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Chris Penick

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Archuleta Engineering Center 213

970.248.2127

cpenick@coloradomesa.edu

Education

MS, Engineering Management: University of Dayton 
BS, Mechanical Engineering: Wright State University 

Biography 

Chris Penick teaches an array of courses including (but not limited to) Engineering Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Fluid Power Systems, CAD and Fabrication, and Senior Design.

Penick has more than 20 years of combined industrial experience in the automotive and aerospace industries. His "real world" experience allows him to relate the topics of study to actual applications as well as prepare students for their future engineering careers.

Penick first worked for ITT Automotive/Valeo as a test engineer for the Electric Engine Cooling (EEC) product line. As a test engineer, he was responsible for evaluating and demonstrating the capabilities of the EEC products against a battery of prescribed tests for verification and validation.

Penick then worked for Delphi Chassis Systems as a product engineer designing and applying Fan Clutch modules for GM products. He was responsible for Fan Clutch design and development to meet and exceed the needs of his customer.

Penick then worked for United Technologies Aerospace Systems as a Mechanical Engineer for the Aircraft Wheel and Brake Test Lab facility. There, he was in charge of the custom machinery used to test actual Aircraft Wheels and Brakes for development, validation and verification. That facility has the capability to physically simulate aircraft like a 747 landing inside the facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. He was responsible for over $5M in capital improvements to the facility to upgrade and expand testing capacity and capabilities.