Debra D. Charlesworth

Debra Charlesworth

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Assistant Dean, Graduate School

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University

Biography

Debra Charlesworth began her career at Michigan Tech as an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering. At Northwestern University, she studied biomedical engineering and her research focused on the development and characterization of a novel composite biomaterial to improve the longevity of total hip replacements.  Returning to Michigan Tech, her research program developed new biomaterials and characterization methods for them. She is also interested in engineering education, co-authoring several papers on the topic and presenting at meetings. Currently, Debra is the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School for Professional Development.  She is primarily responsible for leading orientation for new graduate students, reviewing theses and dissertations, and working with students to help them succeed in graduate school.

Specialties

  • Review of theses and dissertations
  • Presents and organizes professional development seminars
  • Manages Graduate School website
  • Processes withdrawals
  • Manages new student orientation
  • Coordinates NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Recent Publications

  • J.A. King, I. Miskioglu, D.D. Wright-Charlesworth, C.D. VanKarsen. Nano-Scratch Testing of Short Carbon Fiber Composites to Assess Fiber Adhesion. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2007;103:328-335.
  • P. Charlesworth, D.D. Charlesworth, C. Vician. Students’ perspectives of the influences of web-enhanced coursework on incidences of cheating. Journal of Chemical Education 2006;83:1368-1375.
  • W.J. Peers, D.D. Wright-Charlesworth, I. Miskioglu. Pin-on-disc evaluation of self-reinforced composite poly(methyl methacrylate) for total joint replacements. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B 2006, 79(1):16-24.
  • D.D. Wright-Charlesworth, D.M. Miller, I. Miskioglu, J.A. King. Nanoindentation of injection molded PLA and self-reinforced composite PLA after in vitro conditioning for three months. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A 2005;74A:388-396.
  • D.D. Wright-Charlesworth, W.J. Peers, I. Miskioglu, L.L. Loo. Nanomechanical properties of self-reinforced composite poly(methyl methacrylate) as a function of processing temperature. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A 2005;74A:306-314.
  • D.D. Wright-Charlesworth, J.A. King, D.M. Miller, C.H. Lim. In vitro flexural properties of composites fabricated from poly(lactic acid) and hydroxyapatite. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A 2006;78A:541-549.
  • D.D. Wright-Charlesworth, E.P. Lautenschlager, J.L. Gilbert. Hot compaction of poly(methyl methacrylate) composites based on fiber shrinkage results. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine 2005;16:967-976.

Recent Funding

  • D.D. Wright, J.E. Beard, D.A. Nelson. “Senior Engineering Design Projects to Assist Disabled Persons in Michigan's Copper Country.” National Science Foundation, BES-0079969, August 2000 - July 2005.
  • D.D. Wright, J.E. Beard, D.A. Nelson. “REU Supplement to Senior Engineering Design Projects to Assist Disabled Persons in Michigan's Copper Country.” National Science Foundation, BES-0079969, August 2000 - July 2005.
  • D.D. Wright. “Developing a Collaborative Research Program between Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan.” Michigan Tech Research Excellence Fund, May 2003 - August 2004.
  • D.D. Wright. “Novel Hot Compaction of Composite Materials for Orthopedic Biomaterials.” Michigan Tech Research Excellence Fund, May 2003 - April 2004.
  • T.J. Van Dam, L.L. Sutter, S.A. Grant, L.M. Matuana, J.A. King, D.D. Wright. “The Acquisition of Instrumentation for Microstructural Characterization of Materials that are Non-Conductive or Include Volatile Phases.” National Science Foundation, CMS-0079469, September 2000 - August 2003.