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Mechanical Engineering

School of Science & Engineering

The mechanical engineering major at Anderson University teaches the principles and skills necessary to understand how heat and mechanical power can be used in the design and operation of machines and other tools. Graduates of our program develop skills that can be transferred to other areas such as Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Program Overview

Mechanical Engineering

Graduates of this program will be given a solid background in the theoretical and applied study of Mechanical Engineering, having been exposed to various techniques and instrumentation. Students will also have the opportunity to expand their creative abilities through design courses that challenge them to engineer products with cost and resources in mind. Whether the product is to be deployed in rural Africa, or is being developed by a small start-up firm, materials and cost are becoming increasingly important. The ability of engineers to “be creative with less” is more essential than ever.

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Options

  • Graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 4 years
  • Complete the 4 + 1 program, from BS to MBA
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ABET Accreditation

AU has the same professional accreditation as Big 10, public universities. Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review accreditation process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines. ABET accrediation is awarded to engineering programs where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

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Classes

This 83-hour major provides a broad background in:

  • heat transfer
  • machine design
  • control systems
  • manufacturing finance

Discover specialty areas for mechanical engineers through elective courses including fracture mechanics, machinery dynamics, and applications to the aerospace industry.

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Careers

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anderson University, students will be well prepared for productive careers in:

  • industry
  • government
  • education
  • graduate study

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Caroline Baker, a light-skinned woman with long, brown hair.

Dr. Caroline Baker

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Caroline Baker, a light-skinned woman with long, brown hair.
Dr. Caroline Baker

Dr. Baker is interested in computational applications of solid mechanics and numerical methods, including applications in pharmaceutical processing and explosives.

Her Ph.D. work at Purdue University is in computational methods for analyzing particulate and granular systems at high confinement. She has developed a time integrator using a recent reformulation of angular orientation, and used it to analyze diametrical compression of compressed granular tablets, as well as impact tests on plastic-bonded explosive formulations. She has also contributed to the nanoHUB network of simulation tools for researchers and educators, mentoring students and contributing to the codebase.

She is married to her husband Christopher, a program analyst for the Indianapolis VA. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, playing the piano, dabbling in language learning, and being annihilated by her husband at board games.

Dr. Baker has served at Anderson University since January 2019 and is a member of the American Chemical Society.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
BS, Chemistry, Pensacola Christian College
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Pensacola Christian College
MS, Mechanical Engineering, North Caroline State University
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

Jen Coy

Dr. Jennifer Coy

Chair, Department of Computer Science; Professor of Computer Science & Physics

Jen Coy
Dr. Jennifer Coy

Dr. Jennifer Coy is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and a member of the interdisciplinary panel that oversees the Cybersecurity and National Security Studies majors. She teaches a wide range of computer science, cybersecurity, and engineering courses, since she is also dual-appointed to the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering. She enjoys learning new technology and computer languages, and recently passed the EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker exam.

Dr. Coy's research interests lie in the connections between computer science and physics. She attended the University of Toledo as an undergraduate, receiving a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Computer Science and Engineering. She received her masters and doctorate from Purdue University in Physics, where she studied gravity within galaxies where she created a parallel processing program to compare alternate theories of gravity to dark matter models.

Dr. Coy serves as an advisor to the Women in Computing student group, coordinates the computer science department's monthly Tech Talks series, communicates with industry partners to develop opportunities for student internships, and leads the department's Computer Science Hackathon and Cybersecurity Capture the Flag competitions.

Outside of the classroom, Coy enjoys camping with her husband and two children, running half marathons, knitting, scrapbooking, playing games, reading, and occasionally playing the piano.

Dr. Coy joined the AU faculty in August of 2014, bringing more than 10 years of prior experience teaching at small colleges, including Wabash College and Saint Joseph's College.

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jjcoy@anderson.edu
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Professor of Computer Science & Physics
Chair, Department of Computer Science
B.S., University of Toledo
M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University

Larry George, P.E.

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Larry George, P.E.

From his childhood, Larry has always been enamored with mechanical contraptions, cars, trucks, farm equipment, machinery, how things work. He entered the University of Cincinnati in mechanical engineering in parallel with his co-op job at Armco Steel and acquired substantial technical knowledge as well as a valuable experience working with seasoned engineers. He used that knowledge as a manufacturing engineer producing Perfect Circle piston rings and Schwitzer turbochargers.

