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2010 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers

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  In Honor of Richard E. Morley, FSME, Founder & Owner, R. Morley Inc.

Bontha Srikanth Bontha, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Temple University
Philadelphia

Srikanth Bontha is currently an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering department at Temple University. Before becoming an assistant professor at Temple in 2009, Bontha spent more than three years in industry at Kennametal Inc., where he led product development projects and conducted research in the area of cutting tools. His research interests include such areas as machining titanium alloys, finite element modeling of machining processes as well as mechanics and materials issues in beam-based manufacturing processes. For his experience and research contributions, Bontha has been invited to serve on the International Scientific Committee the Eleventh International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) Conference on Modeling Operations. He currently holds three patents and has published 15 articles in top-ranked journals and international conference proceedings.

 Salil S. Desai Salil S. Desai, PhD
Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
and Director, Integrated Nano and Bio Manufacturing Laboratory
North Carolina A&T State University
Greensboro, N.C.

Salil S. Desai is an associate professor at North Carolina A&T State University and the director of the Integrated Nano and Bio Manufacturing Laboratory. There, he investigates hybrid nanomanufacturing combining direct-write fabrication and nanoimprint lithography with applications in the areas of drug delivery, stem cell differentiation and fuel cells. In addition to this research, Desai leads a group of graduate students that focus on multiphysics and multiscale modeling in scalable nano/micro manufacturing. He is already the author of more than 50 publications including book chapters, journal and proceedings papers. Desai also holds one international patent and is the author of a number of invention disclosures. For his work, he has been the recipient of several awards including the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award and North Carolina A&T State University's Outstanding Young Investigator Award.

Fathianathan Mervyn Fathianathan, PhD
Managing Director
BioMers Pte Ltd.
Singapore

Mervyn Fathianathan is currently managing director of BioMers Pte Ltd., a company engaged in the design and manufacture of polymer-composite-based medical devices. At BioMers, he led the development of the world's only clear orthodontic braces. He has a patent pending for the design of a polymer-composite-based dental retainer. His inventions have been commercialized and sold in more than 35 countries. Fathianathan is formerly an assistant professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD and B.Eng (Hons) in mechanical engineering from the National University of Singapore. After earning his PhD, Fathianathan was awarded the Chevening Fellowship to undertake a joint postdoctoral program in technology commercialization at Cambridge University, London Business School and Imperial College.

Hart A. John Hart, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department Mechanical Engineering and School of Art and Design
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

A. John Hart is assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan where he leads the Mechanosynthesis Group. Hart's group studies the science and manufacturing of nanostructured materials, for applications including energy, electronics, health care and composite materials. In particular, he and his students are credited with innovations in synthesis and applications of carbon nanotubes. Hart has more than 10 pending patents and 40 journal publications in this field. Additionally, he showcases his research using artistic images, via the nanobliss online gallery. These images have appeared in hundreds of outlets including Science, Nature and Wired. Hart teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in design, manufacturing and micro/nanotechnology, and is the recipient of a number of honors including the 2008 DARPA Young Faculty Award and the 2009 ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal.

Kountanya Raja Kountanya, PhD
Machining Applications Engineer
Sandvik/Diamond Innovations
Columbus, Ohio

Raja Kountanya is a machining applications engineer with Diamond Innovations (formerly GE Superabrasives), where he engages in the research and development of cutting tool technology. Some of his many duties there include planning laboratory testing for new products, developing manufacturing processes and leading lean projects as a six sigma green belt. An expert in machining science, he has pioneered cutting tool material and edge design for key machining applications at Sandvik/Diamond Innovations. Kountanya has also traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and India to assist customers and end-users. He currently holds one filed patent application and is the author of numerous invention disclosures, journal and conference publications.

Liu Zhaowei Liu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of California, San Diego
LaJolla, Calif.

Zhaowei Liu is an assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he leads a research group dedicated to such fields as nanophotonics, plasmonics, nanomaterials and biomedical imaging. His primary research interests include electromagnetic wave control, super-resolution imaging, sensing and manufacturing. Liu has been a principal driver in developing new concepts, devices and techniques for far-field superlens, optical hyperlens and other imaging devices. His work in these areas was selected as a Top 10 scientific discovery of 2008 by Time magazine and a Top 100 science story of 2007 by Discover magazine. Additionally, Liu has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journals and also holds patents in the fields of nanoimaging and nanolithography.

Shankar M. Ravi Shankar, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.

M. Ravi Shankar is an assistant professor in the department of industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh where he works on the forefront of manufacturing processes. Most notably, Shankar has performed pioneering research on the utilization of machining-based processes for the mass manufacturing of nanostructured materials. His various research projects have attracted significant funding from the National Science Foundation. Already a prolific writer, Shankar has written more than 35 publications, which have appeared in several leading journals and refereed conference proceedings. Outside of his research, Shankar also teaches a variety of manufacturing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Vogler Mike Vogler, PhD
Senior Engineering Project Team Leader
Caterpillar Inc.
Peoria, Ill.

Mike Vogler is a senior engineering project team leader for machining and metrology research and development at Caterpillar, where his work focuses on technology development to improve material removal and control processes. In particular, he has developed process models for centerless grinding that enabled production quality to be improved while reducing cycle times by 15 percent. Vogler began his engineering career at Cincinnati Milacron where he worked on machine tool alignment procedures. Later, as a senior research engineer at Delphi, he developed material removal process simulation tools in the machining and manufacturing systems group. In addition to these accomplishments, Vogler is the coauthor of seven technical papers and holds one U.S. patent. He also was recently elected chair-elect of Greater Peoria Caterpillar No. 31.

Yuan Chengyin Yuan, PhD
Senior Researcher
General Motors
Warren, Mich.

Chengyin Yuan is currently a senior researcher at the General Motors Global Research and Development Center in Warren, Mich. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his present research interests include such areas as virtual manufacturing, automation system design and control, sustainable manufacturing and electric vehicle manufacturing. Yuan's work has resulted in more than 30 technical publications and more than 10 U.S. and international patent applications. Throughout his career Yuan has collaborated with several national and international universities as well as companies including the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and Siemens Energy & Automation. For his work, Yuan has received numerous awards including GM's "Best of the Best" Chairman's Honor Award and the Boss Kettering Award. Outside of his career, Yuan has been a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics mentor and is an active member of SME.