Faculty Profile for Dr. Karim Heinz Muci-Kuchler

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Dr. Karim Heinz Muci-Kuchler
Professor — Ingram School of Engineering
IGRM 3306A
phone: (512) 245-0878

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Karim H. Muci-Kuchler, Ph.D. is a Professor of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Academic Program Coordinator at the Ingram School of Engineering of Texas State University. He is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) where he worked from August 2002 until December 2021. When he retired from SDSMT in December 2021 he was Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Experimental and Computational Mechanics Laboratory. From January 1999 to August 2002 he was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy. Prior to that, from January 1993 to December 1998, he was a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Monterrey Campus, where he started as an Assistant Professor and was later promoted to Associate Professor. He has taught a wide variety of engineering related undergraduate and graduate courses and his main research interest areas include Engineering Education, Computational Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Impulsive Loading Events, and Digital Twins.

Dr. Muci-Kuchler received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University in 1992. He holds a BS in Mechanical-Electrical Engineering (1985) and a ME in Mechanical Engineering (1988) from ITESM, Monterrey Campus. As a graduate student he was invited to join the following honor societies: Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Muci-Kuchler is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, co-author of a book about Adaptive Meshing with Boundary Elements, and author or co-author of over 85 publications. The latter include papers related to engineering education, the boundary element method, the friction stir spot welding process, and surrogate perforating projectile wounds, among others. He is an ABET PEV, has served as session chair or co-chair at international conferences, has reviewed papers for technical journals and conference proceedings, has served as panelist for the National Science Foundation (NSF), and has done consulting for industry in Mexico and the US.

Research Interests

STEM Education, Digital Twins, Computational Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Biomechanics.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Muci-Kuchler, K. H., Emami, A., & Jmenez, J. (2022). Selection of Industry 4.0 Competencies for Implementation in a New Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program. In Proceedings of the 2022 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2022), Columbus, Ohio, October 30 to November 3, 2022. ASME Paper IMECE2022-94456.
  • Kay, D. N., Koenig, Z., & Muci-Kuchler, K. H. (2023). Development and Implementation of an Augmented Reality Introductory Experience for Mechanical Engineering Freshman Students. In Proceedings of the 2023 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2023), New Orleans, Louisiana, October 29 to November 2, 2023. ASME Paper IMECE2023-112770.
  • Mathieu, K., Lande, M., & Muci-Kuchler, K. H. (2023). Adopting a Common Product Design Process across the Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Curriculum. In Proceedings of the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Baltimore, Maryland, June 25 to 28, 2023. ASEE Paper ID # 38870. ASEE. Retrieved from https://peer.asee.org/42583
  • Lovett, M. C., Bedillion, M. D., Birrenkott, C. M., Muci-Kuchler, K. H., & Pottmeyer, L. O. (2021). Building and Revising an Assessment to Measure Students’ Self-Efficacy in Systems Thinking. In Proceedings of the 2021 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Virtual Conference, July 26 to 29, 2021. https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2--36766
  • Bedillion, M. D., Muci-Kuchler, K. H., Birrenkott, C. M., Lovett, M. C., & Pottmeyer, L. O. (2021). A Combined Online Learning / In-Class Activity Approach to Teach Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering Skills to Freshman Engineering Students. In Proceedings of the 2021 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Virtual Conference, July 26 to 29, 2021. https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2--36562

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Elected as Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). June 2020 - August 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Donald N. Zwiep Innovation in Education Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). March 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. April 2022

Selected Grants

  • Muci-Kuchler, Karim Heinz (Principal), Valles, Damian (Co-Principal), Londa, Michelle (Co-Principal), Collins, Kristina Henry (Co-Principal), Tate, Jitendra (Co-Principal), Kulesza, Stacey Elizabeth (Supporting), Talley, Kimberly Grau (Supporting). S-STEM: Scholars of Excellence in Engineering Design (SEED), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal, $2499310. (Submitted: March 2, 2023, Funded: January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2029). Grant.
  • Muci-Kuchler, Karim Heinz (Principal), Emami, Anahita (Co-Principal), Bedillion, Mark D. (Co-Principal), Lovett, Marsha C. (Co-Principal), Birrenkott, Cassandra M. (Co-Principal), Lande, Micah J. (Co-Principal), Pottmeyer, Laura O. (Co-Principal). A Flipped Classroom Strategy to Teach Systems Thinking to Engineering Students, Department of Navy (DON) Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Education and Workforce Program administered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Federal, $592121. (Submitted: September 2, 2022, Funded: June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2026). Grant.
  • Muci-Kuchler, Karim Heinz (Principal), Bedillion, Mark D. (Co-Principal), Degen, Cassandra M. (Co-Principal), Lovett, Marsha C. (Co-Principal). Incorporating Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering Concepts in Undergraduate Engineering Courses, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Federal, $246708. (Funded: August 1, 2018 - October 31, 2020). Grant.
  • Muci-Kuchler, Karim Heinz (Principal), Bedillion, Mark D. (Co-Principal), Degen, Cassandra M. (Co-Principal), Ellingsen, Marius D. (Co-Principal), Huang, Shaobo (Co-Principal). Promoting System-Level Thinking in Undergraduate Engineering Courses, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Federal, $303224. (Funded: October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2017). Grant.
  • Muci-Kuchler, Karim Heinz (Principal), Salem, David (Co-Principal). Multifunctional Protective Armor for the Extremities, Army Research Laboratory, Federal, $350000. (Funded: September 2014 - March 2017). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Member
Ingram School of Engineering Personnel Committee
January 2023-Present
Member
Ingram School of Engineering Research Select Committee
January 2022-Present
Member
Ingram School of Engineering IT Oversight Committee (ITOC)
January 2022-Present
Mechanical Engineering Academic Program Coordinator
Ingram School of Engineering
January 1, 2022-Present
ASME/ABET Mechanical Engineering Program Evaluator (PEV)
ABET
2021-Present