Dr. Wesley Carpenter

Dr. Wesley Carpenter

Title: Assistant Professor and AMET/Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program Director
Program: Automated Mfg. Eng. Tech. (AMET) & Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Dept/Program: Mechanical Engineering
Office: Schrank Hall South 221A
Phone: 330-972-7889
Email: wac1@uakron.edu


Dr. Carpenter is an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering & Polymer Science, Mechanical Engineering department.  He is also the program director for the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program.  Dr. Carpenter received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from The University of Akron and M.S. in Applied Engineering from Kent State University.  He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus in Engineering Education, from The University of Akron.  His teaching expertise is in the area of thermo-fluid sciences, in particular, fluid power engineering.  His research expertise is in engineering education and the psychology of creativity and innovation.

Research Interests

Creativity and Divergent Thinking in Engineering Design, Teaching Creativity and Innovation in the Engineering Curriculum, Creativity and Innovation, Engineering Design Education, Design Cognition, Neuroscience of Creativity


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Akron, 2014
  • M.S., Applied Engineering, Kent State University, 2010
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering Technology, The University of Akron, 2007


Mechanical Design II, Fluid Power, Applied Thermal Energy I & II, Mechanical Engineering Tech. Senior Seminar, Thermo-Fluids Laboratory