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Hendrickson receives eighth U.S. patent

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James Hendrickson
8/10/2012 —

James A. Hendrickson, P.E., instructor in engineering at Penn State Beaver, is the recipient of his eighth U.S. patent. He also holds U.S. patents in the fields of superconductive energy storage, power generation, thermal imaging, personal protective equipment, and continuous steel casting.

Hendrickson’s current patent is being sold by MSA as a critical component of their self-contained breathing apparatus and is related to firefighter safety. For more than ninety years, MSA has been the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality safety products which are recognized internationally for their highly sophisticated devices and protective gear. Many of the company’s most popular products integrate multiple combinations of electronics, mechanical systems, and advanced materials to ensure user safety.

In 2010 Hendrickson received the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award which recognizes engineering educators’ excellence in teaching as well as contributions to the art of teaching. According to the University, the award is given to individuals whose inspiration and contributions to learning are truly memorable.

In addition, he was the 2007 recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Michael Baker Jr., Inc. Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, and he has served as a member of the campus Honors Program Committee.

Hendrickson’s work with students in his engineering design classes has been widely recognized by both University and manufacturing officials. Last month his students from his spring 2012 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics course received three blue ribbons at the Maker Faire Detroit which they were invited to attend by officials of Ford Motor Company.

Several years ago a class worked on the restoration and redesign of Gaston’s Mill in Ohio’s Beaver Creek State Park which included a Waterwheel Water Bypass Safety System and the Waterwheel Brake and Power Generation System. Other class design projects have included the Reverse Engineering of Bessemer Oil Field Pumping Engine project sponsored by Moraine State Park/Muddycreek Historical Oil Field Site and the Wind Power Generation Project sponsored by Beaver campus.

Hendrickson worked for more than 10 years as principal engineer for Mine Safety Appliances Company in Cranberry Township and also was senior engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s Science and Technology Center and Nuclear Service Divisions, Pittsburgh. He joined the Beaver campus faculty in 2006.

He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State. Hendrickson can be contacted at jah64@psu.edu or 724-773-3859.

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