JAMES S. BURNS
Director - Facility for Applied Manufacturing Enterprise
Assistant Professor - Department of Mechanical Engineering
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-1323
When I'm not at work...
Ph.D. The University of Delaware, 1995 Department of Mechanical Engineering Dissertation Topic: Aligned, Long-Fiber Array Reinforcements for Composite Structures Advisor: Dr. R. Byron Pipes
B.S. The Pennsylvania State University, May 1985 Engineering Science and Mechanics, with honors. Senior Research Topic: Wear Behavior of M-Series Steels with Ceramic Inclusions Advisor: Dr. R. A. Queeney
Research areas: Design for Manufacturing (DFM) with advanced composite materials, Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD), high pressure materials processing, Agile Manufacturing, Total Quality
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1994-Present Director - Facility for Applied Manufacturing Enterprise (FAME) San Diego State University, San Diego, California
Graduate Student Research Assistant, Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 1989 - 1994
Consultant - Textile Process Development, Fibers and Composites Group, E. I. DuPont de Nemoirs and Co. Wilmington, Delaware 1991 - 1992
Senior Engineer, Composite Materials and Processes Engineering, General Dynamics Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas 1988 - 1989
Engineer, Composite Materials and Processes Engineering, General Dynamics Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas 1985 - 1988
My tenure as a Material and Process Engineer at General Dynamics included direct involvement in many aspects of composite material design and manufacturing. I:
Initiated and executed cooperative flight article development programs with technical and marketing counterparts at commercial material suppliers ICI, Quadrax and DuPont. These resulted in flight test and demonstration articles pictured in national publications.
Fabricated composite structural components for the YF-22A prototype on the Advanced Tactical Fighter program. This required low-CTE tooling development, and fabrication of access panels, spars, fairing structures and processing validation articles. Represented company in program technical sessions for new materials development.
Procured and testied tailored ceramic, glass, and quartz reinforced composite materials for use in radar absorbing structures for the Signature Material and Process group and authored four advanced material, quality and processing specifications used by manufacturing personnel to produce composite structural components.
Performed the duties of lead composite material and process engineer on the AFWAL Supportable Hybrid Fighter Structures program with teaming partner Lockheed. Worked with partner to set sensible criteria for stiffness-based designs using thermoplastic composite materials.
Peer Reviewed Archival Publications
"Experimental Support for the Cell-Model Description of Hyper-Concentrated Suspensions", Accepted for publication, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials
"Agile Product Development Experiences: Modes of Industry/University Cooperation" Accepted For Publication, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing
"Calender Impregnation of an Anisotropic, Porous Substrate with a Viscous, Newtonian Fluid" Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, Volume 7, Number 2, pp 100, April 1994.
"Total Quality Design: An Approach for Customer Satisfaction in Critical Advanced Technologies" Benchmarking for Quality Management and Technology - an International Journal, Volume 1, Number 1, pp 65, March 1994.
"A Micro-fluid-mechanical Model of Aligned, Long-fiber Reinforced Composites" In Progress with SDSU graduate student.
"A Theory of Plastic Stability in Aligned Long-fiber Array (ALFA) Reinforcements" In Progress with SDSU graduate student.
Presentations and Proceedings
"The Use of Virtual Instrumentation in Agile Manufacturing Education" Proceedings of the Virtual Instrumentation in Education Conference, University of California at Berkeley, June 27th, 1997.
"University/Industry Cooperation: Case-studies in Agile Product Development" Proceeding of the International Conference on Agile Manufacturing: ICAM 97, Lafayette, LA, February 1997.
"Mechatronics in SDSU's New Manufacturing Program" presented at Mechatronics '96, San Francisco, CA, June 13-14, 1996. ISBN 0-9652749-0.
"Aligned, Long-fiber Array Composite Materials" Presented at the Annual San Diego Chapter SAMPE/ASM Joint Technical Symposium, March 1996.
"Composites for Hybrid Electric Vehicle Applications" Presented at the SAE HEV TOPTEC Conference, San Diego, CA, March 1996.
3rd Annual CSU Regional Symposium on University Teaching, CSU Fullerton, Feb. 11, 1995. Session Chair and Presenter- "Total Quality Methods of Course Design and Delivery".
"Compatibility of Aligned, Long-fiber Reinforcements with Conventional Processing Methods" The 25th International SAMPE Technical Conference, October 1993.
Copyright holder - design decision support software package titled "Total Quality Design" September 1994.
"Calender Impregnation of an Anisotropic, Porous Substrate with a Viscous, Newtonian Fluid" Runner-up best student paper at The 8th ASC Technical Conference, October 1993.
Presentations to personnel at the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory entitled "Total Quality Design" March 1992 and "Managing Early Decision Making" February 1993.
"The Total Quality Design Approach for Composites" with V. M. Karbhari, D. J. Wilkins. 23rd International SAMPE Technical Conference, October 1991.
Presentation to U.S. Air Force personnel titled "Fiber Modulus Measurement Techniques and their Impact on Material Selection" Supportable Hybrid Fighter Structures Program Review, March 1989.
Presentation to the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of SAMPE entitled "Advances in Thermoplastic Composite Technology" February 1988.
Member in Good Standing:
Editorial Review Board Member for The International Journal of Agile Manufacturing
Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials
ASME student chapter faculty advisor at SDSU 1994-1998
SAMPE student chapter faculty advisor at SDSU 1996-1998
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Manufacturing is the interdisciplinary intersection where engineering mechanics, material science and measurement and control theory meet. Manufacturing with engineered materials such as composites has been identified by several prominent authoritative bodies as a key competitive technology for the next century. Engineered materials have provided mechanists fertile ground for intellectual achievement for several decades and, yet, translation of these achievements into economic and social value has lagged behind. Part of the problem stems from isolation between traditional disciplines and part from the perception by many that science is the province of the university and technology that of the manufacturer.
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