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C. Fred Higgs, III, Ph.D.

C. Fred Higgs, III  

Brief Bio

Dr. Higgs received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1995) and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1997) and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2001) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. From 2001-2003, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Higgs was a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University from 2003-2016. He joined the faculty at Rice in 2016. Dr. Higgs is also the Faculty Director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership.

Dr. Higgs has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Young Investigator Award in 2007 and in 2013 he received the Benjamin Teare Award, the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering top teaching award. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and became a Fellow in 2016. In 2010 he was presented with the Burt L. Newkirk Award for his notable contributions to the field of tribology. He is also a member of the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Tribology & Education within Cyberinfrastructure: Online Lecture Modules (Beta versions)

Today’s classroom has no walls, spacial limits, or resource prejudice. Thus, a student in Cairo (Africa) or Cairo, Georgia (USA) can receive a tutorial on hydrodynamic bearings, computational fluid dynamics, numerical methods in tribology, and more. And best of all, this information will be free to low-cost! Taking small steps towards this goal, Prof. C. Fred Higgs III delivered a first generation of online lecture modules.

Please be forewarned, these lectures have not been optimized for online education although future courses will be using Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative (OLI).

The modules below are a result of a beta effort by the PFTL located at Carnegie Mellon University.
The Particle Flow & Tribology Laboratory is running beta tests of online modules of various topics in Tribology & beyond:

  • Video Module 1: A lecture on the Rayleigh Step Bearing and the Hydrostatic Bearing
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  • Video Module 2: A lecture on Numerical Solution of Reynolds Equ.
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  • The PhD video: Watch Dr. Higgs’ argument for why the best and brightest students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) must consider “The PhD, the Whole PhD, and nothing but the PhD.”

The beta test is in partial fulfillment of the vision written for the PFTL .

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