Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Andrew Bekkala

Education:

PhD Engineering Mechanics, Mich Tech Univ 1990

MS Mechanical Engineering/Manufacturing, Mich Tech Univ 1979

BS Mechanical Engineering, Mich Tech Univ 1976

Interest areas:

Control systems, machine controls, automated machine design.

Robotic systems design and control, robust control.

Quality engineering, design of experiments, robust product design.

Number of years service, date of original appointment and advancement in rank:

8.0 years, August 1990, Tenured June 1995, Professor 1996.

Other related experience: teaching, industrial, etc.:

Michigan Technological University, Instructor, M.E. 1982-90

California State University, Chico, Assoc. Prof., M.E. 1978-82

Travel Accessories, Orland CA, Director Engineering 1977-78

Eaton Corporation, Southfield MI, Product Engineer 1975-77

Consulting, patents, etc.:

Fabricated steel product design summer 1999.

Plant layout, steel fabrication consulting summer 1998.

Production team training, SaunaTech, Cokato summer 1997.

Factory Ambient Air Conditions Study, Frigidaire, St. Cloud summer 1997.

Tractor-Trailer Dynamic Structural Analysis, Jennie-O Foods, Willmar summer 1996.

Automation training project, Frigidaire, St. Cloud Sept., 1995-1999.

Flight Controller Design, Rockwell International (with James Rankin) summer 1995.

Beam line CNC automation controls, Jansteel, Maple Plain summer 1994.

Plant layout and material flow, SaunaTech, Cokato summer 1993.

CNC tube punch controller design, DriSteem, Eden Prairie summer 1992.

Interchangeable die system design, Webway, St. Cloud summer 1991.

Multiloop temperature controller design, Webway, St. Cloud summer 1991.

Lens generator controller, FB Optical, St. Stevens summer 1991.

Patent #461372, Caliper Guide Assembly for Disc Brakes, July, 1984.

State(s) in which registered:

California: Mechanical, Manufacturing (both by NCEE examinations).

Minnesota: Mechanical, Manufacturing (both by reciprocity).

Principal publications of last five years:

"Design for Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing" , Bekkala, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Industrial Engineers, Colima, Mexico, Nov. 24, 1999.

"Electrostatic Separation of Various kinds of Plastics and Papers", T.Fujita, M.Imai, N.Haruki, B.Jeyadevan, T.Miyazaki and A.Bekkala , Proceedings of Fifth International Symposium on East Asian Recycling Technology, Tsukuba, Japan, June 15-17, 1999.

"The Challenge of Designing Lifecycle Quality Products", Bekkala, 3 rd International Conference on Materials Engineering for Resources, Proceedings ICMR'98, KA-31, pp.136-146, 1998.

Editor, ABET Self Study Questionnaire Volumes I & II, 1995.

Senior Design Projects in Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering , Bekkala , et. al., Annual Conference Proceedings, American Society for Engineering Education, 1995, p378.

The Capstone Design Experience in Manufacturing Engineering , Bekkala and Yu, , ASEE-NMS Conference, ST Cloud MN, 1995.

Editor, ABET Self Study Questionnaire Volumes I & II, 1994.

Industry Projects in Manufacturing Engineering , Bekkala , VII Simposium Internacional de Ingenieria Industrial, Juarez, Mexico, 1994.

Scientific and professional societies of which a member:

American Society of Engineering Educators 1994-present

American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1986-present

Society of Manufacturing Engineers 1990-present

Honors and Grants:

Invited speaker. First Annual Meeting of the Academy of Industrial Engineers, Colima, Mexico, Nov. 23, 1999.

Invited speaker. Third International Conference on Materials Engineering for Resources, ICMR'98, Akita, Japan, Oct., 26, 1998.

MJSP Grant for training of Frigidaire employees, $88 k, 1995.

Invited speaker. VII Simposium Internacional de Ingenieria Industrial, Juarez, Mexico, 1994.

SME Education Grant for equipment, travel, in-kind contributions, $30k, 1993

Other assigned duties performed during the academic year:

Advisor for all students in the MME major.

College Curriculum Review Committee.

Frigidaire automation training program coordinator.

Faculty and technician search committee chair.

Faculty advisor for industry funded student projects.