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MICHAEL C. LARSON EDUCATION

Ph.D.    1992    MIT    Mechanical Engineering

M.S.    1985    University of Michigan    Mechanical Engineering

B.S.    1984    Tulane University    Mechanical Engineering

 

ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Professor and El Pomar Chair of Engineering and Innovation, 2006-present, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Director of MIND Studios. Supervising graduate research. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering design and in mechanics.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, 2008-2013,  University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Associate Professor 1998-2006, Assistant Professor, 1992-1998, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tulane University. Supervising graduate research. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering design and in mechanics.

Visiting Scientist, TRW Corporation, 2000. Conducted research in advanced surface mount technology for electronic packages. (On sabbatical from Tulane.)

Visiting Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Union College, 1999. (On sabbatical from Tulane.)

Instructor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1991-1992. Taught graduate level applied mechanics and design courses. Conducted sponsored research in experimental mechanics.

Graduate Student, M.I.T., 1988-1992. Conducted funded research on toughening mechanisms in advanced ceramic composites.

Adjunct Professor, Mercer University, 1986-1988. Taught undergraduate courses in engineering dynamics.


 

ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

Founder and President of Mind Rocket LLC, a technology startup developing a variety of products and providing engineering consulting solutions. The company received a seed round of angel investment of $1.5M in 2014. Its first product to market is a wearable technology sleeping aid called the Sleep Shepherd www.SleepShepherd.com.

Founder (2008) and President of Tissue Fusion LLC, which is developing sugical devices which use laser energy to fuse biological tissue together as an alternative to sutures or staples in wound closure. The company has completed two rounds of successful animal trials and is seeking regulatory approval for its first product, LaSept www.tissuefusion.com

Director and creator of MIND Studios, a full-service product design and development studio housed within the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  MIND Studios has served over 200 clients ranging from large corporations to individuals with research, analysis, design and prototyping capabilities. It helped multiple independent inventors launch start-ups based upon consumer products, medical devices and energy systems.

CEO and Co-founder (1995) of Innovention Toys, LLC, which designs, manufactures and distributes high-tech games and toys.  The primary product is the MENSA award-winning KHET: the laser game (see www.khet.com).  The company exceeded $1M in revenues in its second year of operation.  KHET has sold over 500,000 units and continues to do well in the independent toy market internationally.

Co-founder (1995) of Xorbent Technologies, LLC, a medical device start-up based on a patented surgical stapler I invented.  The company received $22M in venture investment to develop products for ENT surgeons. It operated as Entrigue Surgical, LLC, until it was acquired by Arthrocare in 2013 (acquired by Smith & Nephew in 2014)

MILITARY EXPERIENCE

Mechanical Engineer and Officer, U.S. Air Force, 1985-1988. Performed damage tolerance analyses and finite element analyses of aircraft structural components. Honorably discharged at the rank of Captain.

FUNDED RESEARCH PROGRAMS (Total of $6,950,146)

Colorado Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program. Laser-based medical devices to fuse biological tissue together, 2013-2016. $250,000.

Boston Scientific Corporation.  Laser Treatment of Bronchial Muscle Tissue, 2011-1012. $50,000

National Science Foundation (co-PI with two others). I SEE:  Innovation through Synergistic Educational Engagement, 2008-2011. $599,856

Missile Defense Agency. Advanced Research in Ballistic Missile Defense, 2003-2008. $2,481,972

Colorado Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program. A Device for Laser Fusion of Septal Tissue, 2007-2008. $97,000

Lemelson Foundation. Deflexion, 2004-2005, $12,680

Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund. Rapid Prototyping for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Design, 2003-2004. $99,000

Ballistic Missile Defense Office (co-PI with four others). Advanced Research in Ballistic Missile Defense, 2001-2003. $2,800,000

National Science Foundation (with matching funds from the TRW Corporation). Mechanical Reliability of Surface Mount Electronic Packages, 1999-2001. $102,865

Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund. Novel Experiments in Interfacial Fracture Using Laser Interferometry, 1998-2001. $93,117

Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund (Industrial Ties Program). Development of an Industrial Crawfish Peeling Machine, 1998-2000. $98,000

TRW Corporation. Mechanics Analysis of Electronic Packages, 1996-1998. $15,000

National Science Foundation. Three-Dimensional Crack-Fiber Interactions in Composites with Frictional and Adhesive Interfaces, 1993-1997. $92,400

Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Interfacial Sliding in Brittle Fibrous Composites, 1997. $25,000

Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Fracture Mechanics of Advanced Composite Materials, 1993-1995. $74,086

Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund. Enhancing Toughness in Brittle-Matrix/Brittle-Fiber Composites with Frictional Interfaces: A Three-Dimensional Computational and Experimental Investigation, 1993-1995. $84,675

Lockheed Martin Corporation. Fabrication of a Port Measurement Device, 1995. $27,175

National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Three-Dimensional Crack-Fiber Interactions in Composites with Frictional and Adhesive Interfaces, 1994. $5,000

Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship. An Innovative Course in Engineering Design, 1993- 1994. $5,000

PATENTS

Methods of Using a Septal Stapler, US9,241,726. Inventor: Michael C. Larson. Issued 1/26/16.

Septal Stapler Apparatus, US8,579,179.  Inventor: Michael C. Larson. Issued 11/12/13.

Laser Tissue Fusion of Septal Membranes, US8,251,983. Inventors: Michael C. Larson, Jesse McClure and Luke Hooper. Issued 2/8/12.

Septal Stapler Apparatus, US7,438,208.  Inventor: Michael C. Larson. Issued 10/21/08.

Light-reflecting Board Game, US7,264,242. Inventors: Luke Hooper, Del Segura and Michael C. Larson. Issued 9/4/07.  (International patents issued in France, United Kingdom, Germany, China and Australia.)

Method and Apparatus for Peeling Crawfish, US6042465. Inventors: Michael C. Larson and Andrew L. Johnston. Issued 3/28/00.

Binaural Sleep Inducing System, Pending Application Number 20140343354, Publication number WO2014153437. Inventors: Michael C. Larson and Jesse McClure.

Targeted Tissue Heating Methods and Associated Systems, Pending Application Number 20150141951. Inventors: Sandra Nagale, Mark W. Boden, Timothy Paul Harrah and Michael C. Larson

Orthopedic Tamp and Bone Stabilization Material Delivery Device, Pending: Application Number 20140358188. Inventors: Michael C. Larson, Jesse R. McClure,  Richard M. Meinig and Joe Griebel.

Social Interaction Device, Pending Application Number 20140095618. Inventors: Michael C. Larson and Jesse McClure.

Methods And Devices for Targeted Ablation of Tissue, Pending Application Number 20160302868. Inventors: Sandra Nagale, Michael Larson and Mark Boden.

Middle Turbinate Medializer, Pending Application Number 11/747,442. Inventors: Donald Gonzales, Michael Larson, Fred Dinger, Gabriele Niederaurer and Jeffrey Wrana.

Device for Targeted Bladder Treatment, Application being prepared.

PUBLICATIONS

“Design of a Nasal Septum Measurement Device,” Valmiki K. Sooklal,  Luke Hooper, and Michael C. Larson, Journal of Medical Devices 7(4), 041001, Sep 24, 2013.

“Use of a Finite Element/Cohesive Zone Hybrid Method for Predicting the Failure of Structural Panels Irradiated by a Laser Source,” Valmiki K. Sooklal, Michael Larson and Jesse McClure, Journal of Directed Energy, vol. 3, no. 4, 2010.

Valmiki Sooklal, Jesse McClure, Luke Hooper, Michael Larson, “A laser device for fusion of nasal mucosa,” Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VI Proceedings of SPIE, vol. 7548 Photonics West, March 2010.

“Laser Fusion of Biological Materials”, M. Larson, J. McClure and L. Hooper,  Proceedings of the Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium,  Colorado Springs, CO,  October 2007.

“Failure initiation sites in tensioned aluminum panels subject to IR irradiation”, J. McClure and M.C. Larson, Journal of Directed Energy, 2, [1], pp. 59-70, 2006.

“Experimental Study and Life Prediction on High Cycle Vibration Fatigue in BGA packages”, X. Liu, V. K. Sooklal, M.A. Verges, and M.C. Larson, Microelectronics Reliability. 46, [7], pp. 1128-1138, 2006.

“Residual Compression in Area Array Packages Induced by Underfill Shrinkage,” M.C. Larson, M.A. Verges and X. Liu, Microelectronics Reliability, 46, [2-4],  pp. 496-502, 2006.

