Courses Taught

Courses in Applied Engineering at Millersville often combine lecture with significant, hands-on laboratory experience. The following are courses I have taught. Independent studies, individualized instruction and honors thesis projects are welcome. Please see me about opportunities or more information.

Teaching Experience:

  • Production materials and processes (ITEC 130)

The integration and interrelationships of materials and processes for construction and manufacturing, including the application of math and scientific principles and the technological impacts on industry and society. Requires experiences in materials processing and production tooling.

  • Metallic materials and production methods  (ITEC 281)

Examination of metallic materials, including their structures, properties and the processes used to convert them into products. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between microstructural characteristics, physical and mechanical properties and production methods. Connections are made between the properties of metals and their applications. Laboratory experiences include manual and automated production techniques, conditioning processes and characterization methods to quantify process-property-performance relationships.

  • Statics and strength of materials (ITEC 345)

Elementary, analytical, and practical approaches to the principles and physical concepts of statics. Covers force systems; equivalent force/ moment systems; distributed forces; internal forces; principles of equilibrium; application to trusses, frames and beams; and friction.

  • Polymer and ceramic technology (ITEC 375)

Design, development and production of polymer and ceramic products. Covers contemporary pattern and molding materials along with industrial forming processes.

  • Automated Manufacturing (ITEC 382)

A comprehensive experience in the design, programming and implementation of computer-controlled manufacturing processes. Emphasis is placed on understanding machine code, utilizing computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software and identifying proper process controls to increase productivity and reduce cost. Laboratory experiences develop a combination of software and hardware competencies.

  • Machine tool design (ITEC 448)

Analysis, planning, design, construction and application of tools, methods and procedures necessary to increase manufacturing productivity. Integrated with machining and fabrication practices.

  • Independent Study/Honors Thesis (ITEC 498/499)

These “courses” involve one-on-one guidance in the completion of projects determined by the student and I. Although they require students to have competence to work individually, they also seek to develop and expand skills and experience in research and project execution related to solving the chosen problem(s). I’ve worked with a variety of students on the following topics:

Independent Studies:

  • Spring 2018: Multimodal Solid State Foaming by Oxide Reduction and Dealloying in Ag-Cu Alloys
  • Spring 2018: Integrated Carbon Nanofiber Filtration of Gold Nanoparticles
  • Spring 2017: Design and production of a bass guitar modeled after Gene Simmon’s axe bass
  • Spring 2017: Development of Casting Methods using Indigenous Materials
  • Spring 2016: Catalytic growth of bulk, nanofibrous carbon monoliths
  • Spring 2016: Implementation of new CNC equipment and 3D machining
  • Spring 2016: Design and fabrication of a convertible tailgate mechanism for space-efficient, on-board seating
  • Spring 2016: Particle size control using high loadings of stearic acid during ball milling and the effects on catalysis
  • Fall 2015: Design and CNC programming of chassis set-up plates for dirt modified race car application
  • Spring 2015: Microstructural effects on catalytic carbon deposition using palladium
  • Spring 2015: Three-Dimensional CNC  for the Manufacture of an Electric Guitar
  • Spring 2014: Development of Operations and Setup of CNC Machines (2 students)
  • Spring 2014: Nanomanufacturing of Fibrous Carbon Components
  • Fall 2013: Development of Polymer and Composite Processing for RC Car Fabrication
  • Spring 2013: TIG Welding and its Affects on Structural Properties

Honors Theses:

  • Spring/Summer 2018: Planetary Milling of Cu-CuO Oxide Dispersions to Scale-up Intraparticle Expansion for Metal Foams
  • Fall 2017/Spring 2018: Development of New Processing Strategies in Mechanical Alloying
  • Summer 2017: Development and testing of a conformable workholding device
  • Fall 2015/Spring 2016: Mechanical analysis of 3D printed structures and the effect of printing conditions (co-advisor)
  • Summer/Fall 2015: Mechanical alloying as a method for preparing catalysts for carbon nanofiber growth
  • Spring/Fall 2015: Microstructural Considerations in Catalytic Carbon Deposition
  • Summer/Fall 2014: Synthesis and Mechanical Testing of Carbon Nanofiber Monoliths