Current Contact Information:

LeRoy W. Alaways, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Capstone Design

Villanova University


800 Lancaster Ave.

Villanova, PA 19085-1699

(610) 519-6632

leroy.alaways@villanova.edu

Office: 113B Tolentine Hall

Hometown: Chico, California

Teaching Experience:

Villanova University, 2007 - Present

    Design Seminar I, II, III

    Fluids Mechanics

Temple University, Philadelphia, 2004 - 07

    Statics

    Dynamics

    Mechanics of Materials

    Vibrations

    System Dynamics

    Design

    Materials Lab

    Mechanics Lab

    Dynamics Lab

    Measurement Lab

    Vibrations Lab

California Maritime Academy, 2000 - 01

    Electronics

    Circuits

    Controls

    MATLAB Visualizations

    Electromechanical Machinery

CSU, Sacramento, Spring 2000

    System Dynamics

    Numerical Methods

UC Davis, Winter 2000

    Automatic Controls

USMA, West Point, 1998 - 1999

    Statics

    Dynamics

    Vibrations

UC Davis, Summer & Fall 1995

    Dynamics

Education:

Postdoc/Davies Fellowship, 1998-1999

United States Military Academy, West Point

Ph.D. Engineering, 1998

University of California, Davis

Alumnus: Sports Biomechanics Lab

MS, Mechanical Engineering, 1987

University of California, Davis

BS (with honors) Mechanical Engineering, 1985

California State University, Chico

BA (with honors) Applied Mathematics, 1985

California State University, Chico

Work Experience:

XPRTS: 2003

    Data Analysis of Vehicle Rollover

Exponent, Inc. 2001 - 2004

    Data Analysis

    Bioengineering

    Accident Reconstruction

    Roller Coater Dynamics

    Case Management

Army Research Laboratory: 1998-1999

    Hyper-Stereoscopic Vision

Lawrence Livermore National Lab: 1990 - 1994

    SDIO - Brilliant Pebbles

    ASTRID

    Propulsion Group

Rockwell International: 1987 - 1989

    SICBM, MX, MM3 - Guidance & Control

Awards:

Ridenour Award for Most Outstanding Senior Capstone Design Project – Faculty Advisor, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Demonstrator, 2006.

Most Outstanding Delegate, ASME, Leadership Training Conference, Houston Texas, 2006.

Lifetime pass to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for contributions on the Aerodynamics of the Curveball, 1999.

Commander's Medal for Public Service, United States Army, West Point, New York, 1999.

Engineering Innovator of the Month, Rockwell International, October 1989.

Phi Kappa Phi, 1984.

Dissertations and Publications:

Dissertation: Baseball.pdf

Thesis: Optimal Placement of Measurements for Distributed Systems

Papers:

Alaways, L.W. Aerodynamics of the Curveball: The Sikorsky Lift Data, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on The Engineering of Sport, Biarritz, France, 2–6 June 2008.

Alaways, L.W. Comparison Between Observed and Simulated Baseball Trajectories, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on The Engineering of Sport, Biarritz, France, 2–6 June 2008.

Alaways, L.W., Z.S. Szczerbinski and N. Krumenacker, Determining Friction Coefficients for Round Balls: Comparing Basketballs, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on The Engineering of Sport, Biarritz, France, 2–6 June 2008.

Alaways, L.W. How Does a Spinning Bowling Ball Stay in the Middle of the Alley? AccessScience – McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Online, December 2007.

Grochowsky, J.C. and L.W. Alaways, R. Siskey, E. Most, S.M. Kurtz, Digital Photogrammetry for Quantitative Wear Analysis of Retrieved TKA Components, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B; Applied Biomaterials, April 2006.

Alaways, L.W. Why does a knuckleball dance? AccessScience – McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Online, January 2005.

Alaways, L.W. Why does a baseball curve in flight? AccessScience – McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Online, July 2004.

Alaways, L.W. and M. Hubbard, Experimental Determination of Baseball Spin and Lift, Journal of Sports Sciences, 19 (5), pp. 349 – 358, May 2001.

Alaways, L.W., S.P. Mish and M. Hubbard, Identification of Release Conditions and Aerodynamic Forces in Pitched Baseball Trajectories, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 17 (1), pp. 63 – 76, February 2001.

Watkins, W.R., L. Alaways, Depth Perception Applied to Search and Target Acquisition, Proceedings of the NATO SCI.12 Workshop on Search and Target Acquisition, Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 1999.

Hubbard, M. and L.W. Alaways, Mechanical Interaction of the Golf Ball with Putting Greens, World Scientific Congress on Golf, St. Andrews, Scotland, 20–24 July, 1998.

Cloyd, S.O., M. Hubbard, and L.W. Alaways, A Control Scheme for an Opposed Recumbent Tandem Human-Powered Vehicle, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 12 (4), pp. 480–492, November 1996.

Alaways, L.W., M. Hubbard, T.M. Conlan, and J.A. Miles, Static and Dynamic Accuracy Determination of a Three Dimensional Motion Analysis System, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on The Engineering of Sport, Sheffield, UK, 2–4 July 1996.

Hubbard, M. and L.W. Alaways, Rapid and Accurate Estimation of Release Conditions in the Javelin Throw, Journal of Biomechanics, 22 (6-7), pp. 583 – 595, 1989.

Hubbard, M. and L.W. Alaways, Optimal Release Conditions for the New Rules Javelin, International Journal of Sports Biomechanics, 3 (3), pp. 207 – 221, September, 1987.

Hubbard, M. and L.W. Alaways, Instantaneous Assessment of Athletic Performance Using High Speed Video, Proceedings of the 31st Conference of Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, August 16 – 21, San Diego, 1987.

Hubbard, M. and L.W. Alaways, Implementation of a Javelin Trajectory Instrumentation System, Proceedings of the XIth International Congress on Biomechanics, July 1 – 4, Amsterdam, 1987.