Faculty & Staff Profiles

Scott Springer

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Scott Springer

PhD
Engineering and Technology

Office: 332 Fryklund Hall
Phone: 715/232-2162
Email: springers@uwstout.edu

Education

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin Madison, Mechanical Engineering
M.S. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Mechanical Engineering
B.S. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

Applied Mechanical Design and Product Development:

In this area, I strive to assist entrepreneurs and businesses transform ideas into profitable products. Previous projects have been done as independent consultant and as course integrated undergraduate learning experiences, depending on clients’ needs.


Haptic Interfaces:

In this area the research is primarily focused toward the development of human touch based computer and robot interfaces. Such devices employ the highly developed human sense of touch to augment typical graphical interfaces.


Loading Dock Equipment

Research in the loading dock industry involves product development for improved safety and productivity and evaluation of existing facilities, equipment, and procedures. Serve as expert witness in court cases regarding dock leveler design, manufacturing, maintenance, operation and intellectual property issues.

Courses Taught

RD-320 Prototype Development and Model Making, Application of formal design processes toward the development of complex and functional three dimensional prototypes and scale models.Lab based with student teams.

MECH?729, Product Development and Design, Theory and application of the product development and design process.Principles of efficient engineering processes and management structures that support product design.Emphasis on structured approaches that insure constraints are properly defined and met.Includes major project. Online delivery course.

ELECT 341, Electrical and Mechanical Interface Devices, Engineering science and application of sensors, actuators, control circuits and state space control systems.Includes introduction to Programmable Logic Controller programming and Personal Computer based data acquisition and control.Lab based hands on experiences and student small team projects.

MECH 290, Mechanics of Materials I, Introduction to solid mechanics.

MECH 332, Mechanical Design, An upper level engineering science and application course for mechanical design concentration of the Engineering Technology program.

MECH 337, Mechanical Design Drafting, A capstone design experience course where students utilize combined skills learned in prior coursework to complete a team design project.

MECH 392, Mechanics of Machinery I, Engineering science course with practical applications of the study of motion and machinery.

MECH 393, Mechanics of Machinery II, Engineering design application of dynamics to design, synthesis, analysis, iteration, and prototype of complex motion planar mechanisms and three dimensional applications.

MECH 449, Coop/Education Experience, Mentoring of numerous students through the cooperative education experience.

MECH 499, Independent Study, Several sections taught with topics including Advanced Dynamics, Design of Mechanical Systems, Design of PC Based Control Systems, and Computer Aided Engineering.

MFGE 106, Impacts of Engineering Design, A general education technology course in which societal and technical aspects of technological advances are examined.

MFGE 293, Engineering Mechanics, An engineering science course covering topics and applications of statics and dynamics.

MFGE 405, Capstone I Concurrent Design, A senior level course for MFGE program, where team projects are used to teach the modern industry process of concurrent product and process design.

RD 100, Introduction to Engineering Technology, Overview of program plans, college success, and careers available for program graduates.

Papers

2009, “The Capstone Experience for UW Stout Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Technology Mechanical Design Students”, Scott L. Springer, Linards Stradins, Mike Lorenzen, Proceedings of the Polytechnic University Summit, UW Stout, July 2009.

2002, Design and Control of a Force-Reflecting Haptic Interface for Teleoperational Grasping, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Volume 124, Number 2, pp 277-283, June 2002.

2000, DECAFF: Experimental Study on Human Haptic Perception, 2000 ASME International Congress and Exposition, Orlando FL, November 2000.

1999, Design of a Multi-Finger Haptic Interface for Teleoperational Grasping, 1999 ASME International Congress and Exposition, Nashville, TN, November 1999.

1999, A New Method for Design and Control of Haptic Interfaces for Display of Rigid Surfaces, 1999 ASME International Congress and Exposition, Nashville, TN, November 1999.

1998, A Novel Design Methodology for High Performance Drive Screw Actuators, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Volume 120, Number 1, pp 80-83, March 1998.

1997, Haptic Feedback for Virtual Reality Computer-Aided-Design, 1997 ASME International Congress and Exposition, Dallas, TX, November 1997.

1996, State-of-the-Art Virtual Reality Hardware for Computer-Aided-Design, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Volume 7, page 457-465, December 1996.

1996, Overcoming Critical Speed Limitations in Drive Screw Systems, Presented at the 1996 ASME International Congress and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, November 1996.

1996, Virtual Reality Hardware Devices for Computer-Aided-Design, Presented at the UIC/Argonne Lab Virtual Reality Workshop, Chicago, IL.

Patents

2004, Fishing Information Device and Method of Using the Same, U. S. Patent No. 6,758,006

2004, Vehicle Restraining Device U. S. Patent No. 6,676,360

2003, Fishing Information Device and Method of Using the Same U. S. Patent No. 6,584,722

2003, Manually positioned wheel chocking apparatus U. S. Patent No. 6,524,053

2002, Force Display Master Interface Device for Teleoperation, U. S. Patent No. 6,435,794

2002, Automatic Outrigger for a Vehicle, U. S. Patent No. 6,394,738 B1

2001, Self-Unlatching Dock Leveler Lip with Damped Descent, U. S. Patent No. 6,311,352 B1

2001, Safety Leg System for Dock Leveler, U. S. Patent No. 6,276,016

2001, Vehicle Restraining Device, U. S. Patent No. 6,238,163

2000, Manually Positioned Wheel Chocking Apparatus, U. S. Patent No. 6,092,970

2000, Vehicle Restraint and Improvements, U. S. Patent No. 6,010,297

1998, Wheel Activated Vehicle Restraint System, U.S. Patent No. 5,762,459

1996, Vehicle Restraining Device, U.S. Patent No. 5,582,498

1996, Drive Screw System with Nested Mobile Supports, U.S. Patent No. 5,531,557

1996, Vehicle Activated Safety Leg Control System for a Dock Leveler, U.S. Patent No. 5,440,772

1995, Vehicle Restraining Device, U.S. Patent No. 5,375,965

1995, Lip Extension and Control Device for Dock Levelers, U.S. Patent No. 5,323,503

1994, Dock leveler with an improved automatic material handling vehicle barrier, U.S. Patent No. 5,311,628

1994, Releasable Locking Device, U.S. Patent No. 5, 297, 921

Research Interests

Applied Mechanical Design and Product Development:

In this area, I strive to assist entrepreneurs and businesses transform ideas into profitable products. Previous projects have been done as independent consultant and as course integrated undergraduate learning experiences, depending on clients' needs.

 

Haptic Interfaces:

In this area the research is primarily focused toward the development of human touch based computer and robot interfaces. Such devices employ the highly developed human sense of touch to augment typical graphical interfaces.

 

Loading Dock Equipment:

Research in the loading dock industry involves product development for improved safety and productivity and evaluation of existing facilities, equipment, and procedures. Serve as expert witness in court cases regarding dock leveler design, manufacturing, maintenance, operation and intellectual property issues.