Machinery Vibration & Rotordynamics extended short course set for January

The Turbomachinery Laboratory’s commitment to education extends beyond the Texas A&M University campus.

The Turbo Lab, a center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and part of The Texas A&M University System, will host an extended short course — Machinery Vibration and Rotordynamics —January 6-10, 2020 in Houston.

The course offers concepts and techniques to engineers involved in design, operation, and maintenance of rotating equipment.

Fouad Zeidan, independent consultant and former president/owner of KMC Bearings, Plus, Inc. will teach the course with Turbo Lab professors Adolfo Delgado, Luis San Andres and former Turbo Lab director Dara W. Childs.

The course is designed to benefit both young engineers and veterans who want to freshen their skills and learn about what practices are helping others achieve success.

Jason Cook, researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, attended the Machinery Vibration and Rotordynamics short course last year to enhance his rotordynamics knowledge.

“I wanted a course that was academic, in that it was a classroom setting, but I also wanted something with practical application,” Cook said. “This course has given me both.”

During the four days, the course will cover basic vibration theory and how to use it to solve mechanical vibration problems experienced in the field. Rotordynamics terminology in common use will be defined and explained, including critical speeds, critical speed inversion, unbalance response and rotordynamic instability.

The Turbo Lab began hosting extended short courses in 1995, building upon Texas A&M’s tradition of continuing education and professional workforce development. The course will earn attendees 3.0 Continuing Educations Units (CEU) and will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton near Houston Intercontinental Airport.

To register, visit A $300 discount is available to those who register by Dec. 27, 2019.