“Analysis of thermo-mechanical failure initiation in tensioned aluminum strips under irradiation from an IR heat source”, J. McClure and M.C. Larson, Proceedings of the Fourth High Energy Laser Lethality Conference, March 2005.

“Limits of Crack Growth Stability in the Double Cleavage Drilled Compression Specimen,” T.A. Jenne, W.D. Keat and M.C. Larson, Engineering Fracture Mechanics , 70, [13], pp. 1697-1719, 2003.

“Extending the Fatigue Life of Solder Grid Array Electronic Packages,” M.C. Larson and M.A. Verges, Journal of Electronic Packaging. 125, [1],  pp. 18-23, 2003.

“The State of Mechanical Engineering Design Education: Results of a Web-based Survey”, M.C. Larson and W.D. Keat, Proceedings of ASEE 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, TN June, 2003.

“High Cycle Vibration Testing of BGA Packages,” Valmiki K. Sooklal, Michael C. Larson and Xia Liu, Proceedings of 2002 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana, November, 2002.

“Force and Shapes of Liquid Bridges Between Circular Pads,” M.A. Verges, M.C. Larson and R. Bacou, Experimental Mechanics, 41 [4], pp. 351-357, 2001.

“Vibration Qualification of Area Array Packages,” M.C. Larson, Proceedings of the Pacific Rim/ ASME International Electronic Packaging Technical Conference, IPACK2001-15812, 2001.

“Development of a Crawfish Processing Machine in a Capstone Design Course,” M.C. Larson, D. Collins and M. Landry, Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, American Society for Engineering Education, Albuquerque, NM, June 2001.

“Fatigue of Surface Mount Interconnects,” M.C. Larson and M.A. Verges, 4th Symposium on Experimental/Numerical Mechanics in Electronic Packaging, XI International Congress on Experimental Mechanics, Society of Experimental Mechanics, Orlando, FL,. June 2000.

“Shapes of Liquid Bridges between Circular Pads,” M.A. Verges and M.C. Larson, 4th Symposium on Experimental/Numerical Mechanics in Electronic Packaging, XI International Congress on Experimental Mechanics, Society of Experimental Mechanics, Orlando, FL, June 2000.

“Extending the Fatigue Life of SGA Interconnects for Aerospace Applications,” M.C. Larson and M.A. Verges, Proceedings of the 2000 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MO., March 2000.

“Nondestructive Identification of Three-Dimensional Embedded Cracks in Finite Bodies by Inversion of Surface Displacements,” M.C. Larson, M.A. Verges and W.D. Keat, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 63 [5], pp. 611-629, 1999.

“Assessing the Creativity of Engineers,” M.C. Larson, B. Thomas and P.O. LeViness, Successes in Engineering Design Education, ASME, November, 1999.

“Interfacial Sliding Near a Crack Tip,” M.C. Larson and W.D. Keat, Proceedings of the SEM Annual Conference, Society of Experimental Mechanics, Cincinnati, OH, pp. 73-75, June 1999.

“Inverse Method for Identification of 3D Embedded Cracks in Finite Bodies,” W.D. Keat and M.C. Larson, Proceedings of the SEM Annual Conference, Society of Experimental Mechanics, Cincinnati, OH, pp. 59-61,. June 1999.

“Shapes and Residual Forces of BGA Interconnects for Optimal Design in Aerospace Applications,” M.A. Verges and M.C. Larson, Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Snowmass, CO,. March 1999.

“Inverse Method of Identification for Three Dimensional Subsurface Cracks in a Half-Space,” W.D. Keat, M.C. Larson, and M.A. Verges, International Journal of Fracture, 92 [3], pp. 253- 270, 1998.

“On the Effects of Friction, Roughness, and Toughness on Interfacial Sliding in Brittle Composites,” M.C. Larson and H.F. Miles, Mechanics of Materials, 27 [2], pp. 77-89, 1998.

“Experimental and Computational Models for Three Dimensional Crack/Fiber Interactions,” M.C. Larson, Experimental Mechanics, 35 [4], pp. 445-451, 1997.

“Fracture Propagation Near a Frictionally-Constrained Fiber Interface,” M.C. Larson, International Journal of Composites Engineering, [5], pp. 25-36, 1995.

