Potter graduated with honors from MTU in 1958 with a B.S.
degree in Mechanical Engineering and continued his education
in Engineering Mechanics earning an M.S. degree from MTU in
1961. He continued his graduate education at the University
of Michigan and earned a second M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering
in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics in 1965. Merle
began his teaching career at Michigan Tech as an Instructor
in 1958. While pursuing his graduate degrees from the University
of Michigan he held the positions of Teaching Fellow and Instructor.
Merle began an over thirty year career with Michigan State
University in 1965 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted
to Associate Professor in 1969 and became a full Professor
in 1971. Merle retired and was given the title of Professor
Emeritus in 1994 and assisted the university as a Visiting
Professor until 1998. For over forty years Merle has had a
significant influence on the engineering profession both as
a professor and an author. He has written and co- authored
many books on Fluid Mechanics, Mathematical Methods, Thermodynamics,
Differential Equations and Review Guides for the GRE, GMAT,
Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering exams.
Merle has published nearly twenty archived journal papers,
was the advisor for fourteen Ph.D. students and was the recipient
of several. NSF grants to support his research efforts. Merle
was a member of Tau Beta Pi and ASME while a student at MTU.
He has also participated in Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi,
Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi, ASEE, AAM and was an active member
of many major MSU committees. Merle has been honored with
the Ford Faculty Scholarship in l961, the Teacher Scholar
Award in 1969, and the ASME Centennial Award in 1980.