Faculty Profile

G. Scott Duncan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

GEM 207


Ph.D. - University of Florida 2006
B.S.M.E. - Purdue University 1990

Areas of Specialization

Vibrations, machine tool dynamics, high speed machining, mechatronics, manufacturing, and development of the Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility

Courses Taught

  • Statics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechatronics
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Mechanical Vibrations
  • Senior Design
  • Technical Writing for Mechanical Engineers
  • Machine Design

Research Interests

Development of Solar Furnace
The research focuses on developing a solar furnace at Valparaiso University.

Machine Tool Dynamics and High Speed Machining
The research focuses on optimizing machining parameters in high speed machining applications.


  • An Exploratory Study of the Solar Thermal Electrolytic Production of Mg from MgO, Energy - The International Journal, In Press 
  • Modeling and Experimental Investigation of a Helmholtz Resonator with a Flexible Plate, ASME Journal of Vibrations and Acoustics, 2013 
  • Solar Thermal Electrolytic Process for the Production of Zn from ZnO: The Electrolysis of ZnO from 1275 to 1500 K, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 2011 
  • A Braille Press Project: Improving the Literacy of the World's Visually Impaired, International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, 2010 
  • A Solar Thermal Electrolytic Reactor for Studying the Production of Metals form Their Oxides, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 2010 
  • "Solar Thermal Electrolytic Process for the Production of Zn from ZnO: An Ionic Conductivity Study”, Journal of Solar Energy of Engineering, 2009 
  • “Rotating Tool Point Frequency Response Prediction Using RCSA”, International Journal of Machining Science and Technology, 2007 
  • “Shrink Fit Tool Holder Connection Stiffness/Damping Modeling for Frequency Response Prediction in Milling”, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, 2006 
  • “Receptance Coupling for Dynamics Prediction of Assemblies with Coincident Neutral Axes”, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2006 
  • “Uncertainty Propagation for Selected Analytical Milling Stability Limit Analysis”, Transactions of the NAMRI/SME, 2006 
  • “Three-Component Receptance Coupling Substructure Analysis for Tool Point Dynamics Prediction”, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 2005 
  • “An Investigation of the Dynamic Absorber Effect in High-Speed Machining”, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, 2005 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Tau Beta Pi