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James McKirahan, Jr.

Assistant Professor

Dr. McKirahan's  Ph.D. is in Technology Management, Manufacturing Systems from Indiana State University. His dissertation entitled, "Processing Research and Development of ‘Green' Polymer Nanoclay Composites Containing Polyhydroxybutyrate, Vinyl Acetates, and Modified Montmorillonite Clay" involved research using various processing and mechanical and flow properties techniques to develop polymer clay nanocomposites (PCN).

His office is in Klehm Hall, room 3111.  His office telephone number is 217-581-8535.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nanotechnology
  • Technology


Indiana State University 
-Ph.D. (2013) in Technology Management (Manufacturing Systems).
Eastern Illinois University 
-M.S. in Technology ('95).   
Eastern Illinois University 
-B.S. in Industrial Technology ('87).  
Southern Illinois University 
-A.A.S. in Electronics Technology ('85).

Research Interests

Biodegradable Polymers
Polymer clay nanocomposites (PCN) development
Agile Manufacturing 
History of Technological Development
Philosophy of Technology -  M. R. Smith, Leo Marx, Jacque Ellul, Martin Heidegger
, Melvin Kranzberg, James Burke, Kevin Kelly


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Phone: 217-581-8535

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