Steven Ma, PE

Steven Ma


  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Structure Dynamics, State University of New York at Buffalo


Dr. Steven Ma graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991 with a PhD in Structural Dynamics. He received his MS degree in 1986 from Beijing Polytechnic University and a BS degree in 1983 from Beihang University.

In 1993, Steven joined Strippit/LVD and started his machine design and manufacturing career. Strippit/LVD is a CNC machine tool company that manufactures CNC turret punch press, brake, shear, laser, and plasma cutting machine tools.

In 2000, Steven joined Parker Hannifin as a manufacturing engineer, exposing him to various type of manual/CNC metal cutting machine tools.

In 2002, Steven joined Atlas Copco and moved to Texas. He held two positions during his 12-year tenure: lead design engineer and engineering manager. He participated in and led many product design projects involving capital mobile drilling equipment design, analysis, test, hydraulics, electro-hydraulic control, buckling, welding, and fatigue.

Steven worked for Caterpillar for almost two years before joining Kobelco in 2015 as chief engineer for its Rubber Processing Machinery Division. Kobelco is a premier manufacturer of the world's largest rubber mixing equipment, for which Steven has leadership design responsibility.

Steven has been an adjunct professor since 2006 at the University of Texas-Arlington and the University of Akron. His industry based, hands-on design and manufacturing experience make his teaching more compelling for students. Steven has two design patents awarded. He is a certified PE in the state of New York.

Areas of Expertise

  • Design of Mobile Drilling Equipment
  • Hydraulics and Electro-Hydraulic Control
  • Welding & Fatigue
  • Bolted Joints Design
  • FEA in Structural, Thermal, and Fluid Dynamics
  • Mechanism 

Research Interests

  • Drilling Technology
  • Hydraulics
  • Buckling
  • Welding & Fatigue