University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Frank Kelso
Teaching Professor
Engineering Co-op Director

Office: ME 3-104
Phone: 612-626-0714


Ph.D. 1993, M.S. 1987 Mechanical Engineering
University of Minnesota

B.S. 1979 Mechanical Engineering
University of Minnesota

Teaching Interests

  • Computers in engineering practice
  • Root cause failure analysis
  • Fatigue & Fracture in machine design
  • Experiential and Project-based learning



  • 2015 Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2013-2016 3M Chair for Experiential Learning
  • 2002 CCE Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2002 Institute of Technology Best Instructor Award

Selected Publications

1. Leser, C., F. Kelso and A. Gordon, “Software Tools for a Materials Testing Curriculum,” ASTM Sixth Symposium on Application of Automation Technology in Fatigue and Fracture Testing, STP 1571, sponsored by ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, December 2013.

2. Kelso, F., “Pendulum Experiments for a Vibration Laboratory,” Proc., ASEE North Midwest Sectional Conference, Oct. 2010.

3. Visarius, M., J. Lessmann, F. Kelso, and W. Hardt, "Generic Integration Infrastructure for IP-based Design Processes and Tools with a Unified XML Format," in Integration: The VLSI Journal 37 (2004) 289-321

4. Kelso, F. and J. Weinberg, “Web-delivered Case Studies In Engineering Education,” Proc. ASEE Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 2000.