N. Duke Perreira
Phone: (610) 758-3791
Fax: (610) 758-6224
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Appointed to Lehigh Faculty: 1985
Ph.D. Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 1977
M.E. Mechanical Engr., Rennselaer Poly. Inst., 1973
B.S. Engineering Sci., Rennselaer Poly. Inst., 1972
Related experience - teaching, industrial, etc.:
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1977-79
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1979-80
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1981-84
Xebec-Torenson Chair and Dep. Director of the Comp. Integrated Manuf. Sys. Engrg. Program, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering The University of Nevada at Reno, 1984-85
Co-founder, Fastman Inc., Bethlehem, PA, 1985-1996
Co-Appointment, Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program, Lehigh University 1985-92
Researcher, NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Advanced Technologies for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) 1986-92
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1992-93
Research activities, consulting, patents, etc.:
Expertise in kinematics/dynamics/control of machine systems; product/process design and development; modeling of dynamical systems; and noise & vibration control. Knowledgeable in synthesis, optimization and numerical analysis; transducers, optical sensors and signal compression; computer-aided applications.
States in which registered:
Hawaii since 1979
Honors and awards:
Invited contributor of chapters in three technical books: GM - Engine Noise (1979); IEEE-Tutorial on Robotics ('83, revised '85); CTB - Robots in Construction (1997).
Funded research including:: NSF in Machine Noise, 78-81, NASA in Bulk (Acoustic) Absorbers, 81-84, Xebec Corporation in Curriculum Development, 84-85; Westinghouse in Sensor Development 85-87, NIST (NBS) in Robot Calibration Standards 85-87; IBM in Curriculum Development 85-90; NSF in Large Scale Systems 87-93.
Inventor/Project Leader, four U.S. Patents: Optical pose measurement sensor; Absolute, multi-wave interferometer; High accuracy robot controller; Structural connector for ease of design/manufacture/fabrication/erection.
External written articles in the Engineering News Record-December 1991 and in the Mechanical Engineering Magazine-February 1993 describing his achievements in construction automation.
Directed multi-million dollar effort in new product design, signal compression, target recognition applications, wavelets; multi-wave optical sensors for dimensional inspection; thin film piezoelectric sensor for wear, vibration, cracking and failure detection of ceramic and high speed cutting tips; high accuracy robotic workcells; and machine calibration in private enterprise funded by competitive bidding to DARPA, US Air Force, Army, Navy, NASA, NSF, NIST, GM, and Westinghouse.
SME/RI Conf. Collegiate Best Paper Award 1985; ASME Mechanisms Conf. Best Paper Award 78, ASME International, 1996 Curriculum Development Award, Integrated Product Development.
Recent PhD and MS Thesis and/or Project Reports Supervised:
(contact department for copy)
2006 - Alexander Adolphe, MS Thesis, "Characterization of Polymer Based Gas Sensors with a Continuous System Model"
2006 - Edward J. Burke, MS Thesis, "Simulations of Gear-Based Systems Including Backlash"
2004 - Randall J. Maurizio, MS Thesis, "Parametric Curve Representations for Determining Race Car Driving Lines - Point Car Model"