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Dr. Chad Korach
Dr. Chad Korach

Dr. Chad Korach

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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.

Education

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

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.