John Martini

Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
College of Applied Science and Technology
Department Head, Department of Electronics






Address:  Baldor Technology Center, Room 232, 5100 Kinkead Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72913

Phone:     (479) 788-7772



About John

John Martini teaches and serves as Department Head in the Electronics Technology Program which is housed in the College of Applied Science and Technology at UA Fort Smith. He came to the university in August 1998 after an 18-year career with St. Edward Mercy Medical Network and three years with Holt-Krock Clinic.

His experience with health care includes positions in biomedical electronics repair, supervision, training, safety, regulatory compliance and upper-level management. He is also certified as an instructor in the Development Dimensions International's Interactive Management series.

His educational background includes an associate of applied science degree in electronics technology from UA Fort Smith when it was Westark, a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and a Master of Arts degree in management from Webster University.

John is the past-chair/advisor of the Executive Board of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering as well as the past-President of the Board of Directors of BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) Robotics, Inc. 

In addition, John is the Director of both the River Valley BEST robotics hub and Frontier Trails BEST robotics regional championship located on the campus of UA Fort Smith. 


UAFS Solar PV Project Information

Solar energy is being used in a broad range of applications across industry and residences alike.  From heating water for home use to creating utility scale electricity – solar energy application is growing.  And as energy costs continue to rise, more individuals and business are looking to decrease energy costs and reduce the impact on the environment. The geographic location of Arkansas makes it almost ideal for solar power applications.  It is expected that there will be an increase in the demand for solar power in Arkansas and the surrounding areas as new technologies reduce the overall costs of solar powered systems.

As part of the GREEN Team initiative, John Martini is developing courses to prepare our Arkansas workforce for the green technology career field.   The content of these courses will cover an overview of Clean Electron energy (Wind, Solar, and Hydro Cell) and Sustainable Conservation as well as a more in-depth study of Energy Auditing and Solar PV installation/troubleshooting.   The latter two courses have a certification opportunity for students who prepare themselves for the industry standard exams.  The unique combination of a textbook/lab book for each class provides an easy method for reference, study and application in progression through each of the courses.  And the addition of real-world, hands-on lab exercises reinforce learning, competencies and skills required for entry into renewable energy jobs.  An educated and trained workforce will be needed to install, operate and maintain these power systems or evaluate their potential and application.  This need will provide jobs and opportunities for new electronics/electrical technicians and current technicians whose jobs may have been eliminated.