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Awards Presented at NAMRC 41

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MADISON, Wis., August 2, 2013 — Several awards recognizing outstanding research and individuals in manufacturing were presented at the 2013 North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 41), which was co-located with ASME-MED’s Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2013) and hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison June 10-14. More than 400 academic and industry leaders heard a record number of papers from around the world advancing the study and processes of manufacturing.

NAMRI 41 Awards (a) 8-22-13     SME awards displayed for presentation at NAMRC 41. Photo courtesy Clara M. Pfefferkorn and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, © All Rights Reserved.

S.M. Wu Award
Among the several awards recognizing outstanding research and individuals in manufacturing presented at the conference was the NAMRI/SME 2013 S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award. Honored was Jun Ni, PhD, FSME, of the University of Michigan “for his contribution to the establishment of the machine tool error modeling and compensation method that enables precision machining and advances the fundamental knowledge of the machine tool thermal error mode and analysis approach. The method developed has been successfully implemented in industry, including at General Motors, Chrysler, Saginaw Machine Systems and Boeing.”

Ni, who received his PhD in 1987 under the late Shien-Ming "Sam" Wu at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was named an SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer in 1991, is professor of mechanical engineering and director of the S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center at the University of Michigan, among many other appointments. He has authored 23 NAMRC papers since 1987, including this year’s “Experimental Study of Electro-plastic Effect on Advanced High Strength Steels” with Xun Liu and Shuhuai Lan, which addressed the electro-plastic effect on specifically one group of advanced high strength steel (AHSS) — transformation-induced plasticity steel, TRIP 780/800 — from perspectives of both mechanical properties and microstructural evolutions.  

NAMRI 41 Awards (b) 8-22-13     Jun Ni accepts the 2013 NAMRI/SME S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Implementation Award at NAMRC 41 from SME President Dennis S. Bray, PhD, FSME (left), and President-Elect Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE (right). Photo courtesy Clara M. Pfefferkorn and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, © All Rights Reserved.


Outstanding Young Professionals

Since 1980, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award has recognized manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in manufacturing. Each year the award is named after an influential manufacturing professional, this year SME Past President Gustav Olling. Six of the seven 2013 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers chose to accept their award at NAMRC.

Jasmine Bridges is a manufacturing engineer on the P-8 airplane at The Boeing Co. Previously, she was a manufacturing engineer on the wing of the next model of the 787 (the 787-9), where she evaluated wing designs and successfully led engineering teams, located both at Boeing and in Nagoya, Japan, to develop manufacturing and production processes for the wing. Bridges completed her master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy systems from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University .  

NAMRI 41 Awards (c) 8-22-13     SME Past President Marvin F. DeVries, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE, congratulates OYME recipient Jasmine Bridges of The Boeing Co. at NAMRC 41. Photo courtesy Clara M. Pfefferkorn and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, © All Rights Reserved.

Jiaxing Huang, PhD, of Northwestern University is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering and the Morris E. Fine Junior professor in materials and manufacturing. Huang received his doctorate from the University of California-Los Angeles in 2004. His main research interest is in the general area of material chemistry, processing and manufacturing.  

NAMRI 41 Awards (d) 8-22-13     Jiaxing Huang, PhD, of Northwestern University receives his OYME award from SME President-elect Michael F. Molnar (left) and President Dennis S. Bray (right) at NAMRC 41. Photo courtesy Clara M. Pfefferkorn and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, © All Rights Reserved.

Barbara S. Linke, PhD, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California-Davis, studied fundamental and applied research on grinding and tooling engineering in Germany at RWTH Aachen University and the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL from 2002-10. She finished her PhD thesis on dressing of vitrified-bonded grinding wheels in 2007. Linke also did postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley for several years. Her current work focuses on sustainable manufacturing and abrasive machining technology.

NAMRC 41 Awards (e) 8-22-13     OYME honoree Barbara Linke of the University of California-Davis speaking at a presentation on German research activities and institutions at NAMRC 41. Photo courtesy Clara M. Pfefferkorn and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, © All Rights Reserved.

Benxin Wu, PhD, received his doctorate from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 2007, after which he joined the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His major research interest involves the study of laser-material interactions, laser-induced plasma and laser applications in manufacturing, materials processing and other fields.

NAMRI 41 Awards (g) 8-22-13     OYME recipient Benxin Wu of the Illinois Institute of Technology with SME President Dennis S. Bray (left) and President-elect Michael F. Molnar (right) at NAMRC 41. Photo courtesy Clara M. Pfefferkorn and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, © All Rights Reserved.

Chris Yinchun Yuan, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on sustainable and nanomanufacturing, spanning from large-scale manufacturing systems (automotive manufacturing) to nanoscale clean-energy technologies (solar cells and lithium-ion batteries). He is currently the director of the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center at UWM, working with dozens of Wisconsin manufacturing companies on energy efficiency and industrial sustainability.  

NAMRI 41 Awards (h) 8-22-13     SME President-elect Michael F. Molnar (left) and President Dennis S. Bray (right) at NAMRC 41 with OYME recipient Chris Yinchun Yuan of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Photo courtesy Clara M. Pfefferkorn and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, © All Rights Reserved.


Outstanding Paper

The 2013 NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper Award went to Xuejin Zhao, Yayue Pan, Chi Zhou and Yong Chen of the University of Southern California and C.C.L. "Charlie" Wang of the Chinese University of Hong Kong for “An Integrated CNC Accumulation System for Automatic Building-around-inserts.” A non-layer-based additive manufacturing process — a CNC accumulation process — is presented for plastic part repairing and modifications. A novel 3-D laser scanning system based on a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) is developed for in situ scanning of inserted components. The integration of the scanning system in the CNC accumulation process enables the building-around-inserts with little human effort. This paper is in press for the Journal of Manufacturing Processes.

NAMRI/SME Outstanding Service
David A. Dornfeld, PhD, FSME, of the University of California-Berkeley received the 2013 Outstanding Lifetime Service Award for his long-term dedication and contributions to NAMRI/SME. Dornfeld is a past Scientific Committee chair and president of NAMRI/SME. 

NAMRI 41 Awards (i) 8-22-13     David A. Dornfeld (second from left) receives the 2013 NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award from SME President Dennis S. Bray, President-elect Michael F. Molnar and NAMRI/SME Past President Jian Cao, PhD, FSME (right), at NAMRC 41. Photo courtesy Clara M. Pfefferkorn and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, © All Rights Reserved.

In 2014, the NAMRC, MSEC and ICMP (International Conference on Materials and Processing) co-located conferences will be hosted by the University of Michigan and held in conjunction with SME’s The Big M Manufacturing Convergence Event, June 9-13, 2014, in Detroit.

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