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JACK L. SKINNER, PH.D., P.E.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL ENGINEERING
MONTANA TECH OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
1300 WEST PARK ST.
BUTTE, MT 59701
EDUCATION & LICENSING
WORK EXPERIENCEAssociate Professor (Summer 2016-Present), Assistant Professor (Summer 2012-Summer 2016) Department of General Engineering, Montana Tech, Butte, MT - Teach engineering science, mechanical engineering, and interdisciplinary nanotechnology courses, conduct research relating to micro/nanotechnology with an emphasis on materials and sensing technologies, provide service to the department, school, and community. I also serve as a faculty member of the Electrical Engineering Department and the Montana Materials Science Ph.D. Program.
JACK L. SKINNER
JSKINNER@MTECH.EDUPresident (Fall 2014-Present) Alpha Technology, LLC - Responsible for technical direction for this technology-based company.
Technical Mentor (Winter 2013-Spring 2016) Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA - Act as technical mentor in the area of nanotechnology methods, materials, and equipment.
Principal Member of Technical Staff (Winter 2011-Spring 2012), Senior Member of Technical Staff (Spring 2008-Winter 2011), Member of Technical Staff (Spring 2003-Spring 2008) Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA - Led and performed research and development in the area of microscale and nanoscale engineering and science.
Acted as Principal Investigator and lead researcher for multiple projects (total budget $1M) including conductive carbon-nanotube-filled polymers for enhanced electrical and mechanical performance, nanopatterned plasmonic surfaces for enhanced solar energy conversion and optical cloaking, passive wireless sensor tags for security applications, MEMS switches for high voltage applications, and carbon nanotube transistors for infrared detection. These projects required coordination of and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams including mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, materials scientists, and chemists. Success in these projects was demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and continued funding.
Acted as primary science and technology point of contact for a major National Security area within Sandia National Laboratories.
Served as mentor to university students and new staff members in the design, fabrication, and testing of novel devices and metamaterials. I educated these individuals in both the theoretical and experimental aspects of microscale and nanoscale technology and devices.
Served as recruiting team lead for the University of California, Davis. I was responsible for ensuring that our recruiting efforts attract the best students from UC Davis. This included organizing recruiting teams of engineers and scientists from Sandia National Laboratories to give technical presentations, attend career fairs, and sponsor student activities.
Served as principal investigator of the Center for Critical Application Sensing (CCAS) at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA. This center provided sensing solutions through expertise in technology development and systems engineering for National Security applications.
Led and performed research and development for multiple projects including design and nanofabrication of surface acoustic wave devices for ultra-low power wireless communication, electrical breakdown in high-voltage microsystems, and low-power non-contact voltage sensing with a MEMS device. These projects involved the design, fabrication, and characterization of devices and systems. Success was in large part demonstrated by peer reviewed publications and presentations.
Acted as co-lead for the Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA), California, technical seminar series. I worked closely with my colleague to arrange monthly technical seminars from outside and inside researchers relevant to microsystems and National Security applications.
-2JACK L. SKINNER JSKINNER@MTECH.EDU Graduate Student Researcher (Fall 2004-Fall 2007) Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, Berkeley, CA - Performed research in the area of diffractive optical microsystems for tunable filters and modulators.
Developed optical modulator and filter with the use of nanofabrication and microfabrication. This research integrated a MEMS electrostatic transducer with a nanopatterned plasmonic surface to provide active control of the reflection of a narrow band of visible-wavelength light.
Developed a nanopatterned optical metamaterial for use in refractive index measurement and biological and chemical detection.
Developed optical modular and filter for infrared wavelengths. This research integrated a MEMS actuator with a micropatterned surface to control the transmission and reflection of infrared light.
Graduate Assistant (Summer 2001-Fall 2002) Washington State University, Pullman, WA Characterized and optimized mechanical and electrical performance of piezoelectric membrane generators for use in a microelectromechanical (MEMS) micro heat engine.
Developed a piezoelectric membrane generator to convert mechanical energy from a saturated liquid-vapor heat engine to electrical energy for a portable power system.
Developed a pneumatic bulge tester to simulate heat engine performance for characterization of piezoelectric membrane generators.
Teaching Assistant (Spring 2001) Washington State University, Pullman, WA - Instructed students in a classroom and lab environment on the behavior and application of materials for engineering structures.
Prepared lectures to convey in a clear and concise manner the fundamental behavior of materials in various static and dynamic loading conditions.
Provided additional education to students on an individual basis outside of class hours to maximize each student’s understanding of the subject matter.
Track Laborer (Summer 2000) Rarus Railway Company, Anaconda, MT - Repaired and installed railway track and associated hardware.
Engineering Tutor (Fall 1999-Spring 2000) Tech Learning Center, Montana Tech, Butte, MT Tutored all undergraduate general engineering courses, as well as mathematics and physics as required.
Engineering Intern (Summer 1999) Burlington Resources, Farmington, NM - Increased natural gas production through daily planning, monitoring, and actions as field engineer.
