Dr. Arnaldo Mazzei, professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in dynamics and vibrations of mechanical systems and computer aided engineering (CAE).

Dr. Mazzei has been at Kettering University since 1999 and finds that the university's cooperative education program is the distinguishing feature between Kettering students and those at other schools. Students at Kettering achieve a good degree of practical knowledge during their co-op work terms and that makes it easier to understand engineering topics that they learn.

He describes Kettering students as practical, interested and enthusiastic about learning as much as they can. His favorite aspect of teaching at Kettering is the opportunity to link theory to practical applications. He also enjoys working with students in one-on-one situations and decided to come to Kettering based on the school's focus on education.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Although most engineers like the practical aspects of the field, it is important to focus on basic concepts. These concepts allow us to think like engineers and to understand how our 'mechanical world' operates."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When he's not in the classroom or on campus, Dr. Mazzei likes scuba diving, shooting sports and activities that involve cars and motorcycles.

Mechanical systems dynamics and vibrations, CAE, Finite Element Analysis, Automotive Systems

Dr. Mazzei's Research Profile

Mazzei, A. and Scott, R. A.; 2013, Journal of Vibration and Control vol. 19 (5), 771 – 786, On the Effects of Non-Homogeneous Materials on the Vibrations and Static Stability of Tapered Shafts. (

Mazzei, A.; 2012, Journal of Shock and Vibration vol. 19 (6), 1315 - 1326, On the Effect of Functionally Graded Materials on Resonances of Rotating Beams.

Mazzei, A. and Scott, R. A.; 2011, ASME - Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol.133, Iss.6, December 2011, Effect of Functionally Graded Materials on Resonances of Bending Shafts Under Time-Dependent Axial Loading. (

Mazzei, A.; 2011, Journal of Vibration and Control vol. 17 (5), 667 - 677, Passage through Resonance in a Universal Joint Driveline System. (

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