Wilhelm “Alex” Friess, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

The University of Maine
5711 Boardman Hall, Room 208
Orono, ME  04469-5711
(207) 581-2122; wilhelm.friess@maine.edu

Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1997

External Engagements:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai Campus, 2009-2012
  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise University, 2007-2008
  • RFB Solar-Tech, 2007 – 2008
  • South African America’s Cup Challenge, Team Shosholoza, 2004-2005
  • Friess Ltd. 1998-2007

Teaching Areas: (More Information)

Engineering Graphics and Computer Aided Design; Statics; Dynamics; Strength of Materials; Fixed Wing Aircraft Design; Capstone Design I & II

Research Areas: (More Information)

  • Engineering Education
  • Energy Efficiency in the build environment (extreme climates) and advanced infiltration diagnostics
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, with focus on lighter-than-air vehicles

Principal Sponsors:

  • NSF, UMaine, Emirates Foundation

Select Research / Collaboration Activities:

  • K-12 engineering activities to broaden participation in STEM (MSU, UNC, U of South Florida, NY City College, Boise State University)
  • Spatial visualization in first year engineering graphics courses (Penn State Brandywine, USU)
  • Remote sensing of forest resources (NASA, UMaine Forest Sciences)
  • LCA of particle board composed of Nanocellulose Fibrils and Mycelium (USDA/ARS, UMaine Forest Sciences)

Select Publications / Conference Presentations:

  • Friess, W.A., Rakshan, K., “A review of passive envelope measures for improved building energy efficiency in the UAE,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.   DOI 10.1016/j.rser.2017.01.026
  • Friess W.A., Rakshan, K., and Davis, M. “A global survey of adverse energetic effects of increased wall insulation in office buildings: degree day and climate zone indicators,” Energy Efficiency, 10(1), 97-116. DOI1007/s12053-016-9441-z
  • Rakhshan, K., Friess, W.A., and Tajerzadeh, S., “Evaluating the sustainability impact of improved building insulation: A case study in the Dubai Residential Built environment,” Journal of Building and Environment 67 (2013) 105-110.
  • Friess, W.A. and Davis, M.P., “Rise and Demise of a Startup Engineering Program at a Remote Location,” Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education Northeast Conference at the University of Rhode Island, April 28-30, 2016
  • Friess, W.A., Davis, M.P., and Faulhaber, C., “First and Second Year Common Projects for Curricular Integration,” Proceedings of Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2014), Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 2014.

Professional Activities / Memberships:

  • ABET IDEAL scholar and Program Evaluator (ASEE)
  • Editorial Board (Journal of Sports Engineering) and (Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Engineering Education)