University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Patrick J. Starr

Professor Emeritus


Ph.D. 1970, M.S.M.E. 1966, B.M.E. 1962, Mechanical Engineering,
University of Minnesota



Current interests lie in four areas: creation of models to describe and analyze the behavior of sociotechnical systems in terms of resource use, technological options, and economics; development of strategies for sensitivity analysis of large-scale dynamic models; creating a description of the design process as managing an open system of information; and utilization of modeling, simulation, and expert systems to define and manage recurring problems in manufacturing. In addition, Prof. Starr is the advisor for the University of Minnesota solar vehicle and SAE formula car and mini-baja car projects.