“Micromechanical Crack Propagation in Nicalon Fiber Toughened Composites,” N. Preetam and M.C. Larson, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, pamphlet 95-GT-376, 1995.

“Inverse Analysis for Embedded Fractures,” W.D. Keat, M.C. Larson, M.J. Halliday, and M.L. Arthur, AIAA-95-1507-CP, 36th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, pp. 3164-3170, April 1995.

“Experiments of Crack-Fiber Interactions in Composites with Frictional Interfaces,” M.C. Larson, Studies in Applied Mechanics: Inelasticity and Micromechanics of Metal Matrix Composites, [41], pp.191-212, 1994.

“A Capstone Design Course Organized Using a Corporate Structure Model,” M.C. Larson, D.J. Sailor, and P.M. Lynch, Shaping Our World: Educating Engineers for the 21st Century, Amer. Soc. of Eng. Ed., pp. 715-720, 1994.

Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Toughening in Brittle Matrix-Brittle Fiber Ceramic Composites with Frictional Interfaces, M.C. Larson, Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992, available through University Microfilms.

“Computational and Experimental Simulation of 3-D Fracture in Ceramic Fiber-Ceramic Matrix Composites,” W.D. Keat, M.C. Larson, and M.P. Cleary, Ceramic Engineering & Science Proceedings, Amer. Cer. Soc., 12 [7-8], pp.1389-1407, 1991.

PAPERS PRESENTED AND INVITED LECTURES

“The Science of Sleep,” invited presentation, Google, Boulder CO, October 2015.

“A Surgical Device for Fusion of Biological Tissue,” invited presentation, Columbia University, New York, November 2014.

“A Surgical Device for Fusion of Biological Tissue,” invited presentation, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, September 2013.

“Laser/Tissue Interactions,” invited presentation, Lund University, Sweden, September 2013.

“Coaptation of Septal Mebranes using Laser Tissue Fusion,” invited speaker for biophotonics workshop at the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, December 2012.

“The Future of Manufacturing hinges on Creativity,” keynote address at the Connecticut Tech Expo and Sustainability Fair,  Norwich, CT, December 2011.

“Leading Innovative Enterprises,” presentation to the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs, June 2011.

“Creativity and Innovation at UCCS and Beyond,” presentation to the Curiosity Unlimited series, UCCS, May 2011.

“A Surgical Device for Fusion of Biological Tissue,” invited paper, workshop on Photonics in Medicine, École Polytechnique, France,  January 2011.

“Laser-Tissue Interactions”, an invited lecture for Covidien, Boulder, CO, March 2010.

“Inventing a New You”, series of TV segments appearing on KOAA 6PM news broadcasts, February to April 2010.

“Innovation in Business”, a keynote address to the Colorado Springs’ Executives’ Club, February 2010.

“A laser device for fusion of nasal mucosa,” invited paper, symposium on Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics, SPIE Photonics West, January 2010.

“The Creative Perspective”, a keynote address to the Retired Faculty and Staff Association of UCCS, October 2009.

“Getting Ahead: Creative Strategies for a Creative Career”, seminar for alumni and community members, UCCS, October 2009.

“Running an Entrepreneurial University”, presentation for the Higher Education Resource Services HERS Denver Institute, September 2009.

“A Laser-Based Device for Tissue Fusion”, Design of Medical Devices Conference, University of Minnesota, April 2009.

“Creative Spaces for Engineering Design”, invited presenter for the Renovation for Innovation Workshop organized by Project Kaleidoscope and the National Collegiate Inventors’ and Innovators’ Alliance, Washington DC, April 2009.

“Laser Tissue Fusion”, invited seminar speaker, University of New Orleans, LA, February 2009.

“LaSept: A Device for Laser Fusion of Tissue”, Espirit Technology Forum, Boulder, CO, October 2008.

“Using Lasers for Wound Closure”, invited speaker, Colorado BioScience Association, Colorado Springs, CO, October 2008.

“The Power of Space: Creating Environments to Encourage Innovation”, invited speaker, Rochester Institute of Technology, October 2008.

“Concept to Product”, Medical Device Symposium, Colorado BioScience Association, Denver, CO, October 2008.

“Development of a Medical Device for Laser Tissue Fusion: and Example of Invention at MIND Studios”, Café Scientifique, Colorado Springs, CO, March 2008.

