John K. Gershenson
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Phone: (906) 487-2047
Fax: (906) 487-2822

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Dr. Gershenson performs research in the area of life-cycle engineering.  Specific research interests include: life-cycle design, environmentally conscious design, design for manufacturability, decision-based design, modular product design, industrial ecology, agile manufacturing processes, design for post-manufacturing issues, lean manufacturing, and lean product development. 

Active projects include:
  • Product Modularity - Measures and Methods
  • Product Modularity - The Link between Product Architecture and Product Life-cycle Costs
  • Modularity in Product Families - Accounting for Costs and Benefits
  • Using Product Modularity to Decrease Risk and Cost from Technological Innovation
  • Lean Manufacturing - A Systematic Application
  • Lean Engineering
  • Selection of Industrial Coatings based on Environmental Impact
  • Exploration of Material Design Spaces
The  Life-cycle Engineering Laboratory is expanding rapidly!!

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Courses taught: 

  • Senior Design
  • Life-cycle Engineering
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Design for Manufacturability
  • Process Planning


  • Guo, F. and J.K. Gershenson (2003).  “Comparison of Modular Measurement Methods based on Consistency Analysis and Sensitivity Analysis.”  Proceedings of the 2003 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences – 15th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, Chicago, Illinois, September.
  • Zhang, Y. and J.K. Gershenson (2003).  “An Initial Study of Direct Relationships between Life-cycle Modularity and Life-cycle Cost.”  Journal of Concurrent Engineering Research and Applications, Volume 11, Number 3.
  • Pavnaskar, S.J., J.K. Gershenson, and A.B. Jambekar (2003).  “A Classification Scheme for Lean Manufacturing Tools.”  International Journal of Production Research, Volume 41, Number 13, pp. 3075-3090.
  • Pavnaskar, S.J. and J.K. Gershenson (2003).  “Fundamental Toolset for Lean Product Development.”  Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Stockholm, Sweden, August.
  • Gershenson, J.K., C.E. Hailey, J.C. Batty, and W.F. Phillips (2002).  “Curriculum Measurement: Application of Value Engineering Techniques in Curriculum Development.”  International Journal of Engineering Education, Volume 18, Number 2, pp. 140-150.
  • Paluri, S. and J.K. Gershenson (2001).  “Attribute-Based Design Description System in Design for Manufacturability and Assembly.”  Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, Volume 5, Number 2, pp. 83-94.
  • Gershenson, J.K., R.R. Dupont, and R.L. Ratliff (2000).  “Selection of Industrial Coatings Based on Environmental and Societal Impact Characteristics.”  Proceedings of 2000 IMECE: ASME 2000 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November, Orlando, Florida.
  • Cuttino, J.F., D.D. Newman, J.K. Gershenson, and D.E. Schinstock (2000).  “A Structured Method for the Classification and Selection of Actuators for Space Deployment Mechanisms.”  Journal of Engineering Design, Volume 11, Number 1.
  • Gershenson, J.K., G.J. Prasad, and S. Allamneni (1999).  “Modular Product Design: A Life-cycle View.”  Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, Volume 3, Number 4.
  • Gershenson, J.K. and L.A. Stauffer (1999).  “A Taxonomy for Design Requirements from Corporate Customers.”  Journal of Research in Engineering Design, Volume 11, Number 2.
  • Gershenson, J.A. and K. Ishii (1991).  “Life-cycle Design for Serviceability.”  Kusiak, A. (ed.), Concurrent Engineering: Theory and Practice, John Wiley and Sons, New York.


  • Playing with Debbie, Daniel, Noah, Sweet Pea, and Grover
  • Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Softball


The Michigan Tech Life-cycle Engineering Laboratory