William B. Carlson
McMahon Building
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
2 Pine St., Alfred, NY 14802
E-mail: carlson@alfred.edu

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BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT


William Carlson is Professor of Systems Engineering and Product Design at the New York State College of Ceramics.  He has taught in the undergraduate and the graduate curriculums of both the mechanical and the the ceramic engineering programs at Alfred University.  Other teaching experience was with the Pennsylvania State University.  Courses include: mechanics (statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials), transport theory/properties, electroceramics, alternative energy, and composite design courses.  He has served in the first year engineering program teaching the introduction to engineering and computer aided engineering sequence.  His principal industrial experience was with the Advanced Energy Programs Department at the General Electric Company.  Fellowships have been with the Naval Research Laboratory.


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RESEARCH ACTIVITIES


Applications of numerical simulations relating to transduction and energy conversion in devices and systems.  Currently, working on 'predator-prey' algorithms. Past work: Renewable energy systems (wind/solar/heat engines and heat pumps), composite hydrophones, MLC capacitors structures, and sonar devices. Industrial background has included advanced heat pump development for residential applications, development of a free piston Stirling engine, analysis of a large wind turbine (structural dynamics), and development of a solar driven Rankine cycle system.


Papers: modeling of sensor designs, MLC capacitors, and oil production.

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EDUCATION


Doctorate (Ph.D.), Mechanics and Engineering Science, The Pennsylvania State University, M. Engineering Science, B. Architectural Engineering.


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EMPLOYMENT


Professor
New York State College of Ceramics | Alfred, NY
Instruction: mechanics and transport theory courses.  Research: materials & device simulations, numerical algorithms.  Topics: hydrophone simulations, sonar cooling, capacitors.


Engineer/Analyst
General Electric | Valley Forge, PA
Systems Analyst: development of energy equipment. Solar driven heat pump analysis, heat engines, building energy analysis.  Structural dynamics of wind turbines.  Field analysis of capacitors.


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COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS


Mechanics/systems numerical simulations, Matlab/Octave/Freemat, FEA - multiphysics, and application development. Elastic/Fluid/thermo simulations, transport simulations, and continuum studies for devices/systems development.