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CDR Michael Plumley
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Department of Engineering
15 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

Michael.Plumley@uscga.edu
(860) 701-6526
CDR Michael Plumley
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Department
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 taught several upper level Mechanical Engineering courses and mentored 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, CDR Plumley was 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 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his research is focused on improving diesel engine efficiency and emissions through improved lubricant system design. 

Education:
  • 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

Courses Taught:
  • Mechanical Engineering (Capstone) Design
  • Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems
  • Thermodynamics
  • Statics and Engineering Design
  • Strengths of Materials Lab
  • Heat Transfer
  • Directed Studies in Mechanical Engineering Machine Design
  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Mechanisms
  • Nautical Science IV Naval Engineering Module
  • Fourth Class Academic Orientation Program

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • M. Plumley, V. Wong, S. Park, and M. Molewyk (2014) “Optimizing Base Oil Viscosity for Power Cylinder Friction Response Temperature Dependency,” SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-1658.
  • M. Plumley (2009) “Using BlimpDuino in an Introductory Undergraduate Dynamic Modeling and Control Course,” 2009, ASEE Northeast Regional Annual Conference Proceedings
  • M. Plumley (2009) “CGA Cadets on Cutting Edge of Innovation at National Laboratories.” USCG Engineering, Electronics and Logistics Quarterly. Summer 2009.
  • A.C.Foley and M.Plumley (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.
  • A.C.Foley and M.Plumley (2009) “Enthalpy in a Box. Teaching Open v Closed System Work Terms." AC 2009-1620 ASEE 2009 Annual Conference and Exposition, Austin, Texas.
  • M. Plumley, A.C.Foley, and E. Greene (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.
  • M. Plumley, W.Palm, and W. Simpson (2008) “A Common Design-Build-Test Project Incorporating Freshman and Senior Undergraduate Analysis Skills,” 2008, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings.
  • M. Plumley (2008) “Design Portfolios For Outcomes Assessment and Program Vision,” 2008, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings.
  • M. Plumley and D. Pickles (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.