Keith Fisher

Assistant Professor

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

Montana State University - Bozeman

PO Box 173800, 220 Roberts Hall

Bozeman MT 59717-3800

(406) 994-6288

Areas of Design Expertise: 

bullet Machine Design: 20+ years of design of material handling equipment, off-road vehicles, semi-trailers, construction equipment, food processing, and agricultural machinery.
bullet Fluid Power Systems and Machinery Control Systems
bullet Finite Element Analysis,  Simulations, and Failure Analysis

Courses Taught: 

bullet MET 340: Mechanisms,  Fall 2006 – Fall 2007
bullet MET 480: Fluid Power Technology, Spring 2007 – Fall 2008
bullet MET 119: Technical Graphics Communication, Spring 2007 – Spring 2008
bullet MET 211: Engineering Design with Graphics, Spring 2008
bullet MET 201: Computer Application, Spring 2008


bulletDoctor of Philosophy, (Currently working on), Engineering and Applied Science, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho 83209.  Expected completion Dec. 2008. Dissertation: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Bipedal Stability.
bulletMaster of Science, Ag. Engineering (mechanical emphasis), University of Idaho,  Moscow, Idaho 83843. May 1994. Cumulative GPA of 4.00. 
bulletBachelor of Science, Ag. Engineering (mechanical emphasis), University of Idaho,  Moscow, Idaho 83843.  May 1983.  Cumulative GPA of 3.56.


bullet Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, MSU, Fall 2006 - Present
bullet Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology,  U of Maine 2005 - 2006
bullet Mechanical Engineering Consulting , Part time, Self-employed, 1995 - Present
bullet Mechanical Engineer, Power Food Equipment, Pocatello, Idaho,  Jan 2005 – Aug. 2005
bullet Mechanical Engineer, Miskin Scraper Works, Ucon, Idaho, Nov. 2002 – Jan. 2005
bullet Mech. Engr./ Engr. Manager, Spudnik Equipment Co.,  Blackfoot, Idaho, Sept. 1998 – Oct. 2002
bullet Engineering Manager, Parma Company, Parma, Idaho, June 1994 – Sept. 1998
bullet Scientific Aide, University of Idaho, Ag. Engineering Dept., April 1992 – May 1994
bullet Product Engineer, Logan Mfg. Co., Logan, UT, April 1989 – April 1992
bullet Ag. Development Coordinator/ Ag. Engr., WCIU Maldives Project, Aug. 1987 – Dec. 1988
bullet Project Engineer, Western Oil Tool & Co., Casper, WY, Jan. 1986 – June 1987
bullet Design Engineer, Double ‘L’ Mfg. Co., American Falls, Idaho May 1983 – Sept. 1985


Recent Consulting:

bullet Forensic Consulting for Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo, & Walker, Dozer Accident, 2007.
bullet Forensic Consulting for W. Anderson Forsythe, Billings, Montana, Dynamometer  Accident, 2007

·        Design and Analysis of Construction Water Tanks and 40 ton Dump Wagons for Miskin Scraper Works, Ucon, Idaho, 2005 - 2008.

bullet Design of Control Systems and Hydraulic Circuits as well as machinery structural FEA analysis for TowHaul, Belgrade, Montana, 2007-2008.


bullet P.E., State of Idaho, 1996
bullet P.E., State of Montana, 2006

Memberships and Affiliations:

bullet ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
bullet ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
bullet SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
bullet NFPA (National Fluid Power Association)

Publications and Patents:

bulletU.S. Patent #20060163258   Fisher, Keith B. and Miskin, Mark R.,”Methods of Tank Construction”.  July 27, 2006.
bulletFisher, K.B., Peterson, C.L., Shropshire, G.J., and Dowding, E.A.:  “A Spatially Variable Liquid Fertilizer Applicator For Wheat”, #93-1074, ASAE 1993 International Summer Meeting, Spokane, WA, June 1993.
bulletPeterson, C.L., He, Bin, Shropshire, G. J., and Fisher, K, B.:  “A Spatially Variable Management System for the Application of Fertilizer for the Production of Winter Wheat in the Palouse”, #932423, SAE 1993 Int’l. Off-Highway & Powerplant Congress & Exposition, Milwaukee, WI, Sept. 1993.
bulletShropshire, G. J., Peterson, C.L., Fisher, K.B.:  “Field Experience With Differential GPS”, #93-1073, ASAE 1993 International Summer Meeting, Spokane, WA, June 1993.
bullet Cook, K., Larson, R., Fisher, K., Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum Enhancement: A Process Review of Program Level Change”, Proceedings of the 2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2007.
bulletFisher, K., Cook, K.,  Improving Learning of Engineering Graphics from a through a Combination of Techniques,” Proceedings of the 2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2007.