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Mark Olles

Associate Professor

Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology

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Mark Olles

Associate Professor

Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology


AAS, Monroe Community College; BS, Rochester Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Tennessee


Dr. Olles received an A.A.S in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Monroe Community College, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from RIT and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee focusing in propulsion. After graduation, he returned to RIT as a postdoctoral researcher in the bio-device laboratory in KGCOE. He was an Adjunct Lecturer at MCC and RIT followed by Clinical Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before returning to RIT in 2012 in his current role.

Olles’ research programs involve undergraduate and graduate students and span two primary focus areas: biomechanics and energetics with emphasis on highly engineered structural materials and additive manufacturing. His biomechanics research pairs undergraduate and graduate students with medical residents; the highly cross disciplinary collaborative work has been presented at national conferences and has appeared in clinically relevant surgical journals. His energetics work is funded through the Department of Defense and supports undergraduate and graduate students in conjunction with KGCOE. The energetics research program is recognized as being a pioneer in multiple areas and achieved milestones that are of critical importance to the Army. This work is disseminated through DoD controlled venues such as JANNAF conferences and journals as well as The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) in which five countries collaborate in defense scientific and technical information exchange. He is currently working on three collaborative projects funded and supported by grants and contracts from the Department of Defense and the US Army. This funding not only supports student researcher salaries but allows him to continue to be on the forefront of his fields of study ensuring he is a more effective educator in the classroom. 

Dr. Olles is very student centered, encouraging and enabling undergraduate students to engage in NASA student competitions, traveling with his teams to historic NASA Johnson’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory for three years in a row. He is the RIT AIAA student chapter advisor and the RIT BAJA team co-advisor. Community involvement is important to him and he is currently leading a team of three undergraduate students in conjunction with a veterinarian at the Seneca Park Zoo to create a tiger enrichment device.


Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Canham, Colin D., et al. "Distal Radioulnar Joint Reaction Force Following Ulnar Shortening: Diaphyseal Osteotomy Versus Wafer Resection." The Journal of Hand Surgery 40. 11 (2015): 2206-2212. Web.
Canham, Colin D., et al. "A Nondestructive, Reproducible Method of Measuring Joint Reaction Force at the Distal Radioulnar Joint." The Journal of Hand Surgery 40. 6 (2015): 1138—1144. Web.
Cheng, Shanbao, et al. "Optimization of a Hybrid Magnetic Bearing for a Magnetically Levitated Blood Pump via 3-D FEA." Mechatronics 21. 7 (2011): 1163-1169. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Canham, Colin D., et al. "Distal Radioulnar Joint Reaction Force After Ulnar Shortening: Diaphyseal Osteotomy vs Wafer Resection." 2015 AAHS Annual Meeting. American Association for Hand Surgery. Paradise Island, Bahamas. 21-24 Jan. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Maqsoodi, Noorullah, et al. "Joint Reaction Forces in the Distal Radioulnar Joint (DRUJ) Pre and Post Osteotomy." 19th Annual McNair Research Conference. Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Niagara Falls, NY. 11-13 Jul. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Maqsoodi, Noorullah, et al. "Distal Radio-Ulnar Joint Reactive Force as a Result of Ulnar Impaction Syndrome Osteotomies." Undergraduate Research Symposium 2013. RIT. Rochester, NY. 2 Aug. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Maqsoodi, Noorullah, et al. "Measurement of Joint Reaction Forces in the Distal Radio-Ulnar Joint." 40th Annual Fall Scientific Paper Session of the Rochester Academy of Science. Rochester Academy of Science. Rochester, NY. 9 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
Students will rigorously develop their thesis research ideas, conduct literature reviews, identify and plan methodologies, prepare schedules, and gain a clear understanding of the expectations of the faculty and the discipline. Each student will be required to prepare a committee approved thesis research proposal and may begin work on their thesis.
1 - 3 Credits
This course allows an upper-class mechanical engineering technology student the opportunity to independently investigate, under faculty supervision, aspects of the mechanical engineering field. Proposals for an independent study must be approved by the sponsoring faculty and the MMET department chair. Students are limited to a maximum of three semester credit hours of independent study projects and two sections in any semester, and a maximum of six semester credit hours of independent study used to fulfill degree requirements.
3 Credits
This course provides the MMSI graduate students an opportunity to complete their degree requirements by addressing a practical real-world challenge using the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their studies. This course is not only the culmination of a student's course work but also an indicator of the student's ability to use diverse knowledge to provide a tangible solution to a problem. The capstone project topic can be in the areas of product development, manufacturing automation, management system, quality management or electronics packaging. The course requires a comprehensive project report and a final presentation.
3 Credits
The MMSI thesis is based on thorough literature review and experimental substantiation of a problem, by the candidate, in an appropriate topic. A written proposal has to be defended and authorized by the faculty adviser/committee. The proposal defense is followed by experimental work, a formal written thesis, and oral presentation of findings. The candidate should have completed the requisite courses for the program before enrolling for the thesis.
3 Credits
Principles of engineering dynamics and the solution of practical engineering problems using engineering dynamics are studied. The dynamic analysis of particles and rigid bodies are performed using the three fundamental analytical methods. These include Force-Acceleration, Work-Energy, and Impulse-Momentum methods. An emphasis is placed on the application of these methods to the solution of real engineering problems. In addition, this course introduces the study of vibration in a mass, spring, and damper system. Students will evaluate real problems experimentally, analytically and through computer simulation.

In the News

  • April 23, 2019

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    Packaging solutions improve product shelf life and sustainability

    Images of plastic bags and bottles clogging beaches and oceans have some calling for a ban on all such products. But packaging experts say it’s not that easy to eliminate a highly effective material. Instead, researchers at RIT are looking to strike a balance: Find a way to produce plastics that retain their best qualities and yet are more environmentally friendly.