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.


  • September 28
    Fall Career & Internship Fair
    Festival Conference and Student Center
  • October 2
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk:
    David Campbell of Boston University presents: Back to the Future: Recovering the Age of Wonder
    Highlands Room
  • November 13
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk: Henry Petroski of Duke University presents on the topics of design, success and failure, and history of engineering and technology.
    Grafton Stovall Theater
  • April 16, 2016
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Engineering xChange