Faculty & Staff
Dr. J. Aubrey Sykes
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland
PE in Texas
Dr. Sykes also took extensive business and management courses at the University of California-Berkley after completing his Ph.D.
Dr. Sykes has a broad set of technology and leadership skills. Much of his career has been dedicated to managing research and development for Shell Oil, Air Products & Chemicals, and AMP Incorporated. In each of these companies, he focused on environmental issues, strategies, and tactics for the development and deployment of technology for business results and personnel recruitment and development.
Dr. Sykes has licensed process technology worldwide. He led the development and deployment of many technology management practices from strategic approaches, to program and project management, to strategic and tactical use of trade secrets and patent estates, and to effective and efficient management of professionals and facilities. He has managed the development and construction of R&D facilities in the UK, in Utrecht (Holland), in Tsukuba (Japan), in Hong Kong (China), in Beijing (China) and around the US. Directly or through his leadership, Dr. Sykes has developed, improved, or produced numerous materials from which we gain daily benefits.
In recent years, Dr. Sykes has been teaching across several engineering disciplines as well as the physical and environmental sciences — first at Penn State University and now at Calvin College. His teaching experience is broad in technology range and in education level.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Sykes is a consultant to businesses in the areas of strategic planning and technology management, as well as patent portfolio management.
He was an active supporter of the development of the National Technological University and the Center for Innovation Management Studies at Lehigh University. Since 2006, Dr. Sykes has been extremely active with the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN).
Since 2009, Dr. Sykes has served on the National Nominating Panel for Boren Scholarships (sponsored by the National Security Education Program and administered by the Institute of International Education). He is also serving as an adhesives expert witness in a patent infringement court case. Dr. Sykes is writing a technology development book about addressing world hunger through facilitation of amaranth production.
Publications and Patents
- A peer-reviewed paper entitled “Designing Tools for Harvesting Amaranth in Developing Countries” presented at the regional American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in April 2009. [see http://claymore.engineer.gvsu.edu/ocs/index.php/aseencs2009/aseencs2009/paper/view/39 ]
- A peer-reviewed paper, collaboratively prepared with Dr. Jeremy VanAntwerp, entitled “Non-iterative design of multi-effect evaporators using Excel add-ins” presented at the national American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in June 2009. [see http://soa.asee.org/paper/conference/paper-view.cfm?id=12094 ]
- A peer-reviewed paper entitled “The Influence of Senior Design Projects on Career Decisions” presented at the Christian Engineering Education Conference (CEEC) in June 2009. [see http://www.calvin.edu/academic/engineering/ces/ceec/2009/CEEC2009proceedings.pdf, pages 117-124]
- A peer-reviewed paper entitled “Growing International Internships” presented at the October 2009 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference. [see http://fie-conference.org/fie2009/, click on Authors, enter Sykes]
“Exam Prep Done Right” Prism Magazine (a publication of the American Society for Engineering Education), (March, 2009) [see http://www.prism-magazine.org/mar09/last_word.cfm]
Amaranth Threshing – A Design Exploration, collaboratively prepared with Rebecca
Haferkamp (Summer, 2008, Research Fellowship Project)
- Seven publications on metallurgy, process engineering, and heat transfer:
- PACE-SGP [power at combined efficiencies-Shell Gasification Process] oil gasification combined cycle for power generation, Strong, R.E. (Westinghouse Electric Corp., Lester, PA) ; Sykes, J.A., Jr. (Shell Development Co, Houston, TX), Proc. Am. Power Conf. (1974); Vol./Issue: 36; pp. 274-283.
- Power generation using the Shell gasification process, Dravid, A.N.; Kurhe, C.J.; Sykes, J.A., Chem. Ind. Dev. (1973); Vol/Issue: 7:6; pp. 33-8
- Shell gasification process for the substitute natural gas industry, Kuhre, C. J.; Sykes, J. A., Jr., Pap. Substitute Nat. Gas Hydrocarbon Liq., SNG Symp., 1st (1973), pp. 257-74.
- Clean fuels from low-priced crudes and residues. Kuhre, C.J.; Sykes, J.A., Jr., AIChE Symposium Series (1975), 71(148), 294-298.
- Condensation of Immiscible Liquids on Horizontal Tubes, Sykes, James A. and Marchello, Joseph M., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry - Process Design and Development, (1970), 9(1), pp. 63-71
- Laminar Flow of two immiscible liquid falling films, Sykes, James A., Marchello, Joseph M., AIChE Journal (1969), 15(2), 305-306.
- The Tl2Te3-Be2Te3 system, Spitzer, Donald P., Sykes, James A. Journal of Applied Physics (1966), 37(4), 1563-6
- Section in Energy Technology Handbook, Considine, Douglas. M. (ed.), 1977. Kuhre, C.J.; Sykes, J.A., Jr., pp. 2/171-174.
- Stewarded numerous publications on technology management (e.g., see Research- Technology Management Journal papers authored by Brian Rushton, Merrill Brenner, or Mike Kazarnowitz; or see publications and books by Phil Anderson [now The INSEAD Alumni Fund Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship, etc.]).
- Shaw, Robert J., Sykes, James A., Ormsby, Robert W., “Plant-Test Manual,” Chemical Engineering August 11, 1980, pp 126-132.
U.S. 3,463,811 (French 1578578) “Process for Preparing sodium nitrilotriacetate:” (re: a continuous process for the production of nitrilo triacetic acid) [Co-inventor]
U.S. 3,965,244 “Selective removal of Sulfur compounds from acid gas mixtures…” (re: gas separations. [Sole inventor]
- Stewarded the development of over 100 patents, including:
- a chemistry to produce polyamines,
- novel chemistry route to polyurethanes, and
- catalytic route to achieve anti-Markovnikov additions for making alkylamines.
Research and Scholarship
Addressing World Hunger through Facilitation of Amaranth Production
Preparing Students to Become Professional Engineers
Growing International Internships
Providing a Solution for Multi-effect Evaporators that Directly Solves Nonlinear Equations
Reviewing Recent Chemical Engineering Patents
Developing the Entrepreneurial Program at Calvin College
Integrating Business and Entrepreneurship into Engineering’s Senior Design at Calvin College