• Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

John Cesarone is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Illinois with many research interests and areas of expertise. Specifically, he has worked on projects involving all tools for achieving Intelligent Manufacturing, focusing on the following:

  • Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Technologies
  • Simulation and Functional Modeling Methodologies
  • Optimization Using Operations Research Techniques
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Distance Learning

Cesarone has had a private consulting practice since 1998. He works with industrial, government, and academic clients specializing in advanced manufacturing engineering and industrial engineering topics including process flow analysis, computer simulation, reliability engineering, lean manufacturing, and statistical process control. He began his career as a Systems Engineer for General Dynamics Convair Division in San Diego, CA. His many manufacturing positions include Technical Director, Manufacturing Technology Information Analysis Center (MTIAC) for the IIT Research Institute, as well as experience as Program Manager, Instrumented Factory, and Manufacturing Technology Development Manager for Gears program, a $4 million per year program to enhance the North American precision gear manufacturing industry.
Cesarone has also taught courses in Industrial Engineering for the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Northwestern University.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships


Dean’s Award for Excellence in Advising, Armour College of Engineering, 2022


  • Cesarone, J., “Project Management by the Numbers,” Industrial Engineer, November 2007.
  • Cesarone, J., “The Power of Taguchi”, IIE Solutions, November 2001.
  • Cesarone, J., “DOs and DON’Ts of Computer Simulation”, IIE Solutions, May 2000.


U.S. Department of Defense, Strategic Defense Logistics Agency; Distribution and Disposition (2006 – present)—Implementation of modern business and technology practices for defense supply chain analysis and management.


At IIT Research Institute (IITRI): INFAC CIM Lab (1992). Working with IBM’s CIM in Higher Education program, procured $350,000 worth of state-of-the-art Computer Integrated Manufacturing hardware and software from IBM to develop a CIM teaching and research laboratory for the precision gear industry. At IIT Research Institute (IITRI): INFAC Machining Lab (1994). Procured $1.7 million in Production Base Support funding from the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command for purchase of CNC machine tools to support an industrial machining laboratory for the precision gear industry.


Manufacturing Engineering

Additional Info


Intelligent Manufacturing, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Technologies, Simulation and Functional  Modeling Methodologies, Operations Research, Automation and Robotics.

John Cesarone

Contact Information

312.567.5813 RE 211, 10 West 32nd Street, Chicago, IL 60616