Kevin J. Mcdermott

Contact Info

Title: Professor
Office: MEC 307
Phone: 973-596-3647
Dept: Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

About Me

Dr. McDermott´s research activities include the analysis of Industrial Robotics, Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers, Petri Net Synthesis and Artificial Intelligence including Telerobotic Surgical Systems.
He has published over 50 technical papers and made over 100 technical presentations for the IIE, EEEE, ASME, SME, ANS, ASEE, IBM, etc. Dr. McDermott is a senior member of the IEEE and the SME and has developed NJIT´s Robot Training Laboratory, Robot Research Laboratory and Flexible Manufacturing Laboratory which contain over $3,000,000 in CAD/CAM equipment. Dr. McDermott´s state-of-the-art FMS cell was one of only a few on any university campus and his Robotic Laboratories have been judged the third largest in the United States in the RI /SME Robotics R&D Directory. In addition, an independent survey by Western Research Associates listed Dr. McDermott´s Robotic Laboratories as one of the largest in a list of 15 major robotic R&D centers.
These laboratories had a major impact on NJIT being awarded the Prestigious SME LEAD Award for 1995.
He is active with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was selected and served as a Visiting Manufacturing Fellow by the IBM Corporation in Thornwood NY during the Spring semester of 1987.
In 1988 he was the first NJIT professor selected to teach at the Beijing Polytechnic University in China.
Dr McDermott was awarded the 2010 Saul K. Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award and the NJIT 2013 Innovations in Engineering Education award.
He has also been recognized by being awarded the NJIT Distinguished Alumni Award and NJITs 50th Anniversary Special Recognition Award.
He has an ongoing professional practice in the fields of industrial engineering, robotics, and automation. His work includes projects with the General Motors Corporation, the Ford Motor Company, and involves state-of-the-art automated automobile manufacturing.
Prior to his career at NJIT he had several years of engineering experience with the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill NJ and the RCA Corporation and the Westinghouse Corporation.
While at Columbia University He was the Project Engineering Manager for the NASA Lunar Heat Flow Experiment which was emplaced on the lunar surface by the Apollo astronauts during Apollo 15,16 and 17, the last flights to our Moon.
He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a member of Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Pi Mu.


  • BS Electrical Engineering 1965 NCE, NJ Institute of Technology
  • MS, Industrial and Management Engineering 1970 Columbia University
  • EdD, Educational Leadership 1975 Fairleigh Dickinson University

Awards and Honors

NCE Saul K. Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award, March 2010
NJIT Distinguished Alumni Award
NJIT 50th Anniversary Special Recognition Award


Research Interests

Research interests are in the field of Industrial Robotics specifically in the areas of applying industrial engineering principles to the research and development of robots and Automated Manufacturing Systems. This research effort has resulted in the development of a copyrighted computerized robotic data base that contains all of the industrial robot types (220) presently available. This research effort has also led to the development of one of the first predetermined time systems designed specifically for industrial robots. Research has also been conducted in the integration of Flexible Manufacturing Systems with robotic based CAD Systems, as well as in Expert Systems, Vision Systems, Petri Networks and Programmable Logic Controllers.

To facilitate this research and development effort, twenty (20) industrial robots, as well as several conveyor systems, CNC machines, Programmable Logic Controllers and the McDonnell Douglas C.A.D. Robotic System and Workspace 3 CAD System have been acquired and developed. Most of the robots have been incorporated into automated work cells consisting of computer controllers, robot manipulators, automated conveyor systems and/or CNC machine tools. These research and development efforts have resulted in the development of one of the few flexible manufacturing systems in a university campus.

Selected Publications

  • McDermott, K. J., "Original Equipment Manufacturers," Concise International Encyclopedia of Robotics Applications and Automation, Dorf-Editor, John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY, 1990.
  • McDermott, K. J., "Original Equipment Manufacturers," International Encyclopedia of Robotics, John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY, S. Y. Nof, R. C. Dorf, publication 1988. Awarded - Best Engineering and Science Reference Book for 1988 - American Publishers Association.
  • McDermott, K. J., "Microcomputer and Spreadsheet Software Make Time Studies Less Tedious, More Accurate,"Software for Engineers and Managers, Industrial Engineering and Management Press, Norcross, GA (chapter and computer software) published 1987.
  • McDermott, K. J. and Alexander,M.A.,"Industrial Robots/Form and Function: Robotics and Industrial Engineering," Edward Fisher and Oded Maimon, Industrial Engineering Press, Norcross, GA, published 1986.
  • McDermott, K. J., "Microcomputer and Spreadsheet Software Make Time Studies Less Tedious, More Accurate," Computerized Work Measurement, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Industrial Engineering Press, Norcross, GA, published 1984. (see above)
  • Other Publications

