Thermal/fluids

Research Activities:

  • Nontraditional applications of finite element analysis
  • Inverse Problems, especially inverse electrocardiography

Industrial Experience:

  • Rosemount Inc, Design Engineer, 1980-1981
 

Richard Onyancha  

Richard M. Onyancha

Areas of Specialization:

  • Manufacturing
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Metrology

Research Activities:

  • Engineering Education
  • Micro-manufacturing
  • Micro-metrology

Industrial Experience:

  • Ministry of Public Works, Housing, and Physical Planning (Government of Kenya, Nairobi); Design Engineer; 1987
  • MEACEOM Consultants Ltd (Eldoret, Kenya); Managing Consultant;1996-2000
 

Donald Richards  

Donald E. Richards

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Exchanger Design

Research Activities:

  • Second Law Analysis
  • Curriculum Design
  • Experimental Heat Transfer

Industrial Experience:

  • General Atomic Corporation; Engineer; 1974-1976
 

Wayne sanders  

Wayne Sanders

Areas of Specialization:

  • Heat transfer
  • Gas turbines
  • Propulsion

Research Activities:

  • Gas turbines for propulsion and power generation

Industrial Experience:

  • U.S. Patent Office; Patent examiner; 1961-1962
  • B.F. Goodrich; Design engineer; 1962-1965
  • Boeing; Systems engineer; 1965-1966
  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service; Design engineering; 1966-1969
  • P.E., Texas
 

Richard Stamper  

Richard E. Stamper

Areas of Specialization:

  • Kinematics
  • Design

Research Activities:

  • Design of Halo orthoses
  • Design methodologies and product design

Industrial Experience:

  • Expert witness, product liability and product design
  • Stamper Medical Technologies, President, July 2002 to present
  • General Electric Company, Design engineer and design team leader, 1988-1994
  • Proctor and Gamble, Area manager, Bounty paper towels,1985-1986
  • P.E., Maryland
 

David Stienstra  

David A. Stienstra

Areas of Specialization:

  • Materials
  • Failure Analysis

Research Activities:

  • Failure Analysis Consulting

Industrial Experience:

  • Hydromatic Division of General Motors; Design Engineer; 1978-1980
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Kathleen Toohey  

Kathleen S. Toohey

Areas of Specialization:

  • Mechanics of materials
  • Experimental mechanics
  • Polymeric materials

Research Activities:

  • Materials testing

Industrial Experience:

  • Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines, Co-op, 1999
 

Allen White  

Allen R. White

Areas of Specialization:

  • Non-equilibrium thermodynamics
  • Internal combustion engines

Research Activities:

  • Molecular vibrational excitation using infrared lasers
  • Non-interference measurement techniques
  • Cognitive and learning theories

Industrial Experience:

  • Honda of America Manufacturing, Engineering Staff (new vehicle crash certification), 1992-1995
  • Honda Research and Development, Engineer (side impact safety system design), 1995-1997
 

Lee Waite  

Lee R. Waite

Areas of Specialization:

  • Cardiovascular fluid mechanics
  • Sports biomechanics
  • Medical instrumentation

Research Activities:

  • Modeling blood flow
  • Biomechanics of running
  • Characterization of a hydrogen peroxide electrode

Industrial Experience:

  • Fisher Controls Intl. Inc., Design Engineer, 1980-1983