Moraine Valley Community College || Computer Integrated Technologies || Faculty


Chuck BalesChuck Bales

Program Coordinator, Mechanical Design and Drafting/CAD Program, Associate Professor, Mechanical Drafting and Design/CAD
Telephone: (708) 974-5401
Office: T401
M.S., University of Florida Area of Concentration: High-speed unmanned machining and dynamic simulation
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida

Projects: Contributing member in the following government-funded educational projects:

  • Capturing the Next Step in 3D: From 3D Modeling to 3D Parametrics (#0202256)
  • Rapid Prototyping Laboratory Improvement for Interdepartmental Access and Program Partner Education (#9851314)
  • Machine Tool Advanced Skills Technology Educational Resources Program (#9553716)
  • Machine tool Advanced Skills Technology Program (#V199J40008)


  • Men's soccer coach at Moraine Valley since 1998
  • Assistant coach at Moraine Valley 1994-1997
  • National Soccer Coaches Assoc. of America National Coaching Diploma
  • Certified Periodization Planning Specialist (Tudor Bompa Training systems)
  • Region IV Coach of the Year 2000
  • Skyway Conference Coach of the Year 2000
  • NJCAA Region IV men's soccer representative

Teaching Interests: Mechanical design for production, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing

Publications: Dynamic Characteristics and Modal Analysis of Thin-Walled Structures, Masters thesis, Univ. of Florida, 1993

Rich LapidasRich Lapidas

Professor, 3D Animation
Autodesk Certified Trainer, 3ds Max
Mechanical Design Drafting/CAD

Telephone: (708) 974-5629
Office: T910

M.F.A., Governors State University
B.F.A., Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Awards: Discreet 3ds Max Certified Trainer 2003

Richard has been working with 3D Studio since the original DOS version. Before moving back to Chicago in 1998, he worked as the lead animation instructor at the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale. He also taught at Keiser College, Palm Beach Community College and started the SE Florida 3D Studio Users group. In Chicago, he has taught classes at the International Academy of Merchandising & Design, Consulting For Architects, Westwood College and Moraine Valley Community College. Plans are in the works to start the Chicago Loop Group again. He produces numerous forensic and game animations through his company, VirtualONE, Inc. As a freelance animator, he has animated everything from environmental impact simulations to fiber optic transmission of data. Each animation was unique with its one set of problems to solve. As an instructor, he likes to emphasize the problem-solving approach. Currently he is involved with an NSF Grant to teach high school instructors Design Visualization via the web.

Maria VlamakisMaria Vlamakis

Professor, Mechanical Design Drafting/CAD
Women in Technology Mentoring Group Ask a Student/Mentor
Telephone: (708) 608-4304
Office Location: T401

M.S.M.E., University of Illinois at Chicago Area of Concentration: Stress and Vibration Analysis
B.S.M.E., M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago Area of Concentration: Applied Mechanics

Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation I.L.I. grant on Rapid Prototyping
Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation A.T.E. grant on 3D Parametric Modeling

U.S. State Patents Numbers: 4,997,074 and 4,856,635
Assignee and Borg Warner Automotive, Inc.