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John Gershenson

Director of Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship
Teaching Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Research Areas:

Engineering Design; Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship

Interest Areas:

Humanitarian Engineering, Social Entrepreneurship, International Development, Design for Developing Communities, Appropriate Design, Design Justice, Co-Design

 
 

 

Education

  • AB, Physics, Cornell University, 1989
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1991
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho, 1995

Publications

Journal Articles

  • B. Ciavola and J. K. Gershenson, 2016, "Affordance Theory for Engineering Design", Research in Engineering Design, 27, (3)
  • B. Ciavola and J. K. Gershenson, 2015, "Integrating Function- and Affordance-Based Design", Journal of Mechanical Design, 137, (5)
  • A. R. Clarke-Sather, M. J. Hutchins, Q. Zhang, J. K. Gershenson and J. W. Sutherland, 2011, "Development of Social, Environmental, and Economic Indicators for a Small/Medium Enterprise", International Journal of Accounting and Information Management - IJAIM, 19, (3)
  • B. Bettig and J. K. Gershenson, 2010, "Representation of Module Interfaces", International Journal of Product Development, 10, (4), pp. 291–317
  • X. Ye and J. K. Gershenson, 2009, "Focused Product Family Design Based on the Commonality and Variety Tradeoff", International Journal of Mass Customisation, 3, (2), pp. 179–207
  • X. Ye, H. Thevenot, F. Alizon, J. K. Gershenson, K. Khadke and T. W. Simpson, 2009, "Using Product Family Evaluation Graphs in Product Family Design", International Journal of Production Research, 47, (13), pp. 3559–3585
  • X. Lai and J. K. Gershenson, 2008, "Representation of Similarity and Dependency for Assembly Modularity", International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 37, (7/8), pp. 803–827
  • X. Ye, H. J. Thevenot, F. Alizon, K. Khadke, J. K. Gershenson and T. W. Simpson, 2008, "Attribute-based Clustering Methodology for Product Family Design", Journal of Engineering Design, 19, (6), pp. 571–586
  • F. Alizon, K. Khadke, H. J. Thevenot, J. K. Gershenson, T. J. Marion and S. B. Shooter, 2007, "Frameworks for Product Family Design and Development", Concurrent Engineering, 15, pp. 187–199
  • J. Jiao, J. K. Gershenson and J. J. Michalek, 2007, "Managing Modularity and Commonality in Product and Process Development", Concurrent Engineering, 15, pp. 81–83
  • K. Khadke and J. K. Gershenson, 2007, "Technological-Driven Product Platform Development", International Journal of Product Design
  • F. Guo and J. K. Gershenson, 2007, "Discovering Relationships between Modularity and Cost", Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 18, (1)
  • J. K. Gershenson and S. J. Pavnaskar, 2007, "Educating Tomorrow's Professors: Integrating Background Research and Course Development", iNEER Innovations 2007: World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research, pp. 127–138
  • C. Hagemeyer, J. K. Gershenson and D. Johnson, 2006, "The Classification and Application of Problem Solving Quality Tools", The TQM Magazine, 18, (5), pp. 455–483
  • S. J. Pavnaskar and J. K. Gershenson, 2005, "Application of Value Stream Mapping to Lean Engineering", International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems, 8, (1), pp. 44–52
  • V. Kumar, K. R. Haapala, J. L. Rivera, M. J. Hutchins, W. J. Endres and J. K. Gershenson, 2005, "Infusing Sustainability Principles into Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Curricula", Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 24, (3), pp. 215–222
  • J. K. Gershenson, G. J. Prasad and Y. Zhang, 2004, "Product Modularity: Measures and Methods", Journal of Engineering Design, 15, (1), pp. 33–51
  • Y. Zhang and J. K. Gershenson, 2004, "Questioning the Direct Relationship between Product Modularity and Retirement Cost", Journal of Sustainable Product Design, 2, (3), pp. 55–70
  • S. J. Pavnaskar, J. K. Gershenson and A. B. Jambekar, 2003, "A Classification Scheme for Lean Manufacturing Tools", International Journal of Production Research, 41, (13), pp. 3075–3090
  • Y. Zhang and J. K. Gershenson, 2003, "An Initial Study of Direct Relationships between Life-cycle Modularity and Life-cycle Cost", Journal of Concurrent Engineering Research and Applications, 11, (3)
  • J. K. Gershenson, G. J. Prasad and Y. Zhang, 2003, "Product Modularity: Definitions and Benefits", Journal of Engineering Design, 14, (3), pp. 295–313
  • J. K. Gershenson, C. E. Hailey, J. C. Batty and W. F. Phillips, 2002, "Curriculum Measurement: Application of Value Engineering Techniques in Curriculum Development", International Journal of Engineering Education, 18, (2), pp. 140–150
  • S. Paluri and J. K. Gershenson, 2001, "Attribute-Based Design Description System in Design for Manufacturability and Assembly", Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, 5, (2), pp. 83–94
  • J. F. Cuttino, D. D. Newman, J. K. Gershenson and D. E. Schinstock, 2000, "A Structured Method for the Classification and Selection of Actuators for Space Deployment Mechanisms", Journal of Engineering Design, 11, (1), pp. 31–53
  • J. K. Gershenson and L. A. Stauffer, 1999, "A Taxonomy for Design Requirements from Corporate Customers", Journal of Research in Engineering Design, 11, (2), pp. 103–115
  • J. K. Gershenson and L. A. Stauffer, 1999, "Assessing the Usefulness of a Taxonomy for Design Requirements for Manufacturing", Journal of Concurrent Engineering Research and Applications, 7, (2), pp. 147–158
  • J. K. Gershenson, G. J. Prasad and S. Allamneni, 1999, "Modular Product Design: A Life-cycle View", Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, 3, (4), pp. 13–26
  • J. K. Gershenson and G. J. Prasad, 1997, "Modularity in Product Design for Manufacturing", International Journal of Agile Manufacturing, 1, (1), pp. 99–110

