Midwestern State University Young Engineer Summer Camp



Dr. Sheldon Wang will be the project manager or director. Dr. Wang will be responsible for managing the project’s day-to-day activities. Moreover, Drs. Idir Azouz, Jan Brink, Dale McDonald, and Salim Azzouz will serve as the co-director helping Dr. Wang to manage the project.

Dr. Sheldon Wang (Director) received his PhD in Applied Mechanics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. He is currently Professor and Chair of the McCoy School of Engineering at Midwestern State University. His research interests include mathematical modeling of biological systems, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multi-scale modeling and instability analysis. He is on the editorial board of Computers & Structures and International Journal of Applied Mechanics. He also served on the scientific advisory boards of World Congress on Computational Mechanics and MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics. He has over 30 journal publications and is the author of the book "Fundamentals of Fluid-Solid Interactions: Analytical and Computational Approaches" published by Elsevier Science in 2008. According to ISI Web of Science, Sheldon Wang’s total citation number is around 500 with an average of over 18 citations per journal article and his h-index is 12.

Dr. Jan Brink (Co-Director) graduated with a Ph.D. from University of Texas in Arlington in Industrial Engineering. His main interests are automated manufacturing, production planning and control, and fluid power systems. Dr. Brink has been teaching at Midwestern State University for over twenty years. He has taught a wide variety of courses during his career. He has given many continuing education seminars in the field of hydraulic, pneumatic, and programmable logic controller systems for industry over the years.

Dr. Salim Azzouz (Co-Director) has a Bachelor and Master degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, Europe. He also has a License in Mechanics from Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France. Dr. Salim Azzouz earned his PhD. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Old Dominion University at the Aerospace Engineering Department, Norfolk, Virginia. He worked as an engineer with Nutrilait SA (Dairy Industry), Switzerland, Europe and Siemens VDO (Automotive Industry), Newport News, Virginia, USA.

Dr. Yu Guo (Co-Director) received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2013. He worked at Caterpillar as an Engine Structure and Dynamics engineer for one year. His research interests include nonlinear dynamics and vibration, instrumentation and control, and robotics. He is also very experienced in computer science and engineering. He has 6 journal publications and 5 conference articles. He is the co-author of the book, “Vibro-Impact Dynamics,” published by Wiley in 2013.

Dr. Dale McDonald (Co-Director) holds B.S., M.S., and Ph. D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University. He has served as topic chair or topic co-chair within the Engineering Education and Professional Development Track of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition for the 2009 and 2010 events. His expertise is in dynamic systems, control, differential games, response surface modeling, and engineering education. He is the author of the book chapter Singular Perturbation Trajectory Following Algorithms for Min-Max Differential Games, which appeared in Advances in Dynamic Game Theory andApplications, and in addition has authored (in print or accepted for publication) 7 journal articles, and 6 refereed articles in conference proceedings.

Additional instructors include Dr. Michelle Knox (Department of Mathematics, MSU), Dr. Candice Fulton (Department of Chemistry, MSU), Ms. Barbara Merkle (Director of Admissions, MSU), Mr. Robert Stradley (Chair, Industrial Advisory Board, McCoy School of Engineering, MSU), Mr. Michael Paris (Mr. John Mark Weller (Mechanist and Technician of McCoy School of Engineering, MSU).


Lecture sections of the MSU YES Camp will cover a three-hour lecture on SolidWorks, a two-hour lecture Algebra and Calculus, a two-hour lecture of Introduction to Chemistry, and a one-hour lecture of Introduction to Engineering. In addition, we will also schedule two one and a half hour long demonstration and experience sections for Automation and Robotics and Fluid Power Systems. Moreover, we will also include two one hour long engineering experiments in Flow Visualization with a Wind Tunnel and Chemical Containment Measurement with a Spectrophotometer. The engineering design competition will be divided into two sections. One morning section of three hours total will focus on manufacturing and assemblage and one afternoon section of three hours total will deal with design issues related to LEGO Robotics. A comprehensive model designed and manufactured by our resident technician Mark Weller is posted on the web

This project emphasizes team work and provides an overall exposure to problems commonly encountered in engineering practice and the basic solution protocols. The week-long MSU-YES camp will start on June 23 and end on June 27. Opening and closing ceremonies will be held in McCoy Hall Room 207. In the closing ceremony, scholarships will be awarded to winning individuals and teams of MSU YES Camp participants based on performance throughout the week-long program and results of engineering design competitions.