Assistant/Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
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Western Kentucky University’s Department of Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track position in mechanical engineering. WKU is developing a university-wide initiative in Materials and Advanced Manufacturing, and we seek an engineer who can develop and lead a faculty group focused on advanced manufacturing issues. Our new colleague will have strong undergraduate teaching abilities and a keen interest in performing applied research in manufacturing, developing meaningful industry-sponsored projects, and collaborating with colleagues in other manufacturing-related disciplines. The individual will be expected to build productive partnerships with other engineering faculty members, faculty members in the Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences department, and faculty members in entrepreneurship within the College of Business.
The Mechanical Engineering program at WKU is ABET accredited and offers Baccalaureate Degrees jointly with the University of Kentucky. All three engineering programs at WKU place strong emphasis on project based experiences for all students. Many of these projects have been developed and sponsored by external industrial partners. The successful candidate will be expected to develop active collaborations with industrial partners leading to research and engagement opportunities for students. The responsibilities of this position include teaching, research, and service that are to be conducted within the context of the university and department missions with special emphasis on developing collaborative research capacity in advanced manufacturing. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach in the mechanical systems portion of the curriculum, including computational methods applied to design and advanced manufacturing. All WKU engineering faculty are required to obtain professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Kentucky prior to applying for tenure or promotion.

Our University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Supporting Resources
The Layne Endowed Professorship in Mechanical Engineering is one of four endowed faculty positions in the Engineering Department at WKU. Since 2001, the $1 million endowment has supported the development of new departmental laboratory equipment, professional development opportunities, and most importantly multiple student projects within the Mechanical Engineering Program.
Ogden College of Science and Engineering and the Applied Research Technology Program are home to a wide variety of multidisciplinary centers to support scholarly engagement and collaboration of faculty and industry participants. Some of these with which the successful candidate can collaborate include:
  • The High Performance Computation Center has been established to aid research and teaching efforts of faculty and other university constituents who require high capacity computation tools.
  • The Stone (STimulating Opportunities and New Enterprises) Engineering Services Center uses the expertise of the Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Manufacturing Sciences faculty members to respond to industrial needs and opportunities while giving engineering undergraduates hands–on experiences as practicing engineers.
  • The Innovation and Commercialization Center (ICC) offices represent a statewide network of regional, urban, and rural offices throughout the Commonwealth. These offices are focused on helping Kentucky entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers perfect their business strategies in order to build successful high-tech businesses throughout Kentucky.
  • The Applied Physics Institute is a multidisciplinary research center. API researchers use fundamental physics principles to address research issues of technological importance at the frontiers of science and engineering. Research areas include nuclear physics, nanoscale physics, material science, and electronics.
  • The Advanced Materials Institute specializes in the analysis and characterization of a variety of materials. Faculty at WKU frequently utilize the facility for their research purposes.
Contact the Head of the Department of Engineering, Dr. Julie Ellis (270-745-2461 or regarding questions. The review of applications will begin January 2, 2013 , and will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, official transcripts, and three letters of reference to:
Mechanical Engineering Search Committee
Department of Engineering #21082
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1082

Electronic documents may be submitted to
Please include: MESearch on the subject line.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

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