Conference Proceedings

  • John Gershenson, 2016, "Harder than you think", VentureWell OPEN Conference
  • C. L. Wu, B. Ciavola and J. K. Gershenson, 2013, "A Comparison of Function- and Affordance-Based Design", Proceedings of the 2013 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 25th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • B. Ciavola and J. K. Gershenson, 2012, "Affordances in Technology Modeling", Proceedings of the 2012 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 24th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • J. K. Gershenson, 2012, "Evolution of Velovations: A Bicycle Design Enterprise in lieu of Capstone Design", Proceedings of the 2012 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 9th International Conference on Design Education
  • M. H. Miller, J. K. Gershenson, A. Rincon-Charris, C. Alvarado and J. Rojas, 2012, "Implementation of a Multi-Disciplinary Systems Engineering Capstone Design Course at Three Puerto Rican Universities", Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
  • M. H. Miller, John Gershenson, C. H. Margraves, I. Miskioglu and G. G. Parker, 2011, "Work in Progress - Weaving Threads of Sustainability into the Fabric of the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum", Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, IEEE
  • B. Ciavola, Y. Ning and John Gershenson, 2010, "Empathic Design for Early Stage Problem Identification", Proceedings of the 2010 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 22nd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • J. A. Camelio and John Gershenson, 2009, "Designing a Smart Assembly System", Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Engineering Design
  • X. Lai and John Gershenson, 2009, "DSM-based Product Representation for the Retirement Process-based Modularity", Proceedings of the 2009 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 14th Conference on Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle
  • B. T. Ciavola and John Gershenson, 2009, "Establishment of an Open, Wiki-Based Online Resource for Collaboration in the Field of Product Family Design", 2009 International Conference on Engineering Design
  • X. Ye and John Gershenson, 2008, "Focused Product Family Improvement", Proceedings of the 2008 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 20th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • A. Clarke, Q. Zhang, John Gershenson and J. Sutherland, 2008, "Selection of Remanufacturing Facility Locations to Minimize Cost and Environmental Impact", Proceedings of 15th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering
  • X. Lai and John Gershenson, 2008, "DSM-based Product Representation for Design Process Modularity", Proceedings of the 2008 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 20th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • X. Ye, H. Thevenot, F. Alizon, John Gershenson, T. W. Simpson and S. B. Shooter, 2007, "A Quantitative Representation of the Tradeoffs between Product Commonality and Variety in Product Family Design", Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Engineering Design
  • John Gershenson, K. N. Khadke and X. Lai, 2007, "A Research Roadmap for Platform-based Product Family Design", Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Engineering Design
  • X. Ye and John Gershenson, 2007, "Attribute-Based Clustering for Product Family Design", Proceedings of the 2007 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 19th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • K. Khadke, John Gershenson and K. I. Pelc, 2007, "Considering Risk Potential to Enhance Engineering Decision Making during Planned Product Innovation", Proceedings of IAMOT07, the International Association for the Management of Technology
  • X. Lai and John Gershenson, 2007, "Representation of Similarity and Dependency for Manufacturing process-based Product Modularity", Proceedings of the 2007 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 12th Design for Manufacturing Conference
