Dr. John Tester
Dr. John T. Tester, Associate Professor; Dr. Tester has held
various positions in both commercial and military sectors as a mechanical engineer,
a manufacturing processes engineer, and a systems engineer. His experience and
education guide his research and teaching efforts in the areas of both design
and manufacturing processes, with the intent of improving the connection
between the two. His research interests include design for manufacturing, rapid
prototyping, injection molding, electronic assembly, and CAD/CAM
applications. Recently, he has been
integrating CAD/CAM tools into biological modeling investigations.
He was assigned to a sabbatical research position at the
National Renewable Research Laboratory’s ReFUEL (Renewable Fuels and
Lubricants) Facility from 8/09 to 4/10 in Denver, CO.
- PhD, Industrial & Systems Engineering,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, December 1999
- MS, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of
Technology, December 1990
- BS, Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee
Technological University, December 1984
- Northern Arizona University - Department of
Mechanical Engineering, 8/00-present. Associate Professor: Areas of research include design for
manufacturing (traditional and electronic), rapid prototyping, general
manufacturing processes, injection molding, and CAD/CAM applications.
- (2007-2009) Director of the “Design4Practice”
Engineering Undergraduate Design Curriculum. Developing and managing the shared
design courses for all CENS departments, particularly those in Engineering,
Biology, and the School of Business.
- Established and manages the Realization of Advanced
Products In Design Laboratory (RAPIDLab). Funded, installed and manages
prototyping equipment and related CAD/CAM/CAE software.
- Supervising staff and student personnel who work
in the Engineering Manufacturing Processes Laboratory and Engineering Shop (a
separate facility from the RAPIDLab).
- Adviser to the SAE student branch (2000 to
- Student competitions advised: AeroDesign, SAE Baja, Supermileage, Shell
Ecomarathon, AIAA/Air Force UAV.
- Adviser (2000-2002 & 2006-2009) to the ASME
- Student competitions advised: Human Powered Vehicle
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State
University, Industrial & Systems Engineering. 8/99-6/00.
- Visiting Professor: Taught classes in Industrial
Automation, Aerospace Manufacturing, Manufacturing Processes, and Deterministic
Operations Research. Created CAD/CAM models in support of 3-axis CNC projects
for the Aerospace Engineering department as well as for related manufacturing
classes. Guest lecturer for "Plastic Product Design" topics in the
Rapid Prototyping Mechanical Engineering course.
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State
University, Industrial & Systems Engineering. 8/95-8/99.
- Graduate Research Assistant/Instructor:
Supported the Systems Engineering Development Laboratory research projects. Conducted
electronic assembly manufacturing research. Taught Industrial Automation
- Amtech Systems Corporation (now Intermec, Inc.),
8/92-7/95 and summer 97.
- Mechanical Engineer:· Primary areas of expertise
included CAD, injection molding, finite element analysis (FEA), electronic
assembly and test analysis. · Designed packaging and enclosures for new radio
identification (RFID) systems. Managed transition-to-production of the newly
developed products. Designed, analyzed, scheduled and tested manufacturing
tooling for these products. Returned for summer of 1997 as contracted
Manufacturing Engineer to resolve ongoing MRP conflicts associated with the
introduction of new products.
- United States Air Force, Various locations,
- Captain (rank), Development Engineer.
- Hill Air Force Base (AFB), Utah. Conducted
projects to improve the manufacturing capabilities of the aircraft
refurbishment center. Projects included the redesign of F-16 parts for
injection molding manufacturing, improving the aircraft composites repair
facility capabilities, and upgrading the injection molding facility with new
machines and personnel training.
- Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Selected to the
Systems Engineering Graduate Program; conducted research in multi-disciplinary
modeling and simulation.
- Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Managed the logistical
testing of space satellite and ground support systems. Conducted test programs
primarily for evaluating the reliability and maintainability of the Global
Positioning System (GPS) deployment, Falcon Air Force Base certification, and
Space Defense Initiative (SDI) subprograms.
Courses usually taught
- Mechanical Design
- General Engineering Design
- Manufacturing & CAD/CAM
Honors, awards, and professional activities
- Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE)
International Faculty Adviser of the Year, 2009.
- University Educator of the Year, 2007, American
Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Pacific Southwest Division.
- Boeing Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow, Summer
- NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow, Summer 2004
- VPI&SU, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Pratt Fellowship awards, 1995-1999
- Peer reviewer for International Journal of
Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing
- design for manufacturing (traditional and electronic)
- rapid prototyping
- plastic product manufacturing
- general manufacturing processes
- CAD/CAM applications
- Tester, J., Awbry, D.; “Modeling a
multi-dimensional simulation platform,” (Invited presentation) MSC.Software
2009 Virtual Product Development Conference, Phoenix, AZ, April 21-22, 2009
- Urban, Jillian; Tester, John; “Using
two-dimensional edge detection to produce three-dimensional medical prototypes
from MRI data,” 25th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference 2009, Miami,
Florida, May 15-17, 2009.
