Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Melody Baglione received a Ph.D. and M.S.M.E. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a B.S.M.E. at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. She received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship and brings with her 7+ years of industry experience (primarily in automotive powertrain systems but also management consulting). Professor Baglione is currently developing inductive and hands-on teaching methods by integrating case studies, practical laboratories, and real-world projects into the mechanical engineering curriculum. Her current projects include: a NSF-funded project to incorporate sustainability into the control systems curriculum by creating learning opportunities related to our Building Management System and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; designing interactive technologies that promote science, technology, math, and engineering to young children and those with special needs; developing vehicle system models and algorithms for optimizing powertrain configurations and control strategies; and characterizing structural dynamics properties using experimental modal analysis. Professor Baglione teaches Systems Engineering (ESC161), Feedback Control Systems (ME151), Engineering Mechanics (ESC100), Mechanical Vibrations (ME101), Advanced Mechanical Vibrations (ME401), and Acoustics, Vibration, and Noise Control (EID160).
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2007
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2003
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2000
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
January 2008 – present
- ESC161 Systems Engineering
- ME101 Mechanical Vibrations
- ME151 Feedback Control Systems
- ME151L Feedback Control Systems Laboratories
- ESC100 Engineering Mechanics
- ME401 Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
- EID160 Acoustics, Noise and Vibration Control
- ME163 Senior Capstone Design
- Sterman, M., Baglione,
M., “Design of Artificial Neural Network Using Solar Inputs for Assessing
Energy Consumption in a High Performance Academic Building,” Proceedings of 2012 ASME International
Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 9-12, Houston, TX.
- Baglione, M., Short, D., Correll, C., Tan, D., “Developing Installations and Activities for an Interactive Light Studio at the American Sign Language and English Lower School,” Proceedings of 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 9-12, Houston, TX.
- Baglione, M., Caubel, J., “Developing Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum Material using the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Building Management Systems of a High Performance Academic Building,” Proceedings of 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 9-12, Houston, TX.
- Baglione, M., Duty, M., Pannone, G. “Vehicle System Energy Analysis Methodology and Tool for Determining Vehicle Subsystem Energy Supply and Demand,” SAE Transactions Journal of Passenger Cars: Electronic and Electrical Systems, Vol. 116, No. 7, 2008.
- Baglione, M., N. Wong, H. Clevenson, B. O’Meara, J. Baker, “Creating an Interactive Light Studio for the American Sign Language and English Lower School,” Accepted to the 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 11-17, 2011, Denver, CO.
- Kanber, B., M. Baglione, “ Developing an Extensible and Concise Simulink Toolset for Hybrid Vehicle Modeling and Simulation,” SAE Technical Paper 2011-01-0755. Presented at the 2011 SAE World Congress, April 12-14, 2011, Detroit, MI.
- Baglione, M., “Incorporating Practical Laboratory Experiments to Reinforce Dynamic Systems and Control Concepts,” Proc. of the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 13-19, 2009, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
- Baglione, M., M. Duty, “Development of a Powertrain Matching Analysis Tool,” SAE Technical Paper 2010-01-0490, Presented at 2010 SAE World Congress, April 13-15, 2010, Detroit, MI.
- Baglione, M., M. Duty, “Reverse Dynamic Optimization of Variable Displacement Engine Operation and System Integration,” Proc. of the 2008 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, October 20-22, 2008, Ann Arbor, MI.
- Baglione, M., M. Duty., “Development of Reverse Dynamic Optimization Methodology for Optimal Powertrain Integration and Control Design,” Proc. of the ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, August 3-6, 2008, Brooklyn, NY.
- Baglione, M., M. Duty, J. Ni, “Reverse Dynamic Optimization Methodology for Maximizing Powertrain System Efficiency,” Proc. of the 2007 Fifth IFAC Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control, August 20-22, 2007, Aptos, CA.
- Dahm, W. A., J. Ni, K. Mijit, G. Qiao, A. Benjamin, Y. Gu, Y. Lei, and M. Baglione* f/k/a Papke (2002). “Micro internal combustion swing engine (MICSE) for portable power generation systems.” Proc. of the 40th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 14-17, 2002, Reno, NV.
- “Cooper Union students use modal shakers to evaluate theory versus real vibration,” Test Engineering & Management Magazine, December/January, 2010-2011.
- “The Modal Shop Collaborates with Universities,” Sound and Vibration Magazine, July 2010.
- “Cooper Union Students Use LabVIEW and NI CompactDAQ to Study Mechanical Vibrations,” National Instruments (NI) Academic News, February 2010.
- “Interactive light studio makes sound visible,” WABC-Channel 7 5 PM Eyewitness News Segment, 480,400 viewership, June 24, 2011, http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/education&id=8209063
- “Fuel Economy: Where the Energy Goes,” U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Sept. 29, 2011, http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/atv.shtml
- “Methods and Systems for Powertrain Optimization and Improved Fuel Economy,” USPTO#: 8,050,856. Co-inventor: M. Duty, Granted: November 1, 2010.
