UND professors featured on engineering blog

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University of North Dakota Mechanical Engineering professors George Bibel and Matthew Cavalli were recently highlighted as a “Featured Engineering Professor” at OnlineEngineeringPrograms.com.

Bibel and Cavalli were featured on the site’s blog as two of several engineering professors highlighted for their contributions to the field. Bibel teaches courses on finite element analysis and engineering disasters for the UND Department of Mechanical Engineering ; Cavalli, the department chair, typically teaches courses on the behavior of materials and solid mechanics.

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Cavalli, a professional engineer, has published 20 peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles and has received project funding from the Department of Energy, LM Windpower, the National Science Foundation and the Department of the Navy.

After earning his bachelors of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming, Cavalli went on to earn both a master’s of science and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

More on Bibel:

Bibel has authored two books — “Beyond the Black Box: The forensics of Airplane Crashes” and “Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters,” with a second book on airplane crashes currently in the works. Bibel’s work in the fields of engineering disasters has gained him national media attention, and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, Popular Science, NPR All Things Considered and Marketplace about airplane crashes and train wrecks.

Bibel received a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1987 and hid master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He began his engineering career at Standard Oil Co., and was promoted to head of the pressure vessel, piping and tankage group before working at NASA Lewis as a university researcher and summer faculty fellow.