The grueling vibration classes proved worthwhile when he moved to the area of crankshaft vibration dampers. He was fortunate to be involved in the design, development, application, lab management, and sales of crankshaft dampers for 30 years to BMW, Case-New Holland, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Cummins, Deere, Detroit Diesel, Ford, GE, GM, Hercules, Isuzu, International, Mack, MAN, Mercedes, Saab, Tata, Volvo, & Waukesha. Although the names changed, Schwitzer, Household Mfg., BorgWarner, and Aprotech, it was a fortunate and fulfilling career.

He worked as facility coordinator for ISO-9001 and QS-9000 implementation in sales, engineering, and laboratory and is an approved Quality Auditor. He also worked as engineering manager for co-gen power units, generating electricity and hot water with natural gas powered engines operating at > 90% efficiency. He studied business at Indiana University culminating with his MBA. He has a professional engineering license in Indiana and Ohio, four patents, some of which are still in production, and the Supplier Innovation Award from John Deere.

He is married to his awesome wife, Diana, and has two wonderful children. He enjoys traveling with his wife and family, as well as woodworking, canoeing, and fishing.

Mr. George joined Anderson University in 2016 helping with the lab renovation and subsequently became Adjunct Professor, guiding students in the procurement, testing, design, and support of the solar car project and other student projects. The engineering faculty recently decided to participate in the eV Grand Prix and he is helping the students with the design, fabrication, and assembly of the eV car.

There are so many opportunities here at AU for these students to learn and mature into fulfilled individuals who will make substantial contributions to society. He likes pursuing these opportunities both corporately with the faculty and in particular with the individual students.

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
MBA, Indiana University
PE, Indiana and Ohio

Dr. Kyung Shin Kang

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Kyung Shin Kang

Dr. Kang has long been interested in integrating mechanical engineering technologies into bio-applications.

His Ph.D. work at Pohang University of Science and Engineering (POSTECH) in Pohang, South Korea, was in design, characterization, and evaluation of an in vitro cell stimulation device using biophysical stimuli for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He also utilized additive manufacturing techniques to provide a three-dimensional environment for cells during culture. He optimized the parameters of electromagnetic field and ultrasound stimuli to specifically enhance cellular functions and evaluated their combined effects with a biomimetic stimulus on bone regeneration.

He further pursued how mechanical stimuli affect cellular metabolism and behavior (i.e., mechanotransduction) as a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine. He utilized genetically modified mice to observe which cellular mechanisms are associated with external mechanical loading to bones, especially via the Wnt signaling pathway. Additionally, he has worked to develop a reliable osteocyte in vitro culture model using 3D-shaped collagen and mechanical stimuli.

Dr. Kang is married to his grad-school sweetheart, Jung Min, with whom he has a son named Ian. Dr. Kang enjoys learning American culture.

Dr. Kang has served at Anderson University since 2017 and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR).

Contact Dr. Kang:
kskang@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Kookmin University (Seoul, South Korea)
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH (Pohang, South Korea)
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH (Pohang, South Korea)

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Dr. Scott B. Kennedy

Professor of Physical Sciences and Engineering

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Dr. Scott B. Kennedy

During his tenure at Anderson University, Dr. Kennedy has taught a broad range of courses in chemistry and physics and maintains an active research program studying the antimicrobial properties of polymer solutions and polymeric coatings.

In 2009 Dr. Kennedy began consulting for a start-up company that formulates and distributes unique antimicrobial products to a wide variety of markets. In 2010, Dr. Kennedy partnered with his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry and Physics to form Aurum Consulting, a scientific consulting firm that provides services to small businesses and educators in central Indiana. In addition to meeting the needs of its clients, Aurum Consulting also provides exciting internship and research opportunities to Anderson University students.

While on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Kennedy earned his M.B.A. His primary motivation for pursuing this degree was to better understand the demands that are being placed on young, professional scientists and engineers as they enter a work environment that is very different from the environment encountered by previous generations.

Dr. Kennedy is married to his wonderful wife Melinda, with whom he has three daughters: Cassandra, Jadyn, and Amber. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, teaching and playing tennis at the local racquet club, and playing intramural sports.

Dr. Scott Kennedy has served at Anderson University since 2005.B.S. Materials Science Engineering, University of Illinois

M.S. Polymer Science Engineering, University of Massachusetts
M.B.A. Anderson University
Ph.D. Polymer Science Engineering, University of Massachusetts

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Dr. Benjamin McPheron

Chair, Physical Sciences & Engineering; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

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Dr. Benjamin McPheron

Prior to arriving at Anderson University, Dr. McPheron spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.  Dr. McPheron received his BSEE in Electrical Engineering at Ohio Northern University in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park in 2014.

Dr. McPheron has experience teaching a variety of engineering courses, including a majority of the courses required for Electrical Engineering majors. At AU he will teach courses in freshman engineering, circuit theory, electronics, control systems, power systems, and mechatronics.  Dr. McPheron’s research interests include applications of control systems, robotics, and engineering education.  He is a member of IEEE, ASME, and ASEE.

He is married to his amazing wife Mallory, and the couple has a daughter: Madeline. He is active serving on the worship team and as a life group leader at Northview Church, Anderson Campus. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, running, disc golf, board games, and making YouTube videos for engineering education.

Dr. McPheron has served at Anderson University since 2018.  Dr. McPheron grew up in the Midwest and is excited to return after a long time away to help the engineering program grow at AU.

Selected Publications

B.D. McPheron, C.R. Thomas, W.J. Palm IV. “Time for Reflection: Development of Twenty Short Videos to Introduce New Topics and Engage Students in Circuit Theory.” Proceedings of the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 24-27, 2018.

E.T. Daniels, B.D. McPheron. “A Machine Learning Approach to Classifying Algae Concentrations.” 2017 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference, November 3-5, 2017.

B.D. McPheron, M.Z. McPheron, C.R. Thomas. “Does Performance-Based Assessment in an Introductory Circuits Laboratory Improve Student Learning?” Proceedings of the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 25-28, 2017.

B.D. McPheron, Charles V. Thangaraj, Charles R. Thomas. “A Mixed Learning Approach to Integrating Digital Signal Processing Laboratory Exercises into a Non-Lab Junior Year DSP Course.” Advances in Engineering Education, Spring 2017, Vol. 6, Issue 1.

A.J. Bradley, W.C. Caruso, Y. Zheng, C.V. Thangaraj, B.D. McPheron. “Development of Low Cost Device for In-Situ Algae Monitoring.” 2016 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference, November 4-6, 2016.

B.D. McPheron, J.D. Legris, C.P. Flynn, A.J. Bradley, E.T. Daniels. “Development of a Low-Cost Two- Degree of Freedom Spring-Cart System and System Identification Exercises for Dynamic Modeling.” Proceedings of the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 26-29, 2016.

B.D. McPheron, S.M. Gratiano, W.J. Palm IV. “Does Choice of Programming Language Affect Student Understanding of Programming Concepts in a First Year Engineering Course?” 2015 First Year Engineering Experience Conference, August 2-4, 2015.

Contact Dr. McPheron:
bdmcpheron@anderson.edu
BSEE in Electrical Engineering, Ohio Northern University
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Willis Troy

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Willis Troy

Prior to arriving at Anderson University, Dr. Troy was working on his Ph.D. at Baylor University.  His dissertation focused on the measurement and classification of human motion in open space and foliaged environments using radar.

Dr. Troy’s primary research interest remains centered on the application of radar. Currently, Dr. Troy is investigating human gait parameters with Ball State’s School of Kinesiology. However, Dr. Troy is also interested in other areas of applied electromagnetics such as electric motors.

Dr. Troy is married to Xiuli ‘Hope’ Troy who he met during graduate school. They have a two-year-old that keeps them very busy. During the summer of 2018, they lived for two months in China with Hope’s family.  Dr. Troy had the opportunity to explore mountains and experience a very different way of life than that to which he is accustomed. They all look forward to returning, and he hopes he can learn enough Mandarin to communicate in the future.

Dr. Troy came to Anderson University because he wants to be a part of the unique facilities and resources offered to the students. Dr. Troy has served at Anderson University since 2017.

Dr. Troy is a member of the following professional organizations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

Contact Dr. Troy:
wstroy@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
B.S.E.C.E., Baylor University
M.S.E.C.E., Baylor University
Ph.D., Baylor University