- Associate Professor of the Practice
1530 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
Dr. Pourladian Joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in June 2022. Dr. Pourladian holds BS (84), MS (88) and Ph.D. (99) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas. Before joining the department, Dr. Pourladian gained 31+ years of industry experience in conducting R&D and guiding engineering innovation teams to achieve product development and R&D goals. He founded Rope Innovation Group, LLC in August 2020. Dr. Pourladian’s engineering expertise is focused in the field of innovation for tension members utilized in a wide range of industrial markets such as oil & gas, mining, structures, construction, cranes, deep-sea deployment, fishing and aerospace. He holds 13 internationally granted patents and has authored 15 peer reviewed articles in various technical journals. Dr. Pourladian served on the KUME Advisory Board from 2014 to 2022. His current area of focus is teaching Mechanical Engineering students the engineering design process and coaching the senior design teams through their capstone projects.