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Field trip to WMU's Robert M. Beam power plant (Thermodynamics II)
Photo courtesy of Mr. George Jarvis



Philosophy


My goals as an engineering educator is to help students gain a thorough understanding of engineering principles so that they can apply their knowledge to new problems. It is also my objective to foster a comfortable and inclusive learning environment, where students have the opportunity to enhance their creative and problem-solving abilities; and to facilitate the development of lifelong learning skills that will prepare students to function effectively in a dynamic, diverse, and global economy.  

Teaching and research complement each other. Research opens the door to new knowledge, which enriches the classroom experience, whereas the fundamentals taught in the classrom form the foundation of research. I strongly encourage engineering students to get involved in research, interships, and other extracurricular activities to further their technical skills and strengthen their competitiveness in the job market.


Courses

ME 2320 Thermodynamics I
ME 3670 Internal Combustion Engines I
ME 4320 Thermodynamics II
ME 5350 Applied Spectroscopy
ME 5720 Advanced Thermodynamics
ME 6300 Advanced Fluid Dynamics

Awards

Recognition of Oustanding Service to CEAS Students (2014)
CEAS Outstanding New Educator Award (2010)

Academic Project Advising

As culmination of their undergraduate engineering education, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students are required to complete a capstone project.  Senior undergraduate students plan and implement their project over two semesters.  The project culminates with a presentation to a broad audience consisting of faculty, staff, fellow classmates, sponsors and the local community.  A faculty member and an industrial sponsor advise the student team. 

  • Cooling Spool Analysis for Top-Entry Mixer Seals (Spring 2015). Students: Christopher Cudney, Michael Curtis, Erich Stuedemann.

  • Supercharged System Design for a Formula SAE Engine (Spring 2014). Students: Kurt Spriet, Garrett Brand

  • Experimental Validation of a Computational Fluid Dynamics Model (Fall 2012). Students:  James Martlew, William DeKam.

  • Innovative Optical System for Automotive Combustion Chamber Imaging Studies (Fall 2011). Students: Patrick Kreun, Trevor Lambert. 
  • Development of a Fuel Delivery System for a Single-Cylinder Gasoline Direct-Injection Engine (Spring 2011). Students: Adam Bolen, Daren Distefano, Brad Mathis.

  • Design of a Race Car Muffler (Spring 2010). Students: Sarah Gerbig, Brett Lovell.
  • Design of a Forced-Air Induction System for a Suzuki RM-Z450 (Spring 2010). Students: Elliot Rose, Scott Hamilton, Conrad Meekhof. 

  • Development of a Direct-Injected, Single-Cylinder Motorcycle Engine (Fall 2009). Students: Nicholas Haydon, Geoffrey Van Gemert, Michael Nienhuis. ASME Award for Best Presentation