John Irwin has presented published papers at the ASEE conferences in 2002 & 2006-09 in the Engineering Technology and Engineering Graphics Divisions. Irwin in 2006 joined the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University and presently is a tenured Associate Professor, MET and is also Coordinator of the MET program. He has a master’s degree in occupational education from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. Irwin has also been a Program Manager for a NSF grant awarded in the ATE program area from 2002-2006. He is experienced in industry as well as the teaching profession with a career spanning five years in engineering design, several years part time consulting in industry, and 24 total years of teaching first high school, then community college and presently university-level courses in the engineering technology subject area. Irwin has a research focus on evaluation of teaching and learning in the area of computer aided design, analysis, and manufacturing subjects introduced in the STEM related courses in K-16 educational levels. From 2009-2010, Irwin served as PI for a Michigan Department of Education Title II Improving Teacher Quality grant targeting grade 5-12 physics and chemistry teachers’ use of inquiry learning and technology.
Paul Sanders earned his B.S. in metallurgical and materials engineering from Michigan Technological University and his Ph.D. in materials science from Northwestern University. His Ph.D. research was on the processing, structure, and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline palladium and copper. He postdoc’d at Argonne National Laboratory and Harvard University using lasers for solidification processing and material characterization. He then worked for 10 years on chassis materials (brake rotors and wheels) in Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company. During that time, he also worked at Jaguar Land Rover as a Six Sigma Blackbelt. For the last three years, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Technological University. His Solidification Theory and Practice research team designs metallic alloys and processing for energy applications such as lightweight aluminum alloys for power train components, anisotropic gasarite structures for energy absorption, and high toughness ductile iron for wind turbine hubs and bedplates. He also advises the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise, a student-run engineering organization that executes industry-driven development projects.
Scott Wagner is an Assistant Professor in the MET Program in the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich., and a master’s degree in manufacturing operations from Kettering University, Flint, Mich. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich., in mechanical engineering, engineering mechanics.