Peter Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Gellersen Hall, Room 201
219.464.5185
pete.johnson@valpo.edu

Education

B.A. – Gustavus Adolphus College
M.S. – Iowa State University
Ph.D. – Iowa State University

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics – Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Best Practices for Managing Technical Teams
  • Computational Techniques for Mechanical Engineers
  • Financial and Ethical Decisions in Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Power Laboratory
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Mechanics – Statics
  • Mechanics – Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechatronics Laboratory (laboratory section only)
  • Mechanical Measurements Laboratory (laboratory section only)
  • Senior Design Project I and II
  • Thermodynamics
  • Undergraduate Research in Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Humanitarian engineering
  • Small wind turbine optimization
  • Thermofluids optimization
  • Virtual engineering
  • Virtual reality in the classroom

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Engineering Education, Member (ASEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member (ASME)

Publications

  • Book Chapter:P. E. Johnson, “Chapter 23: Educational Impacts of an International Service-Learning Design Project on Project Members and Their Peers,” Service-Learning in the Computer and Information sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education, Brian A. Nejmeh, ed., Wiley-IEEE Press, pp. 493-516, 2012.
  • Peer Reviewed Archival Papers:P. E. Johnson, D. A. Ashlock, K. M. Bryden, “A Novel Engineering Tool for Creative Design of Fluid Systems,” Engineering with Computers, 30(1):15-29, January 2014.S. S. Nudehi, P. E. Johnson, and G. S. Duncan, “A Control Systems Laboratory for Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Education,” The International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 39(4):334-345, October 2011.P. E. Johnson, “Direct and Indirect Benefits of an International Service-Learning Design Project: Educational Effects on Project Members and Their Peers,” International Journal for Service-Learning in Engineering, 4(1), April 2009.P. E. Johnson, K. M. Bryden, and D. A. Ashlock, “Using Evolutionary Data Segregation Techniques to Reduce the Computation Time Needed to Design Piping Flow Using CFD,” Smart Engineering System Design: Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Evolutionary Programming, Complex Systems, and Artificial Life, 14:433-438, 2004.
    -P. E. Johnson, K. M. Bryden, and D. A. Ashlock, “Solution of a 2-D Inverse Heat Conduction Problem Using Evolutionary Data Segregation Techniques,” Smart Engineering System Design: Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Evolutionary Programming, Complex Systems, and Artificial Life, 13:315-320, 2003.
    -D. A. Ashlock, K. M. Bryden, P. E. Johnson, and D. McCorkle, “Improving Data Segregation with a Graph Based Evolutionary Algorithm,” Smart Engineering System Design: Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Evolutionary Programming, Complex Systems, and Artificial Life, 12:417-422, 2002.
    -P. E. Johnson, K. M. Bryden, D. A. Ashlock, and E. Vasquez, “Evolving Cooperative Partial Functions for Data Summary and Interpolation,” Smart Engineering System Design: Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Evolutionary Programming, Complex Systems, and Artificial Life, 11:405-410, 2001.
  • Conferences/Workshops/Presentations:G. S. Duncan, M. M. Budnik, J. Will, P. E. Johnson, and S. S. Nudehi, “Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing Technical Communication in a Capstone Senior Design Course,” Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 14p, June 2011.R. Freeman, K. Leitch, and P. E. Johnson, “Improved Pedagogy for Engineering Ethics Instruction,” Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 13p, June 2007.P. E. Johnson, K. Sevener, P. D. Tougaw, and J. D. Will, “Balancing Learning Objectives and Success in a Multidisciplinary Senior Design Project,” Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 8p, June 2007.M. Hagenberger, P. E. Johnson, P. D. Tougaw, J. D. Will, M. Budnik, and K. Sevener, “Managing Senior Projects: Educating Graduates and Undergraduates in a Senior Project Course,” Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 9p, June 2007.
    -P. E. Johnson, M. Budnik, K. Sevener, J. D. Will, “Motivation, Inspiration, and Economics of an International Service Project,” Proceedings of the 2007 National Capstone Design Course Conference, June 13-15, 2007.
    – M. Hagenberger, P. E. Johnson, and J. D. Will, “Understanding the Costs and Benefits of Using 3D Visualization Hardware in an Undergraduate Mechanics-Statics Course,” 2006 Frontiers in Education Conference, October 28-31, 2006.
    – P. E. Johnson, “Citizenship and Service in Education,” 2006 Summer Institute on Teaching Excellence presented by Purdue University Calumet Center for Instructional Excellence, June 1-2, 2006.
    – M. Hagenberger, P. E. Johnson, and J. D. Will, “Virtual Engineering Education – The Next Step in Bringing Technology to the Classroom,” 2006 IL/IN American Society for Engineering Education, March 31-April 1, 2006.
    – P. E. Johnson, J. D. Will, and C. Graunke, “Virtual Reality for 3D Visualization in a Statics Course,” 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, pp. 15715-15724, June 2005.
    – P. E. Johnson, K. M. Bryden and D. A. Ashlock, “Solution of an Inverse Heat Conduction Problem Using Evolutionary Data Segregation Techniques,” American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Computer and Information in Engineering Division (Publication) CED, 8:75-80, November 2003.
    – P. E. Johnson and K. M. Bryden, “Virtual Reality and Energy Systems,” Biomass Interest Group (BIG) Meeting, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, March 2002.
    – K. M. Bryden, G. Huang, P. E. Johnson, and E. Vasquez, “VR-XPR: A Toolkit for Rapid Development of Virtual Energy Systems,” In the Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Coal Utilization and Fuel Systems, Clearwater, FL, 2002.
    – K. M. Bryden, P. E. Johnson, and E. Vasquez, “An Interactive Virtual Environment for Examining Furnace Performance,” In the Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Coal Utilization and Fuel Systems, Clearwater, FL, pp. 869-878, March 2001.
    – K. M. Bryden and P. E. Johnson, “Virtual Pilot Plants: What is the Goal and What Technology Development is Needed?,” In the 37th Annual Report of the Electric Power Research Center/Power Affiliate Research Program, April 2000.
    – P. E. Johnson and K. M. Bryden, “Computational Modeling and 3-D Visualization of a Coal-Fired Furnace,” In the 36th Annual Report of the Electric Power Research Center/Power Affiliate Research Program, pp. 101-110, April 1999.
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Peter Johnson, Ph.D.