Robert Reid-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Robert Reid

Associate Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
Mechanical Engineering Department
5000 Forbes Avenue
Scaife Hall 415
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2498
Fax: 412-268-3348


Robert Reid has worked in industry as a Structural Engineerand a Software Development Engineer.  He started his own consulting firm, RHR Consulting Engineers, Inc. in 1989.  He has provided engineering expertise in design, analysis, and failure investigations for companies in numerous industries including automotive, glass, plastics, petroleum, construction, mining, transportation, copper, steel, chemical, military, and the power industry, both nuclear and non-nuclear.

After investigating multiple engineering failures resulting from poor understanding of basic principles, he was motivated to instill strong foundational truths in engineering students.  Professor Reid joined CMU in 2004 as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and began teaching in Mechanical Engineering in 2005.  He has taught a wide range of courses including 24-101 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering, 24-302 Mechanical Engineering Seminar I, 24-351 Dynamics, 24-355 Kinematics & Dynamics of Mechanisms, 24-356 Engineering Vibrations, 24-361 Intermediate Stress Analysis, and 24-701 Mathematical Techniques in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, 48-115 Physics for Architects and 48-210 Statics in Architecture, and 54-365 Physics of Stage Machinery in Drama. 


B.S.    Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1983
M.S.    Civil Engineering, Illinois Inst. Technology, 1985
Ph.D.    Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002


  • R. Balili, B. Nelsen, D.W. Snoke, R.H. Reid, L. Pfeiffer, and K. West,  "Huge Splitting of Polariton States in Microcavities under Stress,"  Physical Review B vol. 81, 125311 (2010).
  • J.S. Porowski, William J. O'Donnell and R.H. Reid, "Weight-Saving Plastic Design of Pressure Vessels," ASME Transactions, Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, Vol. 119, Feb. 1997
  • R.V. O'Toole, B. Jaramaz, A.M. Di Gioia, III, MD, C.D. Visnic, and R.H. Reid, "Biomechanics For Preoperative Planning And Surgical Simulations In Orthopaedics," Computers in Biology and Medicine, Vol. 25, No. 2, 1995, pp. 183-191.
  • R.H. Reid, A.M. Di Gioia, III, MD, B. Jaramaz, and O. Ghattas, "Press Fit Femoral Implants Yield High Assembly Strains In Cortical Bone." Proceedings of the 1995 ASME Bioengineering Conference, BED, Vol. 29, 1995, pp. 561.
  • C.D. Visnic, R.H. Reid, O. Ghattas, A.M. Di Gioia, III, MD, and B. Jaramaz, "Finite Element Pre-operative Simulation Of Cementless Hip Replacement," Proceedings Simulation Conference, December, 1994, pp. 856 - 860.