Joel Lenoir, PE
Professor, Bud Layne Professor in Mechanical Engineering
- Measurement system design and system integration
- Automated equipment development and construction
- Laser scanning, reverse engineering, and high speed photography/video
- Dynamic system analysis
Building and fixing things have always been an integral part of Joel Lenoir’s life. Growing up as a Methodist preacher’s kid in the rural mountains of East Tennessee with basically no television reception, he always found shops and garages to disappear into for long periods of time. In college as a pre-med major, he found that the single day he had that major was long enough. He thought designing farm equipment was in his future once he switched to mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee. However, economic conditions in the early 1980’s changed that path and he rotated through engineering positions at Michelin Research and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The rise of Windows-based 3D CAD during his time at WKU has had the greatest impact on his professional career, and he is never far from his laptop (loaded with Solidworks, of course) and a digital SLR Nikon. He is a strong advocate of project-based learning, and has found ways to blend his interests and natural curiosity into applied research projects involving reverse engineering, laser scanning, rapid prototyping, and high speed photography and videography. When not in his lab or classroom, he can be found working on his jeeps and various woodworking and machining projects in his home shop with one of his four children.
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