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Dr. James  N. McKirahan, Jr.

Dr. James N. McKirahan, Jr.


Office: 3141 - Klehm Hall
Phone: 217-581-8535
Email: jmckirahan@eiu.edu

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 3103 Robotics and Automated Control Systems
AET 1263 Materials Technology
AET 2334 Electronic Control Systems
AET 3073 Programmable Logic Controllers
AET 3703 Machine Design
AET 4843 Statistical Quality Assurance
AET 4853 Polymers & Composites
TEC 5970 Management of Technology Projects
TEC 5970 Enterprise Resource Planning, Integration and Execution


Indiana State University 
-Ph.D. (2013) Technology Management (Manufacturing Systems).
Eastern Illinois University 
-MS in Technology ('95).   
Eastern Illinois University 
-BS in Industrial Technology ('87).  
Southern Illinois University 
-AAS in Electronics Technology ('85).

Professional Organizations

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)


Biodegradable Polymers
Polymer clay nanocomposites (PCN) development
Agile Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing
Home Automation
Machine Design
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
History of Technological Development
Philosophy of Technology - Melvin Kranzberg, James Burke, Kevin Kelly

Conference Presentations

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

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