James Hardin, Ph.D.
Murray State University
Engineering and Physics
114 Blackburn Science
Murray, KY 42071
I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering and Physics at Murray State University. I teach Mechanics of Materials, Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science.
Ph.D., Biosystems Engineering, Oklahoma State University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
My general research interests lie at the intersection of sensors and engineering design. I am intrigued by the engineering problems that arise when integrating sensors with the complexities and variability inherent in biological systems. Most of my research has been on non-destructive in situ sensing applications. I'm currently working on a project to develop an autonomous trap that: a) detects insects as they enter the trap, b) aquires an image of the insect, and classifies it to species, c) it then sends an SMS/MMS message over the cell phone network to alert someone to collect the insects.
Other projects I'm working on involve sensing of nitrogen levels in greenhouse plants, both from camera images and from an optical contact sensor. I'm also interested in the efficiency of small scale direct conversion of biomass to energy. Feel free to contact me about any of these projects.