Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

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

Academic Rank, Affiliation, Address, Phone, Fax, and Email 

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
St. Cloud State University
101D Engineering and Computing Center
720 Fourth Ave South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

320/308-5161 office

Degrees with fields, institutions, and dates received

PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Cincinnati, June 1993
MS, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, May 1984
BS, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, December 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, solid mechanics, fatigue and failure analysis, finite element methods, stress analysis, composite materials, and manufacturing processes. Laboratory experience includes uniaxial/biaxial servo hydraulic mechanical testing, optical/SEM/AFM microscopy, material process simulations, fractography, and LabVIEW software.

Number of years of service at current position

Twenty-four years: original appointment date August 1993. Tenured September 1996.

Other related experience: teaching, industrial, etc.

Bucknell University, Visiting Professor (sabbatical) - 8/15-5/16
Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Visiting Professor - 7/15, 5/16-7/16
Boston Scientific, Visiting Research Scientist (sabbatical) - 9/03-5/04
New Creation Engineering, LLC, Owner (consulting company) - 6/02-date
NASA Glenn Research Center, ASEE Faculty Fellowship - Summer 1995
NASA Glenn Research Center, Visiting Scientist - 1992-1993
U of Cincinnati, Adjunct Professor - Summer 1991
U of Cincinnati, Doctoral Fellow - 1990-1992
MTS Systems, Project Engineer - 1986-1990
U of Minnesota, Teaching Assistant - 1985-1986
IBM Corp, Associate Engineer - 1984-1985
U of Wisconsin - Madison, Teaching Assistant - 1983-1984

Consulting (past 16 years)

Medical device design review, Boston Scientific - 11/15-1/16
Basket translator design, Alexandria Extrusion - 9/13-5/14
Random vibration exhaust fixture design, Cummins - 9/13-5/14
Structural design, material specification of medical device, Synovis - 9/12-5/13
Structural design, material specification of medical device, Synovis - 9/11-5/12
Design of rapid joining mechanism for aircraft, Remmele - 9/11-5/12
Learning modules: medical stent design and production, MnSCU - 5/10-8/10
Latch mechanism assessment, APG Cash Drawer - 8/09-10/09
Metal fatigue seminar, Halfmoon LLC - 3/12/09
Surface topology study in electropolished stainless steels, DCI - 6/08-5/09
Expert witness (recreational vehicle product failure), Socie and Bolt - 7/08-1/09
Expert witness (prosthetic leg dysfunction), Zychowicz - 7/08-3/10
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 (wheel chair failure), Sobalvarro - 3/07-6/07
Biomedical product design, Boston Scientific - 8/05-8/07
Expert witness (boat chair failure), Yira - 8/05-11/06
Vacuum cup product design, Park Industries - 8/04-5/05
Expert witness, 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 (agricultural lift failure), 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
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 (ladder failure), 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

Specific programs for faculty improvement (past 16 years)

 ASM Failure Analysis of Medical Devices, Minneapolis, MN - February 2014
ASEE North Midwest Section Conference, Fargo, ND - October 2013
Nanotechnology Conference, St. Cloud, MN - February 2013
ASM Failure Analysis of Medical Devices, Minneapolis, MN - February 2013
ASEE North Midwest Section Conference, St. Cloud, MN - October 2012
Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis, Medtronic/Jeol, Fridley, MN - May 2008
Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN - April 2009
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 - November 2000
Extrusion Technology 2000, Chicago, IL - May 2000
American Society of Materials Seminar, Mpls, MN - February 2000

State(s) in which registered as a Professional Engineer

Minnesota License Number 24385

Typical courses assigned

GENG 101 Ethics and the Engineering Profession
MME 211 Materials and Structures
MME 333 Manufacturing Processes
MME 342 Machine Design and Fatigue
MME 414 Composite Materials
MME 420 Finite Element Methods              
MME 440 Solid Mechanics
MATS 621 Materials Characterization Techniques
MATS 623 Bulk Materials Characterization

Professional Organizations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society of Engineering Educators
American Society of Materials

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