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. Yu Guo and Dr. Denise Simmons will serve as the co-director helping Dr. Wang to manage the project.
Dr. Sheldon Wang (Director) received his PhD in Applied Mechanics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. He has been teaching in US higher education institutions for over 18 years. 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, and multi-scale modeling and instability analysis. 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 over 832 with an average of over 30 citations per journal article and his h-index is 15. He was also the Director of the MSU YES camps in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
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. He is currently Assistant Professor of the McCoy School of Engineering at Midwestern State University. 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 has contributed chapters in the books: “Nonlinear Approaches in Engineering Applications” published by Springer in 2011, “Dynamical Systems-Discontinuity, Stochasticity, and Time-Delay” published by Springer in 2010, and “Vibro-Impact Dynamics of Ocean Systems and Related Problems,” published by Springer in 2009. He is also the co-author of the book, “Vibro-Impact Dynamics,” published by Wiley in 2013. He was also the Co-Director of the MSU YES camps in 2014 and 2015.
Dr. Denise Simmons (Co-Director) received her EdD in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2012. She served as a campus administrator and STEM Project Director in public schools throughout Texas. She is currently an Assistant Professor of the West College of Education. Her area of expertise is school improvement. She is currently conducting a research study on The Effects of Leadership Style on Teacher Innovative Work Behavior and Student Achievement. Dr. Simmons has presented research at several conferences both nationally as well as internationally.
Additional instructors include Dr. Michelle Knox (Department of Mathematics, MSU), Dr. Candice Fulton (Department of Chemistry, MSU), Mr. Dustin Webbs (Assistant Director of Admissions, MSU), Mrs. Carrie-Ann Taylor (Chair, Industrial Advisory Board, McCoy School of Engineering, MSU), Mr. Jay Barnett (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 former technician Mark Weller is posted on the web http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/02/robotic-spider-melds-legos-and-3-d-printing/
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 20 and end on June 24. 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.