A mechanical eye graduate who has designed and built high-end airplanes and helicopters has been named to lead the mechanical engineering program at Michigan Tech.
Dr. Michael O’Connor, who earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech, will take over the position of executive director of the Engineering and Technology Programs.
O’Connors appointment will be effective Jan. 1.
Michigan Tech is one of the largest public universities in the state.
He was a founding member of the International Society of Mechanical Engineers and founded the Institute for Engineering and Design Engineering at Michigan State University in 2004.
O.C.O. has also been the founding member and former chair of the Society for the Advancement of Science.
Ocso also served as a vice president at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a director of its Space Technology Laboratory.
Dr O’Cogh is an internationally recognized authority on design, engineering and science in aerospace.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Michigan and the University for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
He has also taught aerospace engineering and computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School, Purdue University and the Technical University of Munich.
Ochsner is a former professor of engineering at the University College London and director of an aerospace engineering laboratory.
Ochsners research has focused on the use of robotic systems and systems development to design new, advanced, and affordable flight and aerospace systems, including advanced sensors, robotic systems, and flight control systems.
He holds a Ph.
D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor of science in mechanical and aerospace engineering from University College Dublin.
He has been awarded more than 20 honorary doctorates.