Meet the Faculty!
Gerard C. Gambs Jr.
Programs: Applied Engineering
Jerry Gambs has been the Program Manager for the Mechanical Engineering Program at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology for over ten years. He is a professional engineer licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science degrees in engineering from Villanova University, an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited university.
He has conducted applied research projects for industry, nuclear power and federal government agencies for many years at Franklin Research Laboratories. At Franklin, he performed applied research on industrial and space vehicle equipment, including the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) liquid oxygen (LOX) turbo-pumps. Moreover, he conducted research to improve shuttle performance for post-Challenger space shuttles for NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Ames Hypersonic Wind Tunnel at Wright-Patterson AFB).
Jerry has also conducted a safety analysis for the mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems of a robotic dud-artillery-shell retriever and disposal unit deployed at the Department of Defense Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Additionally, he designed microprocessor-controlled hydraulic, six-degree-of-freedom test-track simulator for Daimler-Benz, a hydraulic seismic-simulator for testing of nuclear power plant to International Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE-383) specifications, a six-degree-of-freedom theater platform (Stitch’s Great Escape) for Disney Imagineering as well as for numerous other clients in government and private industry.
As a design engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Professor Gambs designed and specified components for jet engine instrumentation and control (I&C) systems. He designed automated mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for electric power generating stations.
In addition to teaching college-level theory of machines, strengths of materials and other engineering design courses to engineering students, he also teaches Machine Design, Stress Analysis and Failure Theories components of the Professional Engineer Licensing Review course at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. His most recent fellowship research at Drexel University involved experiments with micro-electromechanical sensors including micro-level strain indicators and optical sensors as well as nano-level quantum-dot computer memory devices.
Professor Gambs is a member of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).