John S. Lamancusa is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Learning Factory at Penn State University. Before coming to Penn State in 1984, he was employed at AT&T Bell Laboratories where his technical experience included electronic packaging, product design for automation and acoustic design of telecommunications equipment. He was an adjunct faculty member at the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1983 and instituted and taught the first graduate course in robotics there. At Penn State, he teaches courses in mechanical design, vibrations, noise control, modal analysis, robotics, product dissection, mechatronics, and supervises industry design projects. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a minor in electrical and computer engineering, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. Dr. Lamancusa earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton in 1978. He was previously employed at the Reliance Electric Company where he worked in design, dynamic analysis and testing of electric motors and rotating machinery. His areas of academic research and industrial consulting include engineering education, mechanical design, design optimization, design for manufacture, noise and vibration control, musical acoustics, and mechatronics. He is a Research Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation, a member of ASME, ASEE and INCE, and a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin. He is currently the director of The Learning Factory, a new initiative to integrate design, manufacturing and business realities into the engineering curriculum. Recent awards include the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award (1998) and the Penn State Engineering Society Premier Teaching Award (1999), and the ASEE Fred Merryfield Design Award (2004).
In real life, he is a crazed steelhead fisherman, plays violin in folk music groups and the Nittany Valley Symphony (the local community orchestra) and raises llamas with his wife Julie.
4 February 2005