Benjamin
Caldwell, Ph.D.

Phone: 903.233.3200
Email: BenjaminCaldwell@letu.edu

  • Associate Provost for Academic Administration

  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering


EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2011
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2007

RESEARCH PROJECTS

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Mechanical engineering design methodology.
  • Creativity and ideation in engineering design.
  • Engineering education.

COURSES TAUGHT

  • ENGR 3813: Engineering Design Methodology
  • MEGR 2013: Statics
  • MEGR 2023: Dynamics
  • MEGR 3323: Mechanics of Materials
  • MEGR 3413: Mechanisms and Kinematics
  • MEGR 5983: Advanced Design Methodology
  • HNRS 3111: Designing for Cultural Transformation
  • LETU 1101: Cornerstones for Life and Learning

Journal Articles

  • Caldwell, B.W. and Halupa, C.M., 2015, "Exploring Video-Intensive Delivery in An Online and Face-to-Face Statics Course," Journal of Online Engineering Education, 6(1).
  • Halupa, C.M., and Caldwell, B.W., 2015, "A Comparison of Two Engineering Statics Courses: Traditional Lecture-based and Lecture-based with Online Supplemental Video," International Journal of Higher Education, 4(1).
  • Caldwell, B.W., Namouz, E.Z., Richardson III, J.L., Sen, C., Rotenburg, T., Mocko, G.M., Summers, J.D., and Obieglo, A., 2013, "Automotive Lightweight Engineering: A Method for Identifying Lazy Systems," International Journal of Vehicle Design, 63(4).
  • Caldwell, B.W., Thomas, J.E., Sen, C., Mocko, G.M., Summers, J.D., 2012, "The Effects of Language and Pruning on Function Structure Interpretability," Journal of Mechanical Design, 134(6).
  • Caldwell, B.W., and Mocko, G.M., 2011, "Validation of Function Pruning Rules through Similarity at Three Levels of Abstraction," Journal of Mechanical Design, 134(1).
  • Caldwell, B.W., Sen, C., Mocko, G.M., Summers, J.D., 2011, " An Empirical Study of the Expressiveness of the Functional Basis," Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis & Manufacturing (AI-EDAM), 25, pp. 273-287.
  • Sen, C., Caldwell, B.W., Summers, J.D., and Mocko, G.M., 2010, "Evaluation of the Functional Basis using an Information Theoretic Approach," Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis & Manufacturing (AI-EDAM), Design Computing and Cognition Special Issue, 24(1).

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Weaver, M.B., Bennetts, C., Caldwell, B.W., 2018, “Rate of Variety and its Relation to Creativity Factors,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Cheeley, A., Weaver, M.B., Bennetts, C., Caldwell, B.W., Green, M.G., 2018, “A Proposed Quality Metric for Ideation Effectiveness,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Bennetts, C., Cheeley, A., Caldwell, B.W., and Green, M.G., 2017, “Comparing Facets of Divergent Thinking in Engineering Freshmen and Upperclassmen,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Cleveland, OH.
  • Johnson, T.A., Cheeley, A., Caldwell, B.W., and Green, M.G., 2016, “Comparison and Extension of Novelty Metrics for Problem-Solving Tasks,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Charlotte, NC.
  • Johnson, T.A., Caldwell, B.W., and Green, M.G., 2015, “Investigating Spontaneous Flexibility in Concept Generation,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Boston, MA.
  • Green, M.G., Caldwell, B.W., Helms, M., Linsey, J.S., and Hammond, T.A., 2015, “Using Natural Sketch Recognition Software to Provide Instant Feedback on Statics Homework (Truss Free Body Diagrams): Assessment of a Classroom Pilot,” 2015 ASEE Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Caldwell, B.W., Halupa, C.M., 2014, “A Pilot Study of an Online Accelerated Statics Course with Intensive Video Delivery,” 2014 ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Caldwell, B.W., Ramachandran, R., Mocko, G.M., 2012, “Assessing the Use of Function Models and Interaction Models through Concept Sketching,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Chicago, IL.
  • Ramachandran, R., Caldwell, B.W., Mocko, G.M., 2011, “A User Study to Evaluate the Function Model and Function Interaction Model for Concept Generation,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Washington, DC.
  • Caldwell, B.W., Mocko, G.M., 2010, “Functional Similarity at Varying Levels of Abstraction,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Montreal, Canada.
  • Schultz, J.C., Sen, C., Caldwell, B.W., Mathieson, J.L., Summers, J.D., 2010, “Limitations to Function Structures: A Case Study in Morphing Airfoil Design,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Montreal, Canada.
  • Caldwell, B.W., Mocko, G.M., and Fadel, G.M., 2010, “A Representation of Artefacts and Interactions to Supplement Function,” Eighth International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering (TMCE 2010), Ancona, Italy.
  • Sen, C., Caldwell, B.W., Summers, J.D., Mocko, G.M., 2009, “Topological Information Content and Expressiveness of Function Models in Mechanical Design,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, San Diego, California.
  • Caldwell, B.W., Rotenburg, T., Price, Y.N., Summers, J.D., Mocko, G.M., 2009, “Automotive Lightweight Engineering: A Detailed Evaluation of the Laziness of an Interior Console,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, San Diego, California. (*Note: this paper was withdrawn from the conference proceedings after being accepted due to the industry sponsor’s desire to patent the process)
  • Price, Y.N., Rotenburg, T., Caldwell, B.W., Sen, C., Namouz, E., Richardson, J., Summers, J.D., Mocko, G.M., 2009, “Automotive Lightweight Engineering: Laziness Identification Process,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, San Diego, California. (*Note: this paper was withdrawn from the conference proceedings after being accepted due to the industry sponsor’s desire to patent the process)
  • Caldwell, B.W., and Mocko, G.M., 2008, “Towards Rules for Functional Composition,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Caldwell, B.W., and Mocko, G.M., 2008, “Product Data Management in Undergraduate Education,” ASME International Conference on Computers and Information in Engineering, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Caldwell, B.W., Sen, C., Mocko, G.M., Summers, J.D., Fadel, G.M., 2008, “Empirical Examination of the Functional Basis and Design Repository,” Third International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, Atlanta, GA.

Awards

  • Departmental Doctoral Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2012
  • ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2010, 2011
  • ASME/NSF IDETC Design Essay Award, 2011
  • Departmental Masters Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2010
  • R.C. Edwards Graduate Recruiting Fellowship, Clemson University, 2009
  • NIST/CIE Conference Travel Award, 2009
  • ASME/NSF IDETC Design Essay Award, 2008
  • Clemson University Faculty Scholarship Award, 2007
  • Mechanical Engineering Scholastic Achievement Award, 2007