Faculty Profile

James Michael Leake

James Michael Leake
James Michael Leake

Education

  • MS Mechanical Engineering University of Washington 1993
  • BS Ocean Engineering Florida Atlantic University 1980
  • BA Art History Indiana University 1974

Biography

James Leake joined the Department in August 1999. His educational background includes an MS in Mechanical Engineering (1993) from the University of Washington, a BS in Ocean Engineering (1980) from Florida Atlantic University, and a BA in Art History (1974) from Indiana University. His current research interests include engineering education, digital prototyping, 3D printing, digital shape sampling and processing, and design collaboration.

Leake's book publications include Engineering Design Graphics: Sketching, Modeling, and Visualization, published by John Wiley & Sons. The second edition of this book was published in 2012. Other book publications include Autodesk Inventor, published by McGraw-Hill in 2004 and a CD series, Learning to Use AutoCAD 2D & 3D, published by Thompson Delmar Learning in 2003.

Prior to coming to Illinois, Leake taught CAD and math courses at UAE University in the United Arab Emirates. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, where he served in Tunisia from 1983 till 1986.

Leake worked as a naval architect in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years. He is a registered professional engineer in naval architecture in the state of Washington.

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Professional Registrations

  • PE in Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering, State of Washington, 12/89

Research Interests

  • Engineering design
  • Spatial Visualization
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Design collaboration
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Reality Capture/Digital Shape Sampling and Processing (DSSP)
  • Digital Prototyping
  • Engineering Education

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • James M. Leake, Engineering Design Graphics: Sketching, Modeling, and Visualization, Second edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2013
  • James M. Leake, Engineering Design Graphics: Sketching, Modeling, and Visualization, John Wiley & Sons, 2008
  • James M. Leake, Autodesk Inventor, McGraw-Hill, August 2003

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Product Design Laboratory, founder and director, 2007 ￿ present, more than 1000 students have used PDL facilities (computers, 3D printers, 3D scanners, etc.)

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Engineering Education, Member, 1997
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Associate Member, 1990

Teaching Honors

  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, 2010, College of Engineering
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, 2009, College of Engineering
  • Advisors List, 2004, College of Engineering
  • Collins Scholar, April 2000 (recognition graduation from Teaching College, Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education)

Public Service Honors

  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Tunisia, 7/83 ￿ 2/86