David J. Gee

  • Assistant Professor
    Mechanical Engineering


  • NSF (MRI): Acquisition of a Confocal Microscope for Multidisciplinary Imaging (Senior Personnel), Sept. 2011
  • NIH (PPG): Vascular Relations of Blood Cells and Proteins (Co-I), Sept. 2010

Educational History

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Dissertation: A Thermal Model for Nonlinear Panel Flutter, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • B.S. Mechanical Eng. & Aeronautical Sciences Engineering (double major), University of California, Davis, CA

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR)


  • Subramaniam DR, Gee DJ, ‘The influence of adherent cell morphology on hydrodynamic recruitment of leukocytes,’ Microvas. Res. 115:68-74, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mvr.2017.09.002
  • Albrecht D, Fale E, Besselman K, Kosnik S, Gee D, ‘Control of Thermal Environment using Solar Power Application (Abstract),’ 2017 Penn State Behrend-Sigma XI Ugrad. Res. & Creative Accomplishment Conf., Erie, PA, April 2017
  • Rider S, Massara A, Mahdavi M, Gee D, ‘Computational Modeling of Seasonal Circulation Patterns for Lake Erie (Abstract),’ 2017 Penn State Behrend-Sigma XI Ugrad. Res. & Creative Accomplishment Conf., Erie, PA, April 2017
  • Subramaniam DR, Gee DJ, ‘Shape oscillations of elastically deformable bio-mimetic particles,’ J. Mech. Behavior Bio. Mat. 62:534-44, 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2016.05.031
  • Subramaniam DR, Gee DJ, King MR, ‘Deformable cell-cell and cell-substrate interactions in semi-infinite domain,’ J. Biomech. 46:1067 74, 2013
  • Gee DJ, Wright LK, Zimmermann J, Cole K, Soule K, Ubowski M, ‘Dimethyl sulfoxide exposure modulates HL-60 cell rolling interactions,’ Biosci. Rep. 32:375 82, 2012
  • Gee DJ, Wright LK, Zimmermann J, Cole K, Soule K, ‘Granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor does not support rolling of promyelocytic leukemic cells under flow,’ J. Ugrad. Chem. Res. 11, 2012


Several research projects are active. One area of interest is in the computational modeling of lake circulation in order to study the flow of water-borne plant nutrients including phosphorus and nitrogen. Our research interest is to determine whether or to what extent lake circulation controls the concentration of these nutrients, and whether or not there is a correlation with the appearance of lake algal blooms. We use computational methods based on first principles, accounting for effects including turbulence, wind-shear, and bathymetry.

A second area of interest is in the temperature control of a thermal environment using a cooling system powered by a renewable energy source. In this project, we are interested in using electricity from solar panels to supply power to the cooling system. Our longer-term interest is to utilize 2d and 3rd generation solar panel technology in a body-integrated fashion.

Additional research projects are potentially available in the area of the computational modeling of blood flow.


  • ASME Student Chapter Faculty Advisor
  • ABET Committee Member
  • FYS Faculty Coordinator
  • Member, University Compensation Committee, 2016-19
  • Member, University Academic Safety Committee, 2017-20
Gannon University Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK)

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