Dean Lewis

Dean Lewis
Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Office Phone
Office Location
241 AMIC Building
AMIC BUILDING
5350 TECHNOLOGY DRIVE
ERIE PA 16510
Biography

Mr. Dean Lewis is an assistant teaching professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State Behrend. He received his B.S. in engineering mechanical focus from LeTourneau University in May 1992; his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1996; and is finishing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer. Mr. Lewis comes to Penn State Behrend with eleven years of teaching experience.

Mr. Lewis's engineering skills are in the following areas: finite element analysis, mechanics of solids, plasticity theory, concurrent engineering, design for assembly, design for manufacture, design of experiments, analytic dynamics, and quality control.

 

Teaching 

Courses Taught

  • E MCH 012, E MCH 212 – Dynamics
  • E MCH 013, E MCH 213 – Strength of Materials
  • EDSGN 100S – First-Year Seminar
  • M E 347 – Computer-Aided Engineering
  • M E 349 – Intermediate Mechanics of Materials
  • M E 365 – Materials Lab
  • M E 367 – Machine Design
  • M E 368 – Materials Properties and Characterization
  • M E 380 – Machine Dynamics
  • M E 468 – Engineering for Manufacturing

 

Research 

List of Grants and Contracts Awarded for Improvements of Instruction or for Training Programs with an Indication of the Candidate's Role in Preparing and Administering the Grants and Contracts

Date: July 1, 2009
Title: Integrating the World-Class Engineer into E MCH 213 Strength of Materials
Funding Source: The Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education
Amount: $3,850
Role/Contribution (of all involved): D. Lewis [Primary Investigator]

List of Grants for Equipment, Facilities, or other Purposes that Do Not Provide Salary Support for Faculty Members or Graduate Students

Date: September 2007
Title: Web-based Supplemental Tutorials for Engineering Mechanics
Funding Source: Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Amount: $475
Role/Contribution (of all involved): D. Lewis [Principal Investigator]

Date: December 2006
Title: Testing and Modeling of Compressive-hook Integral Attachment Feature
Funding Source: Research Incentive Grant Program for Early Career Faculty
Amount: $2500
Role/Contribution (of all involved): D. Lewis [Principal Investigator]

Mr. Lewis’s research interests are in the areas of assembly of plastic housings with attachment features, impact dynamics, and engineering education.

 

Service 

University Service

  • Faculty Council
    • Secretary, 8/2007-5/2009.

Assistance to student organizations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Student chapter, adviser, 2008-present.
  • Chi Alpha
    • Adviser, campus chapter, Spring 2009-present.
Research Interests

Advanced testing and processing of bearings, assembly of plastic housings with attachment features, impact dynamics, engineering education.

Publications

Prototyping a prototype-based project with minimal equipment requirements - July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 24, 2019
Collaborators: Charlotte DeVries; Qi Dunsworth

Integrating an Effective Freshman Seminar Experience into a First Year Engineering Design Course - August 6, 2017
Collaborators: Paul Lynch, Co-Author; Charlotte DeVries, Co-Author

Introduction of a Global Perspective Using a Team Project in a Strength of Materials Course, ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition - June, 2011
Collaborator: Mary Brannon

Analysis of Thermoplastic Properties After Cryogenic Treatment and Normalization, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - May, 2008
Collaborators: M Dropik; D Tullai; B Dibble

Integral Mechanical Attachment, A Resurgence of the Oldest Method of Joining - 2006
Collaborator: Robert Messler, Author

Laboratory Introduction to Embedded Control, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - 2004
Collaborators: P Schooch; A Golwelkar; L Lim; J Kokemak

Attachment Design Analysis of a Plastic Housing Joined With Snap-fits, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - May, 2000
Collaborators: G Gabriele; R Brown

JAVA™-based Design Calculator for Integral Snap-fits, ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference - September, 1999
Collaborators: J Oh; D Lee; G Gabriele

An Investigation of the Compressive Hook Integral Attachment Feature, Journal of Injection Molding Technology - December, 1997
Collaborators: K Knapp, II; G Gabriele

Finite Element Investigation of the Bayonet-and-Finger Integral Attachment Feature, Journal of Infection Molding Technology - December, 1997
Collaborators: L Wang; G Gabriele

Education

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BS, Engineering, LeTourneau University