James Madison University
PHOTO: Robert L. Nagel

Robert L. Nagel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Office: HHS 3224
  • Phone: 540-568-4956
  • Email: nagelrl@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4113
    801 Carrier Drive
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University in 2010
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2006
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering from Trine University in 2005


  • Dr. Nagel joined the JMU Department of Engineering in 2010 after completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.  Dr. Nagel’s graduate work explored error-prone, human-centric activities as opportunities for automation.  As a graduate student, Dr. Nagel performed systems analysis research with the US Army Chemical Corps, the US Air Force Academy, and General Motors Research and Development.   

Scholarly Interests/Research Topics

  • Dr. Nagel’s specialization is design theory and methodology.  Specifically, his research interests include understanding customer needs, functional and process modeling, and failure analysis, design for sustainability, design of mechatronic systems, and systems integration.


  • Open: Engineering Faculty Position
  • January 28
    7:00 p.m.
    Steve Gaffney, JMU alum and nationally recognized speaker presents, "Honest Communication: Learn how to become a leader in your career.”
    ISAT 259
  • February 9
    7:00 p.m.
    Faraday Lecture Series: Dr. Michael Littman presents, “The value of historical re-creation in understanding how we know and what we know.”
    ISAT 259
  • March 9-13
    Spring Break
  • April 18
    Xchange ‘15
    Engineering students present a year of good through innovation, research, and design
    ISAT/CS and HHS Buildings