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Steve Tarrant, M.S., P.E. 

Assistant Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering 
Department of General Engineering
1300 West Park Street
S&E 310
Phone: 406-496-4738
E-mail: starrant@mtech.edu

Biography: 

(George) Steve Tarrant received a B.S. degree in music from the University of Wyoming in 1978. After beginning graduate school in music at Indiana University, he worked for several years and then went back to school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. While working full-time as an engineer, he completed his M.S. in Engineering Science at Penn State in 2000. He continued working as an engineer until 2014, when he began teaching full-time at Montana Tech.


Steve began his engineering career with Morton Thiokol at Promontory, Utah, where he helped design several military solid rocket motors and worked on the redesign and re-certification of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) after the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in 1986. Since then, he has worked for a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) contractor in Arlington, Virginia, the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania, a high-vacuum electric furnace manufacturer in Rancocas, New Jersey, a centrifuge manufacturer in Warminster, Pennsylvania, and MSE Technology Applications in Butte, Montana. At MSE, he designed, tested, and oversaw the ultra-high pressure portions (20,000 atmospheres) of a hypersonic wind tunnel technology demonstration facility, as well as completing the conceptual design of a full-scale hypersonic wind tunnel. As part of the demonstration facility testing, he successfully designed and tested a pressure vessel gland seal with a 2.75-inch diameter bore, the largest of its kind at a pressure of over 200,000 psi.


During his engineering career, Steve has used ANSYS extensively, as well as SDRC Ideas, VacTran, Algor, AutoCAD, Solidworks, Flotran (CFD), and MSC EMAS (electromagnetic finite element software). He has experience with structures, fluid systems, cooling and heating applications, electromagnetic furnaces, electron beam equipment, solid fuel rocket propellant castings, and a variety of applicatons requiring specialized materials.


Steve is a a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has been a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania since 1994. In the past, Steve has been a member of the American Society of Materials (ASM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Society of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineers (AIAA).
Steve has been teaching at Montana Tech since 2011, first as a part-time Adjunct Professor, and full-time since 2014.

Courses Taught 

EMEC 215 Introduction to Modeling for Mechanical Engineers
EGEN 318 Computer Applications for Engineers
EMEC 455 Mechanical Component Design
EMEC 491 Machine Design II
EGEN 335 Fluid Mechanics
EGEN 305 Mechanics of Materials
EMEC 326 Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
MUSI 101 The Enjoyment of Music

Selected Publications:

Tarrant, G. S., Design and Analysis of a Fully Articulated Winged Yacht Rudder, M.S. Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley Campus, Malvern, PA, August, 2000.

Tarrant, G. S., Lofftus, D., Pusich-Lester, J., Tourikis, J., Simmons, G., Liu, C.T., Easton, D.S., Schneibel, J., and Felderman, J., “Radiatively Driven Hypersonic Wind Tunnel/ Magnetohydrodynamics Accelerator Research into Advanced Hypersonics (RDHWT/MARIAH II) Ultrahigh-Pressure Technology and Nozzle Survivability Experiments Review,” AIAA-2004-2483, 24th AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference, Portland, OR.