Nathan W. Klingbeil is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Wright State University (Dayton, OH). He served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science from 2013-2018. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he served as Senior Associate Dean from 2012-2013, as Associate Dean for Academic affairs from 2010-2012, as Director of Student Retention and Success from 2007-2009, and held the University title of Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching from 2005-2008. Prior to joining the Wright State faculty, he worked as a Materials Research Engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (WPAFB, OH). He received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton in 1993, and his M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Dr. Klingbeil’s scientific research interests are in the general area of mechanics of materials and advanced manufacturing processes. Much of his research has focused on additive manufacturing with metals, including residual stress-induced warping, interlayer debonding (initiation and growth of interface cracks), and prediction and control of microstructure. In addition to his scientific research, Dr. Klingbeil has been actively involved in engineering and STEM education reform. He is the lead investigator for Wright State’s NSF funded National Model for Engineering Mathematics Education, and is widely regarded as a national expert in student retention and success in STEM. Since joining the Wright State faculty, his scientific and education research has been supported by over $7.5M in external funding from both state and federal sources. He has received numerous awards for his work in engineering education, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Dayton Defense Educational Foundation (2017) and the Dayton Section of ASME (2016), and was named the 2005 Ohio Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
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