John Irwin – new MMET Chair

John Irwin is our new MMET Chair

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The College of Engineering at Michigan Tech announces that John Irwin (MMET) has accepted the position of chair of the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology beginning today (July 1).

Irwin is a professor and served as associate chair of the MMET department this past year with Walt Milligan (MSE), who was interim chair during the department’s transition from the School of Technology to the College of Engineering.

“I am looking forward to Dr. Irwin’s leadership in the department of MMET. This is one of our strongest hands-on programs, graduating strongly qualified, highly sought for graduates,” stated College of Engineering Dean Janet Callahan. “Dr. Irwin’s extensive experience with continuous improvement of academic programs through ABET is a strong asset he brings to the department.”

Irwin has taught many courses in the MET program. Most recently, courses in Parametric Modeling, Statics and Strength of Materials, Product Design and Development, CAE and FEA Methods, Computer-aided Manufacturing, and Senior Design.

His research interests include problem-based learning methods applied in the areas of CAD/CAM, static and dynamic model simulation, and product and manufacturing work cell verification. Irwin is also an affiliate professor with the Department of Cognitive Learning and Sciences, and Director of the Research and Innovation in STEAM Education (RISE) Institute at Michigan Tech.

Irwin earned an AAS in mechanical design engineering technology from Michigan Tech in 1982, a BS in technical education at Ferris State University in 1984, an MS in occupational education at Ferris State University in 1992, and an EdD in curriculum and instruction at Wayne State University in 2005.

Irwin is a former collegiate cross country and track & field letter winner and later competed as a company-sponsored triathlete. Later he continued his athletic interests as a cross country coach for Mott Community College. John continues to run, swim and bike as an activity. Read more on the College of Engineering Blog.


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