Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology 1997
M.S. Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology 1994
B.S. Engineering Calvin College 1992

Dr. Keith Hekman received his B.S. in Engineering from Calvin College in 1992. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia
Institute of Technology in 1994 and 2007, respectively.

In fall 2008, Dr. Hekman joined the College of Engineering at California Baptist University (CBU) where he is currently a professor. At CBU, he has taught courses in
Excel, AutoCAD, Circuits, LabVIEW, Mechanics of Materials, Dynamics, Machine Design, Vibrations, CAM/Finite Element Analysis, Automatic Control, and the Capstone Design. He has also done research in teaching methodologies and numerical modeling for concentrated solar thermal systems.

Prior to his time at CBU, he served as an Associate Professor in the Engineering Department at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During his two and a half years at Calvin, he taught engineering courses including Circuit Analysis and Electronics, Signal Processing, Automatic Control and Machine Component Design as well as a Christian Worldview class. He also performed research in Active Noise Cancellation.

Before teaching at Calvin, Dr. Hekman taught eight years at the American University in Cairo, Egypt in the Mechanical Engineering Department. During his eight years in Egypt, he taught courses including Dynamics, Vibrations, Automatic Control, Mechanism Design, and Numerical Methods and advised several senior design projects. During the summers at AUC, he did research at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the areas of grinding process control and anti-swing control for overhead cranes.

While a graduate student at Georgia Tech, Dr. Hekman developed a controller to actively compensate for the grinding wheel deflection in surface grinding based on grinding force measurements. This compensation allowed for a dramatic improvement in surface flatness. He also developed a methodology for real time estimation of cutter eccentricity.

Dr. Hekman has authored 29 technical publications and one book. His current research interests include teaching methodologies, command shaping, haptic devices, metrology and automatic control. During his summers he has been consulting at Meggitt Sensing Systems performing mechanical design and LabVIEW programming.

Dr. Hekman is married to Rana Hekman and they have two girls. In his free time, he enjoys photographing his daughter’s softball games.

EGR 122 Visualization Languages I
EGR 331 Signals and Systems
EGR 335 Data Acquisition, Design and Visualization
EGR 401 Capstone Design
EGR 402 Capstone Design & Presentation
EGR 431 Control Systems
EGR442 Comp-Aided Engrng Desgn & Visualization

* Dynamics
* Controls
* Vibrations
* Teaching Methodology

* Calvin College
* The American University in Cairo

Trinity Presbyterian Church

* Recumbent Bicycles
* Electric Bicycles
* Wife Rana and daughters Naomi and Sophia

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us,
that we should be called children of God! 1John 3:1

The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the Lord.
Proverbs 21:31 NKJV