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Steven Beyerlein, Ph.D.

Steven Beyerlein, Ph.D.

Department Chair


Engineering Physics 324I



Mailing Address

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0902
Moscow, Idaho 83844-0902

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 1987
  • M.S., Engineering Science, Dartmouth College, 1981
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1979

  • Teaching Design
  • Assessment of Project Learning
  • Engine Modeling
  • Engine Testing

Steven Beyerlein teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of combustion systems, design methodology and 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 ten years he has been an active participant in the National Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT) and has served as the coordinator for the ME capstone design course that has involved over 100 industry-sponsored design projects and over $1M of external funding. 

Beyerlein’s research interests revolve around teaching engineering design, combustion system modeling and engine testing. Through NIATT, he has been involved in multiple generations of student vehicle projects, including an electric racecar project, the U of I Future Truck project, the U of I FSAE project, and the U of I Clean Snowmobile project. He is also an active participant in the Transferable Integrated Design Engineering Education (TIDEE) consortium headed by Washington State University through which he is involved in a multi-university effort to define assessment and evaluation tools for capstone design courses.

  • *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.

  • 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.

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 U of I 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 Design products are also shown to the public at the U of I Engineering Design Expo each spring. This is the largest academic design show in the Pacific Northwest, annually attracting over 2000 U of I 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.

  • 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

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Engineering Physics Building Rm. 324K

Mailing Address:

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

Phone: 208-885-6579

Fax: 208-885-9031