Fred Nitterright

Fred Nitterright
Assistant Teaching Professor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Office Phone
Office Location
227 Burke
ERIE PA 16563

Mr. Fred Nitterright is an assistant teaching professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Penn State Behrend. He received the A.A.S. in Mechanical Drafting and Design in 1989 from Westmoreland County Community College, the B. S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1991 from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and the M. S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Mr. Nitterright is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers SME, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education ASEE .

Fred Nitterright began his career as a machinist at Elliott Support Services in Donora, Pennsylvania in 1986. He was employed as a computer-aided draftsman at Powerex, Inc, a project engineering at Stanko Products, a process engineer at Ami-Doduco, Inc., and a project engineer and team leader at Classic Industries, Inc., in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Mr. Nitterright's employment at Behrend commenced in 1999.


Courses Taught

  • Applied Solid Modeling
  • Introduction to CAD, ECET
  • MET Summer Internships
  • Manufacturing Materials, Processes, and Laboratory
  • Production Design
  • Production Design Laboratory
  • Solids Modeling I


Service to the University

  • University-wide Course Chair, IE T 101, IE T 215 and IE T 216, 2004-present
  • ETCE Committee, member, 2004-present
  • 2-MET Curricular Committee, member, 2004-present

Service to the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program

  • IE T Lab Coordinator, 2002-present
  • Material Testing Lab Coordinator, 2006-present
  • Master's of Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MFGSE), committee member, 2000-2002

Service to student organizations

  • Behrend Car Club, Faculty Adviser, 2001-present.

Active participation in professional and learned societies

  • American Foundry Society Chapter, Northwest PA, 2007-present.


Research Interests

Advanced Machining, Manufacturing Cost Analysis and Advanced Graphical Technologies.


Improving Undergraduate STEM Writing through Common Language as a Tool to Teach Engineering “Dialects” - June, 2019
Collaborators: David Clippinger; Steven Nozaki; Kathleen Jernquist

Semester-Long Project of a Part Failure for Freshman Mechanical Engineering Technology Students - June, 2019
Collaborator: David Clippinger, Co-Author

Update for Managing Engineering and Engineering Technology Summer Internships for Academic Credit - March, 2017

Introducing Emerging Engineering Materials to Lower-Level Engineering Technology Students, American Society for Engineering Education North Central - March, 2016
Collaborator: Robert Michael, Co-Author/Presenter

Failure Analysis for Engineering Technology Students, American Society for Engineering Education - June, 2014
Collaborator: Robert Michael, Co-Author

Design Optimization Problem in a Materials Engineering Course, American Society for Engineering Education - June, 2012
Collaborator: Robert Michael, Co-Author

Undergraduate Design: Design of a Reuseable Stir Friction Welding Tool, American Society for Engineering Education - June, 2011
Collaborators: Robert Michael, Co-Author; Chris Murosky, Co-Author; Michael Ragen, Co-Author

Development of a Solid Modeling Course for Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) Students, American Society for Engineering Education, Electrical & Computer Engineering Division - June, 2009
Collaborator: Ronald Krahe, Co-Author

Development of a Plastic Injection Molding Processing Laboratory for Freshman Mechanical Engineering Technologists, American Society for Engineering Education, Manufacturing Division - June, 2005
Collaborator: Jonathan Meckley, Co-Author/Presenter

Broadening the Scope of a Material Science Course by Experimentally Testing the Effects of Electricity on a Metallic Test Specimen’s Material Properties, American Society for Engineering Education Materials Division Session - June, 2004
Collaborators: John Roth, Co-Author; Robert Weissbach, Co-Author/Presenter

Internships and Program Objectives, American Society for Engineering Education Engineering Technology Division - June, 2004
Collaborators: Kenneth Fisher, Co-Author; David Roth, Co-Author/Presenter

Implementing and Managing Summer Internships at The Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College for Seniors in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Engineering Technology Division Session - June, 2002
Collaborators: Kenneth Fisher, Co-Author; David Roth, Co-Author

Design of an Automotive Fuel Tank Test Fixture, American Society of Mechanical Engineers - November, 1992
Collaborator: Kenneth Fisher, Co-Author/Presenter


MS, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

BS, Mechanical Engineering Technology , The Pennsylvania State University

AAS, Mechanical Drafting and Design, Westmoreland County Community College