Associate Professor, Assistant Department Head

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  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University in 2010
  • M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri–Rolla) in 2007
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri–Rolla) in 2005
  • A.S. in Pre-Engineering from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2002
Scholarly Interests and Research Topics
  • Dr. Nagel’s specializations are biologically-inspired design (biomimicry) and manufacturing automation.  Specifically, her research interests include biomimicry, sensors, engineering design methods, systems analysis, rapid manufacturing, automation, and engineering education.
  • Dr. Nagel’s long-term research goal is to drive engineering innovation by applying her multidisciplinary engineering expertise to design, instrumentation, analysis, manufacturing and educational challenges.
  • Prior to joining the JMU Department of Engineering in 2011, Dr. Nagel was an engineering contractor at Mission Critical Technologies working on the DARPA funded Meta-II Project.  For the project, she supported system-level design and analysis of complex cyber-physical systems through model library development,  design requirement analysis, and system integration efforts.
  • Dr. Nagel worked as a PhD graduate student in the Design Engineering Lab. Her doctoral work explored the integration of biologically-inspired design with function-based design methodologies for the systematic creation of biomimetic products.  Application of the systematic design methodology lead to the development of chemical and optical biomimetic sensor systems and a lichen inspired solar thermal collection device.
  • As an MS graduate student Dr. Nagel worked in the Laser Aided Manufacturing Process (LAMP) Lab.  Her master’s work lead to the full automation of the LAMP system and a scheme for modular, rapid manufacturing system design.
  • Dr. Nagel also gained considerable work experience in industrial automation, manufacturing and instrumentation as both an undergrad and graduate student.  As an undergrad she spent three co-op terms with Kimberly-Clark Corporation working as an electrical engineer at multiple manufacturing facilities.  As a graduate student she spent one summer each working in the Advanced Systems Group at Yaskawa Motoman Robotics (formerly Motoman, Inc.) and the Instrumentation and Controls group at Intel Corp.

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