Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
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Walter W. Milligan

  • Interim Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials

John L. Irwin

  • Professor and Associate Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director, Research and Innovation in STEM Education Institute (RISE)

Research Interests

  • Problem-based learning methods applied in the areas of CAD/CAM
  • Static and dynamic model simulation
  • Product and manufacturing work cell verification

Teaching Interests

  • Parametric Modeling
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Product Design and Development
  • CAE and FEA Methods
  • Computer-aided Manufacturing
  • Senior Design
Kevin Johnson

Kevin M. Johnson

  • Lecturer, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Advisor, SAE Baja

Teaching Interests

  • Applied fluid power
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Vibrations

Research Interests

  • Hydraulics
  • Vibrations/Modal Analysis 

David M. Labyak

  • Assistant Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics—Solid Mechanics
    • Head Impacts
    • Helmet Performance and Design
  • Solid Mechanics
    • Finite Element Analysis and Vibration Analysis

Specialties

  • Understanding football helmet design and performance.
  • Solid mechanics and finite element analysis methods.
  • Helping student groups (such as Baha and Clean Snowmobile) with design and analysis of components.
  • Vibration analysis.
  • Shock analysis methods.
  • Youth Hockey Coaching Do’s and Don’ts.
Sunil Mehendale
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."
—Socrates

Sunil S. Mehendale

  • Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Boiling and condensing flows
  • Two-phase flow distribution in heat exchangers
  • Novel heat exchanger technology
  • Heat exchanger modeling and optimization
  • Novel thermodynamic cycles for cooling, heating, and power
  • Alternative energy technology (solar, wind, biofuels, and others)
  • High-efficiency HVAC and refrigeration systems

Teaching Interests

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat transfer
  • Alternative energy
  • Air-conditioning and refrigeration
  • Dynamics

Scott W. Wagner

  • Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

  • Micro metal forming manufacturing
  • Micro scale hydroforming operations

Teaching Interests

  • Applied thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Industrial safety management
  • Integrated design and manufacturing
  • Materials science
  • Statics and strength of materials

David D. Wanless

  • Senior Lecturer, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

  • Leader development
  • Electric vehicles
  • Ethical theory and applications

Teaching Interests

  • Applied fluid power
  • Computer-cyber ethics and policy
  • Internal-combustion engines
  • Leadership in complex organizations
  • Quality techniques
  • Senior design