Frank Kelso

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Frank Kelso

Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 3104
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Director, Engineering Co-op Program

Ph.D. 1993, M.S. 1987 Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
B.S. 1979 Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Professional Background

Senior systems engineer at MTS Systems Corporation, 1982-1994
Engineering consultant, 1980-present

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Research Interests
  • Computers in engineering practice
  • Root cause failure analysis
  • Fatigue & Fracture in machine design
  • Experiential and Project-based learning
Teaching Subjects
ME 3221: Fundamentals of Design & Manufacturing
ME 3222: Mechanisms & Machine Design
ME 3281: System Dynamics and Control
ME 4031W: Basic Mechanical Measurements Laboratory
ME 4231: Motion Control Laboratory
Honors and Awards
  • 2015 Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2013-2016 3M Chair for Experiential Learning
  • 2002 CCE Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2002 Institute of Technology Best Instructor Award
Selected Publications
  • Leser, C., F. Kelso and A. Gordon, “Software Tools for a Materials Testing Curriculum,” ASTM Sixth Symposium on Application of Automation Technology in Fatigue and Fracture Testing, STP 1571, sponsored by ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, December 2013.
  • Kelso, F., “Pendulum Experiments for a Vibration Laboratory,” Proc., ASEE North Midwest Sectional Conference, Oct. 2010.
  • Visarius, M., J. Lessmann, F. Kelso, and W. Hardt, "Generic Integration Infrastructure for IP-based Design Processes and Tools with a Unified XML Format," in Integration: The VLSI Journal 37 (2004) 289-321
  • Kelso, F. and J. Weinberg, “Web-delivered Case Studies In Engineering Education,” Proc. ASEE Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 2000.