MET Department


Contact Information:

Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Southern Polytechnic State University, 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA, 30060-2896


Phone: 770-842-3357 678-915-7311

Office Room:  Q228, Q217, Q127

Web address:   

“Engineers today, like Galileo three and a half centuries ago, are not superhuman. They make mistakes in their assumptions, in their calculations, in their conclusions. That they make mistakes is forgivable; that they catch them is imperative. Thus this is the essence of modern engineering not only to be able to check one’s own work, but also to have one’s work checked and to be able to check the work of others. In order for this to be done, the work must follow certain conventions, conform to certain standards, and be an understandable piece of technical communication.”

From: To Engineer is Human

The Role of Failure in Successful Design

(Henry Petroski)


Donald D. Horton P.E.

Associate Professor MET

·         Faculty Advisor for the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE)

·         P.E., Georgia

·         Professional Memberships in SME and GSPE.

·         M.S. ME, Michigan Tech Univ., 1972

·         B.S. ME, Michigan Tech Univ., 1970

·         Hired in 1985

·         Industrial Experience   12 years.

·         Teaching Experience 25 years

·         Specialty Areas: Mechanics, Manufacturing and CAM/CNC

·         Service: FE and PE Prep. Review and Tutoring

·         Service Tutoring for Stastics

·         Outside  Interests,  motorcycling, biking, sailing, Summers in Michigan




Courses Taught at SPSU:

·         Fluid Mechanics (MET3343)

·         Fluid Mechanics LAB (MET3344)

·         Manufacturing Lab II (MET2322)

·         Statics (ENGR 2214)

·         Dynamics of Machines (MET3123)

·         Tool Design (MET 3331)

·         Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer (MET 3400)

·         Thermodynamics (MET3401)

·         Engineering Graphics (EDG1210)

·         Numerical Control (MET4342)



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