Alex Szatmary, Ph.D.

I am an Academic Programs Coordinator at Hexagon AB. I help students and professors put our computer-aided engineering software to work. I develop curriculum, mentor student teams, and support professors. I do a broad range of simulation including finite-element modeling (MSC Apex), dynamics (Adams), and computational fluid dynamics (Cradle). I use Python to program custom tools for our software to make it more useful in education. I am also writing a paper on use of simulation software across the engineering curriculum.

I was the first mechanical engineer in a new mechanical engineering program at King's College, a small, Catholic college in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. 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 lead our efforts at continuous improvement. Our program earned ABET accreditation in 2022. As a scholar, I studied program-level considerations for engineering education.

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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