Geneva College



David C. Che

David CheAssociate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Pinkerton Center for Technology Development
Office Phone: 724-847-6496

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Engineering & Quality Control
  • Automotive Engineering & Vehicle Dynamics

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D., 1995, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.S., 1992, Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus
  • B.S. Eng., 1988, Precision Mechanical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Courses Taught

  • EGR 100 - Calling & Vocation
  • EGR 211 - Solid Mechanics
  • EGR 214 - Dynamics
  • EGR 322 - Manufacturing Engineering
  • EGR 423 - Quality Engineering
  • EGR 481/482 - Capstone Senior Design
  • HMN 491 - Humanities Book Discussion: Story of a Soul
  • MEE 321 - Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
  • MEE 403 - Mechanical Component Design
  • MEE 405 - Finite Element Methods
  • MEE 410 - Mechanical Vibrations
  • MEE 491 - Automotive Engineering
  • MEE 491 - Service-Learning: Mentoring of LEGO Robotics Team


  • David Che, "Enhancing Student Learning in Undergraduate Mechanical Vibrations Curriculum via Animation, Simulation and Virtual Labs," ASEE North Central Regional Conference, Auburn Hills, MI, April 4-5, 2014
  • David Smith, William Fiedler, David Che, “Gyroscopic Effect Analysis of a Battle Bot – A Service-Learning Project,” ASEE North Central Regional Conference, Auburn Hills, MI, April 4-5, 2014
  • David C. Che, "Common Grace and Engineering", 2013 Christian Engineering Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 26-28, 2013
  • David C. Che, "Use of Automotive Related Examples in Teaching Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum", ASEE North Central Regional Conference, Columbus, OH, April 5-6, 2013
  • David C. Che, Dave Clark, David Shaw, James Gidley, "Lessons Learned from Starting an SAE Baja Program in a Small Liberal Arts College", ASEE Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, June 9-13, 2012
  • David Che, David Clark, Tom Magnone, “Manufacturing Engineering Curriculum Renewal in a General BSE Program”, Proceedings of the 2011 Midwest Section Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education
  • David Chenggang Che, “Laser scanning: a key enabler for 3D virtual factory layout modeling and a method improvement to as-built plant field checking”, General Motors Corp. Internal Report, August, 2001
  • Chenggang Che, Jun Ni, “A ball-target-based extrinsic calibration technique for high-accuracy 3-D metrology using off-the-shelf laser-stripe sensors,” Precision Engineering, 2000,Vol.24 (3), pp. 210-219
  • Chenggang Che, Jun Ni, “A generic coordinate transformation uncertainty assessment approach and its application in machine vision metrology,” International Journal of Machine Tools & Manufacture, 1998, Vol. 38, pp. 1241-1256
  • David Chenggang Che, Diane Gibbons, “Multi-variate analysis using Design of Experiment techniques for identifying automotive door denting problems”, General Motors Corp. Internal Report, 1997
  • Chenggang Che, Jun Ni, “Modeling and calibration of a structured-light optical CMM via skewed frame representation,” ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 1996, Vol. 118(4), pp. 595-603
  • Chenggang Che, Jun Ni, “Modeling and calibration of a structured-light optical CMM for dimensional measurement of sheet metal parts and dies,” Proceedings of the 1995 ASME Winter Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Chenggang Che, “Scanning compound surfaces with no existing CAD model by using laser probe of a coordinate measuring machine”, Proceedings of the SPIE Annual Opto-Midwest Conference, March 1992, Chicago, Optical Design and Processing Technologies and Applications, Vol. 1779, pp. 56-67

Current Projects

  • Development of Structured Light 3D Laser Scanning System for Additive Manufacturing and Reverse Engineering Applications
  • Rapid Prototyping of an Animal Tagging Device Using 3D Laser Printing
  • Hardband Spring Design for Marcellus Shale Drilling Operations Using ANSYS
  • Multi-body Vibration Systems Modeling Using MSC Adams 

My research interests and consulting expertise are in the following areas:

  • Dimensional metrology
  • Manufacturing quality control methodology
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Machine vision and robotics
  • Virtual factory and data mining
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Uncertainty assessment
  • Systems modeling using ANSYS and MSC Adams

Industrial Experience

  • 2005 – 2008, General Manager, China Operations, Stafast Products, Inc.
  • 1997 – 2005, Sr. Project/Research Engineer, General Motors Corporation
  • 1995 - 1997, Training Specialist, Perceptron, Inc 

Affiliations, e.g., membership in professional organizations, etc.

Miscellaneous, e.g., hobbies, sports, personal info, etc.

  • Church Affiliation – Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Hobbies:
    Pingpong, Tennis, Skiing, Soccer
    Listening to classical music


Point of Excellence

The first biopsychology major graduated in 2012 and has been hired as an IOM Tech in UPMC’s Center for Clinical Neurophysiology (CCN).

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