Pete Corson

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Dr. Corson is interested in teaching students as long as he can and in turning out the finest students in the country.

Dr. Corson is at the stage of his life in which he is giving back to students after a long and distinguished career in mechanical engineering and engineering management. Dr. Corson has been associated with utility companies since 1954 (Philadelphia Electric, Baltimore Power & Electric, Maryland Air Pollution Control Department, Philadelphia Air Pollution Control Department), and he has been associated with MAE since 1977.

Dr. Corson has a special passion for teaching. He draws a great deal of satisfaction in the classroom from observing the students as they develop their skills and capabilities. He is fond of pointing out, while the material is the same from year to year, that the students are different requiring new and creative ways to reach them. Dr. Corson is presently coordinating Design of Thermal Systems (MAE 412). The class is divided into design teams and a project is offered which includes heat exchanger design, pump and piping system analysis, and engineering economics. Teams learn about principles of teamwork, and prepare engineering reports ranging from an initiation memo, to progress reports, to a final formal report and oral presentation. The emphasis is on creating an environment that closely resembles an actual company work environment. As the coordinator of this course, he works closely with the other faculty teaching this course.

Dr. Corson’s interests outside of work include classical music, choral singing, cinematic history, numerous philatelic interests headed by the postal history of Asia, and genealogy. Since coming to Raleigh 35 years ago, his community service activities have included the development and operation of a Pre-Release Education Program at the Polk Youth Center taught by community leaders. He also assisted in the development of a halfway house, Re-Entry, Inc., in Raleigh for released adult convicts. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the NCSU Friends of the Library; North Carolina Master Chorale; Raleigh Chamber Music Guild; and Cinema, Inc. (currently President).

Education

Ph.D. 1971

Mechanical Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

M.S. 1963

Mechanical Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

B.S. 1960

Mechanical Engineering

University of Pennsylvania