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Tom Lawrence, Ph.D.

Program Director
Assistant Professor
Division of Mechanical Engineering
AMCE Room 122

PHONE: 812.375.7502
FAX: 812.348.2016

Biographical Statement

I am a Midwestern boy who was brought up in an industrial town and previous to coming to IUPUC have been involved in executive management and engineering of manufacturing based enterprises. I moved to Indianapolis in 2002 to co-found Aerodyn Engineering Inc. which is currently ranked #3751 in by Inc. 5000 and ranked #43 in top 100 engineering companies. While acting as PI for Phase I and Phase II SBIR research projects, I returned to school in 2005 to complete my Ph.D. Prior to Aerodyn, I directed operations, manufacturing engineering, and process development for Bendix Electric Power Division (manufacturer of aircraft generators and power systems). I also headed corporate manufacturing engineering and was a plant manager for Amphenol connectors where I achieved the Allied Special Recognition Award for process improvements concerning gold plating. I earned my MBA by studying at night while working full time in research and product development for the Parker Pen Company. I also participated in joint venture start-ups in India and the UK and have assumed GM responsibilities for 3 companies in “turn around” situations. I hold four patents.


  • Ph.D. Physics, Purdue University, 2011
  • MBA, Operations Management, University of Wisconsin, 1978
  • MSME, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
  • BSME, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1974
  • BA, Philosophy, Coe College, 1974

Professional Activities

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Physics Society
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)
  • Certified Electroplater-Finisher (CEF)

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 251 Heat, Electricity, and Optics
  • ENGR 195  First-Year Engineering Projects
  • ME 270 Basic Mechanics 1
  • ME 272 Mechanics of Materials
  • ME 297 Computer Tools for Engineering
  • ME 262 Mechanical Design I
  • ME 340 Dynamic Systems and Measurements
  • ME 344 Introduction to Engineering Materials

Research Activities

My research activities focus on bringing “cutting edge” laboratory technology into practical commercial use. These include manufacture of 350ºC magnet wire by developing a method of high speed application of parylene HT coating to infinite lengths of thin wire, quantum confined high ZT thermoelectric coatings on glass fiber for energy harvesting, frictionless, non-contact, high-speed, hybrid gas bearings, wave rotor constant volume combustion for gas turbines, and fiction, wear, and ohmic conductivity testing of new electrical contact material combinations.

Contact, Address and Additional Links


4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203

Phone: 812.348.7311

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