• Ph.D. Physics, Purdue University, 2011
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1974
  • B.A.
  • B.A. Philosophy, Coe College, 1974


Advanced manufacturing, nano-assembled materials and processes, surface finishing, process Improvement, mechanical measurement, test and control, energy systems, turbomachinery, innovative design, rapid prototyping, operations management, business and project planning, and entrepreneurship.


My research activities focus on bringing "cutting edge" laboratory technology into practical commercial use. These include manufacture of 350ºC magnet wire by developing a method of high speed application of parylene HT coating to infinite lengths of thin wire, quantum confined high ZT thermoelectric coatings on glass fiber for energy harvesting, frictionless, non-contact, high-speed, hybrid gas bearings, wave rotor constant volume combustion for gas turbines, and friction, wear, and ohmic conductivity testing of new electrical contact material combinations.