Charlotte de Vries, Ph.D.

Charlotte Marr de Vries, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
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240 AMIC Building
ERIE PA 16510

    Dr. Charlotte Marr de Vries is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State Behrend. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 2009. She received her M.S. (2013) and Ph.D. (2014) in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.


    • ME 345W: Instrumentation, Measurement, and Statistics
    • ME 357: System Dynamics


    Dr. de Vries’s research interests lie in design methodology, specifically medical design and design for human variability (DfHV). DfHV promotes the design of artifacts, tasks, and environments that are accessible, safe, and economical for users of all demographics. Her doctoral dissertation focused on quantifying the variability of scapula in order to model changes in shape due to the effects of osteoarthritis. This model aims to provide surgeons and implant designers with suggestions to improve surgical outcomes.


    Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 2009

    Member of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) Broadening Participation Workshop Committee from 2013

    Reviewer for Journal of Mechanical Design.

    Research Interests

    Engineering Design Process, Prototyping, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Human centered design, Design for Human Variability, Glenoid deformation due to osteoarthritis,


    Using 3D Printing to Teach Design and Manufacturing Principles - November 1, 2020
    Collaborators: Andrew Valentine; Mariea Sargent ; Faisal Aqlan

    Broadening Participation: Over Ten Years of Outreach within the IDETC-DED Community - August 16, 2020
    Collaborators: Kate Fu, Co-Author; Elizabeth Starkey, Co-Author; Christine Toh, Co-Author; Nicole Damen, Co-Author; Shraddha Joshi, Co-Author; Brian Sylcott, Co-Author; Kathryn Jacobson, Co-Author

    Development of a Mentorship Program between Upper-class and First Year Engineering Students through 3D printing - June 22, 2020
    Collaborators: Jill Johnson; Brian Lani

    Prototyping a prototype-based project with minimal equipment requirements - July 29, 2019
    Collaborators: Qi Dunsworth, Co-Author; Dean Lewis

    Making it for Real: Redesign of a First-Year Engineering Project - October 6, 2018
    Collaborator: Qi Dunsworth, Co-Author

    Using LEGO Kits to Teach Higher-Level Problem Solving Skills in System Dynamics: A Case Study , Advances in Engineering Education - April, 2018
    Collaborators: Yi Wu, Co-Author; Qi Dunsworth, Co-Author

    Modeling the Variability of Glenoid Geometry in Intact and Osteoarthritic Shoulders, Journal of Mechanical Design - November 1, 2017
    Collaborator: Matthew Parkinson

    Integrating an Effective Freshman Seminar Experience into a First Year Engineering Design Course - August, 2017
    Collaborators: Paul Lynch, Co-Author; Dean Lewis, Co-Author

    Limit Biofilm Build-Up in the UPA through the use of Predatory Bacteria - August, 2017

    Engagement in Practice: A Process for Creating a New “Council’s Own” Junior Girl Scout Badge in Mechanical Engineering - July, 2017
    Collaborators: Morgan Stewart, Co-Author; Katherine Fu, Co-Author; Laura Jacobson, Co-Author; Jacquelyn Nagel, Co-Author; Kathy Jacobson, Co-Author; Allison Hughes, Co-Author

    Enhance Hands-on Experience of System and Control Using Low Cost LEGO Kits - October, 2016
    Collaborators: Yi Wu; Oladipo Onipede; Melanie Ford

    Modeling the Variability of Glenoid Geometry in Intact Shoulders - August 21, 2016
    Collaborator: Matthew Parkinson, Co-Author

    Using LEGO MINDSTORMS in a Control Systems Lab to impact next generation engineers - June 17, 2015
    Collaborators: Yi Wu, Co-Author; Melanie Ford, Co-Author; Oladipo Onipede, Co-Author

    Teaching Concept Generation to Undergraduate Students within the Time Constraints of a Capstone Course - June 14, 2015
    Collaborators: Shraddha Sangelkar, Co-Author; Omar Ashour, Co-Author; William Lasher

    Identifying Glenoid Geometries Through Radial Basis Functions for Implant Design - August 17, 2014
    Collaborator: Matthew Parkinson, Co-Author

    Limiting Disproportionate Disaccommodation in Design for Human Variability, Ergonomics - January 2, 2014
    Collaborator: Matthew Parkinson

    A Comparison of Design for Human Variability Strategies in Seating Requirements of Anthropometrically Diverse Populations - August 19, 2013
    Collaborators: Gregory Roach, Co-Author; Matthew Parkinson, Co-Author

    Considering Secular and Demographic Trends in Designing Long Lifetime Products for Target User Populations, Journal of Mechanical Design - August 1, 2011
    Collaborators: Christopher Garneau , Co-Author; Gopal Nadadur, Co-Author; Matthew Parkinson, Co-Author

    A Real Options-Based Approach to Designing for Changing User Populations of Long-Lifetime Products - January 1, 2011
    Collaborators: Gopal Nadadur, Co-Author; Christopher Garneau, Co-Author; Matthew Parkinson

    Considering Secular and Demographic Trends in Designing for Present and Future Populations - January 1, 2011
    Collaborators: Christopher Garneau, Co-Author; Gopal Nadadur, Co-Author; Matthew Parkinson, Co-Author


    Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

    MS, Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

    BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts