John Bridge, Associate Professor


John Bridge is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering program. He is a former Lt. Colonel and mechanical engineer in the U.S. Air Force with over twenty years of R&D experience with numerous aerospace vehicles to include aircraft and rocket systems. In addition, he has performed advanced materials characterization while in the military and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has previous teaching experience at several institutions to include Bowdoin College, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Bridge is currently working with composite materials used in synthetic sports surfaces to include Thoroughbred horse racetracks.


Throughout his career, Dr. Bridge has focused on the failure analysis and characterization of materials used in aerospace applications to include fracture and fatigue of metals and ceramics, advanced composites development, cermet armor characterization, and testing of low density, high-temperature engine components. His current focus is on the thermal and mechanical characterization of wax/polymer binders used in synthetic granular composites (for sports surfaces). His research also includes studying the mechanisms of polymer adhesion and polymeric environmental degradation. Dr. Bridge collaborates with the Racetrack Surfaces Testing Laboratory in Orono, Maine and with Lab/Cor Materials laboratory in Seattle.


University of Maine
Orono, Maine

  • Ph.D. – Materials Science and Engineering Interdisciplinary

University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio

  • M.S. – Materials Engineering

United States Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • B.S. – Engineering Mechanics






  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Strength of Materials (solid mechanics)
  • Advanced Strength of Materials
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials (Fracture Mechanics)
  • Materials Science
  • Thermodynamics
  • General Physics
  • Machine Design I
  • Machine Design II
  • Mechanical Systems Design I
  • Mechanical Systems Design II
  • Senior Design Project
  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE Exam)
  • MS Thesis
  • Graduate Seminar