Shannon Sweeney

Shannon Sweeney
Chair, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Associate Professor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Office Phone
Office Location
231 Burke
PENN STATE BEHREND
242 BURKE CENTER
ERIE PA 16563
Biography

Mr. Shannon Sweeney is an associate professor of engineering at Penn State Behrend. He received the A. S. in Drafting and Design Engineering Technology and the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1985 respectively. Mr. Sweeney also received the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 from Case Western Reserve University. He is certified as a Quality Engineer 17106 by the American Society for Quality. Mr. Sweeney is a Licensed Professional Engineer PE 041960E in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Sweeney began his engineering career as a design drafter in 1981 for Union Carbide Corporation's Technical Center. Subsequent to that time he worked for LORD Corporation in various quality engineering and product design positions through 1996 when he joined the faculty at Penn State Behrend. Mr. Sweeney is a member of the American Foundry Society and the American Society for Engineering Education. His research interests are materials testing, industrial statistics, and vibration analysis.


Teaching 

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Strength of Materials
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanics for Technology: Statics
  • Quality Control and Quality Improvement
  • Six Sigma Analysis
  • Strength of Materials
  • Strength of Materials Laboratory
  • Vibrations for Technologists

Recipient of teaching awards

  • Nominated, Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006.
  • Nominated, Society of Automotive Engineers’ Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2003 and 2004.

Research 

Research reports to sponsor

  • Sweeney, S. [Principal Investigator], “Sheet stock fatigue analysis of various metals,” Lord Corporation, $23,461, March 2006-January 2007.
  • Michael, R. J., and Sweeney, S. K., “Development of structural damper utilizing ultra-high-damped elastomer,” Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA), with Carnegie Mellon and Lehigh Universities and Corry Rubber Corporation, August 2005.
  • Sweeney, S. K., “Development of structural damper utilizing ultra-high-damped elastomer,” ICES/PITA Open House Poster Session, Carnegie Mellon University, October 29, 2003.

Research projects completed

  • Sweeney, S. [Principal Investigator], “Sheet stock fatigue analysis of various metals,” Lord Corporation, $23, 461, February 2007.
  • Michael, R. J., and Sweeney, S. [Co-investigators], “Development of structural damper utilizing ultra-high-damped elastomer,” Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA), year 3, with Carnegie Mellon and Lehigh Universities and Corry Rubber Corporation, $34,000, July 2004-June 2005.
  • Sweeney, S. [Principal Investigator], “Fatigue testing of titanium alloys,” Lord Corporation, $6,650, June 2005.
  • Michael, R. J., and Sweeney, S. [Co-investigators], “Development of structural damper utilizing ultra high damped elastomer,” Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA), year 2, Carnegie Mellon University, Lehigh University, and Lord Corporation, $40,000, 2003-2004.
  • Michael, R. J., and Sweeney, S. [Co-investigators], “Diagnostic testing of Whirlpool Duet washer,” Corry Rubber Corp., $800, October 3, 2004.
  • Michael, R. J., and Sweeney, S. [Co-investigators], “Diagnostic testing of Whirlpool Duet washer,” Corry Rubber Corp., $1,800, February 8, 2004.
  • Michael, R. J., and Sweeney, S. [Co-investigators], “Development of structural damper utilizing ultra high damped elastomer,” Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA), year 1, with Carnegie Mellon University and Lehigh University and Lord Corporation, $40,000, 2002-2003.
  • Fisher, K. J., and Sweeney, S. [Co-investigators], “Acquisition of equipment for a materials selection laboratory,” National Science Foundation-ILI grant, $141,548, 1996.

Patents

  • Safetied Sandwich Mount Assembly with Integral Centering and Holding Feature, U.S. Patent No. 5,842,677, December 1998.
  • Dual-Stage Mounting System for Vibratory Compactor Drum, U.S. Patent No. 5,716,162, February 1998.
  • Flexible Dual-Rate Coupling, U.S. Patent No. 4,473,462, November 1996.

