Mark Sensmeier

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
Prescott College of Engineering
Prescott campus


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University System : Purdue University


  • "Rapid Generation and Assessment of Aircraft Structural Topologies for Multidisciplinary Optimization and Weight Estimation," by M.D. Sensmeier, B. Stewart, J.A. Samareh, Presented at the 47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, May 2006.
  • "Automatic Aircraft Structural Topology Generation for Multidisciplinary Optimization and Weight Estimation," by M.D. Sensmeier and J.A. Samareh, Presented at the 46th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Austin, Texas, April 2005.
  • "Static and Dynamic Flyrod Mechanics," by M.D. Sensmeier and M.Krizansky, Presented at the 5th International Engineering of Sport Conference, Davis, California, September 2004.
  • "A Study of Vehicle Structural Layouts in Post-WWII Aircraft," by M.D. Sensmeier and J.A. Samareh, Presented at the 45th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Palm Springs, California, April 2004.
  • "Experimental and Analytical Study of Flyrod Mechanics," by M.D. Sensmeier, M. Carter, J. Demoyse, and M. Krizansky, Presented at the 14th U.S. National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Blacksburg, Virginia, June 2002.
  • "Improved Vibration Monitoring Through Optimization of Sensor Placements", by M. D. Sensmeier, K. L. Nichol and T. F. Tibbals, Presented at the 45th ASME International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Technical Congress, Exposition and Users Symposium, Munich, Germany, May 2000.
  • "Model Integrated Testing for Durability Assessment of Turbine Engines", by T. F. Tibbals, M. D. Sensmeier, K. L. Nichol, A. Stoner and C. Biegl, Presented at the ITEA Testing & Evaluation and Science & Technology: Forging Partnerships for the Future of Aerospace Workshop, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN, 12-15 Oct 1999.
  • "Assessment of Turbine Engine Structural Integrity Using the Structural Dynamic Response Analysis Code (SDRAC)", by K. L. Nichol, M. D. Sensmeier, and T. F. Tibbals, Presented at the 44th ASME International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Technical Congress, Exposition and Users Symposium, 99-GT-410, Indianapolis, IN, 7-10 June 1999.
  • "Application of BladeOPS for Improved Mode Detection", by M. D. Sensmeier and K. L. Nichol, Presented at the 4th National High Cycle Fatigue Conference, Monterey, CA, 9-11 Feb 1999.
  • "The Role of Multiaxial Stresses in the Development of Small Fatigue Cracks in Turbine Engine Blades", by M. D. Sensmeier and T. F. Tibbals, Proceedings of the Engineering Foundation Small Cracks: Mechanics & Mechanisms Conference, Kahuku, HI, 6-11 Dec 1998.

  • 2009-present - Char, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
  • 2006-09 - Associate Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
  • 2000-06 - Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
  • 1996-2000 - Senior Engineer II & Team Leader, Sverdrup Technology, Inc., Arnold AFB, TN
  • 1993-96 - Graduate Research Assistant and Instructor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • 1987-93 - Senior Materials Behavior Engineering, GE Aircraft Engines, Evendale, OH
  • 1985-87 - Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • Consultant, Technical advisor for structural engineers, developed/taught course in Composite Structures Discrepancy Assessment with Gulfstream Aerospace, Inc., Savannah, GA. Summer 2014.
  • Faculty Fellow   Research in areas of structural optimization, morphing structures with NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA. Summers of 2002, 2003, and 2004.
  • Team Lead, Aeropropulsion Structural Analysis & Evaluation, Testing and analysis of jet engines, vibration and high cycle fatigue with Sverdrup Technology, Inc., Arnold AFB, TN. 1996-2000.
  • Advanced Materials Behavior Engineer, Testing and analysis of metallic and composite jet engine materials with GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, OH. 1987-1993.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) – Associate Fellow and recent Western Region Coordinator

AIAA Structures Technical Committee

ASME International – Member

International Gas Turbine Institute

American Society of Engineering Education

Tau Beta Pi National Honor Society for Engineering (IN-)

Sigma Gamma Tau National Honor Society for Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Order of the Engineer


COE Outstanding Teacher (2007-2008)

Prescott Campus Researcher-of-the-Year (2005)

COE Outstanding Contributor (2004-2005)