James B. Higley

Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology

James B. Higley


My current role involves teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program, managing the MET Program, conducting applied research with companies, and serving the University and community.

Research Overview

Since I work in the Technology field, I do applied research with companies rather than basic research such as a scientist would do. My work experience allows me the opportunity to share those real-world experiences with my students in class. The connections have resulted in numerous internships and job offers for my students.

Select Publications

Through my applied research, I now hold five U.S. patents. Three of the patents are in the area of packaging machinery and the other two are in the firearms field.

  • Scachitti, Susan M. & Higley, James B. (2020). Evolving Engineering Technology Capstone Projects to Bring Students Closer to Industry Proceedings of the 2020 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration.
  • Higley, James B. & Scachitti, Susan M. (2020). Practical Ethics for Engineers and Technologists: Assessing Ethics in the Classroom Proceedings of the 2020 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration.

Teaching Focus

  • MET 46100, Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing
  • MET49500, Senior Project Survey
  • MET49700, Senior Project
  • MET34700, Automation I (CNC Programming)
  • MET24200, Manufacturing Processes II
Jim Higley teaching a group of students

Lionhearted Leaders: James Higley

Applied learning is the hallmark of James Higley’s classes

Meet Professor Higley

James B. Higley


(219) 989-2584


Office Location:

Hammond, Anderson Building 208C


  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1987
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Hammond, IN, 1985

Areas of Expertise

  • Manufacturing
  • CNC Machining
  • Mechanical Design and Analysis

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Professional Engineer License Number 9300387, Indiana, inactive