Peter Lucon - Mechanical Engineering
Peter Lucon

Mechanical Engineering


Peter Lucon, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor
1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT 59701
S&E 312
Phone: 406-496-4886

Dr. Lucon received a B.S. degree from Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, in Mechanical Engineering in 2002, an M.S. degree from Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, MT, in General Engineering in 2004, and a Ph.D. degree from Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, in Mechanical Engineering in 2013.

He worked as a mechanical engineer at Resodyn Corporation, Butte, MT, from 2005 to 2009, where he developed models and control methodology for the sonic drilling process, developed lumped parameter mathematical models for the ResonantAcoustic® Mixers, and co-developed and verified a control scheme to find and track mechanical resonance of the ResonantAcoustic® Mixers. From 2009 to 2017 he served as a senior mechanical engineer at Resodyn Corporation, Butte, MT, and from 2011 to 2017 he was the Director of Technology and Processing for Resodyn Acoustic Mixers, Butte, MT. During his time at Resodyn Corporation, he was PI for $3.0M in Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants. He then accepted a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the General Engineering Department at Montana Tech, Butte, MT, in 2017 where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He has worked in the field of Resonant Systems and Technology since 2005. His research interests include utilizing resonance in new applications and incorporating resonance in existing applications.

Dr. Lucon is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), International Neural Networks Society (INNS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is a licensed professional engineer (MT/15543). He is also an Audi Club of North America member.

Research Interests

Dr. Lucon oversees the Montana Tech Resonant Technology Laboratory.

  • Resonance theory and design
  • Energy systems
  • Advanced materials
  • Advanced machine design
  • Advanced vibrations

Courses Taught

  • EGEN 305 Mechanics of Materials
  • EGEN 306 Mechanics of Materials Lab
  • EGEN 324 Applied Thermodynamics
  • EMEC 457 Kinematics

Selected Publications

9,099,074: Custom Tunable Acoustic Insulation, P.A. Lucon, M. Ivosevic, S.L. Coguill, and L.C. Farrar, (Filed 2010, Issued 2015)
8,905,624: Control of Vibratory/Oscillatory Mixers. H.W. Howe, P.A. Lucon, J.D. Thornton, and B.J. Seaholm (Filed 2009, Issued 2014)
8,925,648: Automatic Control of Oscillatory Penetration Apparatus, P.A. Lucon (Filed 2008, Issued 2015)
Lucon, P.A., 2013, “Resonance: The Science Behind the Art of Sonic Drilling”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Montana State University Scholar Works, 263 p.
Lucon, P.A., S.L. Coguill, and Z. R. Martineau, 2012, “Electrostatic Generation and Methods to Mitigate Electrostatic Discharge while using the ResonantAcoustic® Mixer.” IPS Seminar, Denver Colorado, Conference Proceeding.
D. Lamberto, P. Lucon, D.R. Nyquist, and J.E. Yarrington, 2011, “Investigation of Acoustic Dryer for API Processing”, AICHE Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Conference Proceedings, 120b.
A. Vanarase, J.G. Osorio, F.J. Muzzio, S.L. Coguill, and P. Lucon, 2010, “ResonantAcoustic® Mixing; Uniform Distribution of Minor Materials During Powder Mixing. JANNAF 36th Propellant and Explosives Development and Characterization Joint Subcommittee Meeting, Orlando FL.
Lucon, P.A., J. Yarrington, and L.C. Farrar, 2010, “Low-frequency Acoustic Mixing of Complex and Multiphase Systems”, Conference Proceedings, Mixing XXII, Victoria, BC Canada
W. Lattin, R. Arbon, J. Bickley, and P. Lucon, 2010, “Acoustic Mixing and Treatment of Organic Waste: Results of Proof of Principle -10168, WM2010 Conference, Phoenix, AZ., Conference Proceeding.
Lucon, P.A., 2008, “DOE/ER/84618-1 Final Report”, DOE SBIR Phase I Final Technical Report for A Heliportable Sonic Drilling Platform for Microhole Drilling and Exploration. 
Lucon, P.A., and Donovan, R.P., 2007, An Artificial Neural Network Approach to Multiphase Continua Constitutive Modeling, Composites Part B: Engineering, v. 38, p. 817–823.
Lucon, P.A., Dr. Richard P. Donovan. 2004 “An Artificial Neural Network Approach to Multiphase Composite Constitutive Modeling.” Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Composites/Nana Engineering (ICCE-11), Hilton Head Island, SC.