“Laser Fusion of Biological Tissue”, keynote speaker, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium,  Colorado Springs, CO,  October 2007.

“Technology Entrepreneurship”, Invention to Venutre Workshop, Colorado Springs, CO,  April 2007.

“Mechanical Reliability of Area Array Packages”, invited speaker series, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, NJ, December 2005.

“Purposeful Creativity”, MENSA Annual Gathering, New Orleans, LA, July 2005.

“Analysis of thermo-mechanical failure initiation in tensioned aluminum strips under irradiation from an IR heat source”, High Energy Laser Lethality Conference, DEPS, Tampa, FL, March 2005.

“Engineering Solutions to Security Problems”, Tulane Engineering Forum, New Orleans, LA, December 2004.

“The State of Mechanical Engineering Design Education: Results of a Web-based Survey”, American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference Nashville, TN, June 2003.

“Limits of Crack Growth Stability in DCDC Compression Specimens,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, ASME, New York, NY, November, 2001.

“The State of Engineering Design Education and ABET EC2000: views from industry and academia,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, ASME, New York, NY, November, 2001.

“Vibration Qualification of Area Array Packages,” The Pacific Rim/ASME International Electronic Packaging Technical Conference, Kauai, Hawaii, July, 2001.

“High Density Interconnects for Aerospace Applications,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, ASME, Orlando, FL, November, 2000.

“Fatigue of Surface Mount Interconnects,”XI International Congress on Experimental Mechanics, SEM, Orlando, FL, June, 2000.

“Shapes and Forces for Liquid Bridges between Circular Pads,”XI International Congress on Experimental Mechanics, SEM, Orlando, FL, June, 2000.

“Extending the Fatigue Life of Solder Grid Array (SGA) Electronic Packages,” Caltech Seminar in Applied Mechanics, Pasadena, CA, April 2000.

“Ball Grid Array Reliability,” Mechanics and Processes Seminar, TRW, Redondo Beach, CA, May 2000

“Extending the Fatigue Life of SGA Interconnects for Aerospace Applications,” IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE, Big Sky, MO, March 2000.

“Electronic Packages for Aerospace Applications,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, ASME, Nashville, TN, November, 1999.

“Assessing the Creativity of Engineers,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, ASME, Nashville, TN, November, 1999.

“Reliability of SGA Electronic Packages,” Invited Lecture, Union College Seminar in Mechanical Engineering, Schenectady, NY, September 1999.

“An Analysis of Ball Grid Array Interconnects Utilizing High Sensitivity Moiré Interferometry,” Joint Applied Mechanics and Materials Summer Conference, ASME, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, June 1999.

“A Computational and Experimental Analysis of Interfacial Sliding,” Joint Applied Mechanics and Materials Summer Conference, ASME, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, June 1999.

“Shapes and Residual Forces of BGA Interconnects for Optimal Design in Aerospace Applications,” IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE, Snowmass, CO, March 1999.

“Measurements of Sliding at an Interface Near an Impinging Fracture,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, ASME, Anaheim, CA, November, 1998.

“Identification of Embedded Fractures from Surface Displacements,” 13th U.S. National Congress of Applied Mechanics, Gainesville, FL, June, 1998 (with William Keat).

“Three-dimensional Sliding at Interfaces,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, ASME, Dallas, TX, November, 1997.

“An Inversion Methodology for NDE in Fracture Mechanics,” Joint Applied Mechanics and Materials Summer Conference, ASME, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, June 1997.

“Exploiting Interfacial Mechanisms to Toughen Fibrous Brittle Composites,” American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, November 1996.

“Inverse Analysis for Fractures,” Society of Experimental Mechanics VIII International Congress, Nashville, TN, June 1996.

“Crack-fiber Interactions at Interfaces in Brittle Composites,” Society of Experimental Mechanics VIII International Congress, Nashville, TN, June 1996.

“Micro-mechanical Aspects of Three-dimensional Fracture in Composites,” Invited Lecture, University of Texas at Austin Seminar in Aerospace Engineering, Austin, TX, December 1995.

“Crack-Fiber Interactions at Frictional Interfaces: Experimental Observations and Computational Simulation,” Joint Applied Mechanics and Materials Summer Conference, UCLA, ASME, Los Angeles, CA, June 1995.

“Micromechanical Crack Propagation in Nicalon Fiber Toughened Composites,” International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition, Houston, TX, June 1995.

