University of Evansville

Mechanical Engineering

Through internships and cooperative education opportunities, UE's mechanical engineering students gain real world experience, making them better prepared to succeed in the professional arena after graduation

Philip M. Gerhart

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Professor Gerhart is dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and professor of mechanical and civil engineering at the University of Evansville. He is a registered professional engineer in Indiana and Ohio. He has been teaching at UE since 1984.


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BSME, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


  • Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Akron
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering (later, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering), the University of Evansville
  • Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, the University of Evansville

Specialty Areas

  • Fluid Mechanics and Compressible Flow
  • Thermal Sciences
  • Power Plant Engineering
  • Performance Testing

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Academic Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

Professional Registration

  • Indiana
  • Ohio

Major Honors and Awards

  • Heminway Medal, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Fellow Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Performance Test Codes Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Faculty Senate of the United Methodist Church Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Silver Beaver, Boy Scouts of America

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