Frank Owen


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Frank Owen


Office: 92M-A108
Phone Number: 805-756-1346

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Ph.D., Professional Engineer (California and Maine), ACTAR certified (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists), private pilot. Teach or have taught at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, Maine Maritime Academy, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (both in Germany), University of Bergamo (Italy, as researcher), Dakar American University of Science and Technology (Sénégal). Fluent in German and Italian, semi-fluent in French.


  • Duke University, B.A. in History
  • Mississippi State University, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • Oregon State University, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering, California and Maine


  • Controls
  • Simulation
  • Animation
  • Dynamics
  • Computer applications in Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Experience

  • J. Ray McDermott & Co., New Orleans – Piping and facility design engineer for offshore oil platforms
  • Advanced Marine Enterprises, Arlington, Virginia – Ship design engineer and CAD design engineer for marine applications
  • General Electric, Medium Steam Turbines Department, Lynn, Massachusetts – Rotor and bucket design engineer, software design engineer for rotordynamic applications
  • ASEA Brown Boveri, Steam Turbine Department, Baden, Switzerland – Software design engineer for finite-element applications involving steam-turbine design  Fisher Rosemount, Inc., Austin, Texas – Software development and test engineer for development of DeltaV distributed control system
  • American Electric Power, Columbus, Ohio – Project manager for Project Probe, an education project at Gavin Steam Power Plant
  • Alpha Omega Engineering, Inc., San Luis Obispo, California – Founder and president of engineering consulting firm
  • polyXengineering, Inc., San Luis Obispo, California – Co-founder and principal of engineering consulting firm


Office Hours for Winter 2020

Monday/Friday 1:10 PM-2:00 PM
Tuesday 11:10 AM-12:00 PM
Wednesday 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

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