Dvorak Bio

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Interim Chair of Mechanical Engineering DavidDvorak_660x449

213 Boardman Hall
University of Maine
Orono , ME , 04469 -5711
Phone: (207) 581-2338
Fax: (207) 581-2113
e-mail: Dvorak@maine.edu


  • Ph.D. Physics
    University of Maine (1998)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981

Research Interests:

Fuel cell applications using liquid renewable fuels, control of fuel cell power systems, high-temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells, hydrogen production from renewable energy, innovative polymer electrolyte fuel cell membranes, renewable energy systems, and modeling of solid lubricants.


  • Mechanics: Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials
  • Thermal Sciences: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Fuel Cell Science and Technology
  • Electrical Systems: Circuit Analysis, Linear Systems, Control Systems

Selected Publications:

  • Dvorak, S.D. , K.J. Wahl, and I.L. Singer, “ In situ analysis of third body contributions to sliding friction of a Pb-Mo-S coating in dry and humid air,” Tribology Letters , 28(3), 2007, 263-274
  • Singer, I.L., S.D. Dvorak, K.J. Wahl, and T.W. Scharf, “Role of third bodies in friction and wear of protective coatings,” Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A , 21(5), 2003, 232-240.
  • Dvorak, S.D. , K.J. Wahl, and I.L. Singer, “Tribological Properties of Boric Acid and Annealed Boron Carbide Coatings Studied by In Situ Raman Tribometry,” Tribology Transactions, 45(3), 2002, 354-362.
  • Dvorak , S.D. , D.D. Woodland, and W.N. Unertl, “Nanotribometer: a new instrument for nano-scale to micron-scale friction and wear measurements,” Tribology Letters , 4(2), 1998, 2, 199-204.