Published Refereed Journal Papers

  • McDermott, K.J. & Yao, W.A., "Developing a Hybrid Programmable Logic Controller Platform for a Flexible Manufacturing System," International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing, Oct.1997 Vol 9, pg. 367-374, peer review.
  • McDermott, K.J. & Feldman, M.I., "Intelligent 2D/3D Computer Vision Identification," Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Machine Vision Quarterly, 1996. Vol.12, No. Peer review.
  • McDermott, K.J. & Feldman, M.I., "Intelligent 2D/3D Computer Vision Identification,"Society of Manufacturing Engineers Technical Paper Services, February 1996. Peer review.
  • McDermott, K.J., "Intelligent Visual Sensor/Flexible Manufacturing System Integration," Computers in Industry: An International Journal, 1996. In review.
  • McDermott, K.J., "A Robotic Predetermined Time System," IIE Transactions, 1995. In review.
  • Zhou, M.C, McDermott, K.J. & Patel, P.A., "Petri Net Synthesis and Analysis of a Flexible Manufacturing System Cell," IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Vol. 23, No. 2, March 1993.
  • Krishnapradad, V. K. & McDermott, K. J., "Development of a CAD/CAM Robotic Translator for Programming the IBM 7535 SCARA Robot Off-Line," Computers in Industry, 20, pp. 219-228, 1992.
  • Krishnapradad, V. K. & McDermott, K. J., "Characteristics and the Role of the Place Graphics System in Simulation of a Flexible Manufacturing System," Journal of Computer Simulation, accepted for publication Fall l993.
  • McDermott, K. J. & Krishnapradad, V. K., "Development of an Industrial Engineering Based Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS)," Industrial Engineering, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Norcross, GA, October 1991. Editor Review.
  • McDermott, K. J., "Robots on the Comeback," Consulting Editor-Robert Eade, Manufacturing Engineering, pp. 54, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, MI, October 1989. Editor review.
  • McDermott, K. J. & Kalley, G. S., "The Use of Expert Systems to Optimize Robot Manipulator Paths Through Computer Generation of the Principles of Motion Economy,"Computers and Industrial Engineering: An International Journal, June 1988. Peer review.
  • McDermott, K. J., "An Expert System Based Flexible Manufacturing Cell," IBM Manufacturing Technology Digest, IBM Manufacturing Technology Institute, Thornwood, NY, Spring 1987. Peer review.
  • McDermott, K. J. & Dubeau, E., "Robotic Standard Times as a Function of Displacement, Articulation and Payload," Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Robotic International of SME, June 1985. Peer review.
  • McDermott, K. J., "Computerized Time Studies," Industrial Engineering, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Vol. 16, No. 7, July 1984. Editor review.
  • McDermott, K. J., "The Utilization of the Microcomputer Wordprocessor in Engineering Management," Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE Engineering Management Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, March 1984. Editor review.
  • McDermott, K. J., Microcomputer Innovations in Project Management,"Technical Transactions, Article S5-06, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, February 1984. Peer review.
  • McDermott, K. J., Computer Wordprocessing as an Engineering Tool," Machine Design, Vol. 55, No. 24, pp. 86-90, November 1983. Editor Review.
  • McDermott, K. J. & Shainis, "Managing Without Authority:The Dilema of the Engineering Manager and the Project Engineer," Electronic Design, October 1983. Editor review
  • McDermott, K. J., "The Utilization of the Microcomputer Wordprocessor in Engineering Management," American Society for Engineering Management, Technical Proceedings, October 1983, (see above.)
  • McDermott, K. J. & Shainis, "Maximize Your Resources With Matrix Management," Electronic Design, pp. 205-208, March 1983. Editor review.
  • McDermott, K. J. & Shainis, "Interpersonal Communications in an Engineering Environment," Consulting Engineering, pp. 60-66, September 1982. Editor review.