Grants for equipment

  • Michael, R. J., and Sweeney, S., “Acquisition of MTS810 TestStar IIs Material Testing System,” National Science Foundation-MRI/RUI grant, 2003-2004.

Service 

Active participation in professional and learned societies

  • American Foundry Society, Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter
    • Chair, Board of Directors, 2008-2009.
    • First vice-chair, 2007-2008.
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2000-2008.
    • Education Committee Member, 2002-present.
    • Developed partnership between Penn State Behrend and the American Foundry Society, Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter.
    • Student membership and recruitment coordination.
    • AFS scholarship administration.
    • Internship and placement follow-up.
    • Accumulation of equipment for updated foundry.
    • School representative, Foundry Sub-Committee Liaison.
    • Meetings and coordination with AFS Foundry Sub-Committee members to fulfill current foundry equipment needs and plan for future foundry utility and equipment needs.
  • ASM International, Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter
    • Student membership and recruitment coordination, 2002-2010.
    • Executive Committee Member, 2000-2010.
    • Administration of annual scholarship award, 2000-2006.

Participation in campus and/or University-wide governance bodies and related activities

  • Materials presentation, breaking stuff and laboratory demonstration
    • Math Options, Erie, PA, Summer 2005, 2003, 2001.
    • Tech Prep Camp, Erie, PA, Summer 2000.
  • Behrend/Schreyer Honors Program
    • Honors Advisor, 2MET and 4MET, 2005-present.
  • Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF)
    • Attended the College Industry Conference (CIC) which allowed Behrend to maintain its status as an FEF Affiliated School. 2006.
    • Serve as the FEF key contact for the College. FEF affiliation makes our students eligible for the many scholarships offered by FEF and for attendance at the annual College Industry Conference, 2004.
    • Pursued and attained affiliation for Penn State Behrend, 2004.
  • Math Options
    • Provided materials program presentation “breaking stuff” and laboratory demonstration, May 2005.
  • Reviewer, the Technology Interface, The Electronic Journal for Engineering Technology (peer reviewed online journal).
Research Interests

Vibration Analysis, Vibration Suppression, Applied Statistics, Materials Development, Product Development

Publications

Gage Capability Case Study in a Quality Control Course - June 27, 2017

Comprehensive Prediction of Compactor Drum Suspension Performance - September 29, 2015

Investigation of Acoutic Signals During W1 Tool Steel Quenching - June 8, 2015
Collaborators: Chetan Nikhare; David Loker; Chris Conklin; Ihab Ragai; John Roth

Seismic Performance Assessment of Steel Frames with Elastomeric Dampers - July 21, 2014

Transformation of Auxiliary Mass Response in Dual-Stage Suspension for Reduced Vibration - June 12, 2014

Simplified Model of Net Disturbances for In-line Diesel Engines - September 24, 2013

Vibration Data Acquisition and Analysis for a Small Residential Wind Turbine, Vibration Institute Training Conference - 2012
Collaborator: Robert Michael

Advanced Compressed Elastomer Dampers for Earthquake Hazard Reduction to Steel Frames: Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas (STESSA 2012), CRC Press - January, 2012
Collaborators: Richard Sause, Co-Author; James Ricles, Co-Author; Robert Michael, Co-Author; Akbar Mahvashmohammadi, Primary Author

Determining Isolator Damping for Minimized Response from Impulse: A Theoretical Approach - September 13, 2011

Lateral Vibration Prediction of Drivelines Having a Flexible Coupling - September 13, 2011

Final Caterpillar PPAP Requirements for FL-1501-20 and -21 - August, 2010

Initial analysis and proposal of LCD-0600 for Ingersoll-Rand Industrial Technologies MT250 microturbine generator - August, 2010

Using everyday examples to teach engineering concepts. A dynamics project: quarter-mile time of a dragster, ENGAGE, an Extension Services project funded by the National Science Foundation - March, 2010

Estimating radial spring rate of tubeform mounts - July, 2009

Smooth Ride - May 19, 2008

Direct assessment of mechanics of materials learning with concept inventory, Proceedings, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference - June, 2007
Collaborators: Richard Englund; Robert Edwards, Co-Author