HONORS & AWARDS Best in Show, Montana Tech Expo (2016) Best Materials Science PhD Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2016) Best in Show - High School Student Selected (2016) Best Mechanical Engineering Booth, Montana Tech Expo (2016) Best Mechanical Engineering Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2016) Best Bioengineering IIP Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2016)
-3JACK L. SKINNER JSKINNER@MTECH.EDU Best General Engineering Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2016) Alumni Recognition Award, General Engineering, Montana Tech (2015) Nominated for Montana Tech Homecoming Grand Marshal (2015) Classified Intellectual Property Award (PI), Sandia National Laboratories (2015) Distinguished Researcher Award, Montana Tech (2015) Rose and Anna Busch Teacher of the Year, Montana Tech (2015) Honorable Mention in EIPBN Micrograph Contest (2015) Best Mechanical Engineering Booth, Montana Tech Expo (2015) Best Mechanical Engineering Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2015) Best General Engineering Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2015) Best Chemistry Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2015) Best Electrical Engineering Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2015) Winner of American Society of Microbiology Photo Contest (2015) Top 5 Most Read September Paper for JVST-B (2014) Faculty Advisor of the Year, Montana Tech (2014) Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service, Montana Tech (2014) Best Chemistry Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2014) Best Electrical Engineering Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2014) Best General Engineering Poster, Montana Tech Expo (2014) Best Mechanical Engineering Booth, Montana Tech Expo (2014) Best General Engineering Booth, Montana Tech Expo (2014) Top 25 Downloaded May Paper for IEEE Sensors Journal (2013) Best General Engineering Senior Design Project, TechXpo, Montana Tech (2013) Best Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project, TechXpo, Montana Tech (2013) Classified Intellectual Property Award (PI), Sandia National Laboratories (2012) NSF travel grant for Bryan Loyola (UCD PhD student) to attend ASME IMECE (2011) NSF travel grant for Heather Chiamori (UCB PhD student) to attend ASME IMECE (2011) Outstanding Mentor Award Recipient, Sandia National Laboratories (2011) Classified Intellectual Property Award (PI), Sandia National Laboratories (2011) Spot Award for Outstanding Recruiting Efforts, Sandia National Laboratories (2010) Outstanding Research Poster, Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center Industrial Advisory Board Meeting, “Large, ordered 3D nanocup arrays for plasmonic applications,” J. C. Lo, D. A.
Horsley, and J. L. Skinner (2010) Sandia Special Degree Program Doctoral Funding Award, University of California (2004-2007) Alfred Suksdorf Graduate Fellowship, Washington State University (2001-2002) Outstanding General Engineering Graduate, Montana Tech (2001) R.V. Subramanian Graduate Fellowship, Washington State University (2001) Selected for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Montana Tech (1999-2000) Selected for the National Dean's List, Montana Tech (1996-2000) Nominated for All-USA Academic Team, Montana Tech (1997-1998)
SOCIETIES & SERVICEFaculty Advisor, SAE Baja Club, Montana Tech (2012-Present) Faculty Advisor, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Montana Tech (2016-Present) Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (2013-Present) Member, American Society for Engineering Education (2011-Present)
-4JACK L. SKINNER JSKINNER@MTECH.EDU Member, Materials Research Society (2011-Present) Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2007-Present) Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2002-Present) Member, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society (1998-Present) Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (1996-Present) Member, Natural Resources Research Center Planning Committee, Montana Tech (2014Present) Reviewer, IEEE Sensors Journal (2013, 2014, 2016) Program Advisor, International Conference on Electron, Ion, Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (2016) Member, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Electrical Engineering, Montana Tech (2016) Member, Faculty Search Committee, Department of General Engineering, Montana Tech (2016) Member, Montana Tech Science and Engineering Fair and Symposium Advisory Board (2016) Program Committee Member, International Conference on Electron, Ion, Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. 2015) Chair, Two Faculty Search Committees, Department of General Engineering, Montana Tech (2015) Reviewer, Materials Research Society Communications (2015) Reviewer, Materials Engineering and Processing, National Science Foundation (2015) Judge, Montana Tech Regional Science and Engineering Fair (2013, 2014, 2015) Presenter, 21st Century Community Learning Center High School Initiative, Montana Tech (2014) Reviewer, Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research - Technology Transfer - Sensing and Electronic Devices Panel, National Science Foundation (2014) Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of General Engineering, Montana Tech (2014) Chair, Research Subcommittee of Strategic Planning Committee, Montana Tech (2012-2013) Senator, Faculty Senate of Montana Tech (2012-2014) Member, Undergraduate Research Committee, Montana Tech (2013-Present)
Reviewer, Proposal Review Panel, National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation:
Accelerating Innovation Research (2014) Co-Chair, Nanophotonics Session, International Conference on Electron, Ion, Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (2013) Reviewer, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (2014) Reviewer, Langmuir (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) Member, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Mathematical Sciences (2013) Reviewer, Plasma Science and Technology (2013) Reviewer, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (2012) Chief Judge, Intel-Affiliated Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair, Pittsburg, CA (2012) Reviewer, Nano Letters (2011) Reviewer, Journal of Materials Research (2011) Judge, Sandia National Laboratories MEMS University Alliance Design Competition (2009, 2010, 2011) Judge, Excelsior Middle School Science Fair, Byron, CA (2011) Mentor, Livermore High School Green Engineering Academy, Livermore, CA (2011)