John Pakkala, Graduate Advisor, ECE

John Pakkala, Graduate Advisor, ECE

Graduate Academic Advisor/Instructor; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
John Pakkala, Graduate Advisor, ECE

Graduate Academic Advisor; Adjunct Assistant Professor - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Educational Background: Pakkala earned both his master’s ’99 and doctorate ‘01 in electrical engineering at Michigan Technological University.

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2001

Dissertation: Identification of Fuel Evaporation Parameters in Spark Ignition Engines during Cold Start, Advisor: Jeffrey Burl

M.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1999

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1997

Associate Degree-General, Lansing Community College, 1991

Certificate in Industrial Controls, Lansing Community College, 1990

Journeyman in Special Machine Design, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 1980

Professional Experience:

Pakkala has over two decades of industrial experience.

Consultant: Expert Witness in intellectual property infringement case, hydraulic component manufacturing, Milwaukee, WI and Jackson, MS, 2008-2014.

Consultant: Design, evaluation, balancing and implementation of production line systems for a garden equipment manufacturer, 2007-2009.

Consultant: Modeling and design of hydraulic shock absorber systems for a San Diego, CA automotive suspension component manufacturer. 2004-2005.


Responsible for the design and construction of dozens of special machines and for the planning and implementation of manufacturing projects for defense, aircraft and automotive customers. Projects ranged in size to more than fifteen-million dollars. Managed design staff, both internal and contract, responsible for machine design and for manufacturing engineering and initial quality assurance procedures.

Experience in Federal Acquisition Regulations

Completed apprenticeship in Special Machine Design, U.S. Department of Labor

Academic Experience:

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 2017—present, Graduate Academic Advisor.

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), Milwaukee, WI, Program Director, Mechanical Engineering Technology, 2013 – 2017.

Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI, 2006 –17, Associate Professor

Director of a dual-degree program with the Fachhochschule Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany, 2004 – 2017,

Fachhochschule Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany, Instructor-Vehicle Dynamics, 2015, 2013, 2007.

Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI, 2001 – 2006, Assistant Professor

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 1999-2001, Lecturer

Areas of Expertise:

Automatic control systems, circuits, and power systems.

Courses Taught at Michigan Tech:

EE-371          Automatic Control Systems

EE-211          Electrical Circuits


General Motors Foundation Doctoral Research Fellow, Michigan Technological University, 1997-2001

Sigma Xi Research Award, Honorable Mention, Michigan Technological University, 1999

Outstanding Performance in Physics, Lansing Community College, 1991

Published Works (Selected):

“Capstone Design and Bachelor Thesis Experiences for an International Dual-degree Mechanical Engineering Program,” J.E. Pakkala, D. Reger, and N. Sebastijanovic, International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation, Nov 14-16, 2016.

“A Vehicle Dynamics Design and Simulation Tool for Capstone Projects”, J. E. Pakkala, ASEE Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2011.

“A Unique Exchange Program for Mechanical Engineering Students at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Fachhochschule Lübeck”, J. E. Pakkala, Jürgen E. Blechschmidt, Joseph C. Musto, and Hans H. Reddemann, published in Joint and Double Degree Programs, An Emerging Model for Transatlantic Exchange, edited by D. Obst and M. Kuder, ISBN-10: 0-87206-318-6, Institute of International Education, New York, 2009.

“Engine Valve Event Detection using Knock Sensor Signals”, M. Scheuerell, J.E. Pakkala, SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI,. SAE #2007-01-1288, SAE Special Publication 2135, Variable Valve Actuation, ISBN 978-0-7680-1925-4, 2007.

“Work In Progress: Implementing a Digital Factory University Network”, J.E. Pakkala and F.J. Lopez, ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 2006.