Robert Campbell has over forty years of experience in teaching and engineering including the areas of engineering design, project management, and technical consulting applying an extensive array of tools to support computer-aided design and manufacturing areas. He has been a member of Harper’s faculty since 1983, serving as a member of the mathematics, engineering and mechanical engineering technology faculties.
Mr. Campbell is a licensed Professional Engineering in the State of Illinois. He has earned both a Bachelor of Science (BSME) and a Master of Science (MSE.) in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi (all-engineering honorary) and Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering honorary). In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago.
His current interests and responsibilities at Harper College encompass teaching mathematics including calculus and differential equations. His mathematical background allows him to infuse the engineering mechanics courses that he also teaches with a strong mathematical flavor, reinforcing the mathematical tools that are one of the core elements of engineering. He has responsibility for all of the engineering computer-aided design courses. In the latter case, Mr. Campbell is responsible for instruction involving CAD systems ranging from AutoCAD to collaborative, solid modeling systems used by major automotive and aerospace firms.
He is knowledgeable in the application of engineering graphics and computer-aided design tools to a large variety of engineering and engineering construction applications. He currently serves on a number of engineering graphics and dimensional metrology standards committees at the national level (e.g., ASME Y14 and B89).
During his career, Mr. Campbell has been employed in a variety of design and management positions in business and industry. He has served as a technical consultant and teacher, effectively directing numerous projects in firms ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 international corporations. He has worked as project engineer and manager in a variety of positions involving process-related industries. In these positions, he has provided design and technical documentation services to a wide variety of process and manufacturing facilities.
He has also performed technical services for government entities such as Argonne National Laboratory including computer-aided design services in the environmental, construction, and manufacturing areas. As the principal in charge, he was responsible for a major engineering study associated with the construction of the Advanced Photon Source, approximately a $500 million research project currently in operation. In addition, he has provided drafting and design services in support of bioremediation projects administered by the laboratory.