Steven Ma, PE

Steven Ma


  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Structure Dynamics, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MS, Beijing Polytechnic University
  • BS, Beihang University


Dr. Steven Ma is a Professor of Practice in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department at Michigan Technological University. He earned his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991, MS degree in 1986 from Beijing Polytechnic University and BS degree in 1983 from Beihang University.

Prior to joining the Michigan Tech faculty in 2018, Steven was a Chief Engineer at Kobelco for its Rubber Processing Machinery Division where he worked on the design of rubber mixing equipment. Steven also held an Engineering Manager position at Atlas Copco Drilling Solution where he led many product design projects involving capital mobile drilling equipment design, analysis, test, hydraulics, electro-hydraulic control, buckling, welding, and fatigue.

Steven is a co-adviser to Michigan Tech Baja Enterprise team and instructor for Vehicle Dynamics, Advanced CAD/CAM, Mechanism Synthesis, and Machine Design.

Areas of Expertise

  • Autonomous Wheeled Vehicles
  • Machine Design
  • Mechanism
  • Hydraulics and Electro-Hydraulic Control
  • Welding and Fatigue
  • Bolted Joints Design
  • FEA in Structural, Thermal, and Fluid Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Drilling Technology
  • Hydraulics
  • Buckling
  • Welding & Fatigue