John Swindeman


John Swindeman received his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton, and worked for a brief period studying crack growth in metal-matrix composites at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

John began working at Nano Instruments in 1992, splitting his time between field installation of Nano Indenters, contract lab testing, and instrument design. Between 1991 and 1998 John wrote user manuals, conducted customer training, designed and built systems, and managed the computer network. During his time as a Design Engineer for Nano Instruments, John developed the Nano Indenter IIs, the DCM (Dynamic Contact Module), and was lead engineer for the development of the Nano Indenter XP.

After MTS Systems’ acquisition of Nano Instruments in 1998, John became R&D Manager, a position he held until 2004, when he accepted the Operations Manager position with MTS Nano Instruments. As R&D Manager, John led a number of projects and successful product introductions. Among these products was the Nano UTM (Nano Bionix), a nano-scale tensile/compression testing system.

John’s collaboration with Cheryl Hayashi (UC Riverside) and Todd Blackledge (University of Akron) led to a publication on the mechanical testing of spider silks. Following Agilent Technologies’ acquisition of the Nano Instruments operation from MTS Systems, John returned to the R&D Manager position until leaving Agilent in 2009 to start Nanomechanics, Inc.

John currently serves Nanomechanics as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.



Board of Advisors, Fairview Technology Center, 2011 – present.
RAMP: Regional AMP Manufacturers Network
Tech 2020 Tennessee Valley Technology Council
Entrepreneurs of Knoxville
Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
Pastoral Council, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2011 – present
School Board, St. Joseph School, 2009-2011
Financial Secretary, Knights of Columbus, 2003-2009


  • Blackledge, T.A., J.E. Swindeman & C.Y. Hayashi. 2005. Quasistatic and continuous dynamic characterization of the mechanical properties of silk from the cobweb of the black widow spider Latrodectus hesperus. Journal of Experimental Biology. 208: 1937-1949.
  • B.N. Lucas, W.C. Oliver, J.E. Swindeman. 1998. The Dynamics of Depth-Sensing, Frequency-Specific Indentation Testing, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 522: 3-14.
  • S. Basu, J.L. Hay, J.E. Swindeman, W.C. Oliver. 2014. Continuous Dynamic Analysis: Evolution of Elastic Properties with Strain, MRS Communications. Vol. 4, Issue 01: 25-29