Sheryl A. Sorby

Sheryl A. Sorby


Professor Emerita, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • PhD, Michigan Technological University, 1991


Dr. Sorby's teaching interests include advanced structural analysis, finite elements, and computer applications/mechanics. Her research interests include advanced composite materials for use in civil infrastructure, and 3-D computer graphics for visualization of complex behaviors. Her current research project is titled Visualization of Groundwater Pollutant Fate and Transport. Sorby has published WordPerfect for Engineers, and Introduction to 3-D Spatial Visualization, (with B. Gimmestad).

Teaching Interests

  • Advanced structural analysis
  • Finite elements
  • Computer applications/mechanics

Research Interests

  • Advanced composite materials for use in civil infrastructure
  • 3-D computer graphics for visualization of complex behaviors

Recent Publications

  • Sheryl Sorby, "Educational Research in Developing 3-D Spatial Skills for Engineering Students," International Journal of Science Education, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 459 - 480, 2009-02-00

Recent Research Projects

Meeting the NAE Grand Challenge: Personalized Learning for Engineering Students through Instruction on Metacognition and Motivation Strategies

Principal Investigator: Michele Miller
Co-PI: James DeClerck
Co-PI: William Endres
Co-PI: Sheryl Sorby
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics