"Here comes Edward Bear now, down the stairs behind Christopher Robin. Bump! Bump! Bump! on the back of his head. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down stairs. He is sure that there must be a better way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment to think of it."
A.A. Milne, 1926
|B.S.||Mechanical Engineering||January, 1963||Lamar University|
|M.S.||Mechanical Engineering||January, 1964||Louisiana Polytechnic Inst.|
|Thesis: Geometric Analysis of von Karman Vortex Streets|
|Major Professor: Charles A. Whitehurst|
|PhD.||Mechanical Engineering||January, 1970||Purdue University|
|Dissertation: The Fluid Dynamics of Renal Blood Flow|
|Major Professor: Kenneth R. Purdy|
I retired from active university work in 2007. My teaching interests were broad, and included interactive computer graphics, graduate and undergraduate instrumentation, nonlinear math modeling and analysis, design, and the thermal and fluid sciences. For my nonlinear analysis course, I use my own textbook entitled Design Analysis: Mathematical Modeling of Nonlinear Systems, Cambridge University Press January, 1999.
If you are interested in my most recent courses, please access the material associated with them here:
At the University of Idaho, I was honored to serve as one of the Faculty Advisors on the Formula SAE , design program. These race vehicles compete nationally, and I remain extremely proud of our student's accomplishments.
Much of my research involved modeling and analysis of systems.
One of these relates to the study of the modern human hand. Hands as machines have interested me for at least the past two decades. In 1995, I did some collaborative work on ancient hands (50-70,000 year old Neanderthal bone specimens).
I have collaborated in Public Health Service funded projects on the effects of repetitive mechanical stress on soft tissues as well as an NIH-funded project studying the physiological response of tendons to such stresses.
For more on my research interests, review the topics of my former graduate students below.
Asterisks are used to highlight publications with my students.
I have had the priviledge of working with many outstanding
students over the years.
for a complete list of my former graduate students and their
thesis or dissertation topics.