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Matthew J Lawrence


Position Title: Associate Professor
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. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering - Machine Design, August 2007

Dissertation: A Novel Machine to Produce Fuel Nuggets From Non-Recyclable Plastics

M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering - Machine Design, December 2004

Thesis: A Machine to Precision Punch Plastic Mulch

B.S. in Agricultural Engineering - Power and Machinery Option, August 1997

Teaching Overview: 

MECH 1643 - Manufacturing Processes - tools and terminology of modern manufacturing

MECH 1641 - Manufacturing Processes Lab - safe and proper lathe and mill use

MECH 1343 - Computer Problems - logical problem solving and Microsoft Excel

MECH 4523 - Control Systems - basic electronics, ladder logic, pneumatics, PLCs

MECH 6123 - Tool Die and Fixture Design - press types, steel types, die selection, fixture design

MECH 7143 - Machine Component Specification - belts, gears, fasteners, fluid power

MECH 8323 - Design of Machine Elements - hydraulics, CVTs, weld design

BSET 8003 - Senior Technical Project - individual design projects

Professional Experience: 

Alfred State College, Alfred, NY

Assistant 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

Publications and Events: 

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. 2007. Plastofuel - Fuel Pellets Made from Non-Recyclable Plastics. Keynote speaker at Olean 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: 

CAD/CAM Curriculum Coordinator

Faculty Senate - Mechiancal Engineering Technology Representative

Chair of the School of Management and Engineering Technology Design Competition

Curriculum Development and Review Committee - School of Management and Engineering Technology Representative

Honors and Awards: 

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