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Steven Beyerlein

Steven Beyerlein, Ph.D.

Office: Engineering Physics (EP) 324I
Phone: 208-885-4932
Email: sbeyer@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0902

Moscow, Idaho 83844-0902

College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Department Chair

Campus Locations: Moscow

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Teaching Design
    • Assessment of Project Learning
    • Engine Modeling
    • Engine Testing
  • Biography

    Dr. Steve Beyerlein received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1987 and has been a member of the University of Idaho, Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since then.  During this time he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of combustion systems, design methodology, computer aided design, and lean manufacturing. His doctoral dissertation focused on performance testing and modeling of a catalytic pre-chamber designed to support homogeneous charge combustion in a CFR engine. For the last fifteen years he has been an active participant in the National Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT) where he has been involved in multiple generations of student vehicle projects, including the Vandal SAE Formula Hybrid race car and the UI Clean Snowmobile.  For the last ten years he has served as the coordinator for the Inter-disciplinary Capstone Design Course within the College of Engineering.  Within the capstone program, he has advised over 150 design teams and has raised more than $1.5M in external funding for student projects.  Since its inception, he has also served on the organizing committee for the annual Engineering Design EXPO.  Dr. Beyerlein’s research interests revolve around teaching engineering design, combustion system modeling and engine testing.

  • Selected Publications
    • *Cordon, D., Beyerlein, S., Steciak, J., and DenBraven, K. “Measuring and Comparing Accuracy of Emissions Analyzers for Use with IC Engines”, Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2009-11295.
    • *Anderson, E., *Cyr. J., *Cordon, D., and Beyerlein, S. “Homogeneous Charge Catalytic Ignition for Water-Ethanol Mixtures in a CFR Engine”, Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2009 -12177.
    • Davis, D., Trevisan, M., Davis, H., *Gerlick, R., McCormack, J., Beyerlein, S., Thompson, P. Howe, S., Leiffer, P., Brackin, P. “Assessing Team Member Citizenship in Capstone Engineering Design Courses”, accepted for publication in International Journal of Engineering Education.
    • Duncan, W., Mount, D., Beyerlein, S., *Cordon, D., and Steciak, J., “Using a Developmental Model to Facilitate Team-Based Design Experiences in a Pre-College Engineering Science Camp”, International Journal of Process Education, Volume 1, 2009.
    • McCormack, J., Beyerlein, S., Feldon, D., Davis, D., Davis, H., Wemlinger, Z., Gerlick, R. “Methodology for Selection, Sequencing, and Deployment of Activities in a Capstone Design Course Using the TIDEE Web-Based Assessment System”, DETC 2009-87478, Proceedings of ASME 2009 Design Engineering Technical Conference.
    • Davis, D. Beyerlein, P., Thompson, P., McCormack, J., Harrison, O., Trevisan, M., Gerlick, R., and Howe, S. “Assessing Design and Reflective Practice in Capstone Engineering Design Courses”, Proceedings of 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.
    • Cordon*, D., Beyerlein, S., Steciak, J., and Cherry, M. “Homogeneous Charge Catalytic Ignition of Ethanol-Water/Air Mixtures in a Reciprocating Engine”, ASME Paper IMECE 2008-68899.
    • Leichliter*, K., Lounsbery*, B., Steciak, J., Budwig, R., and Beyerlein, S. “Finite Element Model of a Heated Wire Catalyst in Cross-Flow”, ASME Paper IMECE 2008-68922
    • Cordon*, D., Beyerlein, S., Steciak, J., and Cherry, M. “Conversion of a Homogeneous Charge Air-Cooled Engine for Operation on Heavy Fuels”, SAE Paper 2008-32-0023.
    • Elger, D., Metlen, S., Carson, R., Utschig, T., Cordon*, D., Racine, M., and Beyerlein, S., “ A Case Study to Explore Factors that Effectuate Effective Learning”, Review of Business Research (accepted for publication, 2008)
    • Gallup*, L., McCormack, J., Beyerlein, S., and Odom, E., “Rationale and Methodology for Design Processes and Products in Engineering Capstone Courses”, Proceedings of ASME 2008 Design Engineering Technical Conference.
    • Gerlick*, R., Davis, D., Beyerlein, S., and McCormack, J., “Assessment Structure and Methodology for Design Processes and Products in Engineering Capstone Courses”, Proceedings of 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.
    • Cordon*, D., Williams, B., and Beyerlein, S. “Distinguishing Between Processes of Problem Solving, Design, and Research for Better Project Learning.” Proceedings of 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.

    An asterisk (*) indicates a student co-author.

  • Research Projects
    • Odom, E., Beyerlein, S., McCormack, J., and Porter R., Idaho Engineering Works organization for promoting professional development of graduate students, advanced machine design and manufacturing projects, and stewardship of local design infrastructure.
    • Odom, E. Beyerlein, S., and McCormack in conjunction with student members of the Idaho Engineering Works, Idaho Design Engineering and Analysis Works (IDEAWorks) Laboratory for advanced solid modeling and computer aided machining.
    • Steciak, J., Beyerlein, S., Den Braven K. and Budwig, R., Small Engine Research Facility (in Moscow) and Combustion Research Laboratory (in Boise) that supports engine testing as well as demonstration of enabling technologies for utilization of alternative fuels.
    • Beyerlein, S., Holmes, C., and Apple, D., Faculty Guidebook: A Comprehensive Tool for Improving Faculty Performance, 4th Edition. Lisle, IL : Pacific Crest (2007). This includes an interactive electronic version as well as a 500+ page print version.
  • Outreach Projects
    Dr. Beyerlein serves as the coordinator of a year-long, senior design program between the departments of Mechanical, Electrical, and Biological/Agricultural Engineering. Each year this involves over 20 industry-sponsored and research-sponsored projects that produce manufacturing fixtures, test equipment, consumer products, and one-of-a-kind machines. Over the last fifteen years UI has developed a network of companies and contacts that contribute more than $150,000 annually toward the capstone program at the University of Idaho. The scope of student projects can be seen in the archive at http://seniordesign.engr.uidaho.edu. Design products are also shown to the public at the UI Engineering Design Expo each spring. This is the largest academic design show in the Pacific Northwest, annually attracting over 2000 UI students, alumni, representatives from regional industry, parents, and pre-college students. Senior design teams are guided by a half-dozen graduate students doing research in design for manufacturing, computer aided design, and advanced energy systems. Some projects involve close collaboration with Idaho TechHelp.

    Dr. Beyerlein was an active participant on the Goal 3 Strategic Plan Implementation team and currently serves on the University-wide Outreach and Engagement Council.
  • Awards and Honors
    • 2009 Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Award, Zone IV, ASEE
    • 2001 University-Wide Teaching Excellence Award, University of Idaho
    • 2000 Outstanding Teaching Award, Pacific Northwest Section, ASEE
    • 1992 Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award, Pacific Northwest Section, ASEE