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Dr. James  N. McKirahan, Jr.

Dr. James N. McKirahan, Jr.

Assistant Professor

Office: 3141 - Klehm Hall
Phone: 217-581-8535
Email: jmckirahan@eiu.edu
Website: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/james-mckirahan/27/baa/966

James McKirahan, Jr.'s Vita

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.

Frequently Taught Courses

AET 2334 Electronic Control Systems
AET 3073 Programmable Logic Controllers
AET 3103 Robotics and Automated Control Systems
AET 4843 Statistical Quality Assurance
AET 4853 Polymers & Composites
TEC 5970 Theory of Technology
TEC 5970 Enterprise Resource Planning, Integration and Execution


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).

Professional Organizations

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)



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


Selected Conference Presentations

McKirahan, J. (2014).Processing Research and Development of 'Green' Polymer Clay Nanocomposites Containing Polyhydroxybutyrate, Vinyl Acetates, and Monmorrillonite Clay.  Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC 2014, Annual Technical Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

McKirahan, J., Tatum, J., & Melton, D. (2011). Rethinking the future toward increased polymer nanocomposites usage. 
McKirahan, J., Guccione, S. & Marjanovic, U. (2007). Creating an always connected industrial ethernet for student use.
McKirahan, J. & Smallwood, J. (2004). Innovative projects to develop acquired skills, and to promote problem solving ability in a teamwork environment.
McKirahan, J., Wickman, J. & Brenner, M. (1998). An injection molding training software package addresses design of experiments (DOE). 
McKirahan, J., Liu, P. & Brillhart, M. (1996). Thermoplastic composites of recycled high density polyethylene and recycled tire particles. 

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