Dr. Arnaldo Mazzei, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in dynamics and vibrations of mechanical systems and computer aided engineering.
Mazzei has spent the last eight years at Kettering and finds that the University's cooperative education program is the distinguishing feature between Kettering students and those at other schools. Because students at Kettering achieve a degree of practical knowledge based on their co-op work terms, this makes it easier to direct them toward practical applications of what they have learned.
He describes Kettering students as practical, interested and enthusiastic about learning as much as they can. His favorite aspect of teaching at Kettering is the opportunity to link theory to practical applications. He also enjoys working with students in one-on-one situations and decided to come to Kettering based on the school's focus on education.
Hot tip for prospective students: "Although most engineers like the practical aspects of the field, it is important to focus on basic concepts. These concepts allow us to think like engineers and to understand how our 'mechanical world' operates."
Hidden talents and outside interests: When he's not in the classroom or on campus, Mazzei loves to scuba dive.
Finite element analysis
Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH)
Mazzei, A. and Scott, R. A.; 2011, ASME - Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, (Published online: 12 October 2011,Vol.133, Iss.6: DOI: 10.1115/1.4004605), Effect of Functionally Graded Materials on Resonances of Bending Shafts Under Time-Dependent Axial Loading.
Mazzei, A.; 2011, Journal of Vibration and Control vol. 17 no. 5 667-677 (Published online: November 22, 2010), Passage through Resonance in a Universal Joint Driveline System (http://jvc.sagepub.com/content/17/5/667).
Mazzei, A. and Scott, R. A.; 2011, Proceedings of the XXIX International Modal Analysis Conference, Jacksonville, FL; paper # 23, Transverse Vibrations of Tapered Materially Inhomogeneous Axially Loaded Shafts (http://www.springerlink.com/content/h145m6707j7m51x6/).
Mazzei, A., Scott, R. A.; 2011, Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, Canada; Assessing the Reliability of some Classical Mechanical Vibration Designs via Simulation Software. (ASEE link)