I’m a research and development engineer and Unix/Linux systems administrator for the Center for Manufacturing Research at Tennessee Technological University. This is where I keep all my personal and recreational stuff. I came to TTU in 1989 as a freshman, and aside from two years of co-op assignments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, I never saw a good reason to leave. I graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1998. During that period of time, I did various freelance IT support jobs: mostly regular PC work, and sometimes Linux or Macintosh support.

Of regular paying jobs, I’ve taught regular classes in engineering graphics, thermodynamics, and numerical methods. I’ve also assisted with classes or labs on machine design, introductory programming, design for manufacturing, and advanced CAD/CAM. My current scope of work is varied around:

  • coordinating or conducting tests for material strength or vibrational properties
  • rapid prototyping, CNC machining, and reverse engineering
  • supporting engineering graduate students in design and fabrication of experimental fixtures, programming and high-performance computing, or other research areas

Outside work, I bicycle, hike, and shoot photos. I also run a site for my World of Warcraft guild. And then there’s my wonderful wife who doesn’t want anything else said about her.

You can contact me via email at any of the following:

  • @tntech.edu, renfro
  • @renf.ro, mike