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Teaching Interests

Courses have been presented in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level.   These include: Engineering 101, Materials and Energy Conversion Systems; MAE 221, Thermodynamics; MAE 206, Dynamics; MAE 315, Classical Mechanics; MAE 324, The Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials; MAE 327, States of Matter; MAE 557, Dislocation Theory; and MAE 558, Special Topics in Materials Science.

In conjunction with my responsibility for the MAE Sophomore Laboratory, I developed a hypertext, “An Interactive Laboratory Notebook,” that is used in conjunction with the MAE 221, Thermodynamics, and the Mechanics and Materials components of the laboratory.   This notebook is available on the workstations at each experiment and can initiate data acquisition and reduction programs, as well as providing information about the experimental apparatus and suggestions of issues that should be explored.   This material is also available on the Princeton Web at:, and can be used by students in their colleges or the computer clusters.   In this html format the material is computer type independent.

MAE 199,The Engineer and the Bicycle," was developed in conjunction with Professor Lex Smits. This course was intended to attract both A.B. and B.S.E. students, and used the bicycle as a device to explore the human power plant, aerodynamic and materials issues, and design in a seminar/laboratory setting.   I prepared a hypertext as part of the material for this course and it is present on the Princeton web at:   This text was expanded to provide an introduction to other human-powered vehicles and the expanded version of the course:  “Human-Powered Transportation,”  was offered in a seminar/laboratory format in Spring Term 1999.

MAE 324, “The Structure and Properties of Materials," has been prepared in an interactive hypertext format and was used for the first time in this format in the spring term of the 1997-98 academic year. Work continued to making the text more interactive both to facilitate understanding of basic concepts and to allow exploration of the effect of parameter changes on a material's behavior. This material was expanded to include a section on corrosion for use in Spring Term 2001.   The material is located at:

In August of 1998, 1999, and 2000, I presented a workshop for the Summer Scholars Institute that provided an introduction to the way engineers think about technical problems using the rubric "What do we need to know to make a bicycle." This workshop had both a lecture and a laboratory session.

FRS133, "Power from the People." A freshman seminar exploring the limitations of human-powered transportation and the technical and social issues associated with its exploitation. Presented Fall Term 1998 in Mathey College.

In the Summer of 1973, I presented a course at a Europhysics Topical Conference on "The Defect Structure and Ionic Transport Properties of Calcium Apatite."  This series of lectures was published  in the Proceedings of the Europhysics Topical Conference, Marseille (1973);   J. de Physique 34, C9-327 (1973).

 May, 1968:  Director of the Princeton University Conference (with D. O. Welch)  "Physical and Biological Properties of Apatite."
March 1975: Organizing Committee, Princeton University Conference "Defect-Property Relationships in Solids."

Energy issues are now an interest, and a Power Point presentation by Lam provides a focus for an important clarification of the Global Warming problem.