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You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:36-40

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Green, Ph.D.

Phone: 903.233.3912

  • Associate Dean, School of Engineering & Engineering Technology

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Interim Department Chair, Welding & Materials Joining Engineering


  • Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin 2005
  • M.S.M.E University of Texas, Austin 2001
  • B.S.M.E. Texas A&M University 1998


  • University of Texas, Austin
    Visiting Scholar
    Visiting Scholar: Research and Design, Course Instructor, Graduate Student Mentor
  • Engineering Consulting for Occupational Therapist (OTR/L)
    Engineering Design Consultant
    Design of Low-Cost Occupational Therapy Devices
  • GTZ-GATE (German Appropriate Technology Exchange), Eschborn, Germany
    Graduate Student Intern
    Researched and wrote technical briefs, answered technical inquiries
  • InterPro
    Software Development Consultant
    GUI and data analysis programming
  • Engineering Ministries International
    Engineering Intern (BS level)
    HVAC systems design, Overseas Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing design, CAD work, Computer systems support
  • Baker Risk
    Engineering Intern
    Computer systems support, Data analysis using MS Access, Electronic and paper mapping, Excel data analysis and curve fitting, CAD drawings, and Explosion hazard research
  • J.N. Reddy, Texas A&M, College Station, TX
    Undergraduate Research Project
    Graphical user interface: design, coding, and documentation for a Fortran FEA engine
  • Innovation, Technology, and Machinery (ITM), Inc.
    Engineering Intern
    Assistant to machine design engineer. Electrical, mechanical, purchasing, CAD.
    Database and machine control programming. Electromechanical system troubleshooting.
  • Green Electric Co., New Braunfels, TX
    HVAC installation & service, Commercial equipment repair and maintenance,
    Design and coding of an invoicing database

Courses Taught

  • LETU 1101 - Cornerstones of Life and Learning (first year mentorship groups)
  • ENGR 1523 - Introduction to Engineering Practice 2 (LEGO® Robotics + Arduinos)
  • MEGR 4443 - Machine Design
  • ENGR 3813 - Engineering Design Methodology
  • ENGR 4813/4823 - Senior Design I & II (design-build-test projects)
  • ENGR 2400 - Sophomore Design Seminar
  • MEGR 3713 - Thermodynamics
  • METC 3713 - Thermodynamics, Engineering Technology
  • MEGR 2023 - Dynamics
  • MEGR 2013 - Statics
  • GETC 2313 - Materials Technology

Research Interests

  • Maximizing creativity while generating ideas
  • Increasing student thriving to increase retention
  • Remote electricity generation, such as solar and hydro-kinetic
  • Teaching the engineering design process to improve the quality of life
  • Making engineering teaching effective and inspiring
  • Understanding stakeholder needs for human-centered design in unusual environments

Personal Bio

As a young engineer I felt a deep longing to use technology to serve the globally poor. I pursued this passion through research and teaching during graduate school. After finishing my PhD on humanitarian engineering applications, the LeTourneau University was the only place I applied. I love being part of a team training the next generation of engineers technically and spiritually. Joining the LeTourneau community of students, faculty, and staff has been one of the best experiences of my life. I invite anyone to come study or work with us and explore how you can change and grow along with us.

 I love the learn-by-doing aspect of LeTourneau Engineering. Growing up I helped my Dad overhaul our 1964 Volkswagen Beetle, complete our underground solar-passive home, and work in our HVAC business (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.) In other employment I worked creating custom automation equipment, predicting industrial explosions, programming, and providing engineering design for overseas Christian ministries.

 I invite my students to pray for me, and to expect me to work diligently, to treat them how I would want to be treated, and to expect me to help them regardless of their religious beliefs. I strive to faithfully serve Jesus through my service to them. I encourage all our students to invest faithfully in school, and to then use their advantages to serve others.

 God has blessed me with an amazing marriage and children. My wife Jennifer leads Bible studies and uses her teacher training to serve in the homeschool community. She also teaches seminars on simple steps to handle harmful thoughts such as worry, temptation, or distraction. My children and I love biking, swimming, walking our dog, and reading together. We have enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia, Swiss Family Robinson, and various Bible passages together.

Selected Publications

  • Bennetts, C., Cheeley, A., Caldwell, B.W., Green, M.G., (2017). “Comparing Facets of Divergent Thinking in Engineering Freshmen and Upperclassmen,” ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, Paper No: IDETC 2016-67604.
  • Camburn, B. A., Dunlap, B. U., Gurjar, T., Hamon, C. L., Green, M. G., Jensen, D., Crawford, R., Otto, K., Wood, K., (2015). “A Systematic Method for Design Prototyping,” ASME. J. Mech. Des. 2015;137(8):081102-081102-12. doi:10.1115/1.4030331.
  • Green, M.G., Caldwell, B.W., Helms, M., Linsey, J.S., Hammond, T., (2015). “Using Natural Sketch Recognition Software to Provide Instant Feedback on Statics Homework (Truss Free Body Diagrams): Assessment of a Classroom Pilot,” Proceedings of the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference.
  • Green, M.G., (2015). "Working at a Large State University while on Sabbatical from a Small Faith-Based School: Observations for those Considering Sending or Going," Proceedings of the 2015 Christian Engineering Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Green, M.G., Seepersad, C.C., Holtta-Otto, K., (2014). “Crowd-sourcing the Evaluation of Creativity in Conceptual Design: A Pilot Study,” ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Buffalo, NY, Paper No: DETC2014-34434.
  • Kuhn, J., Green, M.G., Bashyam, S, Seepersad, C.C., (2014). “The Innovation Station: A 3D Printing Vending Machine for UT Austin Students,” Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, (D. L. Bourell, J. J. Beaman, R. H. Crawford, H. L. Marcus, and C. C. Seepersad, Eds.), Austin, TX.
  • Green, M.G., Niemi, A., Roudkovski, M., (2012). “Implementing an Industrial Mentoring Program to Enhance Student Motivation and Retention,” Proceedings of the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Forringer, E., Green, M.G., French, J., & Leiffer, P.R., (2011). “Low-Cost River Simulator for 100W Hydro-Kinetic Turbine Testing,” Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Green, M.G., C.C. Seepersad and K. Holtta-Otto, “Extreme Experience Interviews for Innovative Designs: Classroom Assessment of a New Needs-Gathering Method,” Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, KY. ME DIVISION BEST PAPER AWARD.
  • Baumgartner, J., Hewitt, T.P., Licea, E., Willis, N., & Green, M.G., (2010). “Systems Design of a Hydro-Kinetic Technology for Rural Areas of Developing Countries,” Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.
  • Green, M.G., (2009). "Can Design for the ‘Poor’ Result in Better Designs for Everyone?," Proceedings of the 2009 Christian Engineering Education Conference, Waco, TX.
  • Green, M.G., Wood, K.L., VanderLeest, S.H., Duda, F.T., Erikson, C., & Van Gaalen, N., (2004). “Service-Learning Approaches to International Humanitarian Design Projects: Assessment of Spiritual Impact,” Proceedings of the 2004 Christian Engineering Education Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Green, M.G., & Schwarz, D., (2002). “Extracting Drinking Water from Salt Water: An Overview of Desalination Options for Developing Countries,” GATE Technical Information W9e. GTZ-GATE, Germany. 7 pgs. 2002.