Alex Szatmary, Ph.D.

I am the first mechanical engineer in a new mechanical engineering program at King's College, a small, Catholic college in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Our goal is to prepare students for engineering practice through authentic, practice-based experiences in which students practice integrating technical and professional skills. I created all but one of the ME courses and labs in our curriculum, developed the assessment plan for our program, convened our industrial advisory board, and am leading our efforts at continuous improvement. Our program earned ABET accreditation in 2022. I study program-level considerations for engineering education, such as assessment and curriculum design. I also use mathematical models to study how cells get to places in the body.

I was a visiting assistant professor at Bucknell University, where I taught mechanical engineering courses related to computing and modeling.

I was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. I used mathematical modeling to investigate cell motion and migration. I used modeling to show that signal relay doubles the distance over which neutrophils can be recruited and to show that chemotaxis assays are frequently misinterpreted.

I earned my B.S. and Ph.D. in ME at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. My dissertation was on fluid-structure interaction of cells and biological capsules, investigated with models using high-performance computing.

I earned my A.S. in Engineering at Harford Community College.


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