Penn State Harrisburg

Richard C. Ciocci, Ph.D., P.E.

· Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Science, Engineering, and Technology


Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Pennsylvania


  • Penn State Harrisburg Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011
  • Penn State Harrisburg Faculty Advising Award in 2009
  • American Society for Engineering Education - Environmental Engineering Division - Early Career Grant 2006
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award Winner in 1992
  • Outstanding Young Men in America in 1987
  • Federal Department of Energy Achievement Award for timely support of initial build of new detonator design at Monsanto Research Corporation in 1983

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; currently serve the Technology & Society Division as Past Chair, also serve on the ASME Publications Committee
  • Member of the American Society for Engineering Education

Prior experience

  • 1985 - 2002 Professor of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA
  • 1984 - 1985 Manufacturing Engineer AMP, INC , Harrisburg, PA
  • 1978- 1984 Senior Project Engineer/Manufacturing Engineer Monsanto Research Corporation, Miamisburg, OH

Research Interests

  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Advanced manufacturing and design
  • Design for environment
  • Lead-free solder in electronics manufacturing
  • Material flow analysis

Courses Taught

  • ENGR 320Y Design for Global Society
  • ENGMT 511 Engineering for Energy and the Environment
  • E MCH 211 Statics
  • E MCH 212 Dynamics
  • ENVE 430 Sustainable Engineering
  • M E 448 Engineering Design Concepts
  • M E 449 Engineering Design Projects
  • M E 468 Engineering for Manufacturing
  • MET 481 Project Design

Publications and Research

  • Nie, L., M. Pecht, and R. Ciocci, “Regulations and Market Trends in Lead-free and Halogen-free Electronics,” Circuit World, Vol. 33, No. 2, 4-9, 2007.
  • Ciocci, R. and M. Pecht, “Learning from the Migration to Lead-free Solder,” Soldering and Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 18, No. 3, 14-18, 2006.
  • Ciocci, R., “Characterizing Sustainable Mechanical Engineering,” the Technology Interface, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2006, Available: 
  • Ciocci, R. and M. Pecht, “Impact of Environmental Regulations on Green Electronics Manufacture,” Microelectronics International, Vol. 23, No. 2, 45-50, 2006.
  • Ciocci, R., D. Cottrell, and P. Idowu, “Engineering Technology Graduates Keep Pace with their Engineering Colleagues to Succeed in a Master of Engineering Program,” Journal of Engineering Technology, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 46-51, Fall 2005.
  • Ciocci, R. and M. Pecht, “Questions Concerning the Migration to Lead-free Solder,” Circuit World, Vol. 30, No. 2, 34-40, 2004.
  • Ciocci, R., “Handling the Migration to Lead Free,” IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, Vol. 24, No. 3, 536-538, September 2001.
  • Ciocci, R., “Assessment of Environmental Equity: Results of an Engineering Service-Learning Project,” Projects that Matter: Concepts and Models in Service-Learning for Engineering, E. Tsang, ed., American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC, pp. 161-166, 2000.