Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor and Section Chief
Department of Engineering
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
CDR Michael Plumley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy in 1998. He served as Damage Control Assistant aboard CGC Alert before taking an assignment as Port Engineer and Search and Rescue (SAR) section chief at the CG Naval Engineering Support Unit in Boston, Massachusetts, where he oversaw maintenance and repair of the Coast Guard First District SAR fleet. CDR Plumley also served as chief engineer of the CGC Bertholf, the Coast Guard’s first National Security Cutter.
CDR Plumley’s teaching experiences includes several upper level Mechanical Engineering courses as well as independent study projects on biodiesel fuel and water desalination. In 2006 he was selected as a visiting faculty member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he conducted threat assessment research in support of homeland security initiatives. In 2008 he was named as a CMC Scholar at Sandia National Laboratory, where he investigated LNG carrier fire protection. CDR Plumley is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Connecticut.
- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
- M.S., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, United States Coast Guard Academy, 1998
- Advanced Engineering Math
- Design Project Management
- Mechanical Engineering (Capstone) Design
- Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems
- Statics and Engineering Design
- Strengths of Materials
- Ships and Maritime Systems
- Heat Transfer
- Directed Studies in Mechanical Engineering Machine Design
- Engineering Experimentation
- Plumley, M., Wong, V., and Martins, T. "Demonstrating Improved Fuel Economy Using Subsystem Specific Lubricants on a Modified Diesel Engine," Tribology Transactions. September, 2016.
- Plumley, M., “Design and Prototype of Dual Loop Lubricant System To Improve Engine Fuel Economy, Emissions, & Oil Drain Interval" Doctoral Thesis. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2015.
- Plumley, M., Wong, V., and Martins, T. “Design and Prototype of Modern Diesel Engine Lubricating System to Improve Fuel Economy, Wear, and Emissions Performance”. Presentation. STLE 70th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, May 17-21, 2015, Dallas, TX.
- Plumley, M. and Wong, V. (2014). “Analysis of Shear-thinning on Engine Friction Using Mineral and PAO Base Oils”. Presentation. STLE 69th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Orlando, FL.
- Plumley, M. and Wong, V. (2014). “Optimizing Base Oil Viscosity for Power Cylinder Friction Response Temperature Dependency” Presentation. STLE 69th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Orlando, FL.
- Plumley, M., Wong, V., Park, S. and Molewyk, M. (2014) “Optimizing Base Oil Viscosity for Power Cylinder Friction Response Temperature Dependency,” SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-1658.
- Plumley, M. (2009) “Using BlimpDuino in an Introductory Undergraduate Dynamic Modeling and Control Course,” 2009, ASEE Northeast Regional Annual Conference Proceedings
- Plumley, M. (2009) “CGA Cadets on Cutting Edge of Innovation at National Laboratories.” USCG Engineering, Electronics and Logistics Quarterly. Summer 2009.
- Foley, A.C. and Plumley, M. (2009) “Teaching Control Volume Selection to Avoid Entropy Accounting ‘Bottlenecks’ in Second Law Analyses.” AC 2009-1608 ASEE 2009 Annual Conference and Exposition, Austin, Texas.
- Foley, A.C. and Plumley, M. (2009) “Enthalpy in a Box. Teaching Open v Closed System Work Terms." AC 2009-1620 ASEE 2009 Annual Conference and Exposition, Austin, Texas.
- Plumley, M., Foley, A.C. and Greene, E. (2009) “Practical Demonstration Units, Using Common Components, for an Introductory Thermodynamics Course.” AC 2009-1673 ASEE 2009 Annual Conference and Exposition, Austin, Texas.
- Freeman, R.W., Phillips, E.H., Plumley, M., Adrezin, R.S., Egelhoff, C.J., (2009) “Service Learning Workshops to Recruit Women into Engineering.” Proceedings of NE ASEE 2009 Conference, Bridgeport, Connecticut, April 2009.
- Plumley, M., Palm, W. and Simpson, W. (2008) “A Common Design-Build-Test Project Incorporating Freshman and Senior Undergraduate Analysis Skills,” 2008, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings.
- Plumley, M. (2008) “Design Portfolios For Outcomes Assessment and Program Vision,” 2008, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings.
- Plumley, M and Pickles, D. (2008) “A Winning Collaboration: CGA Cadets on Cutting Edge of Innovation at National Laboratories.” The Coast Guard Academy Alumni Bulletin. Vol 70, No. 5. Oct 2008.