Oscar Barton, Jr.


Professor and Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University


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Email:  obarton2@gmu.edu
Phone:  703-993- 4160
Address:  George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 4A3
1857 Nguyen Engineering Building   


Dr. Barton is actively involved in curriculum development and program assessment. He is the past chair of ASME Committee on Engineering Accreditation and served as a member of ASME Mechanical Engineering Department Head Executive Committee (MEDHEC). He currently serves as the Division Chair of ASEE Military and Veterans Constituent Committee, is a Commissioner for Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., and has been a program evaluator for six years before joining the commission. Barton holds a Professional Engineering (PE) license in the state of Maryland.


Howard University
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
1987 – 1993

Howard University
M.S  Mechanical Engineering
1985 – 1987

Tuskegee University
BSC Mechanical Engineering
1979 – 1984



Professor and Department Chair
George Mason University
Jul 2014 – Present

Professor and Chairman
United States Naval Academy
May 2010 – Jul 2014
Annapolis, MD

United States Naval Academy
Aug 2008 – May 2010

Associate Professor
United States Naval Academy
Aug 1999 – Aug 2008

Assistant Professor
United States Naval Academy
Aug 1993 – Aug 1999


I. In collaboration with department faculty, manages all elements of the department curriculum, ensuring curricula are well managed and institutional objectives are satisfied.

2. Oversees and coordinates military and civilian anpower requirements and administration for the department to include tenure line and adjunct faculty hiring, performance appraisal, officer fitness reports, award recommendations, etc.

3. Coordinates interdisciplinary majors programs and professional courses with other Department Chairs.

4. Ensures personnel, equipment, material, and space resources are effectively used within the department.

5. Evaluates departmental faculty annually.

6. Maintains an environment conducive to midshipman learning, pedagogical improvements, and scholarly activity.

7. Prepares and submits nominations for faculty, staff and midshipmen deserving of special recognition.

8. Oversees leadership and management of all departmental personnel.

9. Oversees the process of departmental recommendations for the subsequent chair.

10. Maintains teaching and research! scholarship responsibilities in the department, albeit with a
reduced workload.

11. Other duties as assigned by the Division Director.

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Barton, Jr., O. “Approximate Method for Buckling Of Symmetric Composite Laminates under Thermal Loading.” Journal of Thermoplastic Composites, 2008
  • Barton, Jr., O. “Buckling of Simply-Supported Rectangular Plates Under Combined Bending and Compression Using Eigensensitvity Analysis.” Journal of Thin Wall Structures Volume 46. No. 6(2008): 435- 441.
  • Barton, Jr., O. “Eigensensitivity Analysis of Moisture-Related Buckling of Marine Composite Panels.” Ocean Engineering Volume 34. No 11-12 (2007): 1543-1551.
  • Barton, Jr., O. and Mouring, S. “On the Moisture-Related Buckling of Marine Composite Panels using Approximate Analysis.” Ocean Engineering Volume 34. No 11-12 (2007): 1778-1780.
  • Whitworth, H, Otheino, M, Barton, Jr., O. “Failure Analysis of Composite Pin-Loaded Joints.” Composite Structures. Volume 59 (2003): 347-365.


  • Letter of Commendation from Superintendent, 2006
  • Navy Meritorious Commendation, 2006
  • Letter of Appreciation, Director of Engineering and Weapons


Courses Taught

Spring 2016

  • ME 231 – Dynamics

Spring 2015

  • ME 231 – Dynamics

Fall 2014

  • ME 211 – Statics

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