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John M. Usher

Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

E-mail address: usher@engr.msstate.edu
Website: http://www2.msstate.edu/~usherjm/


John M. Usher received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences at Louisiana State University in 1989. He also holds graduate degrees in both Chemical and Industrial Engineering from LSU, and a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. Prior to his academic career, John worked with Texas Instruments in the area of process development for the manufacture of multi-layer printed circuit boards. In addition to this industrial experience, John has also participated in summer research programs working with Martin Marietta (Oak Ridge, TN), NASA (Huntsville, AL), and the US Air Force (Dayton, Ohio).

His research interests focus on employing artificial intelligence in software environments for the purpose of enhancing system operation. John also teaches and consults in the area of applications software development including database design and development.

He has published numerous papers in technical journals and conference proceedings, edited several books, and continues to serve on the editorial staff of Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications. John is a registered professional engineer in Mississippi and a senior member of IIE, SME, and AAAI.


Simultaneous Engineering: Methodologies and Applications

Usher, John M.
Publisher: Gordon and Breach
1999
ISBN: 9056996606

This book covers recent advances in simultaneous engineering and contemporary issues related to the development and implementation of successful systems. The scope of material includes recent research related to simultaneous engineering problem-solving architectures, organizational issues, tools and techniques of simultaneous engineering, design methods, and application of artificial intelligence and numeric tools.



Integrated Product and Process Development: Methods, Tools, and Technologies

Usher, John M.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
1998
ISBN: 0471155977

The phenomenal success of integrated product and process development (IPPD) at such companies as Boeing, Motorola, and Hewlett-Packard has led many manufacturers to place renewed emphasis on this critical aspect of concurrent engineering. If you are among those charged with the daunting task of implementing, upgrading, or maintaining IPPD, you need a single reference/handbook that covers all of the tools, technologies, and applications that support IPPD. You need Integrated Product and Process Development.

Emphasizing applications, this extremely user-friendly guide covers everything from basic principles to cutting-edge research. It addresses ideas and methods in product design as well as issues related to process design and manufacturing. Case studies illustrate the application of various tools and techniques of IPPD in manufacturing for the defense industry, making the most of product planning, applications of quality function deployment (QFD), the effective use of design optimization, and integrating design and process planning.