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C. Fred Higgs, III

C. Fred Higgs, III  

C. Fred Higgs, III is an associate professor in the mechanical engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating from FAMU High School in Tallahassee, Florida, Dr. Higgs received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee State University (Go BigBlue!). Later, he earned his MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in thermal fluids and tribology. Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, he completed a postdoctorate at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

An affiliated faculty member in the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Engineering Materials (CM2EM), the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI), the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC), and the electrical and computer engineering department, he has been an invited speaker in numerous venues, including the upcoming International Conference on Abrasive Processes, International VLSI/ULSI Multilevel Interconnection Conference, Hitachi GST, and Intel. He is an Associate Editor of the STLE Tribology Transactions journal, in addition to being the lead organizer of the 2009 Materials Research Society Annual Spring Meeting CMP Symposium. With over 40 archival publications, Professor Higgs was recently invited to be a research fellow in the DOE/NETL Institute for Advanced Energy Studies. In 2007, he was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, which is the NSF’s most prestigious grant for the nation’s top young faculty. A Sloan PhD program professor, he is also involved with the Pittsburgh community.

Tribology within a Cyberinfrastructure: Online Lecture Modules (Beta versions)

The classroom of the future will have no walls, spacial limits, or resource prejudice. Thus, any student in Cairo (Africa) or Cairo, Georgia (USA) can receive a tutorial on hydrodynamic bearings, hydrostatic bearings, finite differencing, and more. And best of all, these tutorials are free! Prof. C. Fred Higgs III delivers 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 new and innovative 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 for the world to access:

Video Module 1: A lecture on the Rayleigh Step Bearing and the Hydrostatic Bearing
Get lecture notes here to follow video.

Video Module 2: A lecture on Numerical Solution of Reynolds Equ.
Get lecture notes here to follow video.

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

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