Jonathon Merritt

Department of Technology
Tel: 815-753-5004


  • Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, NIU (2007 – Present)
    Dissertation: Not complete
    Advisors: Dr. Rebecca Butler – Chair, Dr. John Cowan, & Dr. Wei-Chen Hung
  • M.S. in Industrial Management, NIU (2005 – 2007)
  • B.S. in Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Western Illinois University (2000 – 2004)
    Minor: Management


  • Instructor, Northern Illinois University, 2007 – 2011
    TECH 311 - Computer-Aided Modeling 1
    TECH 312 - Design Dimensioning and Tolerancing
    TECH 313 - Product design and development for manufacturability
    TECH 342 - Manufacturing Component Design - CAD portion of class
    TECH 409/609 - Internship
    TECH 414/514 - Computer-Aided Machine Design
    TECH 479 - Special Topic in Engineering Technology – CAD Modeling 2
  • Consultant, 2010 – 2011; Northern Illinois University
    The EST Project is the development of a new puzzle toy, which includes product research, product design, manufacturing design, rapid prototyping and product production. 
  • Graduate Assistant, Northern Illinois University, 2005 – 2007
    Courses: (Prepared for and graded homework for the following courses)
    TECH 311 - Computer-Aided Modeling 1
    TECH 313 - Product design and development for manufacturability
  • Environmental Protection Agency Assistant, USEPA, Chelmsford, MA 2005
    I worked in small groups conducting ecosystem assessments after retrieving sample data from the field for many different projects (Clean Charles River Project; Rivers, Lakes and Streams of New England Project).
  • Architectural Draftsman, William Murphy Architect, Chicago, IL, 2004
    I participated in field surveys developing sketches for as-built conditions, later to record the field notes using AutoCAD.  Such projects included preparation of construction documents and capacity limit permit documents for remodeling a restaurant.
  • Assistant Engineer, Revcor Revolutionary Air Flow, Carpentersville, IL, 2003
    I was a part of several aspects of the product design for the development of new products.
    I Fabricated aluminum and steel fan blade prototypes for optimal air flow efficiency within outside air conditioners condenser units (Amana, Coleman, Kenmore, Lennox, etc.).
    I operated a CMM machine to gather geometric data of tools and prototype fan blades that had been successfully tested with enhancements.
    I coordinated test programs to create new specifications for fan application projects.
    I individually ran a maximum capacity project for the packaging of a 42” steel axial fan; increased the amount of fans within the same box by 3 times.
    I was responsible for updating the part and assembly drawing vault from hand drawings and AutoCAD drawings to SolidWorks 3D models and drawings.  These models where then used for internet customer interaction and CNC prototype applications.


  • Epsilon Pi Tau Leader 2010; International honorary for professions in Technology
    President 2007, Member 2006
  • SME Student Chapter S-137 2000 – Present
  • OSHA Certified 2003 - Present


  • SolidWorks – Solid, Surface, and Simulation modeling
  • Geometric Tolerancing and Dimensioning


  • BSA Eagle Scout 2000
  • U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award - May 2000
  • Genoa-Kingston Good Citizen/Outstanding Senior Award (first and only) - May 2000