John Wiss-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

John Wiss

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering

5000 Forbes Avenue
Scaife Hall 326
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2337
Fax: 412-268-3348


John Wiss has over twenty years military service including engineering and engineering-management assignments as an Army Ordnance Officer and a three-year assignment as director of Army Tank-Automotive Laboratories.  Additionally Wiss has sixteen years commercial experience that includes three years as Director of Technology for Rockwell and consulting for Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Ohio Transportation Testing Corp.  Wiss continues as a consulting engineer, is President of Ohio Transportation Testing Corp. and Chairman of Pittsburgh Electric Engines, Inc.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan who holds patents in diesel engines, dynamometers and fuel cells.


B.S. 1946, United States Military Academy, West Point

B. ME 1950, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

M. ME 1950, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Selected Publications

Wiss, Bryzik, Cheklich & Lux: “Controlling Diesel Exhaust Smoke with Combustion Chamber Surface Treatment,” Seventh Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 1972. San Diego, 1972.

Hildebrand & Wiss: “Concept to Concrete – Development of a Truck Type Street Sweeper,” Society of Automotive engineers Paper, 790879. Milwaukee, 1979.

Rychener, Subramanian, Wiss & Lasky: “A Hybrid System for Helicopter Engine Troubleshooting,” Second International conference on Applications of Artificial Intelligence.  Old Woking, Surrey, UK, 1987.

Rychener, Subramanian, Wiss & Lasky: “Diagnosis of a Complex Machine: Integration of Evidential Reasoning with Causal Reasoning and Quantitative Simulation,” ASME Conference on Computers in Engineering.  San Francisco, 1988.

Scientific & Professional Societies

Sigma Xi
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Automotive Engineers
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics