Dr. David Che Joins Bryan College Vogel School Of Engineering

Friday, May 31, 2019
Dr. David Che
Dr. David Che

The Vogel School of Engineering at Bryan College welcome Dr. David Che as chair and professor of Engineering, beginning this fall. 

Dr. Che worked in the industry for over 10 years before beginning his full-time teaching career. He has since taught for 11 years in various Christian colleges in the Midwest. His research interests include metrology, robotics, automotive engineering, manufacturing engineering and quality control, mechanical design, and engineering education. He is currently a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers and Christian Engineering Society.

In 1988, Dr. Che graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology (China) with a BSE degree in Precision Mechanical Engineering. He came to the U.S. in 1990 and enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at Ohio State University. After obtaining his M.S. degree from OSU, he began his doctoral study at the S. M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center at University of Michigan. He then worked as a post-doc and a research investigator at University of Michigan for two years before joining the Global Research and Development Center of General Motor Corporation in Warren, Michigan in 1997. From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a senior project engineer in GM’s Competitive Operations Engineering Group. From 2002 to 2005, he worked in the Product Development division of GM Truck Group using modern engineering design and analysis tools to do full vehicle dynamic simulations and instrument panel and console design. From 2005 to 2008, he returned to his home country of China to live as a “tent-maker.” He worked in southern China for Stafast Products, Inc., a metal fastener and machinery supplier in Cleveland, Ohio, to develop new business ventures and supply to the furniture manufacturing industry in Asia.

Dr. Che has taught a broad range of courses over the years. These include:

Calling & Vocation (a.k.a. “learning and transition”, a freshmen seminar course)
Strength of materials
Statics
Dynamics
Mechanical vibrations
Machine component design
Computer Aided Engineering
Kinematics and robotics
Engineering economy
Digital systems
Senior design projects
Service engineering
Engineering ethics
Manufacturing engineering
Engineering materials and processes
Quality control

Dr. Che is passionate about partnering with industry and local community and promoting service-learning wherever he goes. Many of his class and senior design projects were sponsored by the local industry and non-profit organizations. Examples include design and rapid prototyping of a new animal tagging device for medical research, SAE Baja competitions, additive manufacturing and optical scanning techniques and their application to mechanical design, hard-band spring design for Marcellus Shale drilling operations using ANSYS, therapeutic pool cover mechanism design, and noise reduction of a gym.

Dr. Che has been married to his wife Sarah for 30 years. The Lord has blessed them with five children, all homeschooled. In his spare time, he enjoys reading classical literature, writing, listening to classical music, playing tennis, table tennis, soccer, and watching college football.


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