  • K. Khadke and John Gershenson, 2007, "Technology Change Analysis for roduct and Product Platform Design", Proceedings of the 2007 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 19th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • A. R. Clarke, M. Serrar and John Gershenson, 2006, "A Sustainable Design Process Framework based on a Non-Profit Product Design Case Study", Proceedings of the IV Global Conference on Sustainable Product Development and Life Cycle Engineering
  • S. J. Pavnaskar, D. Weaver and John Gershenson, 2006, "Design for Lean Manufacturing: Incorporating Lean Considerations during Product Development", Proceedings of the 2006 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 11th Design for Manufacturing Conference
  • K. Khadke and John Gershenson, 2006, "Designing Product Architectures for Managing Planned Technological Innovation: A Methodology Overview", Proceedings of the 16th CIRP International Design Seminar
  • John Gershenson, 2006, "How to Engineer a Winning Competition Project: Lessons learned from the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge", Proceedings of the 2006 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
  • B. Bettig and John Gershenson, 2006, "Module Interface Representation", Proceedings of the 2006 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 32nd Design Automation Conference
  • X. Lai and John Gershenson, 2006, "Representation of Similarity and Dependency for Assembly Modularity", Proceedings of the 2006 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 18th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • N. Sanyal and John Gershenson, 2006, "Value-based Improvement Prioritization using Process Relative Worth Analysis", Proceedings of the 2006 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 11th Design for Manufacturing Conference
  • S. J. Pavnaskar and John Gershenson, 2005, "A Systematic Method for Leaning Engineering Processes", Proceedings of the 2005 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 10th Design for Manufacturing Conference
  • X. Ye, John Gershenson, K. Khadke, X. Lai and F. Guo, 2005, "An Introduction to Product Family Evaluation Graphs", Proceedings of the 2005 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 17th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • V. Kumar, K. R. Haapala, J. L. Rivera, M. J. Hutchins, W. J. Endres and John Gershenson, 2005, "Towards Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Curricular Change in Support of a Sustainable Future", Proceedings of the CIRP International Manufacturing Engineering Education Conference and 3rd SME International Conference on Manufacturing Education
  • F. Guo and John Gershenson, 2004, "A Comparison of Modular Product Design Methods based on Improvement and Iteration", Proceedings of the 2004 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 16th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • N. D. Chope and John Gershenson, 2004, "A Method of Developing Climbing Hold Design Guidelines", Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport
  • S. J. Pavnaskar and John Gershenson, 2004, "The Application of Value Stream Mapping to Lean Engineering", Proceedings of the 2004 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 9th Design for Manufacturing Conference
  • J. W. Sutherland, V. Kumar, J. C. Crittenden, M. H. Durfee, John Gershenson and H. Gorman, 2003, "An Education Program in Support of Sustainable Futures", Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exhibition
  • F. Guo and John Gershenson, 2003, "Comparison of Modular Measurement Methods based on Consistency Analysis and Sensitivity Analysis", Proceedings of the 2003 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 15th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • S. J. Pavnaskar and John Gershenson, 2003, "Fundamental Toolset for Lean Product Development", Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED)
  • S. J. Pavnaskar and John Gershenson, 2003, "Lean and Sustainable Enterprises: Extending Lean Tools Systematically", Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Lean Management Solutions Conference
  • John Gershenson, C. E. Hailey, J. C. Batty and W. F. Phillips, 2001, "A Curricular Review Process for Systematic Continuous Improvement", Proceedings of the 2001 Annual ASEE Conference and Exhibition
