Merle C. Potter holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Technological University, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Potter taught for 40 years, 33 of those years spent at Michigan State University, which he joined in 1965. He teaches thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and numerous other courses. He has authored and co-authored 35 textbooks, help books, and engineering exam review books. He has performed research in fluid flow stability and energy. Dr. Potter has received numerous awards, including the Ford Faculty Scholarship, Teacher-Scholar Award, ASME Centennial Award . and the MSU Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi, the ASEE, ASME, and American Academy of Mechanics.