Philip Pritchard

Philip Pritchard


Department : Mechanical Engineering

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Phone : 718-862-7443

Office : RLC 207B


PHD, Columbia University
MPHIL, Columbia University
MS, SUNY Stony Brook
BS, University of Bradford


Dr. Pritchard's main interest is in the area of engineering education. Part of this interest is indicated by his authorship of undergraduate and technical textbooks. In recent years he has specialized in the use of computer software in teaching engineering analysis, in particular the use of Mathcad and Excel.  All his professional efforts are currently in maintaining the contents of his textbooks.

Professional Experience

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

Publications & Professional 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.

Honors & Awards

  • Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the year, Manhattan College 1988, 1995, 2007, 2013.

Courses Taught/Teaching

  • 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