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Paul A. Wlodkowski, Ph.D.   

Associate Professor, Maine Maritime Academy

Graduate Faculty, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine

104 Dismukes Hall

Pleasant Street

Castine, Maine  04420

Tel: (207) 326-2368

Fax: (207) 326-2510


Professional Summary:

Dr. Paul Wlodkowski is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) and the Coordinator for the Marine Systems Engineering (MSE) Program.  His responsibilities include teaching and advancing the MSE curriculum within the Department of Engineering.  In addition, he holds an appointment on the Graduate Faculty of the University of Maine (UMaine), where he is instrumental in supporting research and development for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.   At UMaine, he also supports the Master of Science Teaching (MST) program whose mission is to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at the secondary school level.  He has eighteen years of industrial, manufacturing and academic experience that encompasses the fields of materials engineering, applied physics, reliability engineering, acoustics, applied statistics, shock and vibration, sensor design, radiation effects, and technical marketing.

As the Principal Investigator (PI) and Program Manager at Wilcoxon Research, Inc., he led several of the Company’s high technology programs in the research, development, and commercialization of directional, acoustic particle velocity transducers (Vector) utilizing single crystal piezoelectric materials.  In addition to these responsibilities, he managed the Company’s intellectual property portfolio and advised the Chief Executive Officer on matters of corporate strategy and direction.  He has been successful in securing greater than $4 million in government research and development contracts for the Company, and he has transitioned one Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract into a Phase III program.  Prior to this assignment, he managed the Mechanical Engineering Department, which designs piezoelectric-based sensors and actuators.  At EG&G, Inc., he co-founded AcousTech, a provider of technical solutions to complex shock, vibration, and noise problems in military and industrial applications.  Dr. Wlodkowski is a co-inventor on one patent and the author of numerous papers and technical reports.

At MMA, Dr. Wlodkowski has been instrumental in starting the first externally funded undergraduate research programs in the fields of underwater acoustics, ship design, and thermoelectric materials.  His other area of research interest is in engineering education, specifically on introducing the profession through case studies on engineering mathematics through applications.   Outside of academics, Dr. Wlodkowski applies his analytical skills as an expert witness for a number of law firms.  In 2008, he launched an academic exchange program with the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.


University of Maryland, Ph.D., Reliability Engineering,

Department of Materials and Nuclear Engineering, 1999

University of Virginia, M.S., Engineering Physics, 1990

Dartmouth College, A.B., Physics & Economics (double major) cum laude, 1988

Harvard Business School, “Marketing Innovative Technologies”, Executive Education, July 2001


Research Interests:

Active materials – thermoelectric, piezoelectric, engineering education, reliability engineering


Et 201  Fluid Power

Es 235 Engineering Strength of Materials

Es 420 Engineering Dynamics

Es 425 Engineering Dynamics II (Vibrations)

Et 452  Technical Communications

Es 490 Numerical and Computer Methods in Engineering Design

Es 491 Introduction to Reliability Engineering

Es 501 Engineering Materials

Selected Publications:

P.A. Wlodkowski, “Technical Communications – A Precursor to International Collaboration in Maritime Research and Development.” Proceedings of the International Association of Maritime Universities, September 2009.

P.A. Wlodkowski, “Teaching Numerical Methods in Engineering with MATHCAD.” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, 2006.

P.A. Wlodkowski et al. “The Development of High-Sensitivity, Low-Noise Accelerometers Utilizing Single Crystal Piezoelectric Materials.” Sensors and Actuators A, Vol. 90, April 2001, pp. 125-131.

P.A. Wlodkowski and F. Schloss “Advances in Acoustic Particle Velocity Sensorics.”  Proceedings of Workshop on Directional Acoustic Sensors, sponsored by NAVSEA/NUWC/ONR, Newport, Rhode Island, April 17-18, 2001. (Invited Paper)

P.A. Wlodkowski et al. “The Development of Mesoscale Accelerometers with Single Crystal Piezoelectric Materials.” Proceedings of the 2000 12th IEEE International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 21-August 2, 2000.  Vol. II, pp. 565-567., Eds. S.K. Streiffer, B.J. Gibbons, and T.Tsurumi.  IEEE Catalog Number 00CH37076.

K. Deng and P.A. Wlodkowski, “A Method of Strain Amplification for Piezoelectric Transducers.” Sound and Vibration, February 2000.

A.B. Reynolds and P.A. Wlodkowski, “Comparison of Antioxidants for Combined Radiation and Thermal Aging and Superposition of Radiation and Thermal Aging for EPR and XLPE.” Radiat. Phys. Chem. Vol. 38, No. 6,  Int. J. Radiat. Appl. Instrum., Part C, pp. 553-559, 1991.


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