Philip Pritchard


Mechanical Engineering

Since 1981, Dr. Pritchard has taught mechanical engineering courses at Manhattan College. He has published a number of undergraduate and technical textbooks relating to engineering education. Most recently, Dr. Pritchard has focused on the use of computer software in teaching engineering analysis, in particular on the use of Mathcad and Excel.  

In his spare time, Dr. Pritchard enjoys riding his motorcycle around the Pennsylvania countryside, taking long walks with his dog Sushi, and reading British and U.S. history. He is also a frequent reader of the Economist, The New Yorker and Scientific American magazines.


  • Ph.D. in Engineering Science, Columbia University
  • Master of Philosophy, Columbia University
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Stony Brook
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology, University of Bradford

Courses Taught

  • ENGG 614      Engineering Mathematics
  • ENGS 115      Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGS 116      Introduction to Engineering Computation
  • MECH 231      Solid Mechanics Laboratory
  • MECH 302      Applied Thermodynamics
  • MECH 318      Fluid Mechanics I
  • MECH 319      Fluid Mechanics II


  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Co-author of:

    • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 9th Ed., Wiley, New York, 2015.

    Author of:

    • Mathcad: A Tool for Engineering Problem Solving, 2nd Ed, McGraw Hill, New York, 2008.
    • PC Applications and the Engineering CurriculumProceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education, Middle Atlantic Section, April 15, 2000.
    • Invited main speaker: The Role of Mathcad in Mechanical Engineering, seminar at the University of Waterloo, Canada, December 8, 1998.
    • Use of Mathcad as a Primary Interface for Teaching Engineering Mathematics,Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education, Middle Atlantic Section, November, 1994.
    • Use of Mathcad to Compute Experimental UncertaintiesComputers in Education Journal, Vol. ii, No.2, 1992.
    • Deformed Surface Curve Measurements Using Photogrammetric Techniques, (with Zella L. Kahn-Jetter and James A. Turso) Experimental Techniques, Vol. 16, No.1, 1992.
    • Inviscid Flow at the Trailing Edge of an Airfoil, International Journal of Applied Engineering Education, Vol. 7, No. 5, 1991.

    Editor of:  

    • Two-Phase Flows in Chemical Engineering, David Azbel, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1981.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Industrial Experience:

    • Design Engineer, Ford Motor Company, Livonia, Michigan. Design and development of automobile transmission components, 1977-1978.
    • Engineer, British Rail, York, England. Training in methods of vehicle fabrication, equipment maintenance, etc., 1967-1971


    • Principle Investigator in Manhattan College Project Contract #56.236. Evaluating fuel additive for private company.


    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers