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Hi I'm John

I'm a designer, a professor, a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a design professor who loves to empower others to create, solve important problems, and change their little piece of the world. I have a passion to learn and share my experience with others, all the while designing and developing new solutions to problems that people face everyday. I've helped create innovative wheelchairs, robotic legs for amputees, assistive robots for stroke victims, protective equipment for police officers, and fuel efficient alternative vehicles. I've always been intrigued by mechanical things that move and have made it a part of my academic research to develop product solutions that can help us better use the resources of this beautiful Earth that God has blessed us with. I'm a born "maker" and am most at home when I'm getting my hands dirty in the shop, building something new and interesting, and stretching the limits of a design--a deeply rooted tendency that has earned me the title of "mad scientist" by several of my friends and associates. When I'm not in the classroom or shop, I spend as much time as possible with my wife and kids, playing, camping, exploring nature, museums, and the wonderful creations of both God and man. I believe that one of the most amazing powers that God has shared with us is the power to create and change the world around us for the better, so I seek to help others find and use their potential as creators, too.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the "Mormon" faith (though I prefer the name "LDS" for Latter-day Saint), but learned at an early age the importance of finding out if the tenets of the LDS religion were true. As a person who has a very analytical and logical nature, I realize there is a limit to man's understanding, and that, even in the sciences, man must rely on faith at least to one degree or another (though the scientist will prefer the term "assumption" rather than faith) in order to comprehend many things about the world around us. Somewhere in my college years, I felt compelled from within to make a decision: I needed to either follow the hazy path of relativistic logic that has led many scientists toward a life of agnosticism or atheism, or take the path of the love, light, and faith Christ offers His followers. Because I preferred the enlightening calm and peace of God's spirit that I had felt so frequently in my life, I chose the path of Christ, and I have never been let down by that decision. I believe that each one of us was given the ability to choose and make our way in this life rather than to simply be "acted upon" by the natural world--and God has given us some powerful tools to help us make correct decisions. I believe He loves us, knows each of us personally, and yearns for us to make right choices. I believe that God is the master scientist and creator of all that is beautiful and breathtaking in this universe. I believe that He wants us to love His work, love his children, and have joy in this life. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I help lead our local congregation (or "ward") as a counselor to our bishop, which gives me the opportunity to help people in many ways that I would otherwise be unaware of. Need is all around, but often unseen or overlooked, so my ability to serve in this capacity helps open my eyes and heart to those with temporal, emotional, or spiritual needs. I have the responsibility to teach, guide, and assist church members, but have found that the growth I've gained in my specific church service has helped me in many other areas of my life. My engagement in this type of service has given me much of the spiritual insight needed to truly lead and teach well, both in and out of the classroom. But most importantly, to me, I'm able to live my faith as I help raise my little family--as I learn to be a good husband and father, as I share individualized love with my family members, and as I nurture each family member to seek after an empowered life of faith.