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Timothy Van Dyke

Associate Professor of Engineering



FREY-228 ext. 3986

Interest and areas of expertise

Biomechanics, Engineering Graphics, Experimental Methods, Instrumentation and Measurements, Manufacturing Processes, Mechanical Design, Mechanics of Materials, Nonlinear Vibrations, Solid Mechanics, Viscoelasticity

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Calvin College)
  • M.S., Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (University of Michigan)
Classes I teach
  • ENGR 112 Engineering Design Tools
  • ENGR 233 Mechanics I
  • ENGR 323 Mechanics II
  • ENGR 378 Manufacturing Processes
  • ENGR 472 Mechanical Design

Dr. Van Dyke joined the Engineering Department in 2001. His doctoral research involved combining ideas from vibrations and nonlinear solid mechanics.  He did post-graduate research at the University of Michigan in the area of rheology and also at the University of California, San Diego in the areas of residual stress and biomechanics.  In 2005, Dr. Van Dyke was awarded the Smith Outstanding Teacher Award at Messiah College.

Dr. Van Dyke has also worked outside of academics.  He worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal teaching high school math and science and working on teacher trainings. He worked for Cummins Engine Company as an engineer designing various structural components of diesel engines, such as the block, head, and head gasket.  Additionally, he has been involved in research for Ford Motor Company on suspension bushings.  

Tim’s expertise and interest is in the areas of Solid Mechanics, Viscoelasticity, Biomechanics, Nonlinear Vibrations, Mechanical Design, Manufacturing Processes, and Engineering Graphics. 

Dr. Van Dyke, and his wife, Dr. Arlene Seid live in Grantham, and they attend the Dillsburg Brethren in Christ Church. His daughter, Molly, works as a graphic designer in Baltimore, Maryland. His son, Garret, is a fourth-year student at Messiah.