Faculty Faction: John Martin

John Martin, assiJohn Martinstant professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, is a lifelong penguin. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Youngstown State University.

He has worked in the industry for companies such as WCI Steel, Webco Industries, Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic, PMC Colinet, and RMS/Steelastic.

Martin said that if he ever got the chance to teach at YSU that he would, and that opportunity came to him last fall semester.

“It was something that I had in the back of my mind,” He said. “I came from industry, so that was kind of what I had always planned on doing, and if the opportunity ever arose that I could teach [at YSU], I wanted to; I just didn’t know if that was going to be a possibility.”

Martin said he hopes to be a big influence on his students so that one day they will look back and remember that he helped them to really understand the fundamentals of engineering and use it to their full potential.

Besides using his expertise to teach students about mechanical engineering technology, he has also been researching classroom instruction techniques.

“Right now, I’m doing research in engineering education,” Martin said. “I am currently evaluating different instructional methods in the classroom; for instance, the effectiveness of simultaneously presenting a software program while teaching a new mathematical concept versus sequentially presenting the software program and the concept.  My goal is to better understand how these methods effect learners in an engineering classroom to ultimately improve student learning.”

He also thinks that STEM is the perfect place to be if you want to be a part of the large diversity of both students and faculty on campus.

“I like the interaction with the students. I like meeting all the different people and personalities. There’s a lot more human contact teaching in STEM than there is in most industry jobs,” he said.