In Honor of John G. Bollinger, PhD, FSME, John Bascom Professor Emeritus, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
|| Nicholas X. Fang, PhD
Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nicholas X. Fang is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his research interests include nanophotonics and nanomanufacturing. Fang leads a research group of doctoral students that concentrate on creating devices for focusing photon and sound into a nanometer scale and using them for imaging and nanofabrication. These devices and technologies could lead to revolutionary methods of diagnosing living cells at molecular scale details, without the use of an electron microscope, and open the door for the nondestructive screening of drugs and other biological materials. His research has also included applying micro/nanomanufacturing for novel materials and devices. Not only is Fang the author of dozens of publications, he also holds five patents.
||Dean Ho, PhD
Dean Ho is an assistant professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University where he directs the laboratory for nanoscale biotic-abiotic systems engineering. Ho investigates the scalable fabrication of nanodiamond platforms for drug delivery, as well as polymeric microfilm devices for applications in chemotherapy, anti-inflammation and regenerative medicine. His research achievements have garnered news coverage on the CNN home page, Nature, Reuters, Yahoo, ABC News, CNBC, MSNBC, "The Chicago Tribune," "USA Today" and "United Press International." Ho is the editor-in-chief of the "Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation," an associate editor of the "Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology" and the "Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business," and has served as a guest editor for multiple peer-reviewed publications. Ho has also published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings papers in the areas of nanomedicine, drug delivery and nanomaterials.
||Kehai Li, PhD
ESAB North America
Kehai Li received his bachelor's and master's degrees in materials and science engineering from Shandong University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. He also received his master's degree in electrical engineering from Oregon Health & Science University in 2002 and his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2007. Li's major research interests include high-speed and high-productive welding, laser hybrid welding and welding/cutting process control, machine vision and system identification and control. He has published nearly 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, plus some conference proceedings. Li is a member of several organizations including Sigma Xi and is the recipient of several prestigious international awards, including the Henry Granjon Prize from the International Institute of Welding in France and the Sir William J. Larke Medal from The Welding Institute. Li currently works at ESAB.
||J. Rhett Mayor, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology
J. Rhett Mayor received his PhD from the University of Natal in South Africa and is an assistant professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to his arrival at George Tech, Mayor was the president and CEO of Powerix Technologies LLC, a developer of innovative portable power systems for the consumer electronics and military power markets. Mayor's primary research interests are the emerging areas of micromanufacturing and micropower generation. His work also focuses on the development of enabling technologies in these fields through the application of integrated mechatronics design principles. Mayor's research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (ATP program), DARPA DSO, the Department of Energy and various industrial partners, including General Motors and Chrysler. Mayor is equally dedicated to preparing the next generation of engineers and serves as the faculty advisor to SME's Georgia Institute of Technology S183.
|| Jun Qu, PhD
R&D Staff Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Jun Qu received his PhD and MS in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University and Iowa State University, respectively. He also holds an MS and a BS in precision instrument engineering from Tianjin University. Qu is currently a R&D staff scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His present research interests are advanced manufacturing, surface engineering and tribology. Some of his technical achievements include wear-resistant nanocomposite surface processing, thermal drilling, oxygen-diffusion case-hardening for titanium, cylindrical wire electrical discharge machining and 3-D surface/curve matching. Qu has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds two patents.
||Iris V. Rivero, PhD
Department of Industrial Engineering
Texas Tech University
Iris V. Rivero is an associate professor of industrial engineering at Texas Tech University. She received a BS, MS and PhD in industrial and manufacturing engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include nanomaterials, manufacturing processes, biomedical engineering and nondestructive testing. Among her accomplishments, Rivero designed a mass-production process to fabricate carbon-nanotube composites with repeatable properties. Her work has been awarded more than $350,000 in grants. Rivero is also the recipient of several honors and awards, including Texas Tech's Alumni Association's New Faculty Award in 2007. Additionally, Rivero has participated as a Faculty Fellow at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and has worked on funded projects from NASA, the Department of Energy and SME. Outside of her research, Rivero has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on such subjects as advanced manufacturing processes and nondestructive testing. Her industrial experience includes developing advanced manufacturing systems and materials at Detroit Diesel Corp. and Honeywell Engines & Systems.