  • Y. Zhang, John Gershenson and S. Allamneni, 2001, "An Initial Study of the Retirement Costs of Modular Products", Proceedings of the 2001 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 13th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • John Gershenson, B. D. Solomon, D. R. Shonnard, D. W. Watkins and J. W. Sutherland, 2001, "Decision Making in the Face of Uncertainty about Global Climate Change Policy", Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • J. C. Batty, John Gershenson and C. G. Wood, 2001, "Impact of a SME MEP Grant on Utah State University", Proceedings of the 2001 Annual ASEE Conference and Exhibition
  • Q. Zhang, J. R. Mihelcic, J. C. Crittenden, D. R. Shonnard, J. W. Sutherland and John Gershenson, 2001, "Life Cycle Assessment that Leads to Improved Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing of Automobiles", Proceedings of the 1st International Society for Industrial Ecology International Conference
  • John Gershenson, R. R. DuPont and R. L. Ratliff, 2000, "Selection of Industrial Coatings Based on Environmental and Societal Impact Characteristics", Proceedings of 2000 IMECE: ASME 2000 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • B. A. Todd and John Gershenson, 1998, "Assistive Technology and Capstone Design: Meeting End User Needs", Proceedings of the 3rd World Conference on Integrated Design and Process Technology
  • C. Midkiff, B. Todd, J. Parker, M. Barkey and John Gershenson, 1998, "Delivery of a Complete Undergraduate Engineering Degree by Distance Learning Using a Mobile Laboratory", Proceedings of the 1998 Southeastern Section Annual Meeting of ASEE
  • John Gershenson and G. J. Prasad, 1998, "Modular Product Design", Proceedings of the Society for Design and Process Science's 3rd World Conference on Integrated Design and Process Technology
  • John Gershenson, 1997, "A Course in Life-cycle Engineering", Proceedings of the 1997 ASEE National Conference
  • John Gershenson and G. J. Prasad, 1997, "Modularity in Product Design for Manufacturing", Proceedings of the 1997 International Conference on Agile Manufacturing
  • John Gershenson and G. J. Prasad, 1997, "Product Modularity and its effect on Service and Maintenance", Proceedings of the 1997 Maintenance and Reliability Conference
  • D. M. Stefanescu, T. S. Piwonka, G. L. Ferguson and John Gershenson, 1997, "Technical Challenges in the Production of Thin-Wall Cast Iron", Proceedings of the 30th International Symposium on Automotive Technology and Automation
  • John Gershenson and L. A. Stauffer, 1996, "Experimental Validation of a Taxonomy of Manufacturing Design Information", Proceedings of the 1996 ASME Design Technical Conferences - 8th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • John Gershenson and L. A. Stauffer, 1996, "Managing Requirements for QFD: Two Case Studies", Proceedings of the 1996 Applied Concurrent Engineering Conference
  • John Gershenson and D. M. Blackketter, 1995, "A Discussion of Mini-projects and Industry Sponsored Projects in Capstone Design Classes", Proceedings of the 1995 ASEE Annual Conference
  • John Gershenson and L. A. Stauffer, 1995, "The Creation of a Taxonomy for Manufacturability Design Requirements", Proceedings of the 1995 ASME Design Technical Conferences - 7th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • D. Khadilkar, John Gershenson and L. Stauffer, 1994, "Development of a Database Management Tool for Organizing Conceptual Phase Design Information", Proceedings of the 1994 ASME Design Technical Conferences - 14th International Computers in Engineering Conference
  • John Gershenson, D. Khadilkar and L. Stauffer, 1994, "Organizing and Managing Customer Requirements During the Product Definition Phase of Design", Proceedings of the 1994 ASME Design Technical Conferences - 6th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • John Gershenson and K. Ishii, 1991, "Life-cycle Serviceability Design", Proceedings of the 1991 ASME Design Technical Conferences - 3rd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology

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