Alley   Butler

Professor  

Office: EASFC 1.316B
Phone: (956) 665-2534
Email: alley.butler@utrgv.edu

Dr. Alley Butler

  • Areas of Expertise

    • shipbuilding and naval systems, application of virtual environments, CAD/E, modeling of mechanical systems, reliability of mechanical systems, design theory and methodology, concurrent engineering (integration of business issues into design/manufacture), process manufacturing (especially pulp and paper), fuzzy sets/logic, neural networks, AI, expert systems, design optimization, cost accounting, systems engineering, and engineering economics.
  • Education

    • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1992
    • MSME, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1988
    • MBA, Accounting, University of South Alabama, 1984
    • BME, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1973
  • Currently Teaching

    MANE 6304 01R - Industrial Cost Analysis:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MANE 6352 01R - Simulation Manuf Systems:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MANE 7301 01 - Thesis II:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Kurt Satter and Alley Butler. "“Competitive Usability Analysis of Immersive Virtual Environments in Engineering Design Review”," ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 15, no. 3 (September 2015): 31001-31013.

  • Alley Butler, Richard Fowler, and Mark Winkle. “Final Report for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Immersive Interfaces for Combat Training”. Final Report for ARO Grant W911WF-11-1-0126, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2015.

  • Benito Gonzalez and Alley Butler. "“Benefits of Implementing Automated Costing in a Small Machine Shop: A Case Study”," Industrial and Systems Engineering Review (ISER) 1, no. 2 (2013): 132-143.

  • Kurt Satter and Alley Butler. "“Finding the Value of Immersive Virtual Environments using Competitive Usability Analysis”," ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 12, no. 2 (June 2012): 024504-1 to 024504-6.

  • Alley Butler, Edward Williams, Constantine Sterpu, and Arthur Butz. “Integrated Actuator – Rudder System for LCAC”. “Integrated Actuator – Rudder System for LCAC”, February 2007.

  • Alley Butler, Kurt Satter, Ed Williams, and Steve Attaya. “Navy-Industry Networks of Virtual Environments for Shipbuilding”. Final Report to the Gulf Coast Region Maritime Technology Center, University of New Orleans as Research Project No. 27441, July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2005.

  • Alley Butler, Bradley Bell, Bruce Brailsford, Thomas Weiss, Kurt Satter, Douglas Meffert, and Kieth Wismar. “Virtual Reality Enhancements for New Orleans Area Universities”. Final Report to the State of Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund for contract LEQSF (2004-05)-ENH-TR-102", June 2005.

  • Alley Butler. “Thermal Modeling, A Shipbuilding, Cost, and Reliability Perspective”. Final Report to ONR, for ONR Grant N00014-04-1-0731, May 2005.

  • Alley Butler, Hollee Buckman, Edward Payne, Edward Williams, and Steve Attaya. “Improving Shipyard Assembly”. Final Report to the Gulf Coast Region Maritime Technology Center, University of New Orleans Research Project No. 27410, ONR Cooperative Agreement No. N00014-98-2-0010, May 2005.

  • Alley Butler, Moni Islam, and Marshall Molen. “Integrated Structural Building Blocks (ISBB), An Initial Investigation”. Final Project Report, ONR Grant N00014-03-10892, February 2005.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Alley Butler. “Virtual Reality Applications in Maritime and Port Security”, Department of Homeland Security, $38,199.44 (June 5, 2017 - August 11, 2017)

  • Alley Butler. "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Immersive Interfaces for Combat Training", Army Research Office, $513,646.00 (April 11, 2011 - April 10, 2015)

  • Alley Butler. Donation of SEER for Manufacturing Software by Galorath, Inc., Galorath, Inc., $9,995.00 (December 2, 2011 - December 1, 2012)

  • Alley Butler. Educational Partnership Agreement, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI, $70,000.00 (June 2007 - June 2012)

  • Alley Butler. Summer Faculty Research Program, Office of Naval Research, $18,209.99 (June 2, 2008 - August 8, 2008)

  • Alley Butler. Self Contained Actuation Systems, Office of Naval Research, STTR Program, $225,000.00 (February 1, 2005 - December 31, 2006)

  • Alley Butler. “Integrated Shipbuilding Environment, Year Number 3 and 4”, Office of Naval Research, National Shipbuilding Research Program, $30,000.00 (October 1, 2003 - January 31, 2006)

  • Alley Butler. “Navy-Industry Applications of Virtual Environments for Shipbuilding,”, Office of Naval Research, MANTECH Program, $110,000.00 (August 1, 2004 - July 31, 2005)

  • Alley Butler. “Virtual Reality Enhancement for New Orleans Area Universities,”, State of Louisiana, Board of Regents Support Fund, $27,589.00 (August 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005)

  • Alley Butler. “Thermal Modeling, a Shipbuilding, Cost, and Reliability Perspective,”, Office of Naval Research, $25,000.00 (July 1, 2004 - May 31, 2005)



Selected Presentations


  • Douglas Timmer and Alley Butler. "“Methods and madness in on-line instruction” ," Presentation to the Champions for On-line Learning Group, Center for Learning, Teaching, and Technology, University of Texas-Pan American, Center for Online Learning Teaching and Technology, University of Texas-Pan American (November 2007)

  • Alley Butler, Jessica Sanchez, and Jorge Garza. "“Using video to incorporate humor, fun and humanize the online experience”," Presentation to New Faculty, Center for Learning, Teaching, and Technology, University of Texas-Pan American, Center for Online Learning Teaching and Technology, University of Texas-Pan American (October 2007)

  • Alley Butler, Edward Williams, Constantine Sterpu, Al Johnson, and Tom Shivers. "“Design of Near Zero Maintenance Naval Systems"," ShipTech 2006 Conference, Office of Naval Research, MANTECH Program, Panama City, FL (January 2006)

  • Alley Butler. "“Development of a Business Case for the Integrated Shipbuilding Environment”," ShipTech 2005 Conference, Office of Naval Research, MANTECH Program, Biloxi, MS (March 2005)

  • Alley Butler, Edward Williams, and Kurt Satter. "“Development of Virtual Environments at GCRMTC for Shipbuilding,”," ShipTech 2005 Conference, Office of Naval Research, MANTECH Program, Biloxi, MS (March 2005)

  • Alley Butler and Edward Payne. "“Modeling of Ship Assembly using Intelligent Systems Methods”," ShipTech 2005 Conference, Office of Naval Research, MANTECH Program, Biloxi, MS (March 2005)

  • Alley Butler and Edward Williams. "“Visualizing Results for ISBB and Technical Analysis”," ONR Workshop on Integrated Building Blocks, Office of Naval Research, University of New Orleans (February 2005)

  • Alley Butler and Kay Smith. "“A Census of Bulkheads and Bulkhead Penetrations”," ONR Workshop on Integrated Building Blocks, Office of Naval Research, University of New Orleans (February 2005)

  • Alley Butler and Constantine Sterpu. "“An Examination of Thermal Conditioning and Management"," ONR Workshop on Integrated Building Blocks, Office of Naval Research, University of New Orleans (February 2005)

  • Alley Butler. "“Survey of Uncertainty Based Intelligence Techniques”," Workshop on Information and Systems Technology, Tulane University, Driscoll Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (December 2004)

Current Courses

MANE 6304 01R - Industrial Cost Analysis:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MANE 6352 01R - Simulation Manuf Systems:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MANE 7301 01 - Thesis II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses