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Patrick Cunningham

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Patrick Cunningham͛s specialties include controls, internal combustion engines, diagnostics and prognostics. He has industry experience working for Cummins and Holset Engineering, and has co-advised the Society of Automotive Engineers͛ Grand Prix Engineering competition team. Dr. Cunningham has a passion for teaching and is leading Rose-Hulman͛s participation in a national higher education consortium developing and promoting teaching practices to help engineering students reflect on their experiences. As part of this effort, he spent a sabbatical at Virginia Tech to study the learning process and educational psychology.

Teaching Interests

  • System dynamics and control
  • Measurement systems
  • Mechatronics
  • Conservation and accounting principles
  • Programming
  • 3-D solid modeling

Research Experiences

  • Student metacognition and self-regulation in learning
  • The role of reflective practice in teaching, learning, and professional practice
  • Faculty development
  • Monitoring diesel exhaust aftertreatment systems
  • Engine governor design
  • Diesel Exhaust Aftertreatment Consulting, Cummins, Inc., 2011-12

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Cunningham, P., Matusovich, H., Morelock, J. and Hunter, D., “Beginning to Understand and Promote Engineering Students' Metacognitive Development,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Conference, New Orleans, 2016
  • Summers, S., Chenette, H., Ingram, E., McCormack, J. and Cunningham, P., “Cross-Disciplinary Exploration and Application of Reflection as a High Impact Pedagogy,” InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, Vol. 11, 2016
  • Morelock, J., Matusovich, H., Cunningham, P. and Hermundstad, A., “Working the Problems: Creating a Behaviorist Culture” (Poster Presentation), American Educational Research Association Conference, Washington, D.C., 2016
  • Cunningham, P., Matusovich, H. and McCord, R., “Teaching Metacognitive Skills: Helping Students Take Ownership of Their Learning,” Conference of Higher Education Pedagogy Conference, Blacksburg, Virginia, 2016
  • Cunningham, P., Matusovich, H., McCord, R. and Hunter, D., “Engaging Students in Metacognitive Skill Development within Engineering Courses,”Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, El Paso, Texas, 2015
  • Turns, J., Sattler, B., Thomas, L., Atman, C., Bankhead, R., Carberry, A., Csavina, K., Cunningham, P., Faust, D., Harding, T. and Yasuhara, K., “Reflecting on Reflection: How Educators Experience the Opportunity to Talk About Supporting Student Reflection,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Conference, Seattle, 2015
  • Ingram, E., McCormack, J. and Cunningham, P., “An Actionable Model for Creating Faculty Learning Communities as a Mechanism for Promoting Transformative Learning,” Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Traverse City, Michigan, 2015
  • Cunningham, P., Meckl, P. and Shah, C., “Correlating Dynamic Pressure Signal Features to Diesel Particulate Filter Load,” Society of Automotive Engineers, Paper #2007-01-0333
  • Cunningham, P. and Frachek, M., “An Instrumental Variable Method for Continuous-Time Transfer Function Model Identification with Application to Controller Tuning,” American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 129 (2), 154-162, 2007

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Purdue University, 2006
  • MS, Purdue University, 2000
  • BS, Purdue University, 1997