- Denzine, G.; Hamann, J.; Marley, R.; Munoz, D.;
Plumb, C.; Porter, D.; Tester, J.; Wang, E.; “Perception of teaching excellence
by faculty and administrators in the Engineering Schools of the West”,
Frontiers In Education (FIE), October 18-21, 2009, San Antonio, TX.
- Tester, John T., “Management of a Large
Team-Design and Robotics-Oriented Sophomore Design Class,” Proceedings, 38th
ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, October, 2008, Saratoga Springs,
- Tester, John T.; Wood, Perry G., “Assessing the
Motivational Impact of Including Rapid Prototyping into a Freshman CAD Class,”
Work in Progress, ASEE Pacific Southwest Conference, April, 2007, Flagstaff,
- Tester, J., Hatfield, J., “Using an IR Network
in a Robotic Competition Class,” 36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education
Conference, October 28 – 31, 2006, San Diego, CA.
- Guo, Boyun; Holder, Donald W.; Tester, John T.;
“Two-Phase Oxidizing Flow in a Volatile Removal Assembly Reactor under
Microgravity Conditions,” American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
(AIAA) Journal, 2005.
- Tester, J., Haden, C., Hatfield, J.,
“Enhancement and Assessment of a Non-Traditional Engineering Design Course,”
ASEE 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition, Portland, OR, Jun 12-15 2005.
- Hatfield, J., Tester, J., “LEGO Plus,” ASEE 2005
Annual Conference and Exposition, Portland, OR, Jun 12-15 2005.
- Tester, J., Hatfield, J., “The Design4Practice
Sophomore Design Course: Adapting to a Changing Academic Environment,” ASEE
2005 Annual Conference and Exposition, Portland, OR, Jun 12-15 2005.
- John T. Tester, David Scott, Jerry, Hatfield,
Rand Decker, Fonda Swimmer; “Developing Recruitment and Retention Strategies
Through “Design4Practice” Curriculum Enhancements,” 34th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in
Education Conference, Savannah, GA, Oct. 2004.
- Hatfield, Jerry M.; Tester, John T., “Assessing
individual performance within a team using peer evaluations,” Proceedings, ASEE
2004 Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, Jun 20-23 2004.
- Tester, J., and Hargroder, T., “Reducing
Distortion in simulated injection-molded wind turbine blades,” ASME Wind Energy
Symposium Technical Papers AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno,
Nevada, Jan 5-8, 2004.
- Tester, J., and Hargroder, T., “Reducing Warp in
Injection-Molded Wind Turbine Blades through Simulation and Design of
Experiments,” American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Windpower 2003
Conference, Austin, Texas, 2003.
- Tester, J. T., “Adaptation of a Cutting Stock
Pattern Generation Algorithm to the PCB Panel Design Problem,” Proceedings of
the International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent
Manufacturing (FAIM’01), Ed: M. El-Baradie, T. Szecsi, W.G. Sullivan, M.M.
Ahmad, Dublin, July 16- 18, 2001.
- Tester, J. T., “Reducing electronic panel
assembly time via panel design selection,” International Journal of Flexible
Automation and Integrated Manufacturing, 7, Begell House, Inc., 1999, p. 47-66.
- Mitchiner, R. J. and Tester, J. T., “Introducing
Plastic Product Design into the Machine Design Curriculum,” 1998 American
Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Session 2566
Mechanical Engineering, Seattle, WA, June 1998.
- Tester, J. T., “The Need for Optimized Panel
Design in the Electronic Assembly Process,” Seventh International Conference on
Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM), Portland, OR, USA,
- Tester, J. T., “Industrial Engineering Research
and Automation in Electronic Product Manufacturing,” Sixth International
Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM),
Middlesbrough, England, June 1997
- Tester, J. T. and Robinson, D. G.,
“Multidisciplinary Design of a Space System,” IEEE International Conference on
Systems Engineering, Fairborn, Ohio, August 1991.
Professional and technical publications
- John T. Tester, “Observations and Comments from
the Boeing Welliver Faculty Summer Fellowship at Mesa,” submitted to The Boeing
Corporation, August 10, 2005.
- Hahn, Randall L.; Harter, Nathan W.;
Mastrangelo, Christina M.; Mobolurin, Ayodele O.; Onyebueke, Landon C.;
Petrick, Irene J.; Stutts, Daniel S.; Tester, John T. “Boeing Welliver Faculty
Summer Fellowship, Group Report,” submitted to The Boeing Corporation, August
- John T. Tester, “RACK DISTRIBUTION EFFECTS ON
MPLM CENTER OF MASS—EXTENDED REPORT,” NASA Technical report to Marshall Space
Flight Center, Flight Projects Directorate, Pressurized Carriers Group, August
- John T. Tester and Jon Holladay, “RACK
DISTRIBUTION EFFECTS ON MPLM CENTER OF MASS,” Contribution to 2004 NASA/ASEE
Summer Faculty Fellowship Program Final Report, Marshall Space Flight Center,
Flight Projects Directorate, Pressurized Carriers Group, August 5, 2004.
- American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE)
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineering