Steven Kirstukas

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Nicolaus Copernicus Hall 2350400

Phone: 860-832-1837



Central Connecticut State University, Department of Engineering               New Britain, Connecticut

August 2014 – present                   Associate Professor

August 2013 – present                   Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering Technology Program

August 2010 – July 2014                Assistant Professor

Teach various engineering courses ranging from introductory to advanced (four courses per semester). Serve on various committees and advise students for class selection. As part of the role of Coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program, maintain data on undergraduate enrollment and degree completion, and compile data for ABET self-study reports.


Iowa State University (Contractor)                                                                 Ames, Iowa

March 2009 – January 2013           Engineering Consultant

Expanded, enhanced, and debugged Iowa State University’s VE-Suite engineering decision-making application. VE-Suite is open-source software that runs on the Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows platforms and is a two-time winner of the R&D 100 Awards in the Software Category (2006 & 2009). Accomplishments included the design and implementation of an interface with in-progress Simulink models, the development of a Tecplot-to-VTK translator, the creation of a package for easy end-user installation on Mac OS X, and web page documentation for developers detailing the build and install process.


Sauer-Danfoss (now known as Danfoss Power Solutions)                                Ames, Iowa

June 2005 – February 2009            Product Engineer

Provided engineering design support, including design reviews and design FMEA, for the Series 45 open circuit hydraulic pumps used by major mobile equipment manufacturers. Resolved issues arising from customer complaints by studying faulty hardware, designing experimental tests to reproduce customer conditions, determining root cause, and implementing design changes. Served as liaison to manufacturing team. Created software to reproducibly analyze test data. Initiated work that led to a new global specification regarding cleanliness requirements.


Iowa State University, Mechanical Engineering Department                            Ames, Iowa

November 2001 – June 2005         Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Served on development team for VE-Suite, an open-source data visualization software package for use in a virtual environment. Customized and installed VE-Suite on-site at Deere, General Motors, and the Idaho National Engineering Lab. Developed translator code for converting many CFD and FEA file formats to VTK format, including those of STAR-CD, Fluent, and ANSYS. Also, researched solving differential equations using a variety of genetic programming techniques.


Engineering Animation, Inc. (now part of Siemens), Translator Group         Ames, Iowa

September 2000 – October 2001    Software Developer

Enhanced, debugged, maintained, built, and documented software to translate CATIA CAD data into the JT file format. Software users are the worldwide manufacturing community including Daimler-Chrysler, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Fiat, Honda, and Hyundai.


The National University of Health Sciences, Research Department     Lombard, Illinois

(Formerly, The National College of Chiropractic)

March 1998 – September 2000      Assistant Professor

May 1995 – March 1998                Instructor

Awarded federal grant support to develop a laboratory and conduct tests to measure the forces transmitted during manual therapy. Designed experimental apparatus and wrote software to reduce collected data, and performed statistical analysis. Coordinated a team-taught 15-week course in biomechanics.


Hennepin County Medical Center, Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab             Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 1993 – May 1995          Assistant Scientist

Provided design expertise and wrote software code to transform a prototype relative-motion measurement device into a marketable technology licensed by the University of Minnesota. Modified a custom electro-mechanical dynamic simulation machine to better replicate the human gait cycle. Evaluated various prosthesis components through in vitro testing of human knees.


University of Minnesota, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery     Minneapolis, Minnesota

June 1986 – June 1993                   Research Assistant

Designed experimental hardware and test methodology for knee and spine motion segments. Developed software for various computer systems to gather, process, and analyze data.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Operations Division                   New Orleans, Louisiana

May 1984 – August 1985                Civil Engineer GS-11

May 1983 – May 1984                     Civil Engineer GS-9

November 1982 – May 1983            Civil Engineer GS-7

Liaison between corps engineers and levee boards in the evaluation process for proposed construction work in the vicinity of the Mississippi River levee system.