John W. Sanders

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Prof. John Sanders


  • Office: E-318
  • Phone: (657) 278-7015
  • Email:




Research Areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Clean Energy
  • Computation
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Materials Science
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • STEM Education Research
  • Vibrations


  • Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • M.S., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • B.S., Engineering Physics and Mathematics, Saint Louis University, 2011





  • “A tale of two theories: Using ideas from quantum gravity physics to predict resonant frequencies in engineering structures faster and more efficiently than ever before,” Pollak Library Faculty Noontime Talk Series, California State University, Fullerton, October 11, 2022
  • “Modal analysis of non-proportionally damped dynamical systems without simultaneous diagonalization,” Engineering Graduate Research Seminar, Saint Louis University, September 26, 2022
  • “Visualizing tensor component transformations using virtual reality and web-based applications,” ASEE 2022 Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN, USA, June 26-29, 2022
  • “Quantifying crack-tip stress concentrations in high-temperature superalloys using Abaqus Unified FEA with a UMAT user-defined material subroutine,” SIMULIA Regional User Meeting, Santa Clara, CA, USA, June 22, 2022
  • “Simulation of intergranular void growth under the combined effects of surface diffusion, grain boundary diffusion, and bulk creep,” TMS 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, March 15-18, 2021
  • “Could chalk hopping be caused by reverse chatter?” ASME 2018 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA, September 30-October 3, 2018
  • “Demystifying tensors: A friendly approach for students of all disciplines,” ASEE 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, June 24-27, 2018 
  • “Scaling-up project-based learning for a large introductory mechanics course using mobile phone data capture and peer feedback,” ASEE 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, USA, June 26-29, 2016
  • “Design and analysis of a microelectromechanical device capable of testing theoretical models of impact at the microscale,” ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Chicago, IL, USA, August 12-15, 2012



  • EGME 205: Digital Computation
  • EGME 308: Engineering Analysis
  • EGME 331: Solid Mechanics
  • EGME 402: Analytical Dynamics*
  • EGME 410: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • EGME 430: Introduction to Continuum Mechanics*
  • EGME 431: Mechanical Vibrations
  • EGME 438: Analytical Methods in Engineering
  • EGME 497: Undergraduate Project
  • EGME 597: Graduate Project
  • EGME 598: Graduate Thesis
* Denotes courses proposed and developed by Prof. Sanders


Professional Societies

  • Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 2022-present
  • The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS), 2021-present
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), 2017-present
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2012-present
  • Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society (PME), 2011-present


Selected Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, California State University, Fullerton, 2021
  • Faculty Advisor of Distinction, California State University, Fullerton, 2020
  • Best Paper, Mechanical Engineering Division, ASEE 2020 Annual Conference & Exposition
  • Best Paper, Mathematics Division, ASEE 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition