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Steven J. Covey

Steven J. Covey, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor

E – Mail: covey@stcloudstate.edu

Office Address: Engineering and Computing Center 101D

Office Telephone: (320) 308-5161 / Office Fax: (320) 308-5653

Degrees with fields, institutions, and dates received.

  • PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1993
  • MS, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1984
  • BS, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1982

 

Area(s) of expertise.

Exploiting interactions between mechanical design, material science, and manufacturing processes for product design and/or failure analysis including applications in the biomedical, aerospace, and computer industries.  Specific areas include materials selection, finite element methods, composite materials, manufacturing processes, expert witness, fatigue and failure analysis, biaxial mechanical testing, microscopy, and design.

 

Number of years of service.

Fifteen years: original appointment date August 1993. Tenured September 1996.

 

Other related experience: teaching, industrial, etc.

  • Boston Scientific, Visiting Research Scientist (sabbatical)  - 9/03-5/04
  • New Creation Engineering LLC, Owner (engineering company)  - June 2002
  • NASA Glenn Research Center, ASEE Faculty Fellowship  - Summer 1995
  • NASA Glenn Research Center, Visiting Scientist  - 1992-1993
  • MTS Systems, Project Engineer  - 1986-1990
  • IBM Corp, Associate Engineer - 1984-1985

 

Consulting.

  • Microscopy, chemistry study of electropolish in stainless steels, DCI  - 6/08-5/09
  • Expert witness and testimony, Socie and Bolt  - 7/08-1/09
  • Expert witness and testimony, Zychowicz   - 7/08-1/09
  • Design/build an aortic heart valve fatigue tester, Boston Scientific  - 8/07-5/08
  • Design of a ball valve, DeZurik Valves  - 8/07-5/08
  • Design/build planar biaxial material test system, Boston Scientific  - 8/06-5/07
  • Expert witness and testimony, Sobalvarro  - 3/07-6/07
  • Biomedical product design, Boston Scientific  - 8/05-8/07
  • Expert witness and testimony, Yira  - 8/05-11/06
  • Vacuum cup product design, Park Industries  - 8/04-5/05
  • Expert witness and testimony, Hansmeier  - 1/05-5/05
  • Stress analysis for product design, Cold Spring Granite  - 3/05-5/05
  • Biomedical product design using finite element, Boston Scientific  - 8/04-8/05
  • Expert witness and testimony, Grunke  - 6/04-1/05
  • Biomedical product design w/ human tissue, modeling, Boston Scientific  - 9/03-6/04
  • Finite element analysis of quench cracking, new materials, ME Global  - 11/01-8/03
  • Expert witness and testimony, Grunke  - 2/03-3/03
  • Pressure vessel design verification, DCI, Inc  - 8/02
  • Evaluation of austemper heat treat process, Whirltronics  - 11/01-5/02
  • Evaluation of production processes on stent quality, Boston Scientific  - 10/01-5/02
  • Prosthetic pump specified rotation design, TEC  - 9/01-3/02
  • Expert witness evaluation, Socie, Buchman, and Bolt  - 10/01
  • Finite element analysis of pump for improved fatigue life, TEC  - 5/01-8/01
  • Finite element analysis of wood failure, Buchman  - 5/01-7/01
  • Redesign of tooling for pattern making, Cold Spring Granite  - 11/00-5/01
  • Expert witness evaluation and testimony, Grunke  - 9/99-9/00
  • Product design verification, DeZurik  - 9/99
  • Integral air spring / vacuum pump prosthetic design, TEC  - 6/99-6/00
  • Design of mechanical behavior environmental subsystem, Antioch  - 6/98-6/99
  • Expert witness evaluation and testimony, Higgins  - 10/98-4/99
  • Optimization of biomaterial design and manufacture, TEC  - 5/98-6/99
  • Novel test for durability of soft urethane under complex stresses, TEC  - 9/98-5/99
  • Transport phenomena and materials processing, Training Course  - 6/98-8/98
  • Expert witness evaluation and testimony, Soucie  - 2/98-11/98
  • Evaluation of prosthetic interface materials, TEC  - 11/97-4/98
  • Design of automatic quench table, Alexandria Extrusion  - 8/97-5/98
  • Numerical simulation of the casting process, Grede  - 6/96-5/97
  • Engineering Training, Tennant  - Summer 1996
  • Engineering training (12 weeks), DeZurik  - Spring 1996
  • Finite element modeling of spring failure, Engel Metallurgical  - Spring 1996
  • Finite element modeling of extrusion process, Alexandria Extrusion   - Fall 1995-96
  • Finite element modeling of next generation forming tools, HTI  - Fall 1995-96
  • Planar biaxial testing of 304SS, NASA Glenn Research Center  - Summer 1995
  • Axial/torsional testing of aluminum-matrix composite tubes, 3M  - Summer 1995
  • Micromechanical test system design, MTS  - Fall 1994
  • Finite element modeling of forming processes, HTI  - 1994-1995
  • Finite element modeling wrench design, Mayer and Associates  - 1994-1995
  • Fatigue crack growth in metal matrix composites, 3M  - Fall 93-Jan 95
  • Finite element modeling of manufacturing operations, HTI  - Summer 1994

 

Specific programs for faculty improvement during last five years.

  • Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis, Medtronic/Jeol, Fridley, MN  - May 2008
  • Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN  - April 2008
  • FDA/NHLBI/NSF Workshop on Computer Methods for Cardiovascular Devices  - March 2008
  • Biomechanics Workshop, BSCI, Maple Grove, MN  - February 2008
  • Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN  - April 2007
  • Failure Analysis Conference, ASM, Minneapolis, MN  - February 2007
  • Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN  - April 2006
  • BioInterface – Cardiac and Vascular Devices, Minneapolis, MN  - October 2005
  • ASM Nitinol for the Medical Device Engineer, Minneapolis, MN  - October 2005
  • Modeling of Human Vessel/Stent Interactions, BSCI, Maple Grove, MN  - April 2005
  • ASM Materials and Processes for Medical Devices, St. Paul, MN  - August 2004
  • Chairing the Academic Dept., American Council on Ed., Tampa, FL  - Novemb 2000
  • Extrusion Technology 2000, Chicago, IL  - May 2000
  • American Society of Materials Seminar, MplS, MN  - February 2000
  • ASME/AIChE/ASCE/BMES Bioengineering Conference, Big Sky, MT  - June 1999
  • American Society of Materials Seminar, Mpls, MN  - February 1999
  • Assembly of American Orthotic Prosthetic Association, Chicago, IL  - Septem 1998
  • American Society of Materials Seminar, Mpls, MN  - April 1998
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Short Course, Palo Alto, CA  - Decem 1997
  • 101st Casting Congress, Seattle, WA  - April 1997
  • Extrusion Technology Conference, Chicago, IL  - May 1996
  • Pro/E CAD Software Training, Mpls, MN  - March 1996
  • ASEE Sectional Meeting, St. Cloud, MN  - October 1995
  • ASEE/NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Cleveland, OH  - Summer 1995
  • ASTM Symposium on Multiaxial Fatigue, Denver, CO  - May 1995
  • ASM Fall Conference, Chicago, IL  - October 1994
  • ASEE Sectional Meeting, Duluth, MN  - October 1994
  • Super Computer Conference on Parallel Processing, Mpls, MN  - April 1994
  • NASA's HI-TEMP Conference, Cleveland, OH  - October 1993

 

State(s) in which registered as a Professional Engineer.

Minnesota License Number 24385

 

Scientific and professional society memberships.

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Associate Member
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Associate Member
  • American Society for Materials (ASM), Associate Member

 

Honors and awards.  

  • ASEE/NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program 1995
  • ASEE/NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program 1994
  • Ohio Aerospace Institute Doctoral Fellow 9/90 - 6/93
  • Project Engineer, Total Quality Awards, MTS Systems 1988, 1989

 

Typical courses assigned

  • MME 210 Introduction to Material Science & Engineering
  • MME 330 Manufacturing Processes I
  • MME 340, 341 Machine Design Fundamentals, Design of Machine Elements
  • MME 411/511 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • MME 420/520 Finite Element Methods
  • MME 440/540 Solid Mechanics
  • MME 640 Elasticity and Plasticity

 

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