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Matthew Cavalli, Ph.D., P.E. Information
I am currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Dakota. I am also a licensed professional engineer in the state of North Dakota. I have taught classes ranging from ME101 (Intro to ME) in the freshman year to ME524 (Deformation and Fracture) at the graduate level. My research can be generally described as in the areas of materials behavior and manufacturing methods. While at UND I have participated in research projects related to energy dissipation, fracture and fatigue of fiber composites, adding pollution control catalysts to fiber filters via mechanical milling, ductile fracture of aluminum alloys, diffusion bonding of nickel and iron alloys, and corrosion fatigue of aluminum. In the classroom, I have conducted studies related to perceptions and retention in freshman engineers, collaboration between undergraduate and high school students, and the use of virtual laboratories for materials education. I also currently serve as the Associate Dean for the College of Engineering and Mines. In this capacity, I have responsibility for most of the outreach, recruiting, and student support activities for the College as well as oversight for various teaching and research functions.
The sections below give an overview of my past and current activities.
I am committed to excellent engineering education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses I have taught at UND (some more recently than others) include ME101, ENGR201 (Statics), ENGR202 (Dynamics), ENGR203 (Mechanics of Materials), ME 301 (Materials Science), ME420 (Composite Materials), ME480 (Senior Seminar), ME524 (Deformation and Fracture), and ME542 (Thermodynamics of Materials).
I have participated in a number of teaching-related professional development activities including the National Effective Teaching Institute, Case Studies in Science Workshop, ASME Essential Teaching Seminar, New Approaches in Materials and Manufacturing Education Seminar, and numerous teaching seminars at UND. I am a consultant in the Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) program at UND which helps instructors improve their teaching through student feedback and peer input. I have been a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) since 1999.
Selected Education-Related Papers and Proceedings
Cavalli, M., “Comparison of On-Campus and Distance Learning Outcomes in a Flipped Materials Science Course,” Proceedings of the 2016 ASEE Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 2016.
Cavalli, M., “Comparison of Learning Gate Completion Requirements in a Flipped Classroom,” Proceedings of the 2015 ASEE Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, June 2015.
Cavalli, M., J. Neubert, D. Worley, “Comparison of On-Campus and Distance Learning Preferences in a Junior-level Materials Science Course,” Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2014.
Cavalli, M., J. Neubert, D. McNally, D. Jacklitch-Kuiken, “Comparison of Student Performance and Perceptions Across Multiple Course Delivery Modes,” Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2014.
Cavalli, M., W. Semke, M. Kulkarni, “Engineering Outreach for Under-Resourced High Schools,” Proceedings of the 2009 North Midwest ASEE Regional Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2009.
Recent Senior Design Projects Advised
Automated Medical Device Straightener, Sponsor: UMC, 2015-2016
Improved Manufacturing Cell, Sponsor: Retrax, 2015-2016
Selectable Weight Dumbbell Handle Design, Sponsor: Powerblock, 2014-2015
Cooling of CVT for ATV, Sponsor: Arctic Cat, 2013-2014
Pickup Accessory Rack, Sponsor: Retrax, 2012-2013
Center of Gravity Measurement Stand, Sponsor: Arctic Cat, 2011-2012
Composite Sensor Mount for UAV, 2010-2011
My past research work has involved a variety of aspects of materials behavior and both experimental testing and numerical modeling. Past topics include fracture of adhesive, spot welded and weldbonded joints, energy dissipation in fiber composites, and the effects of processing on the fracture behavior of aluminum. My current work focuses on diffusion bonding of metals and fatigue and cure behavior of fiber composites.
Current and Past Student Researchers
Madeline Bahmer, 2014-2015
Derek Tomhave (ND EPSCoR AURA Program), 2014-2015
Alec Redmann (ND EPSCoR AURA Program), 2013
Elliot Chejade, 2012-2013
Austin Cote, 2012-2013
Cory Dykoff, 2012-2013
Jason Burns (current)
Tejas Tipnis (non-thesis), Spring 2015
Mohammad Rasheduzzaman, Effects of Stress Ratios on Polymer Composite Fatigue, Fall 2014
Serges Tatsinkou-Nguelo, Preparation and Analysis of Evaporatively Bonded Superalloys for Use in Hydrogen Burning Gas Engines, Summer 2014
Erik Anderson, Statistical Analysis of Diffusion Bonding Nickel Using Brass Interlayers, Fall 2012
Joshua Braband, Characterization of Evaporative Metal Bonding in Superalloys for Use in Gasified Coal Turbine Generators, Summer 2013
Maksud Reimbaev, Fatigue Behavior of Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Composite Beams, Fall 2012
Ali Amiri, Experimental Investigation of Fatigue Behavior of Carbon Fiber Composites Using Full-Reversed Four-Point Bending Test, Fall 2012
Jared Neuharth, High Temperature Hydrogen Embrittlement of Sensitized Austenitic Stainless Steels, Fall 2011
Tanveer Chawla, Mechanical Characterization of Composite Repairs for Fiber-Glass Wind Turbine Blades, Fall 2013
Esfakur Rahman, Transient Liquid Phase Bonding of Titanium-, Iron-, and Nickel-Based Alloys, Spring 2013
Selected Materials-Related Papers and Proceedings
Neuharth, J., M.N. Cavalli, “High Temperature Hydrogen Embrittlement of Sensitized Austenitic Stainless Steels,” Engineering Failure Analysis, 49, 49-56, 2015.
Chawla, T., M.N. Cavalli, “Mechanical evaluation of repair resins for fiber-glass wind turbine blades,” Journal of Composite Materials, Journal of Composite Materials, 49(9), 2015, 1115-1125.
Rahman, A.H.M.E., M.N. Cavalli, “Transient Liquid Phase Bonding of Commercially Pure Iron Using Cu and Au-12Ge Interlayer,” Materials Science and Engineering A, 545, pp. 6-12, 2012.
Rahman, A.H.M.E., M.N. Cavalli, “Diffusion Bonding of CP-Ni Using Cu Interlayer,” Materials Characterization, 69, pp. 90-96, 2012.
Rahman, A.H.M.E., M.N. Cavalli, "Strength and Microstructure of Diffusion Bonded Titanium Using Silver and Copper Interlayers," Materials Science and Engineering A, 527(20), pp. 5189-5193, 2010.
M.N. Cavalli, N. Lilke, "Mechanical Milling for Catalyst Loading of Polymer Filters," Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 209, pp. 5423-5428, 2009.
Selected Service and Administrative Activities
Associate Dean, UND CEM, 2016-Present
American Society for Engineering Education, Materials Division Program Chair, 2015-Present
Assistant Dean for Outreach and Recruiting, UND CEM, 2010-2015
Department Chair, UND ME Department, 2010-2015
Graduate Program Director, UND ME Department, 2007-2013
Society for Experimental Mechanics, Fatigue and Fracture Division, Chair, 2010-2012
UND Academic Policies and Admissions Committee, Chair 2013-2014
UND Faculty Instructional Development Committee, 2009-2012
UND Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, 2008-2011
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