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McNitt, Richard P.

McNitt, Richard P.

Professor Emeritus

Office phone: (814) 865-6661
Office address: 003 Research Building West
E-mail: rpmesm@engr.psu.edu


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Engineering Science, Purdue, 1965
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Penn State, 1959
  • B.S. (Honors), Engineering Science, Penn State, 1957

Years of Service with Penn State

  • July 2002 – Present Professor Emeritus
  • July 1957 – Present Instructor of Engineering Mechanics
  • July 1981 – July 2002 Professor and Department Head, Engineering Science and Mechanics

Consulting, Patents, and Scientific and Professional Society Memberships

  • American Society of Materials, Honorary Member (1981 – Present)
  • American Academy of Mechanics, Past Treasurer (1966 – Present)
  • American Society of Engineering Education, Past Section Chairman (1965 – Present)
  • Have been Treasurer, Sec., President, and Historian
  • Assoc of Chairman Dept of Mechanics, Past Chair (1981 – 2002)

Honors and Awards

  • Archie Higdon Award for Leadership in Mechanics, ASEE (June 2000)
  • L Perez award for student advocacy, College of Engineering, Penn State (1995)
  • William Wine Award for Excellence in Teachin, Virginia Tech (Sept 1972)

Recent Institutional and Professional Service

  • Volunteer Teaching of two one credit Seminar Courses “Design for Failure” and “Catastrophic Failures” each year, ESM Dept, College of Engineering, PSU (Sept 2002 – Present)

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