Civil Engineering

Civil engineering students at UE apply technical knowledge and skills in the real world, like the Fairfield Reservoir and Dam Project in nearby Fairfield, Illinois.

John Layer

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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
PhD, University of Louisville

Koch Center Room 273

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


  • PhD 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


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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