Department of Mechanical Engineering

Topics of Interest

NASA and space technololgy

Manufacturing and design

Automotive Engineering

Lasers

Ballistic missile defense and technology

Engineering missions in Third World countries


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Richard Gregory
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Education
B.S. Mechanical Engineering – Tennessee Technological University
M.S. Mechanical Engineering – Tennessee Technological University
Ph.D. EngineeringTennessee Technological University
 
Professional Experience
Engineering intern at Fleetguard (Cummins Filtration Co.) – 1.5 years
Product design engineer at TRW Automotive – 2 years
Research assistant at Tennessee Technological University – 6 years
 
Interesting Information
Faculty adviser for Lipscomb University’s Mini-Baja racing team, a project to build an all-terrain vehicle and compete natuionally in an endurance race

 

Fort Gwinn
Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

 
Education
Ph. D. Engineering Science – University of Tennessee
M. S. Engineering Mechanics – Tennessee Technological University
B.S. Engineering Science – Tennessee Technological University
 
Professional Experience
Sverdrup Technology at the Arnold Engineering and Development Centre – 23 years
Worked at Vandenburg Air Force Base – 1 year
Research at NASA-Langley to design a launch pad for use by space shuttles – 1 year
Served as the principal designer for wind tunnels for GM and Boeing among others
Licensed as civil engineer in California
Licensed as mechanical engineer in Tennessee
Spent four summers doing research with NASA on vibration testing of space hardware
 
Interesting Information
Faculty adviser for Lipscomb University’s Mini Baja racing team, a project to build an all-terrain vehicle and compete nationally in an endurance race -- 4 years
Has led engineering mission trips to Guatemala and Honduras
 

Kerry Patterson
Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics

Education
-- B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Tennessee
-- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee
-- Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Tennessee

Awards
Outstanding Program manager, Defense Technology Group, SAIC – 1996
U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal – 1978
The Distinguished Graduate Award – Army Aircraft Maintenance officer Course – 1974

Professional Experience
Corporate Vice President, Science Applications International Corporation, Arlington, Va., 2001 – 2002
Deputy Manager, Manager, Systems, Technology Applications and Research Operation, Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Va., 1996 – 2001
Division Manager, Defense Technology Group, Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Va., 1989 – 1996
Senior Staff Scientist and Program Manager, Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Va., 1987 – 1989
Senior Staff Scientist, Defense Technology Group, Science Applications International Corporation, Marietta, Ga., 1978 – 1984
Research and Development Officer, U.S. Army High Energy Laser Laboratory, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., 1974 – 1978

Professional Information
Consultant, Science Applications International Corporation and Missile Defense Agency, Arlington, Va., 2003 – 2007
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Senior Member
American Society for Engineering Education

Research Information
Published in:
 AIAA Journal
Journal of Engineering for Industry
ASLE Transactions

Interesting Information
Engineering mission trips to Guatemala, 2006 – present