“Inverse Analysis for Embedded Fractures,” 36th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 1995.

“Fracture Propagation Near a Frictionally-Constrained Fiber Interface,” 1st International Conference on Composites Engineering, New Orleans, LA, August 1994.

“Experiments of Crack-Fiber Interactions in Brittle Composites,” 12th U.S. National Congress of Applied Mechanics, Seattle, WA, June 1994.

“A Capstone Design Course Organized Using a Corporate Structure Model,” Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education, Baton Rouge, LA, March 1994.

“Optimization of the Flatwater Kayak Paddle,” Finalist in the Sports Science and Technology Design Competition sponsored by the United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, CO, September 1993 (with Jared Siegel and Paul Williams).

“Modeling of 3-D Crack Propagation using Surface Integral Methods,” Invited Lecture, Boundary Element Tools for the Year 2000, 15th Boundary Element International Conference, Worcester, MA, August 1993 (with William Keat and Bal Annigeri).

“Designing Tough Brittle-Matrix/Brittle-Fiber Ceramic Composites with Frictional Interfaces,” Invited Lecture, Clarkson University Seminar in Mechanical Engineering, Potsdam, NY, March 1993.

“Computational and Experimental Simulation of 3-D Fracture in Ceramic Fiber-Ceramic Matrix Composites,” 15th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Cocoa Beach, FL, January 1991.

“Three-dimensional Crack Propagation in Brittle Matrix Composites with Frictional Interfaces,” DoD Mechanics of Composites Review, Dayton, OH, October 1991.

“Experimental Investigation of Fractures Interacting with Frictional Interfaces,” AFOSR Contractors’ Meeting, Dayton, OH, November 1991.

ART EXHIBITION

“Open Innovation” an interactive art exhibit at the Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, October 22, 2010.

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SUPERVISED

DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Jesse McClure, PhD student working in the area of laser interactions with biological tissue.

Valmicki Sooklal, Ph.D. conferred in August 2006. Doctoral Dissertation title: A Cohesive Element Formulation for Predicting Failure of Pretensioned Panals Subjected to Laser Irradiation.

Xia Liu, Ph.D. conferred in July 2004. Doctoral Dissertation title: Fatigue Life Prediction of Solder Interconnects in Area-array Microelectronic Packages and the Effects of Underfill.

Herbert Miles, Ph.D. conferred in August 1999. Doctoral Dissertation title: Interfacial Sliding in Fibrous Brittle Matrix Composites.

Melody Arthur Verges, Ph.D. conferred in May 1999. Doctoral Dissertation title: An Investigation of Ball Grid Array Electronic Packages.

MASTERS STUDENTS

David Hills, M.S. conferred in May 2014. Master’s Thesis title: Biomedical Device Design- Control of Laser Photocoagulation Response in Septal Tissues via Ancillary Thermal Response Models

Peter Courage, M.S. conferred in May 2013. Master’s Thesis title: Biomedical Device Design for Laser Tissue Welding

Joseph Griebel, M.S. conferred in December 2012. Master’s Thesis title: Numerical and Experimental Modeling of Heat Transfer in a Homogenous Material Due to Laser Irradiation.

Kyle Resh, M.S. conferred in December 2006. Master’s Thesis title: Experimental validation of a semi-analytical solution for crack growth in double cleavage drilled compression specimens.

Alex Neff,  M.S. conferred in December 2006. Master’s Thesis title: Calibration for a Finite Element Failure Prediction Model of Thermo-Mechanical Failure Initiation in Pre-Tensioned Aluminum Strips Under Irradiation From a CO2 Laser.

Ross Doyle, M.S. conferred in August 2006. Master’s Thesis title: Apparatus and Method for Fatigue Testing of Electronic Packages.

Luke Hooper, M.S. conferred in August 2005. Master’s Thesis title: Design of Septum Measurement Device.

Jesse McClure, M.S. conferred in May 2005. Master’s Thesis title: Failure initiation in tensioned aluminum panels subject to IR irradiation.

Donal Collins, M.S. conferred in May 2003. Master’s Thesis title: Experiments on Inducing Rapid Expansion of Sub-carapacial Fluids for Peeling Crustaceans.

Valmicki Sooklal, M.S. conferred in July 2002. Master’s Thesis title:  Vibration Failure of Area Array Electronic Packages.

Romain Bacou, M.S. conferred in August 1999. Master’s Thesis title: Experiments of a Liquid Bridge between Parallel Plates.

Jeffrey Berner, M.S. conferred in December 1998. Master’s Thesis title: Measurement of Sliding in Interfacial DCDC Specimens Using Moiré Interferometry.

Andrew Johnston, M.S. conferred in August 1998. Master’s Thesis title: Design of a Crawfish Peeling Machine.

Scott Goldblatt, M.S. conferred in May 1997. Master’s Thesis title: Design of a Test for Assessing Crack Blunting in Interfacial DCDC Geometries.

Herbert Miles, M.S. conferred in December 1996. Master’s Thesis title: Rough, Tough, Frictional Interfaces in Brittle Matrix Composites.

Melody Arthur Verges, M.S., conferred in July 1995. Master’s Thesis title: A Measurement Technique for Surface Displacements Induced by Three-dimensional Fractures.

Ryan Herbel, M.S. conferred in July 1995. Master’s Thesis title: An Experimental Investigation of Frictional Interface Effects on Toughening in Composites.

Nagoor Preetam, M.S. conferred in May 1995. Master’s Thesis title: Micromechanical Crack Propagation in Nicalon Fiber Toughened Composites.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Designing Design Education for the 21st Century, workshop sponsored by the NSF, May 19-21, 1999, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research Faculty Fellow. Worked with the Division of Metals and Ceramics of the Materials Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Summer 1996, Dayton, Ohio (accompanied by a graduate student).

Experimental Stress Analysis for the Teaching Laboratory, workshop sponsored by the Measurements Group, Inc, July 17-21, 1995, Raleigh, NC.

The Mechanics and Materials Linkage, workshop sponsored by the Institute for Mechanics and Materials, August 9-20, 1993, College Park, MD.

Microstructural Aspects of Fracture Mechanics, workshop sponsored by the Institute for Mechanics and Materials, August 21, 1993, College Park, MD.

Concurrent Engineering and Design for Manufacture, workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Program, June 21-25, 1993, Lowell, MA.

COURSES TAUGHT

Medical Device Design, Composite Materials, Engineering Optics, Mechanical Design (capstone), Fracture Mechanics, Elasticity, Engineering Design, Finite Element Analysis, Mechanics of Materials, Computer Aided Design, Experimental Mechanics, Machine Elements, Advanced Engineering Design, Kinematics, Dynamics, Engineering Entrepreneurship, Mechanics, Materials and Processes in Electronic Packaging, Product Design, Product Development,

WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED

GameQuest (invention camp for middle school students), organizer and presenter, Colorado Springs, CO; July 12-16, 2010;  May 12-20, 2011.

Toy and Game Design Workshop, organizer and presenter, Colorado Springs, CO, October 25, 2008 and August 29, 2009.

Game Invention Workshop for Kids (for Imagination Celebration), Celebration Place, Colorado Springs, CO, April 19, 2008.

Mothers of Invention, organizer and lecturer, Colorado Springs, CO, August 25, 2007.

Invention to Venture (three times), organizer and lecturer, Colorado Springs, CO, April 25, 2007, April 24, 2008, and February 27, 2009.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SUPERVISED (PARTIAL LIST)

William Clark, Failure of Pre-tensioned Panels subjected to IR Radiation, Honors Thesis, May 2002.

Melanie Landry, Development of the ThermoPeel System for Processing Crawfish, Honors Thesis, May 2001.

Jill Tassin, Creativity Enhancement During an Introductory Engineering Design Course, Honors Thesis, May 1999.

Aaron Kirtley, Design of a Crawfish Peeling Device, Honors Thesis, May 1999.

Jeffrey Berner, Design of a Moiré Interferometric Mechanical Test Apparatus, Honors Thesis, May 1997.

Benjamin Thomas, Creativity Assessment of Engineers, Honors Thesis, May 1997.

Herbert Miles, Biomimetics in Fatigue and Fracture, Honors Thesis, May 1995. His presentation of this work was awarded second place at the ASME regional meeting, Mexico City, Mexico, April 1995.

Jason Brady Babcock, How Engineering Colleges can Bolster Science Education in Secondary Schools, Honors Thesis, May 1995.

