Purdue Professor to run workshop in guitar engineering in DIT

A workshop with Dr. Mark French, University Professor & Guitar Designer


20th April 2011

Date: Wednesday, 4th May 2011

Time: 4.30 - 6.30 pm

Venue: DIT Kevin Street, Lecture Theatre: KEG-007

Speaker: Mark French, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue University

If you are a budding guitarist or have an interest in audio and guitar technology, either from a manufacturing or electrical / electronic perspective, this workshop is a must.

Mark French was originally trained as an aerospace engineer and took a job as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force after undergraduate school. He pursued graduate education in aerospace engineering while working at Wright-Patterson AFB. He received Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Dayton in 1993. He went to the auto industry in 1995 and worked as an engineer and a lab manager. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue in 2004 where he is now an associate professor.

In addition to teaching, he is working on problems in experimental mechanics, musical acoustics and STEM outreach. He has two patents and he has written numerous academic publications including a book entitled Engineering the Guitar. He has a love for stringed instruments. He has a guitar manufacturing lab at Purdue and uses it to produce prototype instruments as well as to support educational activities. He runs a number of stringed instrument workshops including one in Purdue University called Stringed Instrument Design and Manufacture and another instrument making workshop for elementary pupils. He has two projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Both seek to use instrument making as a means of interesting students and their teachers in STEM subjects. He has worked with several guitar and guitar accessory companies on projects related to new designs and to manufacturing problems. These include Fender, Taylor and D'Addario.


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