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Kurt Marshek

Professor Emeritus

Harry L. Kent Professor Emeritus

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Dr. Marshek joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 1981 where he specialized in mechanical design. He has extensive industrial experience with such companies as Falk, Eaton, Norton, and Western Electric. He has written more than 150 publications of a technical nature, authored the book, Design of Machine and Structural Parts, and co-authored the textbook, Fundamentals of Machine Component Design, both published by John Wiley & Sons.

Dr. Marshek has a distinguished career in education, research, and engineering, with a particularly strong interest and background in mechanical design and analysis. He has supervised the design and construction of numerous vehicles including all-terrain, electric, race, hovercraft, and airships. He worked with a team of engineers and scientists at NASA -- Johnson Space Center on the design of an airship cargo vehicle and at NASA -- Ames Research Center and Stanford University on the design of a facility to produce glucose from waste paper. In the mechanical design area, Dr. Marshek employs engineering sciences to develop improved products for the industrial marketplace, and he has worked extensively as a licensed professional engineer in the areas of patent infringement, product design and development, and as an engineer in the areas of mechanical design and vehicle accident reconstruction.

Dr. Marshek is a Fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is listed in Who's Who in Engineering, Who's Who in Technology Today, International Who's Who in Engineering, American Men and Women of Science, and Who's Who in the South and the Southwest. He received the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Award for his contributions to research, teaching and student development; The University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering Faculty Leadership Award; and the Halliburton Education Foundation Award of Excellence, all in recognition of outstanding achievement and professionalism in education, research, and service to students; and the ASEE Fred Merryfield Award for excellent teaching in engineering design.

Dr. Marshek works in the areas of machine design and accident reconstruction, product safety, and intellectual property, and recently (2021) worked with a group of exceptional UT students on the development of a compact linear electron accelerator (a current interest of DARPA).