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2011 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers

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In Honor of Richard L. Kegg, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE, Retired, Vice President of Technology and Manufacturing Development, Milacron Inc.

Awtar Shorya Awtar, Sc.D.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Shorya Awtar is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and graduate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Awtar worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the General Electric Corporate R&D. His current research and teaching interests lie in machine design, flexure mechanisms, mechatronic systems and precision engineering. Awtar is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the Research & Development Magazine's RD100 Award.

Brousseau Emmanuel Brousseau, PhD
RCUK Academic Fellow
Institute of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Cardiff University
Wales, United Kingdom

Emmanuel Brousseau is currently the recipient of an academic fellowship from the Research Councils UK at the Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University. His research interests include micro and nanofabrication, metrology, intelligent CAD/CAM and technology management. He co-leads the micro and nanomanufacturing research theme at Cardiff School of Engineering. Throughout his career, Brousseau has collaborated with several research centers, universities and companies in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland. Brousseau's investigations have resulted in the publication of more than 30 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and international conference proceedings. He has recently received a substantial grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the United Kingdom to carry out research in the area of atomic force microscopy (AFM) probe-based nanomachining. Brousseau also teaches a number of mechanical and manufacturing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dietrich David M. Dietrich, PhD
Materials Process and Physics Engineer
The Boeing Company
Berkeley, Mo.

David M. Dietrich holds a PhD in engineering management and an MS in manufacturing engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. In addition, he also holds an MBA from Maryville University of St. Louis and a BS in industrial engineering technology from Murray State University. His program management industry experience has been dedicated to The Boeing Co. researching the additive manufacturing field for the Boeing Research and Technology Division in St. Louis. This experience has given Dietrich the ability to gain focus of all aspects of additive manufacturing, including polymer and metal-based processes. He has patented and acquired several applications, delivered international presentations in the field of additive manufacturing and published several papers in the field.

Gao Dalong Gao, PhD
Senior Researcher
Manufacturing Systems Research Lab
General Motors Global Research and Development Center
Warren, Mich.

Dalong Gao received his BE degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1999. He also received his MS degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and his PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002, 2003 and 2005, respectively. Gao is a senior researcher at the Manufacturing Systems Research Lab of the General Motors Global Research and Development Center. He is a member of SME and ASME. Gao's technical interests include manufacturing processes as well as safe robots and controls. He is leading several major research projects, while working with top universities, industries, associations and government agencies. Gao is also leading the safe robotics initiatives at the Research and Development Center. He has authored nearly 30 internal and external publications. Gao generated 11 U.S. patent applications and was awarded the 2010 ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award.

Ghose Sayata Ghose, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
National Institute of Aerospace
Hampton, Va.

Sayata Ghose is currently a senior research scientist with the National Institute of Aerospace and a resident researcher with the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch at NASA Langley Research Center. Ghose obtained her PhD from the School of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron in 2004 and was awarded the internationally competitive National Research Council's Research Associateship from the National Academies to carry out research at NASA. Ghose's work in the field of polymer processing has ranged from elastomers to nanocomposites over the past several years. Her most recent work has focused on autoclave-free manufacturing processes for high-temperature matrix resins required for composite structures on aerospace vehicles such as supersonic aircraft and launch vehicles. Ghose is the author or coauthor of 20 refereed journal articles with more than 35 conference proceedings and ~100 citations. She also holds one U.S. patent and has four patent applications.

Harimkar Sandip P. Harimkar, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Okla.

Sandip P. Harimkar is an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Oklahoma State University. His research interests encompass advanced processing and characterization of materials, with emphasis on investigating the mechanisms of micro/nanostructure evolution and its influence on properties. Specific areas of research include spark plasma sintering of nanostructured materials, laser micromachining of materials, laser surface modifications of ceramics and laser cladding of amorphous/composite coatings. Most of Harimkar's research projects are supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA-EPSCoR and Oklahoma State University's Technology Business Development Program. He received his PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. Harimkar's work on processing of materials has been published in more than 25 research articles in international journals. He has also coauthored a book entitled "Laser Fabrication and Machining of Materials." Harimkar is chair of the Surface Engineering Committee of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. He has received several awards, including Young Leader Professional Development Award (2010, TMS); Outstanding Graduate Scholarship (2006, 2007, Oak Ridge Chapter of ASM International); and 2003 K.K. Malik Award (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore). Harimkar teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical metallurgy, phase transformations and modern materials.