Selection and unintended consequences of torsionally flexible couplings in off-highway vehicle and stationary industrial applications - May 15, 2007

Beam deflection using spreadsheet tools for successive integration, the Technology Interface - April, 2007

Analysis of two-dimensional gage repeatability and reproducibility, Quality Engineering - January, 2007

Collaborative product realization of an innovative structural damper and application, Proceedings, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress - November, 2006
Collaborator: Robert Michael

Suspension component with internal mechanical resonator - October 31, 2006

Effect of surface processes on high-cycle fatigue life of titanium alloys - September 12, 2006
Collaborator: M Berlin

A dynamics project: Quarter-mile time of a dragster, the Technology Interface - April, 2006

Development of a cost model for manual tool polishing - April, 2006
Collaborators: K Fisher, Co-Author; Michael Lobaugh, Co-Author; Robert Michael, Co-Author; P Kuvshinikov, Co-Author

A demonstration of heat affected zone from welding, Proceedings, 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition - 2005
Collaborators: Richard Englund; David Johnson

Reduction of rotating imbalance measurement variation resulting from test apparatus redesign, Proceedings, 2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress - 2005
Collaborator: Kenneth Fisher

Collaborative development of a structural damper utilizing ultra-high-damped elastomer, Proceedings, 2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress - 2003
Collaborator: Robert Michael

Development of a mechanical vibration course for engineering technologists, Proceedings, 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition - 2003
Collaborators: David Johnson; J Turso

Statistical tolerancing for combinations of coaxial features and clearance fits - September, 2003

Engine suspension proposal for TAE-125 - August, 2003

Analysis and discussion of diesel engine powertrain torsional resonance during start-up - May 5, 2003

Unreversed shear fatigue of R-SR and R-SQ vs. A-P elastomers - October, 2002

NCV3 engine mount proposal - July, 2001
Collaborator: U Kuester

OM906HLA engine/transmission mount analysis - June, 2001
Collaborator: A Larsen

Application approval for Denyo air compressor (E-00-039) - December, 2000

Vibration analysis for Cummins ECM suspension (IPE-00-042) - December, 2000

Static application performance testing of CB-2200’s (PRD-T-0637) - August, 2000

Static application torsion testing of LCD couplings (PRD-T-0638) - June, 2000

A finite element analysis study of nonlinear behavior in a bolted connection, Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition - 1999
Collaborators: Richard Englund; David Johnson, Co-Author

Using assessment for continuous quality improvement of a materials course in MET, American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Annual Meeting - 1999
Collaborator: Kenneth Fisher

Application approval document for the DD-70 drum suspension (E-99-024) - June, 1999

Application approval document for the DD-70 engine suspension (E-99-023) - June, 1999

Nutating shear fatigue analysis for vibratory compactors (E-99-027) - June, 1999

Application approval document for Denyo Co., DIS-1050-XS Air Compressor (E-98-019) - November, 1998

Application approval document for Denyo Co., DIS-1300-UB Air Compressor (E-98-020) - November, 1998

Development of a course in materials selection, Division of Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference (ASEE) - 1997
Collaborator: Kenneth Fisher

Application approval document for Ingersoll-Rand HP-900-W-CU (E-97-029) - July, 1997

Application approval document for Ingersoll-Rand VHP-825-W-CU (E-97-028) - July, 1997

Application approval document for Ingersoll-Rand XP-1050-W-CU (2100 rpm) (E-97-031) - July, 1997

Application approval document for Ingersoll-Rand XP-1050-W-CU (E-1800 rpm) (E-97-030) - July, 1997

Competitor analysis for torsional control products (E-97-032) - July, 1997

Failure analysis for New Holland LCD-0600-35-A (E-97-027) - July, 1997

Education

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

BS, Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia Institute of Technology

Other, Drafting and Design Engineering Technology, West Virginia Institute of Technology