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Phillip Cornwell

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Named one of America’s ‘Best 300 Professors’ in 2012 by Princeton Review

Dr. Phillip Cornwell specializes in structural dynamics, structural health monitoring and mode localization. He is a decorated educator who believes in active learning—allowing students to learn by doing through interactive examples. Dr. Cornwell was named among the Princeton Review͛s Best 300 Professors in America, and he has earned the Dean's Outstanding Teacher and Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar awards. He also is a former recipient of the Society of Automotive Engineers' Ralph R. Teetor Education Award as an outstanding young engineering educator. Dr. Cornwell has been a visiting faculty member at Los Alamos National Laboratory in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives͛ Science, Space and Technology Committee on the importance of STEM education.

Teaching Interests

  • Dynamics
  • Vibrations
  • System dynamics
  • Computer programming
  • Graphical communications (Solidworks)

Research Experiences

  • Structural health monitoring
  • Monitoring of cementless orthopedic implants
  • Engineering education
  • Visiting Faculty Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Beer, F.P., Johnston, E. R., Cornwell, P. J. and Self, B. P., Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics, 11th Edition, McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2015
  • “A Forward Look at Industry Technology Needs” (Keynote Address), Wire Association International Operations Summit & Wire Expo, Indianapolis, 2014
  • Panelist, “Building Strong Science and Math Foundations for Student Success,” Engineering Leaders World Congress on Engineering Education,  Doha, Qatar, 2013
  • Panelist, “STEM Majors: Making Those First Two Years Count,” U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Conference,  Austin, Texas, 2013
  • Meneghini, R. M., Guthrie, M., Moore, H., Abou-Trabi, D., Cornwell, P. and Rosenberg, A., “A Novel Method for Prevention of Intraoperative Fracture in Cementless Hip Arthroplasty: Vibration Analysis During Femoral Component Insertion,” Surgical Technology International, Vol. 20, 334-339, 2010
  • Cornwell, P., Goethals, J., Kowtko, J. and Damianakis, M., “Enhancing Power Harvesting Using a Tuned Auxiliary Structure,” Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, Vol. 16 (10), 781-902, 2005
  • Cornwell, P. J. and Fine, J. M., “Mechanics in the Rose-Hulman Foundation Coalition Sophomore Curriculum,” International Journal of Engineering Education. Vol. 16 (5), 441-446, 2000
  • Cornwell, P. J. and Bendiksen, O. O., "Localization of Vibrations in Large Space Reflectors,” American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal, Vol. 27 (2), 219-226, 1989

Awards & Honors

  • One of America͛s Best 300 Professors, Princeton Review, 2012
  • Best Paper, Mechanics Division, American Society for Engineering Education, 2001, 2004, and 2005 Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2001
  • Dean's Outstanding Teacher, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2000
  • Teacher of the Year, Triangle Fraternity, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1994
  • Ralph R. Teetor Education Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1993
  • Outstanding Paper, Aerospace Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1990

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Princeton University, 1989
  • MS, Princeton University, 1987
  • BS, Texas Tech University, 1985