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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of General Engineering
1300 West Park Street
S&E 309
Phone: 406-496-4460

International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication

Jack Skinner served on the program committee for the International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication and represented Montana Tech at the conference in Washington, D.C. in May 2014.

International Conference on Electron Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication


Jack L. Skinner received the B.S. degree from Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, MT, in General Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering Option in 2000, the M.S. degree from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, in Mechanical Engineering in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, CA, in Mechanical Engineering in 2007.

He was a graduate researcher with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC), Berkeley, CA, from 2004 to 2007, where he developed diffractive optical microsystems. From 2003 to 2012, he was with Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, where he was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff before accepting a position as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the General Engineering Department at Montana Tech, Butte, MT. He has been working in the field of nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) since 2001. His research interests include technological advancements in the understanding and application of nanoscale devices, materials, and methods.

Dr. Skinner is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Research Interests:

Dr. Skinner oversees the Montana Tech General Engineering Nanotech Laboratory.

  • Nanoscale and microscale theory and design
  • Nanofabrication and microfabrication
  • Energy systems
  • Advanced materials
  • Plasmonics
  • Device characterization
  • Integration of microscale and nanoscale technologies

Courses Taught:

  • EGEN 491 Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems
  • EMEC 448 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
  • EGEN 202 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics

Selected Publications:

“Spatial sensing using electrical impedance tomography,” Bryan R. Loyola, Valeria La Saponara, Kenneth J. Loh, Timothy M. Briggs, Gregory O’Bryan, and Jack L. Skinner, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 2357-2367, June 2013.

“Detection of spatially distributed damage in fiber-reinforced polymer composites,” Bryan R. Loyola, Timothy M. Briggs, Luciana Arronche, Kenneth J. Loh, Valeria La Saponara, Greg O’Bryan, and Jack L. Skinner, Journal of Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 12, Iss. 3, pp. 225-240, May 2013.

“Fabrication of a large, ordered, three-dimensional nanocup array,” Joanne C. Lo, Soon Gweon Hong, Richard J. Anderson, Luke P. Lee, David A. Horsley, and Jack L. Skinner, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 101, pp. 081109, August 2012.

“Nanofabrication of SERS device by an integrated block-copolymer and nanoimprint lithography method,” E. L. Yang, C. C. Liu, C. A. Steinhaus, C. Y. P. Yang, P. F. Nealey, and J. L. Skinner, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, Vol. 28, Iss. 6, pp. C6M93-C6M97, November/December 2010.

“Nanotube surface functionalization effects in blended multi-walled carbon nanotubes/PVDF composites,” G. O’Bryan, E. L. Yang, T. Zifer, K. Wally, J. L. Skinner, and A. L. Vance, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, DOI: 10.1002/app.33264, November 2010.

“Fabrication methods for creating flexible polymer substrate sensor tags,” H. Ho and J. L. Skinner, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, Vol. 27, Iss. 6, pp. 3104-3108, November/December 2009.

“Low-power electrothermal actuation for microelectromechanical systems,” J. L. Skinner, P. M. Dentinger, F. W. Strong, and S. E. Gianoulakis, Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS, Vol. 7, Iss. 4, pp. 043025-1-7, November 2008.

“Large-area subwavelength aperture arrays fabricated using nanoimprint lithography,” J. L. Skinner, L. L. Hunter, A. A. Talin, J. Provine, and D. A. Horsley, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 7, No. 5, pp. 527-531, September 2008.

“Electrical discharge across micrometer-scale gaps for planar MEMS structures in air at atmospheric pressure,” F. W. Strong, J. L. Skinner, and N. C. Tien, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 18, pp. 075025-1-11, July 2008.

“A MEMS light modulator based on diffractive nanohole gratings,” J. L. Skinner, A. A. Talin, and D. A. Horsley, Optics Express, Vol. 16, Iss. 6, pp. 3701-3711, March 2008.

“Effect of critical dimension variation on SAW correlator energy,” J. L. Skinner, G. F. Cardinale, A. A. Talin, and R. W. Brocato, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 497-501, February 2006.

“High strain behavior of composite thin film piezoelectric membranes,” I. Demir, A. L. Olson, J. L. Skinner, C. D. Richards, R. F. Richards, and D. F. Bahr, Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 75, Iss. 1, pp. 12-23, July 2004.