Dr. David Farrow, Lab Coordinator

Dr. Farrow
David Farrow is an Engineering Teaching Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been the coordinator of the Mechanical Testing Instructional Laboratory since August, 2010. Prior to his appointment, he was associated with the Department of Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he taught courses in linear controls, industrial automation, solid modeling, mechanical vibration, instrumentation and experimental methods, manufacturing processes, and engineering materials, all of which included laboratory experiences.

A native of Dallas, Texas, he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1989, his MSME in 1990, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1995, all from the University of Texas at Arlington. His graduate coursework and dissertation, supervised by Dr. Stephen Kugle, emphasized machine automation, robotics, and advanced control methods.

He has industrial and other academic experience and is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), to which he has presented conference papers discussing the implementation of several of the engineering courses he has taught. Materials testing, machine control, instrumentation, and engineering education, especially in relation to mechanical materials testing, are his areas of interest.

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Dr. John Williams, Lab Manager (Retired)

Dr. Williams
John Williams held the position of academic professional at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was the manager of the Mechanical Testing Instructional Laboratory from September, 1994 to August, 2010. Immediately prior to his appointment, he was a research associate and instructor at the University of Maryland - College Park and at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County. One of his duties was teaching the materials laboratory course in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Williams is a native of Charlotte, N.C. He received his BS in Engineering Mechanics in 1967 and Master of Engineering in 1972, both from N.C. State University. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from N.C. State University in 1978. His thesis area was the investigation of high rate deformation in polymers.

He has academic and industrial experience. His primary research area of interest is high rate deformation of materials and instrumentation.

Professional memberships include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and ASM International.

Dr. Williams retired from the University of Illinois in August, 2010.