Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Dr. David Alciatore

Professor Emeritus

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Alciatore is a Professional Engineer and an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU), where he has been since 1991. Dr. Dave, as his students know him, is a dedicated teacher and has received numerous awards for his contributions, including the university-wide Board of Governors “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.” His major research, consulting, and teaching interests include the physics and engineering of pool/billiards and bowling equipment; high-speed video motion analysis, modeling and simulation of dynamic systems, mechatronic system design, and engineering education. He is co-author of the textbook Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems and author of the book The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards and the instructional DVD series: “The Video Encyclopedia of” Pool Shots (VEPS) and Pool Practice (VEPP), How to Aim Pool Shots (HAPS), Billiard University (BU) instructional set, and High-speed Video Magic. He also writes a monthly column for Billiards Digest magazine dealing with the physics and engineering aspects of the game. Dr. Alciatore is Dean and co-founder of the Billiard University (BU), and was instrumental in developing the BU assessment tools, rating system, and instructional resources.


  • Ph.D. 1989, University of Texas at Austin—Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. 1987, University of Texas at Austin—Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S. 1986, University of New Orleans—Mechanical Engineering


Research Interests

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 – Golden Screw Award, CSU Engineering College Council
  • 2013,2010 – Best Professor Award, CSU College of Engineering Council
  • 2013 – Excellence in Education Award, Waterpik
  • 2007,2006,2005,2004 – Distinguished Lecturer, ASME
  • 2007 – Fellow, ASME