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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Gayle Ermer
Professor
Mechanical Engineering

(616) 526-6302
(616) 526-6501 FAX
germer@calvin.edu
Office: SB141

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Educational background

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1994
    • Thesis topic: system dynamics and control, specifically the development of a three-dimensional environment for bond graph system modeling
  • M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987
  • B.S. in Engineering with a Mechanical Concentration, Calvin College, 1986

Teaching Experience

Dr. Ermer primarily teaches courses related to the “hard” side of the mechanical engineering curriculum, including Dynamics of Machinery (ENGR 334) and Materials and Processes in Manufacturing (ENGR 324). She has taught the Engineering Graphical Communication Lab (ENGR 181) and the Engineering Instrumentation Laboratory (ENGR 382).  She is also a regular lead instructor for Introduction to Engineering Design (ENGR 101).

Research Interests

  • Christian and philosophical perspectives on engineering and technology
  • Quality control, continuous improvement, and educational assessment
  • Women in engineering

Dr. Ermer has been regularly involved in the Christian Engineering Education Conference (CEEC). She currently serves as a program evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Professional Memberships