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Dr. David Plantz
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Department of Engineering (dec)
15 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

David.H. Plantz@uscga.edu
(860) 701-6545
David Plantz, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Civil Engineering
Department of Engineering
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Dr. David Plantz was raised in Oneonta, NY, which was the home of the Soccer Hall of Fame. He received a B.S. in Physics from Union College and earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After moving to Connecticut, Dr. Plantz taught briefly at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and the University of New Haven. After these teaching experiences, he decided he wanted to get younger students interested in math, science and engineering and became a high school science and math teacher. Dr. Plantz taught physics and chemistry in a few high schools in Southeastern Connecticut for a number of years before coming back to the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. Since coming back to the Academy, he has taught physics, naval architecture and marine engineering, civil engineering and mechanical engineering. This year, Dr. Plantz is back in the civil engineering department. Originally interested in research on the effect of radiation on metals for fusion reactors, since coming back to the Academy his research interests include the use of case studies in introductory engineering classes and corrosion issues in ships and aircraft in a marine environment. Dr. Plantz is married, has an 18 year old son and a 14 year old daughter and lives in the part of East Lyme, Connecticut known as Niantic. 

Education:
  • Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1990
  • M.S., Materials Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1983
  • B.S., Physics, Union College, 1981

Courses Taught:
  • Design Project Management
  • Directed Studies in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Engineering Material Science
  • Fourth Class Experience
  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Materials for Civil and Construction Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics I
  • Physics II
  • Statics and Engineering Design

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • D.H. Plantz and W.M. Simpson, “Work in Progress – Partnering with Coast Guard Engineers to Bring the Field into the Classroom using Material Science Case Studies”, Proceedings of the 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (October 2010).
  • D.H. Plantz and W.M. Simpson, “Incorporating Case Studies into a Material Science Course at the United States Coast Guard Academy”, Proceedings of the 2010 ASEE Northeast Section Conference (May 2010).
  • D.J. Thoma, J.H. Perepezko, D.H. Plantz and R.B Schwarz, "Metastable BCC Phase Formation in the Nb-Cr System", Mat. Sci. Eng. A179/A180 (1994) p. 176.
  • D.F. Dawson-Elli, D.H. Plantz, D.S. Stone, and J.E. Nordman, "In Situ Measurements on Niobium Nitride Thin Films Produced by Hollow Cathode Enhanced Direct Current Reactive Magnetron Sputtering", J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 9 (4) (July/August 1991) p. 2442.
  • M. Madapura, R.A. Dodd, J.R. Conrad, D.H. Plantz, and F.Z. Worzala, "Structure and Property Correlation of Plasma Source Ion Implanted Layers in Monel K-500 Alloy", J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 8 (3) (May/June 1990) p. 2169.
  • D.H. Plantz, L.M. Wang, G.L. Kulcinski, and R.A. Dodd, "Mechanical Property Changes in Ion Irradiated Metals: Part I. Ni-Cu Alloys", presented at The Metallurgical Society's 1988 Fall Meeting, September 25-29, 1988, Chicago, Illinois and in Met. Trans., 20A (12) (December 1989) p. 2681.
  • D.H. Plantz, G.L. Kulcinski, and R.A. Dodd, "Mechanical Property Changes in Ion Irradiated Metals: Part II. High Strength Cu-Ni-Be Alloy", presented at The Metallurgical Society's 1988 Fall Meeting, September 25-29, 1988, Chicago, Illinois and in Met. Trans., 20A (12) (December 1989) p. 2689.
  • S.J. Zinkle, D.H. Plantz, A.E. Bair, R.A. Dodd, and G.L. Kulcinski, "Correlation of the Yield Strength and Microhardness of High-Strength, High-Conductivity Copper Alloys", J. Nucl. Mater. 133 & 134, (1985) p. 685.

Honors:
  • Graduated Cum Laude, Union College
  • Deans List, Union College and Clarkson College of Technology
  • Presidential Scholar (1977-1978), Clarkson College of Technology

Professional Memberships:
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Physical Society
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society