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David Seamon (PhD, 1977, Clark University, Worcester, MA) is a Professor of Environment-Behavior and Place Studies in the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University. His research focuses on a phenomenological approach to environmental and architectural topics. His books include A GEOGRAPHY OF THE LIFEWORLD (1979/2015), DWELLING, PLACE, AND ENVIRONMENT (1985 and co-edited with Robert Mugerauer), DWELLING, SEEING, AND DESIGNING (1993), and GOETHE'S WAY OF SCIENCE: A PHENOMENOLOGY OF NATURE (1998 and co-edited with Arthur Zajonc). His most recent book is LIFE TAKES PLACE: PHENOMENOLOGY, LIFEWORLDS AND PLACE MAKING (Routledge, 2018). He is editor of ENVIRONMENTAL & ARCHITECTURAL PHENOMENOLOGY, which celebrated 25 years of publication in 2014. Seamon's articles and other writings are available at academia.edu.
Doctor Mark James Jackson is the McCune and Middlekauff Endowed Professor, Academic Program Leader and University Faculty Fellow at Kansas State University. He was previously Department Chairman and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts, and Research Associate at Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ Group Research and Development Laboratory at the Northborough Research and Development Center, Massachusetts, and Research Leader of Grinding Technology at the Higgins Grinding Technology Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, respectively.
Born in Widnes, Lancashire, England, in 1967, Doctor Jackson began his engineering career in 1983 when he studied for O.N.C. part I examinations and first-year apprenticeship-training course in mechanical engineering. After gaining an Ordinary National Diploma in Engineering with distinctions and I.C.I. prize for achievement, he read a degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at Liverpool Polytechnic and spent periods in industry working for I.C.I. Pharmaceuticals, Unilever Industries, Anglo Blackwells and Unicorn International. After graduating with a Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) degree with Distinction under the supervision of Professor Jack Schofield, M.B.E., Doctor Jackson subsequently studied the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree at Liverpool in the field of materials engineering focusing primarily on microstructure-property relationships in vitreous-bonded abrasive materials under the supervision of Professor Benjamin Mills. He was subsequently employed by Unicorn Abrasives’ Central Research & Development Laboratory (Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ Group) as materials technologist, then technical manager, responsible for product and new business development in Europe, and university liaison projects concerned with abrasive process development. Doctor Jackson then became research fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, working with Professor John Field, O.B.E., F.R.S., on impact fracture and friction of diamond before becoming a lecturer in engineering at the University of Liverpool in 1998. At Liverpool, Dr. Jackson established research in the field of micro machining using mechanical tools, laser beams, and abrasive particles. At Liverpool, he attracted a number of research grants concerned with developing innovative manufacturing processes for which he was jointly awarded an Innovative Manufacturing Technology Center from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in November 2001. In 2002, he became associate professor of mechanical engineering and faculty associate in the Center for Manufacturing Research, Center for Electric Power, and Center for Water Resources and Utilization at Tennessee Technological University, and a faculty associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Jackson was academic adviser to the Formula SAE Team at Tennessee Technological University. At Tennessee Technological University, Dr. Jackson established the NSF Geometric Design and Manufacturing Integration Laboratory. In 2004 he moved to Purdue University as Associate Professor of Advanced Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Birck Nanotechnology Centre, and the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing. In 2005, Dr. Jackson established the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory at Purdue University. In 2005, Dr. Jackson was awarded a U. S. Army Research Office award to establish the Center for Advanced Manufacturing jointly with John Sullivan, and a research contract from NASA’s National Center for Advanced Manufacturing to establish the Center for Micro and Meso Mechanical Manufacturing at Purdue Discovery Park. Dr. Jackson also worked with Purdue’s Krannert Business School on nanotechnology business development. Dr. Jackson was a University Faculty Scholar at Purdue University, University Faculty Fellow, and the Changjiang River Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology in China. Dr. Jackson also collaborated with Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Harold Kroto, F.R.S., editing a book on surface engineering of surgical tools and medical devices and editing a special issue of the International Journal of Nanomanufacturing on ‘Nanofabrication of Novel Carbon Nanostructures and Nanocomposite Films’.
Doctor Jackson is active in research work concerned with understanding the properties of materials in the field of micro scale metal cutting, micro and nano abrasive machining, and laser micro machining. He is also involved in developing next generation manufacturing processes and biomedical engineering. Doctor Jackson has directed, co-directed, and managed research grants funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, The Royal Society of London, The Royal Academy of Engineering (London), European Union, Ministry of Defense (London), Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, National Science Foundation, N.A.S.A., U. S. Department of Energy (through Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Industrial Companies, which has generated research income in excess of £18 million ($25 million). Dr. Jackson is strongly committed to working closely with manufacturing industry and has served on political committees to ensure that manufacturing counts.