Furman, Burford J

Furman, Burford J

Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Preferred: burford.furman@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-3817

Office Hours

Please call (408) 924-3850 for current schedule & office hours

Room E310G


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford Univ, 1991
  • Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1982
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1980

Licenses and Certificates

  • Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, State of California, 1984
  • California Community College Instruction Credential: Engineering


Professor Furman received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1980 and 1982, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1991. His areas of interest for research and teaching include: mechatronic system design, precision machine design, engineering measurements, automation for production processes, design education, and solar powered automated transit. Professor Furman joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in January, 1994.

From 1982 to 1993, Professor Furman worked in the Development Laboratory at IBM, General Products Division (later called, Storage Systems Division) in San José. He was a member of the actuator development team for the 3390 disk storage product and spindle motor design team for 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch disk drive products. He has been active in the Santa Clara Valley section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers having served as the Newsletter Editor from 1991 to 1993 and as Technical Activities chair from 1994 to 1997. He is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education. He is also a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.