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Jay McCormack

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Jay McCormack works in engineering design, integrating design across disciplines, lean manufacturing and engineering education. He co-founded Pittsburgh-based DesignAdvance Systems Inc. Dr. McCormack is assisting in the institute's new engineering design program and is part of a Rose-Hulman group participating in a new national higher education consortium developing and promoting teaching practices to help engineering students reflect on their experiences. He also taught engineering courses in Rose-Hulman's ESCALATE program, a living-learning community focused on integrating entrepreneurship and technical disciplines. He co-advises the American Society of Mechanical Engineers student organization.

Teaching Interests

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Design
  • Manufacturing

Research Experiences

  • Design methods
  • Design in engineering education

Publications & Presentations

  • Ater Kranov, A., Beyerlein, A., Pedrow, S., Zhang, P., McCormack and J., Schmeckpeper, J., “The Engineering Professional Skills Assessment: Validity Evidence to Establish Appropriateness of Use to Directly Measure Student Group Ability to Exhibit Non-Technical Skills,” Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
  • McCormack, J., Beyerlein, S., Ater Kranov, A., Pedrow, P. and Schmeckpeper, E., “Scenario and Scoring Sheet Development for Engineering Professional Skill Assessment,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Indianapolis, Ind., 2014
  • McCormack, J., Beyerlein, S. and Brackin, P., “Snapshot Style Poster Sessions for Large Class Feedback on Project Status in Engineering Capstone Courses,” Capstone Design Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 2014    
  • McCormack, J., Beyerlein, S., Davis, D., Trevisan, M., Davis, H., Howe, S., Brackin, P., Thompson, P., Leiffer, P., Khan, M. J. and Gerlick, R., “Contextualizing Engineering Ethics in Capstone Projects Using the IDEALS Professional Responsibility Assessment,” International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 28(2), 1-9, 2012
  • Beyerlein, S., Donohoe, G., Hess, T., Johnson, B., McCormack, J. and Odom, E., “Self-Renewing, Industry-Driven Capstone Design Program at University of Idaho,” National Academy of Engineering’s Real World Engineering Education, National Academy of Engineering Publications, 2012
  • McCormack, J., Cagan, J. and Vogel, C., “Speaking the Buick Language: Capturing, Understanding, and Exploring Brand Identity with Shape Grammars,” Design Studies, Vol. 25, 1-29, 2004

Awards & Honors

  • Best Paper Award, American Society for Engineering Education Conference, 2012

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003
  • MS, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000
  • BS, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998