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Ash Brown

Office: Khoury Hall 108
E-mail: abrown@pacific.edu
Phone: 209.946.3091

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Mechanical Engineering
209-946-2377
Khoury Hall 103

School of Engineering & Computer Science
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Ashland Brown

Academic Background

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut

Registered Professional Engineer, Connecticut License # 12057

Teaching Interests

  • Design Analysis of "Green Power" Systems
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Thermal SciencesProfessional Background
  • Solar Energy

Professional Background

  • Professor University of the Pacific since 1991
  • Program Director National Science Foundation 1998-1999
  • Dean, School of Engineering University of the Pacific 1991-1998
  • Dean, School of Engineering Technology, South Carolina State University 1988-1991
  • Engineering Manager, General Motors Corporation 1984-1988
  • Principal Engineer/Unit Supervisor, Ford Motor Company 1977-1984
  • Research Engineer, Eastman Kodak Company 1974-1977

Research Interests

  • Vibrational analysis of human Masseter muscles in patients with TMJ
  • Development of finite element learning modules for undergraduate engineering students
  • Finite elemental analysis of complex systems
  • Using “Myers-Briggs Personality” and “Felder-Soloman Learning Style" methods to improve undergraduate engineering education.

Recent Research Grants and Awards

Principal Investigator of a fourteen-person team of investigators at nine national universities for NSF TUES Phase 2.  Award of $598,556 for three years research into "Improved Learning for Undergraduate Engineering Programs Using Finite Element Learning Modules;" awarded in September 2010. 

Provisional Patent filed with US Patent and Trademark Office for patent of Laser Muscle Fatigue and Pain Sensing System, February 1, 2007, with co-inventors Casimir Leknius and Howard Chi.

Principal Investigator of a six-person team of investigators for National Science Foundation CCLI-Phase 1.  Awarded $151,679 for three years research into "Finite Element Method Exercises for Use in Undergraduate Engineering," awarded in March 2006 and supplemented in September 2008.  Website established for Finite Element Learning Modules. http://www1.pacific.edu/~abrown/ASEE.

Co-Investigatior with Casimir Leknius of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry for a $2,000 Scholarly/Artistic Grant to investigate "Using the Laser Doppler Vibrometer to Measure the Effect of Occlusal Guidance on Masticatory Muscles and Related Jaw Movement," Summer 2003 and November 2002.

Journal Publications

Ashland O. Brown, Kristen Kaufman, Christina White, Daniel Jensen, Joseph Rencis and Kristin L. Wood, A Novel Assessment Methodology for Active Learning Modules to Equitably Enhance Engineering Education, accepted for publication in the International Journal of Engineering Education, January 2010.

Josh Coffman, Sachin Terdalkar, Joseph Rencis, and Ashland O. Brown, Finite Element Learning Module for Improving Knowledge of Fatigue using Commercial Software, referred paper accepted for publication b the Journal Advances in Engineering Education, January 2010.

Conference Publications

Ashland Brown, co-authored with Drs. Joseph Rencis, Dan D. Jensen, Paul H. Schimpf, richard H. Crawford, Ismail Orabi, Kyle Watson, Jiancheng Liu, firas Akasheh, Joh Wood, Kathy Jackson, Rachelle K. Hackett, Ms. Ella Rose Sargent, and Mr. Brock Dunlap, Assessment of Finite Element Active Learning Modules: An Update in Research Findings, presented at the June 2013 American society of Engineering Education's Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Ashland Brown, co-authored with Drs. Joseph Rencis, Dan D. Jensen, Paul H. Schimpf, Kristin Wood, Ismail Orabi, Kyle Watson, Jiancheng Liu, Firas Akasheh, John wood, Kathy Jackson, Rachelle K. Hackett, Mr. Krystian Zimowski, Ms. Kristin Taylor and Ms. Alexis Pham.  Improving Student Learning using Finite Element Learning Modules: An Update of Research Findings, presented at the June 2012 American society of Engineering Education's annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. 

Ashland Brown, co-authored with Drs. Joseph Rencis, Dan D. Jensen, Paul H. Schimpf, Kristin Wood, Ismail Orabi, Kyle Watson Jiancheng Liu, Firas Akasheh, John Wood, Kathy Jackson, Rachelle K. Hackett and Mr. Krystian Zimowski.,  Online Finite Element Tutorials as Active Learning Tools, presented at the June 2011 American society of Engineering Education's Annual Conference in Vancouver, B.C.

Ashland O. Brown and Kyle Watson, Finite Element Analysis Tutorials for Undergraduate Heat Transfer Course, referred paper accepted by the American Society of Engineering Education at the Pacific Southwest Section Conference in San Diego, CA, March 2009.

Ashland O. Brown, and Jiancheng Liu, Enhancing Machine Design and Analysis Courses through Introducing Design and Finite Element Analysis Projects, referred paper accepted by the American Society of Engineering Education Pacific Southwest Section Conference in Flagstaff, AZ, March 2008.

Ashland O. Brown, Joseph Rencis, Vladimir Labay, Paul Shimpf, Chuan-Chiang Chen and Essam Irahim, Finite Element Learning Modules for Undergraduate Engineering Topics using Commercial Software, referred paper accepted by American Society of Engineering Education National Conference, In Pittsburg, PA, June 22, 2008.

Ashland O. Brown, Casimir Leknius and Howard Chi, Poster Session, Utilizing the Laser Vibrometer in Measuring the Muscle Activity of the Masseter Muscle, Frontiers of Bioengineering American Society of Mechanical Engineering Conference in Santa Anna, CA, March 2006.

Ashland O. Brown, Undergraduate Finite Element Instruction using Commercial Finite Element Software Tutorials and Kolb Learning Cycle, referred paper accepted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Pittsburg, PA, November 18, 2004.

Ashland O. Brown, New Initiatives in the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate, referred paper accepted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the Sixth Non-Destructive Engineering Topical Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 2, 2000.

Faculty Teaching Workshops

Conducted a three hour workshop with Dr. Dan jensen, Prof. at US Air Force Academy for engineering faculty interested in developing Active Learning Finite Element Learning Modules for their engineering courses in the June 2012 american society of Engineering Education's Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society of Professional Engineers
  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut
  • Program Evaluator for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Program Evaluator for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Program Evaluator for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSAC)

Honors

  • Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi, National Research Honor Society

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