Chuck Drake

Professor
Office: SWN 405
Phone: (231) 591-2788
E-mail Address: chuckdrake@ferris.edu

EDUCATION:

  • Michigan Technological University, M.S.M.E.
  • Lake Superior State College, B.S. Mathematics
  • Additional graduate courses:  Finite Element Analysis (3), U. Virginia; Operations Research (2), Virginia Tech; VisualBASIC, FSU

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION:

  • Registered Professional Engineer, Michigan and Virginia
  • Fluid Power Society:  Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Specialist; Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Engineering experimentation, data acquisition, analysis and control; structures; finite element analysis; heat transfer; fluid mechanics; strength of materials; statics and dynamics

ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMITTEES:

  • American Society of Engineering Educators
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • Committee on Engineering Technology Accreditation
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Heads Committee
    • Board on Education
  • American Solar Energy Society
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ETAC/ABET)
    • Commissioner
    • Team Chair
    • Program Evaluator
  • MATHCOUNTS Coordinator

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE:

12.5 years Reynolds Metals Company (now ALCOA/Arconic)
Corporate Research and Development, Richmond, Virginia

  • Test Engineer:  Planned and conducted tests including structural, thermal, moisture transfer, environmental effects.  Stress/stiffness analysis for metal building products.  Engineering standards development.  Company representative on the Engineering and Design Task Force of the Aluminum Association and on several ASTM committees.

  • Design Engineer:  Stress analysis on building and automotive components. Design and analysis on solar energy systems, code submittals, technology updates. Computer programming.


U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, enlisted. Engineman/Machinery Technician

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology Association Advisor
  • Formula SAE Co-Advisor
  • SAE Chapter Co-Advisor
  • Men’s Club Soccer Advisor