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WKU Engineering Faculty and Staff - Robert Choate

Robert Choate, PE

Robert Choate, PE


Office:  EBS 2114
Phone:  270-745-8852


Master of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Concentration, August 2000
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Project: Combined Environment Reliability Testing of Consumer Electronic Products
Coursework emphasis on design and analysis (FEA), manufacturing, material selection and statistical processes

Master of Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Sciences Emphasis and Mathematics Minor, May 1991
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Project: Heat Transfer from Arrays of Surface mounted Components on a Double Sided Printed Circuit Board in Channel Flow

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, May 1982
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Summa Cum Laude, Dominion Scholar and Alumni Association’s Top Engineering Graduate.
Memberships: Alpha Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma Honor Societies, ASME Student Section

Scholarly Interest

  • Design verification and environmental reliability testing methods
  • System reliability
  • Thermal management and analysis of electro-mechanical systems and their associated facilities
  • Computational fluids and heat transfer



8/13 – Present Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Program Coordinator, Engineering Technology Management
Program Coordinator, Systems Engineering Minor
8/06 – 8/13 Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
8/02 – 8/06 Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

1/01 – 8/02 Principal Engineer/Thermal Lab Manager, Solectron Corporation, Technical Design Center, (Formerly C-MAC Design Corporation), Durham, NC
1/00 – 1/01 Lead Mechanical Design Engineer, Harris Corporation,
Broadcast Communications Division, Mason, OH
8/97 – 1/00 Senior Reliability Engineer/Lab Manager, Ericsson Telecommunications Inc, Mobile Phones and Terminals Division, Lynchburg, VA
7/82 – 8/97 Advisory Engineer/Thermal Lab Manager, IBM Corporation,
Various Divisions, Endicott, NY, Research Triangle Park, NC and Raleigh, NC

Professional Membership & Professional Credentials

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member, 1982 - present.
  • American Society for Quality, Senior Member, 2000 - present.
  • American Society for Engineering Education, Professional Member, 2002 - 2016.
  • Order of the Engineer, Member, 2007 – present.
  • International Council on Systems Engineering, Member, 2011-present.
  • International Microelectronics and Packaging Society, Member, 2006-2007.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina (P.E. #20623).
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia (P.E. #26565).
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (P.E. #23292).
  • Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE #5089), American Society for Quality.
  • Certified Building Science Thermographer (CBST #23827), FLIR Systems, Inc.

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