'Metals through History'

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An associate professor of engineering at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus discovered that necessity is the mother of invention when he wrote his latest book, “Metals through History.”

When David Meredith found out that the textbook he used for his STS 150/Out of the Fiery Furnace class was out of print, he decided to take matters into his own hands and write the textbook which became “Metals through History.”

Originally only available in e-book format, the recent physical publication of the book has allowed it to become part of his class.

The goal for “Metals through History” was to write a textbook his students would find appealing but also covers a variety of topics including 33 metals that are organized chronologically by order of discovery.

According to a release from the campus, “Its 250 pages are interspersed with anecdotes, such as how a silver mine funded the Greek renaissance, how coper provided Samuel Morse with the means to invent the telegraph, and how priests would routinely give mercury miners last rites before they ever began working in those very dangerous tunnels.”

This book marks the second for Meredith who previously wrote “Heating and Cooling Fundamentals” which focused on calculating the thermal load of air conditioning systems.

Meredith has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University and an M.S. in Energy Conversion from Colorado State University.

Before he entered graduate school he was employed by Procter & Gamble to work on various projects in both thermal systems design and pollution-control engineering.

He has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 1979.

He is also very involved with several K-12 STEM activities and has volunteered for regional MathCOUNTS competitions for junior high students and chaired the regional JETS/TEAMS competition for high school students.

Meredith and his wife Linda are residents of Uniontown and have two sons.

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