John K. Layer

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
PhD, University of Louisville

Koch Center Room 273
812-488-2195
jl118@evansville.edu

Professor Layer is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Evansville. He is a registered professional mechanical engineer in Arizona.

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Education:

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

Experience:

  • 20 years of industry experience in mechanical and controls engineering, project management, and operations management
  • Temporary Instructor, University of Louisville, Industrial Engineering
  • Visiting Professor, Harlaxton College, Grantham, England
  • Consultant in the areas of mechanical design and statistical process development/systems integration

Professional Engineer Registration:

  • Arizona

Specialty Areas:

  • Machine Design
  • Numerical Methods
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Cognitive Systems Engineering

Patents:

  • Rotary Conveyor Singulation System. U.S. Patent No. 5,372,236
  • Adjustable-Angle Wheelchair Suspension. U.S. Provisional Patent Application 61/653,162

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Academic Honorary
  • Sigma Iota Epsilon Honorary Management Fraternity

Honors and Awards:

  • Dean’s Teaching Award, College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Evansville
  • Global Scholar, University of Evansville
  • Professional Award in Engineering, University of Louisville
  • Outstanding Research and Scholarship in the Graduate Program of Industrial Engineering, University of Louisville

Reviewer: for Peer-reviewed Journals:

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing
  • Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science
  • International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

Reviewer: for Book Chapters:

  • Uicker, J.J., Pennock, G.R., and J.E. Shigley, J.E. 2013. Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, Fourth Editio

Publications

Publications: In 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.

Pistrui, D., Layer, J.K., and Dietrich, S. 2013. Mapping the Behaviors, Motives and Professional Competencies of Entrepreneurially Minded Engineers in Theory and Practice: An Empirical Investigation. Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship, Special Issue in collaboration with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Entreneurship Division. 4(1), 39-54.

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. No. AC 2009-922.

Levy, R.M., Nelson, R., and Layer, J.K. 2011. Effects of Drive Wheel Position and Suspension Properties on a Single Power Wheelchair. Advancing Rehabilitation Technologies for an Aging Society (RESNA/ICTA) Conference, June 5 – 8, 2011, Toronto, Canada. No. 69370.

Layer, J.K., Levy, R.M., and Nelson, R. 2011. Evaluating Power Wheelchair Users’ Desired Future Utility as a function of Current Utility. Advancing Rehabilitation Technologies for an Aging Society (RESNA/ICTA) Conference, June 5 – 8, 2011, Toronto, Canada. No. 69496.

Pistrui, D., Layer, J.K., and Dietrich, S. 2012. Mapping the Behaviors, Motives and Professional Competencies of Entrepreneurially Minded Engineers in Theory and Practice: An Empirical Investigation. American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 119th Annual Conference and Exposition, June 10 – 13, 2012. San Antonio, Texas, USA. No. AC 2012-4615.

Levy, R.M., Nelson, R., and Layer, J.K. 2012. A Case Study in Innovation: From Concept to Prototype: A Variable Position Mid Wheel Drive Power Wheelchair. Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Conference Workshop Session, June 30 – July 2, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. No. WS36.

Levy, R.M., Nelson, R., and Layer, J.K. 2012. End-user Testing of a Variable Position Mid Wheel Drive Power Wheelchair. Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Conference, June 30 – July 2, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. No. 79.

Layer, J.K, Nelson, R., and Levy, R.M. 2012. Analytical and Empirical Static and Dynamic Stability Testing of a Variable Position Mid Wheel Drive Power Wheelchair. Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Conference, June 30 – July 2, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. No. PSUN1

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.

Invited Lectures and Speaking Engagements:

  • Human Performance in Agile Production Environments, RisØ National Laboratory, Centre of Cognitive Systems Engineering, Roskilde, Denmark.
  • Human Performance: Intentional and Causal Behavior, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Remaining Worker-Centric in a Socio-Technological Work Environment, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • How We Think and Feel, Does it Matter? Crick Lecture Series in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.
  • Innovation, not mere Invention!, Keynote Address at the Accuride Corporation Engineering and Quality Conference, Evansville, Indiana.

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Office Phone:
812-488-2652

Office E-mail:
bb78@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Room 268, Koch Center for Engineering and Science