Frank Kelso

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Frank Kelso

Teaching Professor,
Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 3104
111 Church Street SE





Director, Engineering Co-op Program

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

B.S. 1979 Mechanical Engineering 
University of Minnesota

Research Interests
  • Computers in engineering practice
  • Root cause failure analysis
  • Fatigue & Fracture in machine design
  • Experiential and Project-based learning


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.