John Renie, Ph.D.
My name is John Renie and I received all three engineering degrees from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. After completing my dissertation (1983) on the theoretical modelling of solid propellant (yes, I am a rocket scientist!), I began my academic career teaching in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL. I focused my course work in the thermal sciences, including the subjects of heat transfer, thermodynamics and combustion. While at the University of Illinois, my research areas included HVAC heat transfer, laser diagnostics and hypersonic combustion.
In 1990, I moved my family of my wife and two children to the maternal birthplace of Fort Wayne and began an academic career at Indiana Universoty, Purdue University at Fort Wayne(IPFW) in the Engineering Department, again focusing on the teaching of the thermal sciences within the mechanical engineering curriculum. In 1995, I began a thirteen year career working in industry with the Dana Corporation, supervising their various testing labs and performing FEA design work among other duties. Throughout my industrial career, I continued to teach as an adjunct professor at all three university in Fort Wayne, IPFW, Ivy Tech and Indiana Tech. During the past three years, I have also consulted with an automotive driveline testing firm in Livonia, MI.
I have taken a full-time position starting in the Fall of 2010 here at Indiana Tech teaching in both the mechanical and energy engineering areas. One of my current duties has been in the establishment of the experimental equipment for the Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory, including the various solar collectors, fuel cell trainer, biofuel trainer, and the wind turbine that will be erected late in 2011.