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Jacob Allen Cress

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology


Email: Jacob Cress
Phone: 937-229-2804
Kettering Labs Room 341E


Dr. Jacob Cress is an assistant professor with the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology. Prior to joining the faculty at UD, Dr. Cress worked for two years at Stress Engineering Services, Inc. in Mason, Ohio. There, he specialized in mechanical test development and project management largely in the railroad and hunting equipment sectors. For five years prior to that, Dr. Cress worked at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio, leading the certification effort for the LEAP-1A/1C HPC airfoil vibratory stress responses. Dr. Cress received his doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame, both in aerospace engineering and his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton.


  • Ph.D., aerospace engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • M.S., aerospace engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • B.M.E., mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, University of Dayton

Selected Honors and Awards

Recently awarded a KEEN Industrial Immersion Grant in partnership with Patrick Thomas with the University of Dayton Department of English.  The research goals of this grant are to 1) survey how local industries utilize and evaluate effective communication amongst their early career engineers and 2) develop teaching modules that would introduce those communication styles within the current engineering curriculum.

Courses Taught

  • MCT 220 Statics and Dynamics, University of Dayton
  • MCT 313 Industrial Mechanisms, University of Dayton
  • ENM 561 Design and Analysis of Experiments, University of Dayton
  • MET 150 Statics and Strength of Materials, Cincinnati State

Licenses, Certifications and Credentials

  • Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Ohio