Jonathan Meckley

Jon Meckley
Chair, Plastics Engineering Technology
Associate Professor of Engineering, Plastics Engineering Technology
Office Phone
Office Location
213N Burke
PENN STATE BEHREND
242 BURKE CENTER
ERIE PA 16563
Biography

Mr. Jonathan Meckley is an associate professor of engineering at Penn State Behrend. He received the A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1988, the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1990 and the B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology in 1990, all from Penn State Behrend. In 1998, he received the M.S. in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Mr. Meckley is a member of American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and it’s Blow Molding Division, and the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Mr. Meckley was nominated for the Council of Fellows Faculty Excellence in Outreach Award in both 2006 and 2007. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers Blow Molding Division in 2004. Mr. Meckley received the College Teaching Workshop Certificate in 2005.

Mr. Meckley came to Penn State Behrend after working in industry from 1989 through 1998. He previously worked as a process engineer for C & J Industries in Meadville, PA, as a research associate for the Plastics Technical Center, and as a senior project engineering for the Plastics Technology Deployment Center, Erie, PA. Mr. Meckley was a design engineering and co-owner of Innovative Design Services from 1992-1994. He is also a member of SME.


Teaching 

Courses Taught

  • Advance Mold Design Technologies
  • Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Advanced Processing
  • Advanced Tooling and Rheology Lab
  • Computer Applications for Plastics
  • Design of Plastic Parts
  • First Year Seminar
  • Foreign Studies
  • Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Plastics
  • Mold Design and Process Strategies
  • Packaging Design
  • Packaging Processes
  • Plastics Processing II
  • Plastics Projects
  • Rapid Commercialization
  • Spatial Analysis and Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Technical Drawing Fundamentals

Courses and workshops taught in support of outreach-based instruction

  • Fundamental of Injection Molding Part Design
  • Injection Molding Product Design
  • Mold Designer’s & Molder’s Guide to Part Design Seminar
  • Overview of Injection Molding Part Design Seminar
  • Overview of Plastic Part Design Seminar

Research 

Research projects completed

  • Meckley, J. [Principal investigator], “Pelletizing material and viscosity testing,” Minifibers, $400, November 2004.
  • Meckley, J. [Project leader], and Moyak. T., “Material testing,” Plastics Technology Center and Daikin Institute of Advanced Chemistry & Technology, $28,320, June-December 2003.

Grants and contracts awarded for improvement of instruction or for training programs

  • Meckley, J. [Co-Principal Investigator], and Young, B., PL ET 205 Distance Learning (course development), Pennsylvania Department of Labor, $50,000, 2007-2008.
  • Meckley, J., and Young, B., Plastics, 101, American Plastics Council, $26,000, September 2006. [course development]

Grants for equipment, facilities, or other purposes that do not provide salary support

  • Meckley, J., Society of Plastics Engineers Blow Molding Division Grant Fund, $1,733, 2006.

Service 

Organizing conferences, service on conference committees

  • Society of Plastics Engineers
  • Blow Molding Division, Technical Program Co-Chair, Blow Molding Conference, 2010.
  • Blow Molding Division, Technical Program Chair, ANTEC 2009.
  • Blow Molding Division, Technical Program Chair, ANTEC 2008.
  • Blow Molding Division, Technical Program Co-Chair, ANTEC 2007.
  • Blow Molding Division, Technical Program Chair, ANTEC 2003.

Active participation in professional and learned societies

  • Society of Plastics Engineers
    • Past Chair, Blow Molding Division, July 2009-present.
    • President, NW Pennsylvania Section, June 2008-present.
    • President Elect, NW Pennsylvania Section, November 2007-June 2008.
    • Chair, Blow Molding Division, October 2006-June 2009.
    • Chair Elect, Blow Molding Division, May-October 2006.
    • Technical Program Chair, Blow Molding Division, November 2004-May 2006.
    • Secretary, Blow Molding Division, November 2004-2006.

Service to professional and industrial associations

  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
    • Plastics Engineering Lab Tour, May 2005.
  • Society of Plastics Engineers, judged the following seminars:
    • Blow Molding Division: “Success in blow molding,” June 25-26, 2003.
    • Blow Molding Division: “Blow molding package design and engineering,” May 9, 2003.

Service to educational institutions

  • Diehl and Rolling Ridge elementary schools, Erie, PA. 
    • Piloting a project with sixth graders who will visit Behrend several times to work with plastics engineering technology students. There is a race at the end of the semester and all of the 6th grade students from both schools will attend, 2005.

Service to student organizations

  • Society of Plastics Engineers, Student Section
    • Adviser, September 2005-present.
Research Interests

Blow molding and rapid commercialization.

Publications

Training Writing Tutors to Improve Their Support for Engineering Students' Technical Reports - October 16, 2019
Collaborators: Ruth Pflueger, Co-Author; Robert Weissbach, Co-Author; Corinne Renguette, Co-Author

Plastic Film Production - June, 2017
Collaborator: Michael Orzolek, Editor

A Framework for a Simple and Effective Assessment and CQI Process - October, 2016
Collaborators: William Lasher, Primary Author; Russell Warley, Secondary Author

A Study on the Effect of Nan-O-Sil ASD on Cooling Time Reduction, Society of Plastics Engineers ANTEC - 2010
Collaborators: P Shah; R Oder

An Infrared Examination of the Effects of Melt Rotation on Injection Molded Parts, Society of Plastics Engineers ANTEC - 2010

A study on the design and effectiveness of conformal cooling channels in rapid tooling inserts, the Technology Interface Journal, The Electronic Journal for Engineering Technology - 2009
Collaborator: Robert Edwards

A Study of the Effect of Conformal Cooling on Part Temperature, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 2008
Collaborator: Robert Edwards

A Study of the Mold Thermal Characteristics of Cooling Lines in Conventional and Rapid Tooling, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 2008
Collaborator: Robert Edwards

Involving Non-engineering Students With Engineering Students to Enhance the Learning Experience, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 2007

A Study of the Thermal Characteristics of P20 Steel and S4 Rapid Tooling Material with Conventional and Conformal Cooling Channels, the Technology Interface Journal, The Electronic Journal for Engineering Technology - 2007

An Innovative Approach to Involve Grade School Students in College Projects, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 2006
Collaborator: Lucy Lenhardt

The Challenges of Teaching Blow Molding in a University Setting, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 2006

An Examination into the Effects of a Fluoropolymer Additive in Nylon 6/6 Neat Injection Molding Resins, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 2005

Development of a Plastic Injection Molding Processing Laboratory for Freshman Mechanical Engineering Technology Students, 2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - 2005
Collaborator: Fredrick Nitterright

Numerical and Experimental Investigation of the Effect of Mandrel Motion on Extruded Parison Thickness, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 2005
Collaborators: H Metwally, Co-Author; T Marchal; E Array; Y-Y Perng

Effects of Geometry on the Tensile Strength of Extrusion Blow Molding Pinch-off Welds, Polymer-Plastics Technology & Engineering (PPTE) - 2004
Collaborators: C Green; J McConnell; I Laskowitz

Effects of Geometry and Processing on the Blow Molding Pinch-off, Proceedings, Emerging Technologies for the New Millennium - 2001

A Knowledge-based Computer Optimization for Three Plate and Hot Runner Mold Designs, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 1992
Collaborators: S McCarthy; D Cinquegrana

Flexible Automation in Small Lot Production, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 1990

Education

MS, Plastics Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

BS, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Penn State Behrend College

BS, Plastics Engineering Technology, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Other, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Penn State Behrend College