Jun Martin B.G. Jun, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Martin B.G. Jun is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria. After receiving his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005, Jun stayed at UIUC to work as a postdoctoral research associate on various projects related to micromanufacturing. He has been at UVic since 2007. Jun's current research interests include nanoparticle deposition, development of sustainable cutting fluid and application system, development of micro/nanometrology systems, and understanding micromachining mechanics and dynamics. His various research projects have attracted significant funding from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council and interest from the industry. Jun has written more than 35 publications, which have appeared in several leading journals in manufacturing and refereed conference proceedings. He is also currently the chair of the Manufacturing Equipment Technical Committee of ASME's Manufacturing Engineering Division.

Omar Mohammed Omar, PhD
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research
Clemson, S.C.

Mohammed Omar received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Jordan in 2001, and his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2005. He had been a visiting scholar at Toyota Motor Corp.'s Instrumentation Engineering Division in Aichi-Japan in 2005. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. Omar published two books on automotive manufacturing and has contributed to a chapter in the book "New Trends in the Automotive Industry." He also authored more than 40 journal publications in addition to several conference proceedings. Omar also has three U.S. patents and two international patents. His research and teaching focus is on the automotive manufacturing systems and quality control nondestructive testing methods.

Starly Binil Starly, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Industrial Engineering
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Okla.

Binil Starly is currently appointed as an assistant professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. His research spans the design and fabrication of three-dimensional (3-D) tissue constructs for applications in tissue engineering and drug screening studies. His research and education interests include shape engineering, reverse engineering, rapid manufacturing and CAD/CAE/CAM. Starly has received the NSF CAREER award for research in engineering living tissue systems. He has published more than 20 journal publications in the field of design/manufacturing, customized biomedical implants and scaffold-based tissue engineering. Starly has received the OU Alumni Teaching Award (2007-09) for three consecutive years in recognition of his teaching and mentoring activities. He has also received the NASA 2010 TechBrief Award for his work on micro-organ devices, with a patent pending on the technology.

Turner Kevin T. Turner, PhD
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wis.

Kevin T. Turner is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1999, and his SM and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001 and 2004, respectively. Turner joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. His primary research interests are the manufacturing and mechanics and of micro and nanoscale systems. Turner's research spans multiple topics, including wafer bonding, tip-based nanomanufacturing, and transfer and integration of semiconductor nanomembranes. He has published nearly 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 papers in conference proceedings.

Xu Chengying "Cheryl" Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Fla.

Chengying "Cheryl" Xu is currently an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida. She received her PhD in 2006 in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and her MS in 2001 in mechanical manufacturing and automation from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Her research interests include intelligent systems, control, manufacturing, smart sensor/actuator, online monitoring and diagnostics, mechatronics and automation. Xu is a coauthor for the book of "Intelligent Systems: Modeling, Optimization and Control." She has authored and coauthored around 20 publications in archived journals and refereed conference proceedings. Xu has served as an organizing committee member and session co-chair for a number of national and international conferences, and has reviewed papers for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers transactions journals. She is an active member for several professional societies, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IEEE, SME and the Society for Experimental Mechanics. Xu has been an associate editor of the International Journal of Nanomanufacturing since 2008.

Yang Yihong "David" Yang, PhD
Senior Engineer
Caterpillar Inc.
East Peoria, Ill.

Yihong "David" Yang is an engineering project team leader at Caterpillar Inc. His engineering career started in 2005 at Tech Center Manufacturing R&D. Yang dedicated his efforts in virtual manufacturing engineering domain, which uses various analysis and simulation, and digital/visualization tools to develop and validate the design and manufacturing processes in virtual environment to achieve quality, velocity and safety. He led a team to validate Caterpillar's major tractor new design concepts for manufacturability, ergonomics and serviceability. The contributions to the electric-drive tractor models, D6E and D7E, are tremendous. Yang also led many successful projects, such as digital factory development, virtual process planning system for fabrication and computer-aided modular fixture design system. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Yang holds PhD degree in manufacturing engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.