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Andrew R. Mech

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Andrew Mech's specialties include thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermal systems, applications of renewable energy systems and utility power production. His industrial experience Cinergy, Ralph Henneman and Associates, and the U.S. Army. Dr. Mech is known for his legendary use of puns and humor to encourage students to overcome obstacles, and has taught courses in renewable energy, utility power generation and turbomachinery to provide students with skills to make a difference in the world. He also co-taught a new appropriate technologies course, which challenged students to design pumping systems to deliver water to less developed areas. Dr. Mech wrote the lyrics to the second verse of Rose-Hulman's Alma Mater, has showcased his singing skills at several campus events, and been awarded honorary alumni status by the Alumni Association.

Teaching Interests

  • Thermal fluids
  • Renewable energy
  • Turbomachinery
  • Utility power

Research Experiences

  • Power production, traditional and renewable
  • Application for developing countries
  • System simulation

Publications & Presentations

  • Marincel-Payne, M., Padgett, W. T. and Mech, A. R., “Insights Gained from the First Teaching of a Multidisciplinary Appropriate Technology Course,” American Society of Engineering Education Conference, 2016

Awards & Honors

  • Centennial Award, American Society of Engineering Education, 1994
  • Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1990
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois, 1986

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Illinois, 1986
  • MS, University of Illinois, Mechanical Engineering, 1982
  • MS, University of Illinois, Mathematics, 1975
  • BS, Indiana State University, 1973