The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
M. S. Mechanical Engineering, May, 2015
  • Lumped parameter system analysis
  • Simulation techniques for dynamic system analysis and design
  • Discrete and continuous time control systems
  • Nonlinear optimization
B. S. Mechanical Engineering, May, 2013
  • Smart material analysis and design
  • Finite element method
  • Design of heat exchangers


Priority Designs, Inc., Columbus, OH, USA

Mechanical and Systems Engineer (November 2014 – Present)


Motion Capture Lab

Managed the collection of data using an optical motion capture system and wrote software to analyze human biomechanics and the dynamic response of gear and product in multiple professional sports using both professional athletes and custom designed and fabricated apparatus.

Data Analysis and Visualization

Developed interactive and comparative representations of large data sets for media and academic journal publication

Finite Element Analysis

Constructed nonlinear finite element models and evaluated mechanical strength and failure modes of large assemblies using Ansys Mechanical

Embedded Systems

Developed software for embedded systems which incorporated graphical user interfaces and multiple modes of wireless and serial communication


Created production quality mechanical CAD and drawing packages for assemblies consisting of hundreds of parts


Designed and fabricated proof-of-concept, aesthetic, and functional models utilized for formative and summative human factors studies.


Priority Designs, Inc., Columbus, OH, USA

Photographer (November 2014 – Present)



Shot documentation and brand photography for external clients using artificial and natural light on custom made sets and scenes


Developed the photographic standards and style guidelines for company imagery and implemented an optimized workflow to improve archived asset retrieval
Priority Designs, Inc., Columbus, OH, USA

Web Administrator (November 2014 – Present)


Mobile Website Relaunch

Implemented and developed a custom theme within the framework of the WordPress CMS that improved the site's search engine performance (SEO) and the ability to update content


The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Graduate Research Associate


energyhawc (May 2013 - Present)

Led the construction, testing and optimization of the alpha prototype for a unique air conditioning system which integrates water heating and desiccant dehumidification for ultra high efficiency
Developed a low cost alternative for testing air conditioning equipment and integrated heat pumps to ASHRAE standards
Led the development and testing of the beta prototype which features the addition of heating capability and excess heat rejection as well as a compact layout

Sensible Cybernetics (August 2013 - December 2014)

Led the development and testing of the alpha prototype for a low-cost wireless sensor system used for optimal control of residential space conditioning systems alongside an undergraduate team
Developed software to regressively determine a system model of a residential structure and predict energy cost for space conditioning in real time
Developed an optimal control algorithm using a Simulink simulation incorporating historical weather data

enCORE (June 2013 - Present)

Aided in the reconstruction and upgrade of OSU’s 2011 Solar Decathlon house on campus. In particular, the reestablishment and repair of mechanical systems and the photovoltaic array
Installed a weather station and integrated with a SoC for wide-area access to the current and historical data
Assisted in research and outreach activities as a student member of the management board, and as an external consultant. In particular, the installation of the Sensible Cybernetics project and the development of several senior design projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Undergraduate Research Associate


Fracture Mechanics (March 2010 – August 2010)

Studied interfacial and subsurface cracks in order to develop more advanced failure criteria
Developed and implemented finite element models to correctly capture fracture phenomena using various quarter-point methods and contact elements
Derived closed-form expression of buckling mode shape with a numerical solution


Selected Software
Data Analysis and Visualization
  • MATLAB and Simulink
  • R-Project
  • Dymola
  • Open Modelica
  • Python
  • LabVIEW
  • C/C++
  • html/CSS/js
  • QM Framework
  • Processing
  • Arduino
  • Linux
  • SolidWorks
  • Creo
  • Inventor
  • AutoCAD
Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • ANSYS Suite
  • Abaqus



J. Rowland. Reducing Residential Space Conditioning Costs with Novel HVAC System Design and Advanced Controls

MS Thesis, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University 2015
Academic Peer-Reviewed Journals

M. O’Kelly, M. Walter, and J. Rowland. Simulated Hygrothermal Performance of a Passivhaus in a Mixed Humid Climate Under Dynamic Load.

Energy and Buildings, Oct 2014, v81, p 211.

M. O’Kelly, M. Walter, and J. Rowland. Simulated Hygrothermal Performance of a Hybrid Desiccant Assisted Air/Water Conditioning System in a Mixed Humid Climate Under Dynamic Load.

Energy and Buildings, Jan 2015, v86, p 45.
Conference Proceedings

J. Rowland, M. O’Kelly, and M. Walter. Desiccant Assisted Cooling in Commercial Applications.

2013 Big 10 and Friends Energy and Mechanical Conference (Technical Presentation)