Dr. Chad Korach

Teaching Area(s): Mechanical Engineering

Title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Courses Taught:
Mechanical Engineering

About Dr. Chad Korach
Dr. Korach is an expert in mechanical systems, manufacturing and advanced materials. His scholarly research has focused on tribology, composites and nanoscale systems. Dr. Korach has experience in the paper industry, and projects with the U.S. Department of Defense and DOE National Laboratories. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a B.S. and M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all three in mechanical engineering.

Research
For more than 15 years, Chad has focused his research on measurements of micro and nanoscale properties of materials to improve durability of surfaces and interfaces and to understand mechanisms that can lead to new material development. He has conducted specific research on carbon nanotube-polymer composites and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers for environmental durability in infrastructure applications. He has also worked on improving the wear resistance of cutting tool inserts and bearings. Chad has also studied the wear resistance of human enamel and developed a model for the mechanical response, which can help bring about a reduction in enamel loss for individuals with this susceptibility.

Career
I have always enjoyed trying to explore and understand how and why things work. I am always asking the next question and want to learn more. This is what inspired me to be an engineer.

Proudest Accomplishments
When students graduate and land their first jobs as engineers! Though I’m always sad to see them leave, I’m proud that I was involved with their education and accomplishments that lead to their employment.

Teaching Style
When possible, I like to have an in-class activity that gets students out of their seats. Also, I enjoy connecting real-world engineering examples to what we are learning in the lecture through case studies, videos, or on-site tours! Engineering has traditionally been a rather dry topic to teach, so whenever I can engage the students with props or activities, it breaks up the lecture and allows students to see problems from different perspectives.

Best Part of the Job
Interacting with the students!

Favorite Place on Campus
Bracy Hall. It has great aesthetics outside and inside!

Preparing Students
Mount Union’s holistic view of a student that embodies a strong liberal arts background together with community involvement prepares students to be ready for real-world problems after graduation. Mount Union provides students with a broad view and critical thinking skills that set them apart from a school that is only professional degree focused.

Research Interests
My research interests lie in studying the durability of materials used in engineering. The effects could be due to surface wear or fatigue, but also environmental effects such as UV light from the sun and rain. I have specifically worked in the past with ceramics, polymer composites, dental materials and electronic materials. The area of research I have spent the most amount of time on is Tribology, which is the study of friction, lubrication and wear of surfaces, and is important in automotive engines, turbines, electronics fabrication and oil exploration, just to name a few.

Education
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
MSME, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
BME, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Engineering has traditionally been a rather dry topic to teach, so whenever I can engage the students with props or activities, it breaks up the lecture and allows students to see problems from different perspectives.

Fun Facts

What's your favorite type of music?
I’m an avid vinyl record collector; my favorite genres are electronica, rock (indie, punk, classic) and jazz.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy cooking a variety of foods from around the world.
What's your favorite quote?
“The humblest is the peer of the most powerful.” - Justice John Marshall Harlan’s dissent of Plessy v. Ferguson.
What's your favorite movie?
Most science fiction, especially David Lynch’s Dune and Stanley Kubrick’s "2001: A Space Odyssey."
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