- “Building Sustainability into Control Systems Courses,” NSF Transforming Undergraduate Engineering Education (TUES), Award DUE #1044830, PI, 2011, $107,884.
- “Creating an Interactive Light Studio for Integrated Deaf and Hearing Children,” ASME Diversity Action Grant, ASME Metropolitan Section, 2011 and 2012, $6550.
Honors and Awards:
- SAE Engineering Meetings Board Outstanding Oral Presentation Award, 2010
- Student’s List for Exemplary Teaching Award, 2009
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, 2002-2007
- NSF East Asia Pacific Fellowship to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2002
- University of Michigan Rackham Engineering Award, 2001
- Michigan Tech Scholar Award, 1995-2000
- Michigan Tech Campus Campaign Leadership Award, 1999
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Exchange Student Fellowship, 1999
- Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program Scholarship to Germany (Fulbright-Hays Act), 1996-1997
- David Hahm, Hybrid Vehicle Simulation and Optimization, expected 2012
- Michael Sterman, Neural Network Prediction of Power Consumption, expected 2012
- Sriya Adhya, Sustainable HVAC Systems, expected 2012
- Burak Kanber, Developing an Extensible and Concise Simulink Toolset for Hybrid Vehicle Modeling and Simulation, M.S., 2011
- Brian Tovar, Pneumatic Process Modeling and Experimentation for Model-Based Control, M.S., 2011
- Georg Thomann, Development of Vehicle Performance Simulation, University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen, Germany, Diplomarbeit, 2007
2003 – 2007
DaimlerChrysler / Chrysler LLC, Powertrain Systems Development, Auburn Hills, MI
- Developed reverse dynamic optimization powertrain matching analysis tool for optimizing variable displacement, torque converter clutch, and gear shift control and for specifying engine, transmission and driveline technology requirements for all new vehicle programs
- Co-developed vehicle system energy analysis tool using hybrid empirical and analytical approach with real-time component speed and load data measurements
- Supported algorithm development and validation for transient fuel, interactive transmission, and flexible fuel control
- Responsible for engine dynamometer testing and engine controller unit calibration and hardware development for V8 engine program
- Developed Design of Experiments (DoE) model to investigate variable valve timing effects on cold start emissions and combustion stability for new I4 engine program
DaimlerChrysler, Body & Powertrain Research for Passenger Car Engines, Stuttgart, Germany
- Researched cold start control strategies to reduce emissions for direct injection I4 engine
- Acquired and analyzed temperature, HC-, and CO-emissions data
DaimlerChrysler, Mack Avenue Engine Plant Resident Engineering, Detroit, Michigan
- Applied time series analysis to improve in-process engine assembly error-proofing station
- Improved process capability of critical crankshaft features and resolved camshaft issues (dimensional issues, product and process concerns, rejects, etc.)
Deloitte Consulting, Business Analyst, Metro Detroit, MI
2000 – 2001
- Consulted various OEMs on order-to-delivery, supply chain management, and e-business strategy projects
- Performed statistical forecast variation analysis to support online supplier collaboration
Chrysler, Summer Intern, Detroit, MI
- Responsible for coordinating a mock-up prototype vehicle
General Motors, Summer Intern, Pontiac, MI
- Evaluated preventative maintenance system and worked with vendor to implement changes
BMW AG, Intern, Munich, Germany
- Organized and performed powertrain component resonance, fatigue, and static load tests
Detroit Edison, Co-op, Detroit, MI
1994 – 1995
- Assisted engineers in design of power plant systems and produced CAD drawings of designs
- Supported surveys and inspections of power plants to troubleshoot systems
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Member, 2008 – present
- Cooper Union Faculty Advisor, 2008 – present
- Dynamic Systems and Controls Division Newsletter Co-editor, 2011 – present
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Member, 2007 – present
- American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Member, 2007 – present
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- U-M GradSWE Social Co-Chair, 2001 – 2002
- MTU Chapter Vice-President, Girls + Math + Science Day Volunteer, 1998 – 1999
- MTU Chapter Fundraising Chairperson, Girls + Math + Science Day Volunteer, 1997 – 1998
- American Association of University Women (AAUW)
- Sundaes and Science Outreach Volunteer, 2006 – 2007
- Programming/Simulation: MATLAB/Simulink, Mathematica, Fortran
- Controls Development: National Instruments LabVIEW, dSpace Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) simulator
- Powertrain: Combustion Analysis System (CAS), ETAS INCA Calibration Software and Hardware
- Noise and Vibration/Digital Signal Processing/Modal Analysis: LMS Test.Lab, NI Sound & Vibration Suite
- Design/CAE: I-DEAS, AutoCAD
- Language: Fluent in conversational and technical German