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Dr. Michael J. Rider

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
Biggs 135
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
Professional Experience: 
  • Professor, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, 1990-present
  • Adjunct Prof. (Statics), University of Findlay, Findlay, OH, 1994
  • Assistant Prof.,  Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, 1979-1990
  • Teaching Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1977-1979
  • Teaching Assistant, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, 1975-1976
  • PhD, Computer Aided Design, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 1980
  • MEME, Machine Design, Texas A & M, College Station, TX, 1976
  • BSME, Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, 1975
Teaching Interests: 
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Mechanical Design of Components
  • Theory of Machines
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Control Systems, including applications of controls (PLCs)
  • Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials
  • Advanced Strength of Materials
  • Numerical Methods
  • Capstone
  • Freshman Engineering
Research Interests: 
  • Database programming
  • Hardware & Software Maintenance
  • Computer Aided Design
Selected Publications: 
  1. "Principles of DL-405 Family Programmable Logic Controllers," Dr. Michael J. Rider, 6th edition, 2007.
  2. "Teaching Theory of Machines through Applications," ASEE conference, 2006.
  3. "A Unique Undergraduate PLC Course," ASEE conference 2005.