Hariani Zaki, Nondestructive Inspection Techniques, Honors Thesis, May 1995.

Cordell Duncan, Development of the Crack Visualization Apparatus (CVA), Honors Thesis, May 1994.

Ian Falkinham, SEM Investigation of Composite Fracture, Honors Thesis, May 1994.

Mary Lester, Creativity and the Engineering Design Process, Honors Thesis, May 1994.

Brian Pangburn, Computer Simulations of Three-dimensional Fractures, Honors Thesis, May 1994.

Jared Siegel and Paul Williams, Optimization of the Flatwater Kayak Paddle, Finalist in the 1993 United States Olympic Committee on Sports Technology Competition, September 1993.

Angel Soriano, Characterization of a Specimen for Evaluating Toughness in a Brittle Composite, Honors Thesis, May 1993.

PROFESSIONAL AND HONORARY SOCIETIES

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and adviser to student chapter 1994-1996

The International Optics Society (SPIE)

American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

Directed Energy Professional Society

Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM)

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) adviser to student chapter 1996-1999

Society of Engineering Science

Tau Beta Pi

Pi Tau Sigma

REVIEWER OF PAPERS

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal

Composites Engineering

Experimental Mechanics

International Journal of Solids and Structures

Journal of Applied Mechanics

Journal of Biomedical Engineering

Journal of Directed Energy

Journal of Mechanical Design

Journal of Science Education and Technology

Microelectronics Reliability

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Workshop participant, Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, Denver, CO, June 2009.

Member of ABET evalutation team, UC Davis, 2006.

Member of ABET evaluation team, Western Kentucky University, 2004.

Chairman of the Experimental Mechanics Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME, 1999-2001.

Secretary of the Experimental Mechanics Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME, 1997-1999.

Symposium Organizer, “Experimental Methods in Electronic Packaging” during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Orlando, FL, November 2000.

Session Chair, “Mechanics of Electronic Packaging,” XI International Congress on Experimental Mechanics, SEM, Orlando, FL, June, 2000.

Symposium Organizer, “Experimental Methods in Electronic Packaging” during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nashville, TN, November 1999.

Symposium Organizer, “Three-dimensional Aspects in Fracture Mechanics” (multiple sessions) during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Dallas, TX, November 1997.

Session Chair, “Symposium on Applications of Experimental Mechanics to Electronic Packaging,” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Dallas, TX, November 1997.

Symposium Organizer, “Symposium on Inverse Methods in Experimental Mechanics,” during the Joint ASME, ASCE, and SES Summer Meeting, Evanston, IL, June 1997.

Session Chair, “Symposium on Experimental Mechanics: Shielding Mechanisms in Mixed Mode Interfacial Fracture,” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, November 1996.

Invited participant in the Think-tank on the Interaction Between Experiments and Theory in the Mechanics and Physics of Solids and Structures sponsored by the NSF’s Institute for Mechanics and Materials, University of Houston, March 1996.

NSF Advisory Panelist for the Individual Investigator Award proposals in the Mechanics and Materials Program in the Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems, July 1994.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Boad Member, Colorado Springs School, 2011-present.

Boad Member, Colorado Youth Symphony Association, 2010-2012.

GameQuest invention week-long summer camp for kids, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Invention Convention presenter at Colorado Springs School, 2010, 2011.

Colorado Springs “What If”, Innovation Festival Planning Committee, 2009.

Career Day presenter at Explorer Elementary, October 2009 and October 2010.

Celebrate Youth in the Arts, invited speaker, June 2009.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Inventor of the Year 2015, awarded by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office.

Chairperson’s Award, Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, 2010.

Outstanding Researcher of the Year, School of Engineering, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2008

New Inventor of the Year 2007, awarded by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office.

Innovator of the Year 2005, awarded by New Orleans City Business for establishing and directing the Studio for Creative Design

Society of Tulane Engineers and the Lee H. Johnson Award for Teaching Excellence, Tulane University, 1999

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Tulane University, 1998

Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1997

Pi Tau Sigma ASME Faculty Award for outstanding teaching, Tulane University, 1994-1995, 1995-1996, and 2002-2003

Harold A. Levey Alumni Award (for significant achievement within ten years of graduation from Tulane University), 1994

Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellow, 1993-1994

Newton and Mary Ebaugh Fellow, 1992-1993

Air Force Commendation Medal

 

 

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