Mechanical Engineering

John K. Layer

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Dr. Layer is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Evansville. He is a registered professional in Arizona.


  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, University of Louisville
  • Masters of Business Administration, Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Evansville


  • 20 years of industry experience in mechanical & control engineering, project management, and operations management
  • Temporary Instructor, University of Louisville, Industrial Engineering

Specialty Areas

  • Machine Design
  • Numerical Methods
  • Cognitive Systems Engineering

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Publications: Peer-reviewed Journals

  • Sherehly, B., Karwowski, W., and Layer, J. K. 2007. A Review of Enterprise Agility Concepts, Frameworks, and Attributes. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 37, 445-460.
  • Jang, R-L., Karwowski, W., Quesada, P. M., Rodrick, D., Sherehly, B., Cronin, S. N., and Layer, J. K. 2007. Biomechanical Evaluation of Nursing Tasks in a Hospital Setting. Ergonomics.50, 1-21.
  • Layer, J.K., Karwowski, W., and Furr, A. 2009. The Effect of Cognitive Demands and Perceived Quality of Work Life on Human Performance in Manufacturing Environments. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 39, 413-421.
  • Layer, J.K., Gibson, L., and Tipton, J. 2011. The Humanitarian Service Component as a Motivator in Capstone Design Projects. Journal of Engineering Education. (in preparation).
  • Layer, J.K., and Karwowski, W. 2011. Employee Performance: Causal Effects of How Employees Think and Feel at Work. The Academy of Management Journal. (in preparation).

Publications: In Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Layer, J.K., and Gwaltney, C. 2009. International Capstone Design Projects: Evaluating Student Learning and Motivation Associated with International Humanitarian Projects. American Society for Engineering Education 116th Annual Conference and Exposition, June 14 – 17, 2009. Austin, Texas, USA.
  • Levy, R.M., Nelson, R., and Layer, J.K. 2011. Variable Position Mid-Wheel Drive System for Power Wheelchairs. Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology of North America (RESNA) Conference, June 5 – 8, 2011, Toronto, Canada. (in preparation).

Conference Presentations

  • Layer, J.K., Karwowski. W., and Furr, A. 2008, An Evaluative Synthesis of Human Performance, Cognitive Demands, and Quality of Work Life in Manufacturing Environments, AHFEI 2008 2nd International Conference of Applied Ergonomics, July 14-17, 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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