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Matthew J Lawrence


Position Title: Professor
Department: Mechanical and Electrical Eng. Tech.
Office Location: Engineering Technology Bldg.
Office Phone: 607-587-4652
Education: 

 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering - Machine Design, August 2007

Dissertation: A Novel Machine to Produce Fuel Nuggets From Non-Recyclable Plastics

M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering - Machine Design, December 2004

Thesis: A Machine to Precision Punch Plastic Mulch

B.S. in Agricultural Engineering - Power and Machinery Option, August 1997

  

 

 

Teaching Overview: 

MECH 1003 - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Technology - time management, Microsoft Office, unit conversion, process documentation, logical problem solving

BSET 1003 - Introduction to Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology - time management, Microsoft Office, unit conversion, process documentation, logical problem solving

MECH 1104 - Air Conditioning Principles - psychrometrics, heat transfer principles, heating and cooling loads for buildings, forced air system design, hydronic system design

MECH 1343 - Computer Problems - logical problem solving and Microsoft Excel

MECH 1641 - Manufacturing Processes Lab - safe and proper use of manufacturing machines (lathe, mill, bandsaws, grinders, etc.)

MECH 1643 - Manufacturing Processes - terminology, tools, and methods of modern manufacturing

MECH 3334 - Statics - rigid body analysis in two and three dimensions, truss and structure design, friction, centroids and center of gravity, moments of inertia

MECH 4523 - Control Systems - basic electronics, ladder logic, pneumatics, PLCs, microcontrollers

MECH 6003 - Machine Design III - welded frames, lubricants, reliability engineering, hydraulic circuit design, planetary gear sets 

MECH 6123 - Tool Die and Fixture Design - press types, steel types, die selection, fixture design

MECH 7143 - Machine Component Specification - belts, gears, fasteners, material conveying systems

MECH 7153 - Fluid Power Systems Design - fluid properties, conductors, pumps, valves, actuators, heat exchangers, filtration.  *Students are prepared to sit for the International Fluid Power Society Hydraulic Specialist Exam at the completion of this course.

MECH 7223 - Energy Systems - fundamentals of energy and power systems, design and analysis of alternative energy systems

BSET 8003 - Senior Technical Project - individual design projects

MECH 8323 - Design of Machine Elements - hydraulic system design, off-road driveline design, welded frame design

BSET 8003 - Senior Technical Project - individual design projects

Professional Experience: 

Alfred State College, Alfred, NY

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, August 2007 - Present

The Pennsylvania State University,University Park, PA

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2004 and Spring 2006

Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA and Arlington, VA

Technical Marketing Engineer, February 1999-August 2003

Parker Hannifin, Clovis, CA

Field Engineer, August 1997-February 1999

Cummins Engine, Jamestown, NY

Plant Engineer, Spring 1995 and Summer 1996

Publications and Events: 

Lawrence, M.J. 2013. Establishing a Fluid Power Program at Alfred State College. Fluid Power Journal, May/June 2013. 

Lawrence, M.J., J.W. Garthe, and D.R. Buckmaster. 2010. Producing Solid Fuel from Nonrecyclable Plastic. Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture Vol. 26(2) 217-223.

 Lawrence, M.J., D.R. Buckmaster., J.W. Garthe, and R. C. Hedden. 2009. A Method to Predict Perimeter Melt Depth of Non-Recyclable Plastic Forced Through a Heated Die. Selected for Best Paper Award.  35th National Agricultural Plastics Congress. July 13-15. State College, PA

Lawrence, M.J. 2007. A Novel Machine to Produce Fuel Nuggets from Nonrecyclable Plastics. PhD Thesis. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Lawrence, M.J., D.R. Buckmaster, and W.J. Lamont, Jr. 2007. An Auto-Dibbling Machine for Plastic Mulch. Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture Vol. 23(4) 419-424.

Lawrence, M.J., D.R. Buckmaster, and W.J. Lamont, Jr. 2006. An Auto-Dibbling Machine for Plastic Mulch. 33rd National Plastics Congress. November 2-5. San Antonio, TX.

 Lawrence, M.J., J.W. Garthe, and D.R. Buckmaster. 2006. A New Look at Making Plastic-Derived Fuel - The Plastofuel 500.  33rd National Plastics Congress. November 2-5. San Antonio, TX.

Lawrence, M.J. 2004. A Machine to Precision Punch Plastic Mulch. MS Thesis. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

 Presentations:

Lawrence, M.J. 2014. A Method to Document and Compare Program Outcome Achievement. Assessment Network of New York. April 28-30. Rochester, NY.

 Lawrence, M.J. 2014. Reclaiming Energy from Non-Recyclable Agricultural Plastics. Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference. February 10-12. Louisville, KY.

 Lawrence, M.J. 2012. Building an Electric Car in the Classroom - An Experiment in Project-Based Learning. AASHE International Conference. October 17. Pittsburgh, PA

 Lawrence, M.J. 2009. A Method to Predict Perimeter Melt Depth of Non-Recyclable Plastic Forced Through a Heated Die. 35th National Agricultural Plastics Congress. July 13-15. State College, PA

Lawrence, M.J. 2007. Plastofuel - Fuel Pellets Made from Non-Recyclable Plastics. Keynote speaker at Olean, NY chapter of ASME. December 6. Wellsville, NY.

Lawrence, M.J. 2006. A New Look at Making Plastic-Derived Fuel - The Plastofuel 500. 33rd National Plastics Congress. November 2-5. San Antonio, TX.

Lawrence, M.J. 2006. An Auto-Dibbling Machine for Plastic Mulch. 33rd National Plastics Congress. November 2-5. San Antonio, TX.

Lawrence, M.J. 2005. Attaining Flexible Planting Configurations in Raised Plastic Beds. Presented at 2005 Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference, February 13-15, 2005, Louisville, KY.

Lawrence, M.J. 2004. A Machine to Precision Punch Plastic Mulch. Presented at 2004 SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, October 26-28, 2004, Rosemont, IL.

Lawrence, M.J. 2004. A Machine to Precision Punch Plastic Mulch. Presented at 2004 Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference, June 27-30, 2004, University Park, PA.

Service: 

Curriculum Coordinator Mechanical Engineering Technology B.S.  

Faculty Athletic Representative

Chair - Intercollegiate Athletic Board

Chair of the Technology Challenge Competition

Co-Chair of Alfred Campus Promotion and Continuing Appointment Committee

Co-Chair MET ABET Committee

Honors and Awards: 

Awards

Superior Paper Award ASABE.  August 2011.

Alfred State Innovation Award, 2011

Best Paper Award – 35th National Agricultural Plastics Congress.  July, 2009. State College, PA Harold V. and Velma B. Walton Doctoral Student Endowment Recipient

First Place – Penn State Gamma Sigma Delta 2005 Research Expo

Third Place – Penn State 2005 Graduate Exhibition

Alpha Epsilon, The Honor Society of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering

Certifications

Certified Hydraulic Specialist, International Fluid Power Society

Penn State College Teaching Certificate

Certified Pennsylvania Engineer-In-Training