Matthew J Lawrence


Position Title: Professor and Department Chair
Department: Mechanical and Electrical Eng. Tech.
Office Location: Engineering Technology Bldg.
Office Phone: 607-587-4652
Education: 

 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Ph.D. August 2007

M.S. December 2004

B.S. August 1997

  

 

 

Teaching Overview: 

MECH 1003 - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Technology 

BSET 1003 - Introduction to Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology 

MECH 1104 - Air Conditioning Principles

MECH 1343 - Computer Problems 

MECH 1641 - Manufacturing Processes Lab 

MECH 1643 - Manufacturing Processes 

MECH 3334 - Statics 

MECH 4523 - Control Systems 

MECH 6003 - Machine Design  

MECH 6123 - Tool Die and Fixture Design 

MECH 7143 - Machine Component Specification 

MECH 7153 - Fluid Power Systems Design 

MECH 7223 - Energy Systems 

BSET 8003 - Senior Technical Project 

MECH 8323 - Design of Machine Elements 

Professional Experience: 

State University of New York Alfred State College, Alfred, NY

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, August 2007 - Present

The Pennsylvania State University,University Park, PA

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2004 and Spring 2006

Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA and Arlington, VA

Technical Marketing Engineer, February 1999-August 2003

Parker Hannifin, Clovis, CA

Field Engineer, August 1997-February 1999

Cummins Engine, Jamestown, NY

Plant Engineer, Spring 1995 and Summer 1996

Research: 

Recycling

Reclaiming energy from non-recyclable plastics

Agricultural mechanization

Publications and Events: 

Lawrence, M.J.  2017. "Disposal of Agricultural Plastics" A Guide to the Manufacture, Performance, and Potential of Plastics in Agriculture. Edited by Michael D. Orzolek, William Andrew Applied Science Publishers, pp 187-195. 

Lawrence, M.J. 2013. Establishing a Fluid Power Program at Alfred State College. Fluid Power Journal, May/June 2013. 

Lawrence, M.J., J.W. Garthe, and D.R. Buckmaster. 2010. Producing Solid Fuel from Nonrecyclable Plastic. Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture Vol. 26(2) 217-223.

 Lawrence, M.J., D.R. Buckmaster., J.W. Garthe, and R. C. Hedden. 2009. A Method to Predict Perimeter Melt Depth of Non-Recyclable Plastic Forced Through a Heated Die. Selected for Best Paper Award.  35th National Agricultural Plastics Congress. July 13-15. State College, PA

Lawrence, M.J. 2007. A Novel Machine to Produce Fuel Nuggets from Nonrecyclable Plastics. PhD Thesis. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Lawrence, M.J., D.R. Buckmaster, and W.J. Lamont, Jr. 2007. An Auto-Dibbling Machine for Plastic Mulch. Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture Vol. 23(4) 419-424.

Lawrence, M.J., D.R. Buckmaster, and W.J. Lamont, Jr. 2006. An Auto-Dibbling Machine for Plastic Mulch. 33rd National Plastics Congress. November 2-5. San Antonio, TX.

 Lawrence, M.J., J.W. Garthe, and D.R. Buckmaster. 2006. A New Look at Making Plastic-Derived Fuel - The Plastofuel 500.  33rd National Plastics Congress. November 2-5. San Antonio, TX.

Lawrence, M.J. 2004. A Machine to Precision Punch Plastic Mulch. MS Thesis. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

 Presentations:

Lawrence, M.J. 2016. Reclaiming Energy from Nonrecyclable Plastics. Bergren Forum, Alfred University, Alfred, NY.  October 6. Alfred, NY.

Lawrence, M.J. 2014. A Method to Document and Compare Program Outcome Achievement. Assessment Network of New York. April 28-30. Rochester, NY.

 Lawrence, M.J. 2014. Reclaiming Energy from Non-Recyclable Agricultural Plastics. Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference. February 10-12. Louisville, KY.

Lawrence, M.J. 2012. Building an Electric Car in the Classroom - An Experiment in Project-Based Learning. AASHE International Conference. October 17. Pittsburgh, PA

Lawrence, M.J. 2009. A Method to Predict Perimeter Melt Depth of Non-Recyclable Plastic Forced Through a Heated Die. 35th National Agricultural Plastics Congress. July 13-15. State College, PA

Lawrence, M.J. 2007. Plastofuel - Fuel Pellets Made from Non-Recyclable Plastics. Keynote speaker at Olean, NY chapter of ASME. December 6. Wellsville, NY.

Lawrence, M.J. 2006. A New Look at Making Plastic-Derived Fuel - The Plastofuel 500. 33rd National Plastics Congress. November 2-5. San Antonio, TX.

Lawrence, M.J. 2006. An Auto-Dibbling Machine for Plastic Mulch. 33rd National Plastics Congress. November 2-5. San Antonio, TX.

Lawrence, M.J. 2005. Attaining Flexible Planting Configurations in Raised Plastic Beds. Presented at 2005 Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference, February 13-15, 2005, Louisville, KY.

Lawrence, M.J. 2004. A Machine to Precision Punch Plastic Mulch. Presented at 2004 SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, October 26-28, 2004, Rosemont, IL.

Lawrence, M.J. 2004. A Machine to Precision Punch Plastic Mulch. Presented at 2004 Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference, June 27-30, 2004, University Park, PA.

Service: 

Department Chair

Faculty Athletic Representative

Chair - Intercollegiate Athletic Board

Honors and Awards: 

SUNY Chancellor’s Award – Excellence in Teaching - 2019

Pioneer Award - 2017

Superior Paper Award ASABE.  August 2011.

Alfred State Innovation Award, 2011

Best Paper Award – 35th National Agricultural Plastics Congress.  July, 2009. State College, PA Harold V. and Velma B. Walton Doctoral Student Endowment Recipient

First Place – Penn State Gamma Sigma Delta 2005 Research Expo

Third Place – Penn State 2005 Graduate Exhibition

Alpha Epsilon, The Honor Society of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering

Certifications

Certified Hydraulic Specialist, International Fluid Power Society

Penn State College Teaching Certificate

Certified Pennsylvania Engineer-In-Training