Gary Nave

Teaching Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Gary Nave joins Mines Mechanical Engineering after postdoctoral appointments at CU Boulder and Northwestern University (remotely). He received his BS and PhD from Virginia Tech in the Engineering Mechanics program, focusing on nonlinear dynamical systems and fluid mechanics. These research experiences have included a variety of interesting interdisciplinary problems and experiences, studying topics including flying snakes, honeybees, and chronic pain in sickle cell disease, with a variety of computational, theoretical, and experimental approaches.

At Mines, Gary will be teaching robotics, dynamics, instrumentation, and more. He brings an enthusiastic approach to teaching that combines lectures and active learning strategies with a focus on building supportive and welcoming environments in the classroom.

Gary has a very loud laugh and will gladly talk to anyone about hiking, sports, music, or new topics that he knows nothing about. Gary’s partner, Amy, works in the Mines Trefny Center and they have a 1-year-old daughter and 15-pound dog who keep them both very busy. 



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  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech (2018)
  • B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech (2012)