Professional Information

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 1975, University of Utah.
  • M.Sc. Mathematical Physics, 1972, First Class Honors, University College Cork, Ireland.
  • B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematical Physics, First Class Honors, 1971, University College Cork, Ireland.
  • Registered Professional Structural Engineer, Utah (1984-present)
  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), Texas (1981).

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Dept. of Integrated Engineering, 2004-present.
  • Professor, Physical Science Department, Southern Utah University, 1996-2004.
  • Associate Professor, Physical Science Department, Southern Utah University, 1989-1996.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1989-1990.
  • Assistant Professor, Physical Science Department, Southern Utah State College, 1983-1989. (Granted tenure in 1988)
  • Assistant Professor, Engineering Department, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, 1976-81.
  • Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Physics, University College Cork, Ireland, 1975-76.

Other Related Experience

  • Structural Engineer, Consultant for Gardiner Partnerships, 1984-1985.  I was principal structural engineer for the Holiday Inn, Cedar City .
  • Structural Engineer, Penn Engineering, Orange, TX, 1981-83.  I was involved in the structural steel design of offshore oil rigs .
  • Labnet Instructor, Dickinson College, Summers of 1989 and 1990.  Labnet is an NSF funded project to link physics teachers across the U.S. using telecommunications as an integral part of student projects .
  • Research Associate, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Summer 1977. I conducted a theoretical investigation of the properties of permanent memory materials sponsored by the United States Air Force.
  • Assistant Professor, Physical Science Department, Southern Utah State College, 1983-1989. (Granted tenure in 1988)
  • Assistant Professor, Engineering Department, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, 1976-81.
  • Mathematica Consultant,  As an Accredited Mathematica Trainer from Wolfram Research, I offer customized training sessions and consultation via the Internet.

Principal Publications, Presentations, and Other Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications:

Recent Presentations:

  • “Stability of Sports Utility Vehicles as a Case Study in Engineering”, ASEE Spring 2004 Meeting, University of Wyoming, April, 2004
  • “Cornering Dynamics of SUV’s,” AAPT regional conference, Weber State, March 2003
  • “Investigation of Vehicle Stability,” AAPT-National Meeting, Austin, TX, Jan, 2003
  • “Traveling Sinusoidal Waves and Work-Energy,” This paper – co-written by my student Jake Zierow and myself, was presented by Jake at the AAPT regional conference, Weber State, March 2003
  • “A Versatile and Accurate Experiment involving Non Constant Acceleration”, AAPT National Conference, Rochester, NY, July 2001
  • “A Non-uniform Circular-Motion Experiment “, AAPT Regional Conference, BYU, Feb, 2001
  • “Mini Projects with Mathematica”, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Anaheim, CA, 1999.

Scientific and Professional Societies, Honors, Awards

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Member
  • Honored as Distinguished Educator by Southern Utah University, Commencement Activities, May 2000
  • AISC: American Institute of Steel Construction, Member

Institutional and Professional Service

  • Have been one of the key people involved in our efforts to acquire ABET accreditation for our Integrated Engineering program at SUU.
  • Have been actively involved in: course and curriculum development and revision, program evaluation and accreditation, and student recruitment.
  • Have been a member of many academic committees and boards such as the ABET Accreditation Committee for the Integrated Engineering Program, multiple search committees, Department, College and University Leave, Rank and Tenure committees.
  • Have been a mentor/advisor to physics and engineering students:
    Mentored Stan Jensen and Trevor McDonald in their design and construction of a sprayer. 2010-2011.
    Mentored Dan Reid and Travis Young in their design of a procedure to maximize profit in a cutting tool. 2010-2011.
    Co-wrote paper with Jake Zierow: “Traveling Sinusoidal Waves and Work-Energy.”
    Supervised “Physics in Model Rocketry” by Aaron Webber.
    Directed Richard Lewis’s project: “Artificial Life in an artificial Physical Environment.”