Bradley Johnson, M.E., M.B.A

Bradley Johnson
Lecturer in Engineering, Plastics Engineering Technology
Office Phone
Office Location
213F Burke
PENN STATE BEHREND
242 BURKE CENTER
ERIE PA 16563
    Biography

    Mr. Bradley Johnson is a Lecturer in engineering at Penn State Behrend. He received the A.S. in 1980 in Engineering Science from Alfred State College; a B.S. in 1983 and an M.E. in 1984 in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and earned an MBA in Business Administration in 1993 from Gannon University. Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education ASEE and the Society of Plastics Engineers SPE. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Injection Molding Division of SPE.

    Mr. Johnson came to Penn State Behrend with eleven years industry experience; as a project engineer in manufacturing and then design/development at Osram Sylvania Incorporated located in Warren, PA, and earlier as a lab technician at Chemical Process and Supply Company, Dunkirk, NY, and as a plating engineering for Torpedo Wire & Strip, Inc., located in Pittsfield, PA.

    Mr. Johnson is the faculty coordinator for the Plastics Training Academy at Penn State Behrend. These training seminars are hosted through Continuing Education and serve the training needs of the plastics industry. He organizes the SPE Injection Molding Conferences held at Penn State Behrend.

    Mr Johnson is the recipient, Engineer of the Year Award, presented by the Injection Molding Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, 2011; Member of the Year Award, presented by the Northwest Pennsylvania section of the Society of Plastics Engineers, 2011; 2009 Engineer of the Year Award, Society of Plastics Engineers Injection Molding Division, awarded at Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Meeting ANTEC; and Division Chair Award, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference ANTEC, May 2007.


    Teaching 

    Other courses taught

    • Advanced Injection Molding
    • Advanced Mold Design Technologies
    • Advanced Tooling and Rheology
    • Computer Applications/Plastics
    • Foreign Studies
    • Instrumentation, Control and Automation (Plastics)
    • Medical Manufacturing Methods
    • Plastics Processing II
    • Plastics Processing and Statistical Methods
    • Quality Control for Plastics Processing

    Courses and workshops taught in support of outreach-based instruction

    • Design of Experiments Workshop
    • Design of Experiments for Injection Molding
    • Extrusion and Injection Molding Basics
    • Fundamentals of Injection Molding
    • Injection Molding Principles
    • Injection Molding Strategies
    • RJG Master Molder I
    • Troubleshooting for Injection Molding

    Service 

    Organizing conferences, service on conference committees

    • Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
      • Technical Program Chair, Injection Molding Division, Chicago, IL, June 2009.
      • Organized paper reviews, Injection Molding Division, 2008.
      • Moderator, Injection Molding Division session “Injection Molding Technology Forum – Future Trends in Management, Technology, and International Collaborations,” 2007.
      • Served on technical conference subcommittee, Injection Molding TOPCON, Cleveland, OH, October 11-12, 2004.
    • Penn State Behrend, Injection Molding Conference
      • Chair, Injection Molding Conference with the assistance of College of Agriculture Short Courses and Conferences at University Park, Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA, June 2011.
      • Chair, Injection Molding Conference with the assistance of College of Agriculture Short Courses and Conferences at University Park, Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA, June 10-12, 2008.
      • Chair, Injection Molding Conference with the assistance of Continuing Education, Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA, June 4-6, 2007.

    Active participation in professional and learned societies

    • Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
      • Councilor, Injection Molding Division, 2011.
      • Technical Program Chair, Plastics Educator’s Special Interest Group, 2011.
      • Board of Directors, Injection Molding Division, Member, 2010.
      • Technical Program Chair, Injection Molding Division, 2008.
      • Chair, Injection Molding Division, May 2006-May 2007.
      • Technical Session Moderator, Injection Molding and Process Monitoring, Charlotte, NC, May 2006.
      • Wrote two sponsor statements for awards, 2006.
      • Vice-chair, Injection Molding Division, 2004-present.
      • Technical Session Moderator, Injection Molding TOPCON, Cleveland, OH, October 2004.
      • Moderator and Session Chair, Society of Plastics Engineer’s Annual Technical Conference, Injection Molding Quality Control Division, Atlanta, GA, April 1998.
      • Moderated Session, “Emerging Technologies RETEC,” sponsored by Penn State Behrend, The Plastics Technology Deployment Center, The National Tooling and Machining Association, and the Northwestern PA Society of Plastics Engineers, Erie, PA, August 9-10, 1996.

    Service to public and private organizations

    • CAMtech’s Plastics Advisory Board, Member, 2004.

    Service to professional and industrial associations

    • FABRYKAT 2000, sponsored by National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM).
      • The purpose of the FABRYKAT 2000 team was to provide technical assistance to seven different plastic part manufacturers in Poland, October 23-31, 1999.

    Service to School and Program

    • Support of school and program at trade shows:
      • SPE ANTEC, 2010.
      • SPE ANTEC, Cincinnati, OH, May 2007.
      • SPI National Plastics Exhibition (NPE), Chicago, IL, June 2006.
      • SPE ANTEC, Charlotte, NC, May 2006.
      • SPE ANTEC, Boston, MA, May 2005.
      • SPE Injection Molding TOPCON, Cleveland, OH, October 2004.
      • PLASTICS USA, Chicago, IL, September 2004.
      • Plastics Encounter, Cleveland, OH, June 2004.
      • Society of Plastics Engineers, ANTEC, Chicago, IL, May 2004.

    Service to student organizations

    • Society of Plastics Engineers, student chapter
      • Faculty co-adviser, sophomore class, 2009.
      • Accompanied students to TOPCON, Cleveland, OH, October 2004.
      • Faculty co-adviser, sophomore class, 2003-2004, 2008-present.
      • Faculty adviser, sophomore class, 2002, 2005-2007.
    Research Interests

    Plastics processing and process control.

    Publications

    EVALUATION OF NOVEL SWITCH TO DETECT THE MELT FLOW FRONT IN INJECTION MOLDING - March, 2019
    Collaborators: Stacey Johnson, Co-Author; Nicholas Johnson, Co-Author

    NOVEL V/P TRANSFER ACTUATION METHOD AND INJECTION MOLDING STRATEGY AND THEIR COMPARISON TO TRADITIONAL METHODS - March, 2019
    Collaborator: Nicholas Johnson, Co-Author

    USING INFRARED TEMPERATURE SENSORS TO STUDY TEMPERATURE CHANGES OF PVC DURING FLOW WITH THE INCORPORATION OF MELT ROTATION TECHNOLOGY - May, 2016
    Collaborator: Stacey Johnson, Co-Author

    DETERMINING WHICH IN-MOLD SENSORS SHOULD BE USED FOR V/P TRANSFER DURING INJECTION MOLDING FOR THREE DIFFERENT INJECTION STRATEGIES - April, 2013

    Runner and Gating Design Handbook: Tools for Successful Injection Molding - 2004

    The Effect of Cavity Pressure Transducer Location on Process Robustness, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - May, 2001

    Education

    MBA, Business Administration, Gannon University

    ME, Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    BS, Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    AS, Engineering Science, Alfred State College