Eric Klang

Associate Professor

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Dr. Klang’s long-term goal has been to work closely with students, teaching them the joy and satisfaction that come from the discovery process. He points out that he learns more from them than they do from him. Dr. Klang’s is currently investigating 1) how the torsional stiffness of chasses can be improved through composite materials, 2) how IC engine performance can be enhanced by turbo-charged induction using ethanol, and 3) suspension and traction control, emphasizing the mappings of the tire parameters to the problem. In MAE, he collaborates with Dr. Gould.

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Klang teaches Mechanical Engineering Design (MAE 416) and Automotive Engineering (MAE 442). In MAE 416 he brings in his experience as a design engineer. Working closely with the students, he shows them how to develop team building skills. His Automotive Engineering course provides the students with a unique experience. The course draws from the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) community and the nationally recognized Wolfpack Motorsports Club (founded by Dr. Klang).

When seeking out graduate students, Dr. Klang looks for work experience and that automotive engineering passion. His students design race cars, which is not only fun, but provides a strong foundation for future careers in automotive design, particularly to those students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the area.

Outside of work, Dr. Klang enjoys spending time with his family, his wife and 2 daughters and their husbands, and he enjoys outdoor activities like camping, landscaping, and spending time at the lake.  A new garage at home is filled with projects.


Ph.D. 1983

Engineering Mechanics

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

M.S. 1980

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of Missouri

B.S. 1979

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of Missouri

Research Description

Dr. Klang does research in automotive engineering.


A study of solutions for the anisotropic plate subjected to a concentrated force
LaMattina, B., Klang, E. C., & Eischen, J. W. (1998), Journal of Applied Mechanics: Transactions of the ASME, 65(1), 273-276.

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Seaport E Crane Task Order N00178-05-D-4255-FC01
Concurrent Technologies Corporation(1/01/10 - 5/31/10)
US Navy - Naval Air Depot, Cherry Point(1/07/09 - 4/24/09)
Ethanol Internal Combustion Engine Energy Efficiency
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(7/01/06 - 12/31/07)