Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 814-871-7750
Office: Z 150
panza001@gannon.edu

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Honor Societies
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research

Biography

I am interested in the following:

* Playing around with applied mathematics and computer models for engineering and science problems.

* American history, especially colonial times and the civil war.

* Creation and Design in the Bible.

* Playing basketball.

* Following Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steeler football.

* Visiting my three daughters' families (eight grandchildren) in Missouri and Virginia.

* Traveling across and seeing the people and land in the  US.

Courses Taught

* Engineering Analysis Courses (ME403, GENG603, GENG703)

* System Dynamics and Conttrol (ME326)

* Modeling and SImulation of Dynamic Systems (GME648)

* Computer Assisted Engineering (ME465, GME565

* Acosutics and Noise Control (GME615)

* Statics (ME201) and Dynamics (ME204)

* Risk Management (GENG622)

* Optimization in Engineering (ME407, GME507)

* Nonlinear Analysis (GENG609)

* Advanced Congtrol Systems (GENG685)

* Vibrations (ME461, GME561)

* Advanced Vibrations (GME661)

* Advanced Dynamic Systems (GME655)

* Structural Dynamics (GME635)

* Advanced Strength of Materials (GME530)

* Distributed Parameter Systems (GME612)

* Digital Computer Usage and Lab (ME205, ME206)

* Various Engineering Design Courses

Educational History

* Gannon College, BS in Mechanical Engineering, 1969

* Gannon University, MS in Mechanical Engineering, 1974

* University at Buffalo, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 1989

Honor Societies

* Gannon University Distinguished Faculty Member since 2003

* Institute of Noise Control Engineers Board Certified Menber since 1985

 

Professional Experience

* Senior Engineer, Acosutics Systems, Lord Corporation, Erie, PA (14 years)

* Acosutical Consultant, Private Practice, Erie, PA (5 years)

* Consulting Engineer, Systems Engineering, General Electric Company, (24 years)

Professional Societies

* Ameican Society of Mechanical engineers

* Institute of Noise Control Engineers

Publications

Journals:

*  “Euler-Maclaurin Closed Form Finite State Space Model for a String Applied to Broadband 
      Plate Vibrations,” Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2010

 *   “Application of Euler-Maclaurin Sum Formula to Obtain an Approximate Closed Form Green’s Function for a Two-Dimensional Acoustical Space,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2008


   *  “A Hybrid Mathematical Model for Predicting the Noise Attenuation of Rectangular Baffle Silencers,” Noise Control Engineering Journal, Nov.-Dec. 2006.

*  "Closed Form Solution for Acoustic Wave Equation Between Two Parallel Plates Using
      Euler-Maclaurin Sum formula," Journal of Sound and Vibration, October 2004

*  " Mathematical Model for Large Deflection Dynamics of a Compliant Device,” ASME
         Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, June, 2001

*  “Modeling, Actuation, and Control of an Active Fluid Vibration Isolator,” ASME Journal
         of  Vibration and Acoustics, January 1997 (with D. P. McGuire and P. J. Jones).

*  “Hydraulic Actuator Tuning in the Control of a Rotating Flexible Beam Mechanism,” ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, September 1996 (with R. W. Mayne).

*  “Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Hydraulic Actuator Interaction in the Dynamics of a Rotating Flexible Beam,” ASME Journal of Vibrations and Acoustics, January 1994 (with R. W. Mayne).


     Conference Proceedings:

“Closed form calculation of reverberant sound propagation in a thin duct with flexible
      wall,” Noise-Con 2010 & Acoustical Society of America, Baltimore, April, 2010,
      (An invited paper)

* “Mathematical Models for Finite Controllers for a Class of Bounded Acoustic and  Structural Dynamic Systems”, Proceedings of Active 2004, Williamsburg, VA, September, 2004

* "Variable Damping Control in the Position Control of a Flexible Single Arm," Proceedings of DETC’03 AMSE Biennial Vibrations and Noise Conference, Chicago, September 2003

    *   “Multi-Source Noise Reduction Calculation for Industrial Spaces with Uncertainties in Source  Size and Location”, Proceedings of  NOISE-CON 2003, Cleveland, June, 2003

     *  "Eigenstructure Calculation for Mixed Vibratory Systems Composed of a Continuous Beam
        and Concentrated Actuators," Proceedings of DETC'01 ASME Biennial Vibrations and
        Noise Conference, Pittsburgh, September, 2001

" Mathematical Model for Large Deflection Dynamics of a Compliant Mechanism,”
         Proceedings, ASME Mechanism Conference, Baltimore, September 2000

      *  “Active Fluid Mounting System Damping for Broadband Frequency Performance,” Proceedings of  NOISE-CON 97, Penn State University, June 1997.

       *  “Prediction of  Noise Propagation from Equipment Mounted Under a Rail Vehicle,”
        Proceedings of  NOISE-CON 97, Penn State University, June 1997

*  “Modeling, Actuation, and Control of an Active Fluid Vibration Isolator,” Proceedings of the 15th Biennial ASME Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Boston, Sept. 1995 (with D.P. McGuire and P.J.Jones)

   *  “Hydraulic Actuator Tuning in the Control of a Rotating Flexible Beam Mechanism,”
        Proceedings of the 15th Biennial ASME Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise,  Boston, Sept. 1995 (with R.W.Mayne)

*  “Investigation of Hydraulic Actuator-Beam Interaction for a Rotating Flexible Beam,” Proceedings of the 21st Biennial ASME Mechanisms Conference, Chicago, Sept. 1990 (with R. W. Mayne).

*  “Mathematical Modeling of Actuator-Flexible Beam Dynamic Systems,” Proceedings of the 12th Biennial ASME Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Montreal, Sept. 1989 (with R. W. Mayne).

*  “Prospects of Damping Structures Via Actuator Interaction,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Engineering Science, Atlanta, 1988 (with F. J. Sah, R. W. Mayne, and D. J. Inman).

Scholarship/Research

Development of applied mathematical and computer models in the following areas:

*  Using the Euler-Maclaurin sum formula for Fourier series in space-time coordinates to construct finite closed form state space models for bounded distributed parameter systems such as sound propogation, structural vibration, diffusion,and  quantum nano scale systems.

*  Developing computer assisted models using Matlab and Simulink for describing and investigating the noise environment and control of complete locomotive systems.

* Studying the interaction of process, actuator, and control in complex dynamic systems.