Chair and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineering

Mercer University Macon, Georgia 31207


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1981

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, 7/08 - present.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, 8/02 - 6/08.

Member of Technical Staff

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies / OFS-FITEL, LLC , Norcross, GA
Optical Fiber Research and Development.

Responsible for development and design of optical fiber draw machinery including capstan feeds, sensor development, force-control tensioners, high speed spooling and transfer equipment. Developed and designed advanced process equipment and control systems for VAD (vapor axial deposition) glass deposition and sintering. 6/96 - 7/02

Graduate Research Assistant

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 8/94-6/96

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA  8/93- 8/94

Thesis research in grinding process estimation and control.

Project Engineer

Carnegie Mellon Research Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Mechanical design, product development, and project management for various research programs. Projects included orthopedic pliers for surgical bone reduction, explosion-triggered air sampling devices, sensor chambers, a railbed magnetic sweeper and several automation and materials handling equipment for the US Postal Service. 10/88 - 8/93

Manager of Mechanical Engineering/Senior Engineer

Molytek, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Responsible for bringing to market new instrument designs, supporting existing products to improve quality or decrease cost. Products included data loggers, chart recorders, printers, and thermal-pulse flow sensors, high vacuum valves, and vacuum resin sealing system. I was responsible for mechanical hardware design and electronic packaging. 11/87-10/88

Project Engineer

Fisher Scientific Co., Research and Development, Pittsburgh, PA

Designed, developed and programmed laboratory robotic/automation systems, including instruments and related equipment. Work entailed machine design, pneumatics, sensors and mechanical/electrical design. Developed various automated processes from manual operations. 11/85-11/87


Westinghouse Electric Corp., Nuclear Technology Div., Monroeville, PA

Responsible for dynamic analyses of reactor pressure vessels and control rod drive mechanisms. Performed stress, vibration and thermal-hydraulic analyses; including finite element techniques for modeling, simulation and evaluation.  6/81-11/85


Mercer University
EGR 107 Freshman Design
EGR 232 Statics and Mechanics of Materials
EGR 233,EGR 236 Dynamics
EGR 386 Feedback Control and Modeling for Engineers
EGR 480 Introduction to Senior Design
EGR 487 Senior Design Exhibition I
EGR 488 Senior Design Exhibition II
MAE 205 Engineering Graphics
MAE 305 Manufacturing Practices
MAE 322 Machine Design
MAE 422 Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
MAE 425 Vibrations
MAE 621 Advanced Solid Mechanics
MAE 623 Machine Dynamics

Special Topics

MAE 591/491 Mechatronics

MAE 491 Dynamic Systems Modeling

MAE 691 Modern Control Theory

ME-4445 Automatic Controls (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Workshop on Prototyping Technologies in Industry for the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology, and the Environment, Technology Park Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur




Registered Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PE-035733-E)

Immediate Past President-Elect ASEE SE for 2018-19

President ASEE SE for 2017-18

President-Elect ASEE SE for 2016-17

ASEE SE Newsletter Editor and Webmaster 2015- Present

Vice-President ASEE SE (Programs Unit) 2013-14

Vice-President ASEE SE (Awards and Recognition Unit) 2013-14

Conference Site Coordinator ASEE SE 2013-14

Program Chair ASEE SE 2012-13

Unit Officer ASEE SE Region, Secretary Publications and Promotions 2009-2010

Unit Officer ASEE SE Region, Secretary Publications and Promotions 2008-2009

Chair of Instructional Division for ASEE SE Region, 2007-2008

Chair of Mechanical Engineering Division for ASEE SE Region, 2006-2007

Associate Editor IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 1996-1997

Member of Programming Committee for the International Symposium on Flexible Automation 2008, 2006, and 2004.
President Sigma Xi Research Society - Mercer Chapter 2007-8


American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society for Engineering Education


Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi Honor Societies

Tilmans-Dion Section Service Award 2014, American Society for Engineering Education - Southeastern Section



“Housing for an optical fiber preform torch,” July, 17, 2004, Patent Number 6,767,205
“Magnetic sweeper apparatus and method,” January 9, 1996, Patent Number 5,481,983