Mark A. Johnson, PE

Mark A. Johnson

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Associate Professor, School of Technology

Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Phi Kappa Tau Board of Governors

  • PhD, Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University, 2001
  • MS, Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University, 1999
  • MS, Administration, Central Michigan University, 1996
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1982

Biography

Mark Johnson is an associate professor in the School of Technology and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech.

Johnson’s areas of expertise are lean manufacturing practices, manufacturing and service-sector simulation, the design of experiments, power transmission using turbo-fluid machinery, and the design of hydraulic systems. He is the principal investigator on a project for General Motors Corporation: Characterizing Torque Converter Noise Generation at Various Speed Ratios to Enable Vehicle Efficiency Improvements. Johnson is active in several professional organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers International, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Soaring Society of America.

On campus, Johnson is involved with the student community, advising Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and the Michigan Tech Four Wheelers Club, as well as athletics, having membership in both the Michigan Tech Blueline Club and the Michigan Tech Huskies Club. In the local community, he serves on the Chassell Planning Commission and as a veteran, belongs to VFW Chapter 6507, based in Chassell, Michigan.

Research Interests

  • Design of test-stand systems to conduct research
  • Lean and agile manufacturing, with emphasis on total productive maintenance
  • Torque-converter noise and blade strain associated with cavitation phenomena in automotive applications

Teaching Interests

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Design of experiments
  • Machine design
  • Statics and strength of materials
  • Integrated design and manufacturing
  • Product design and development
  • Simulation methods
  • Senior design

Recent Publications

  • Zhang, F., D. M. Johnson, M. A. Johnson. 2012. Development of a Simulation Model of Biomass Supply Chain for Biofuel Production. Renewable Energy: An International Journal, 44, 380-391.
  • Zhang, F., M. A. Johnson, D. M. Johnson, J. W. Sutherland. 2011. Development of a Biomass Supply Chain for Biofuel. Reno, NV: Proceedings of the 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, also presented.
  • Walber, C., J. R. Blough, M. A. Johnson, C. L. Anderson. 2011. Measuring and Comparing Frequency Response Functions of Torque Converter Turbines Submerged in Transmission Fluid. SAE Technical Paper 11NVC-0215, Noise and Vibration – Instrumentation Systems, Sensors and Methods Collections, publication date 2011-05-17, also presented.
  • Walber, C., C. L. Anderson, J. R. Blough, M. A. Johnson. 2009. Calibrating and Protecting Microphones to Allow Acoustic Measurements in Hazardous Environments. SAE Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems, 09NVC-0087, publication date 2009-05-19, also presented.
  • (A) Robinette, D., C. Anderson, M. A. Johnson, J. Blough. March 2008. Characterizing the Effect of Automotive Torque Converter Design Parameters on the Onset of Cavitation at Stall. SAE 2007 Transactions, Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems, Paper Number 2007-01-2231 (2007 transactions feature the top 794 SAE technical papers).
  • Robinette, D., J. M. Schweitzer, D. G. Maddock, C. L. Anderson, J. R. Blough, M. A. Johnson. May 2008. Development of a Model to Predict the Onset of Cavitation in Automotive Torque Converters. 2nd Car Training Institute (CTI) Symposium & Exhibition, Automotive Transmissions North America, May 6-8, 2008, Detroit, MI, refereed conference proceeding and presentation.
  • (A) Robinette, D., C. Anderson, M. A. Johnson, J. Blough. 2008. Predicting the Onset of Cavitation in Automotive Torque Converters: Part I—Design with Geometric Similitude. International Journal of Rotating Machinery, Volume 2008, Article ID 803940, 8 pages.
  • (B) Robinette, D., C. Anderson, M. A. Johnson, J. Blough. February 2008. Predicting the Onset of Cavitation in Automotive Torque Converters: Part I - Design with Geometric Simlitude. Paper Number ISROMAC12-2008-20035, 12th International Symposium on Transport Phenomena and Dynamics of Rotating Machinery, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 17-22, 2008, refereed conference proceeding and presentation.