Dr. Merle Potter

Merle Potter
BS Mechanical Engineering 1958, MS Engineering Mechanics 1961

Merle Potter '58 was awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2008 James Harry Potter (no relation) Gold Medal. Potter received the award "for making a renowned impact on thermodynamics through forty-two years of outstanding teaching and through published textbooks on thermal sciences and applied mathematics, and for research on energy consumption in dwellings and industrial plants."

Potter earned a BS in 1958 and an MS in 1961 in Engineering Mechanics from Tech and a master's and PhD from the U of M. He joined MSU in 1965 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, becoming a full professor in 1974. He retired in 1998 and continues to write.

He has written numerous research papers and has authored and coauthored twenty-six textbooks and exam-review books.


Excerpted from Michigan Tech Magazine, Winter 2008-2009