Interests and expertise
Injection molding, rapid prototyping, net shape manufacturing
A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Dennis E. Ferguson holds a
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in
Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, all from
the University of Minnesota. He was a registered professional engineer in
the state of Minnesota and Texas for over 30 years.
After serving in the United States Army, Corps of Engineers, he
worked for IBM Rochester for three years while completing his BSME. He
has been working at 3M Company since 1972 and has been the project leader on
numerous product design, automatic assembly, die casting, stamping, and
injection molding programs.
After a four year stint at 3M Austin, Texas as a senior tooling
project engineer and completing his Ph.D. in 1989, he returned to
Minnesota in 1990 to join the newly formed Corporate Molding Technology Center as
a molding specialist and principle investigator. He was a member of the
task force set up by 3M to investigate the need for a molding technology
He has been involved with tooling consortiums at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Stevens Institute,
Hoboken, New Jersey, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Ferguson is currently a senior molding specialist in the Corporate
Research Process Laboratory at 3M. He has filed 10 patents in the area
of manufacturing processes, and is a winner of the "Circle of Technical
Excellence" award. Ferguson is a senior member of the Society of
Plastics Engineers, and is the author of several papers in machine design,
including a best paper award. He has taught several courses at 3M on automation
and injection molding. Since 1991, he has taught net shape manufacturing and automation
at the University of St. Thomas.
"Part Design" and "Mold Design" sections for Plastic Part Manufacturing, Vol. 8, SME, fall 1995.
"Feedbowl Suspension Design," Proceedings of the Eighth Oklahoma State University Applied Mechanisms Conference, 1983.
"Application of Burmester Theory: An Eight Bar Inserting Head Mechanism." Proceedings of the Fourth Oklahoma State University Applied Mechanisms. (with A.G. Erdman and C.T. Teske)
B.S. 1972, M.S. 1978, and Ph.D. 1989, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota.