New faculty member joins mechanical engineering department

Richard T. Meyer received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where he was a recipient of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.  His research interests include power management, hybrid systems, and model predictive control.  Investigations include simulation and optimal control of fuel cell-battery hybrid vehicles, battery-supercapacitor electric vehicles, internal combustion engine-battery hybrid vehicles, and future naval ship power systems.  He also has created a new terrestrial gas turbine engine model explicitly for power plant control.  Meyer has studied a powered wheelchair for persons with hand tremor, which has onboard intelligence that shares control with the user to ensure safe operation.

Meyer received his B.S. from the University of Missouri-Rolla (Missouri University of Science and Technology) in mechanical engineering and received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to obtain his M.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla as well.  He then joined Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., where he worked in advanced transmission control system design.  Following that, he joined DeLaval Inc. in Kansas City, Miss., to develop control solutions for the dairy industry.