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.