John W. Sutherland

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Sutherland is involved in several projects related to manufacturing and environment/
sustainability. Example initiatives are the use of novel technology to eliminate cutting fluid mist from machining operations, and the recovery of value from end-of-use products with the goal of employing components in multiple life-cycles. Sutherland’s teaching interests parallel his research activities and includes the application of statistical methods to manufacturing. His honors include the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1992), MTU Distinguished Teaching Award (1992), NSF Career Development Award (1995), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1996), SAE Ralph R.Teetor Award (1999), ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division Outstanding Service Award (2001 & 2004), and MTU Research Award (2000).

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing
  • Quality
  • Machining
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Manufacturing and environment/sustainability

Recent Publications

  • Haapala, K. R., J. L. Rivera, and J. W. Sutherland, "Application of Life Cycle Assessment Methods to Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing," International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control, Special Issue on Recent Advances in Flexible Automation, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2008, pp. 575-589. Read More
  • Haapala, K. R., K. L. Brown, and J. W. Sutherland, "A Life Cycle Environmental and Economic Comparison of Product-Service Systems," Trans. of NAMRI/SME, Vol. 36, pp. 333-340, 2008. Read More
  • Sutherland, J. W., D. P. Adler, K. R. Haapala, and V. Kumar, "A Comparison of Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Energy Intensities with Application to Diesel Engine Production," CIRP Annals, Vol. 57, No. 1, 2008, pp. 5-8. Read More
  • Kumar, V. and J. W. Sutherland, "Sustainability of the Automotive Recycling Infrastructure: Review of Current Research and Identification of Future Challenges," International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, Vol. 1, Nos. 1/2, 2008, pp. 145-167. Read More
  • Hutchins, M. J. and J. W. Sutherland, "An Exploration of Measures of Social Sustainability and Their Application to Supply Chain Decisions," Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 16, 2008, pp. 1688-1698. Read More
  • Ju, C., J. Sun, D. J. Michalek, and J. W. Sutherland, "Development of an Imaging System and its Application in the Study of Cutting Fluid Atomization in a Turning Process," Particulate Science and Technology Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2008, pp. 318-336. Read More
  • Jenkins, T. L. and J. W. Sutherland, "An Integrated Supply System for Forest Biomass," Chapter 5 in Renewable Energy From Forest Resources in the United States, Ed.: B. D. Solomon and V. A. Luzadis, Routledge, Oxfordshire, UK, November 2008, pp. 92-115. Read More