Jan Helge Bøhn

Associate Professor

(540) 231-3276
114H Randolph Hall – 0710
460 Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • Ph.D., Computer & Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1993
  • MS, Computer & Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1989
  • BS, Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1988

114H Randolph Hall – 0710 Marker-48


  • Research

    • Rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, layered manufacturing, geometric modeling, and their applications
    • Global engineering design and product development process
    • International engineering education

  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) (Member)
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Design Automation (Member)
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) Computer Society (Senior Member; Past Section President
    • SME, Rapid Prototyping Association (Senior Member)
    • Sigma Xi (Past Chapter President)
    • National Computer Graphics Association, CAD Society

  • Publications

  • Professional History

    • 1999–present, Virginia Tech, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor
    • 1993–1999, Virginia Tech, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor

  • Awards and Honors

    Ernst Ludwigs Hochschulgesellschaft Preise für besondere Verdienste (Erfolge) in der akademischen Lehre [prizes for special merits (successes) in the academic teachings]. This is the top teaching award at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. April 29, 2005.

    Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management Engineering Excellence Award, for outstanding accomplishments in collaborative engineering education. 3rd Annual Engineering Deans’ PLM Summit, New York City, New York, June 20, 2005.

    PACE Team Recognition Award, 2005 PACE Annual Forum, Mexico City, Mexico, July 30, 2005.

    Bayer Teaching Excellence Award, for his achievement in engineering education and excellent paper. Symposium on Multi-/Inter-Disciplinary Engineering Education, Shanghai, China, August 16-19, 2006.

    2007 W.S. ‘Pete’ White Innovation in Engineering Education Award, in recognition of extraordinary work in innovative education technology. Virginia Tech College of Engineering, May 2, 2007.

    2007 XCaliber Award, for excellence for a team involved in technology-assisted teaching and learning. Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Learning, August 27, 2007. Team: Jan Helge Bøhn, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech; Dr.-Ing. Reiner Anderl, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Vice President, Technische Universität Darmstadt, and Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech; Lewis Thigpen, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Howard University; Pedro Orta Castañón, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, ITESM Monterrey; and Lin Zhongqin, Ph.D., Professor, Mechanical Engineering, and Vice President, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    2009 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education, for years of outstanding contributions to international education at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech, August 30, 2009.

    2009 Best Poster Award – Learning Mission: Jan Helge Bøhn and Manfred Hampe, “International Dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering,” Outreach NOW, Blacksburg, Virginia, September 14, 2009.

    2010 PACE Distinguished Integrator Award, for exemplary contributions to global collaborative engineering education among PACE institutions and commitment to the PACE mission. Partners for t
    he Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education, Seoul, South Korea, July 22, 2010.

    2010 University Exemplary Department Award, to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for developing and sustaining innovative and effective approaches that foster international awareness and education. Virginia Tech, September 15, 2010. Lead author of nomination.

    2011 PACE Laboratory Award, for creating an outstanding laboratory that supports the development of the automotive Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) team of the future. Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 29, 2011.

  • Professional Leadership

    • Advisory Board, SPE Journal of Injection Molding Technology, 2000-2002
    • Chair, Workshop on Integration of Software Tools for Power Electronics Design, ISTPED, NSF Center for Power Electronics Systems, 2000.
    • Chair, Partnership for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) special interest group on 24/7 Collaborative Engineering, 2002-Present
    • Chair, Paper and Presentations Committee, PACE Annual Forum, 2005
    • Session Chair, 4th International Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing Conference (FAIM), 1994
    • Session Chair, International PACE Forum on Digital Manufacturing, 2005
    • Session Chair, Symposium on Multi-/Inter-Disciplinary Engineering Education, 2006
    • Session Chair, 9th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, 2006
    • Session Chair, International PACE Forum on Collaborative Visualization, 2006
    • Session Chair, Integrating Engineering and Humanities Education, 2008
    • Session Chair, Technologies of Globalization, 2008
    • Session Chair, Changes of Work in Knowledge-based Societies, 2009
    • Session Vice-Chair, 21st ASME Design Automation Conference, session on rapid prototyping, 1995
    • Organizing Committee, ASME Design Automation Conference, for sessions on geometric modeling, tolerancing, and rapid prototyping, 1996
    • Executive Committee member IEEE Virginia Mountain Section 2003-2007; Secretary/Treasurer, 2005; Vice Chair, 2006; Chair, 2007
    • IEEE Virginia Council Treasurer, 2006; Secretary, 2007-2008
    • IEEE Region 3 Conference Technical Committee Co-Chair, 2007
    • Organizing Committee, PACE Annual Forum, 2005
    • Secretary/Treasurer, ASEE International Division, 2011-2016
    • Journal Reviewer for 15 journals
    • Conference Reviewer for 9 different conferences between 1993 and 2005