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2012 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers

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In Honor of Taylan Altan, PhD, FSME, Professor and Director, Ohio State University


Jingyan Dong, PhD
Assistant Professor  
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering  
North Carolina State University 
Raleigh, N.C.

Dong is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, a master's degree in manufacturing automation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a bachelor's degree in automatic control from the University of Science and Technology of China. Dong's primary research interests are micro/nanoscale manufacturing systems and processes, which span multiple topics, including high-speed nanopositioning, miniaturized MEMS-scale nanomanufacturing systems, tip-based nanomachining and biomedical manufacturing. His work has resulted in more than 40 publications, which have appeared in many leading journals and refereed conference proceedings, and two U.S. and international patents and patent applications. In addition to Dong's research, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in manufacturing automation and micro/nanofabrication and manufacturing.

Tony Jun Huang, PhD
Associate Professor  
Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics  
The Pennsylvania State University 
University Park, Pa.


Huang is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005, and his BS and MS degrees in energy and power engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Huang has authored more than 70 journal publications and six book chapters. He serves as vice-chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Nanoengineering Council and chair of the ASME Society-Wide Micro/Nano Technology Forum. Huang has received many awards and honors such as the 2005 Outstanding PhD Award from UCLA, the 2006 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award, the 2010 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award and the 2011 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Research Award.


Shiva Kalidas
Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor
Caterpillar Inc.
Peoria, Ill.


Kalidas received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering with a minor in metallurgy from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1997. After a brief stint as an intern at Simplex Time Recorder Co., he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a graduate research assistant in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. Kalidas’ master’s thesis, under the aegis of Professors Richard E. DeVor and Shiv G. Kapoor, was on the study of thermal effects of dry drilling on aluminum alloys. His research work resulted in the three papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Kalidas joined Caterpillar’s Center of Manufacturing Excellence in 2000, and led manufacturing process research projects for engine and fabricated structures. He is currently a manufacturing engineering supervisor at Caterpillar’s Track Type Tractor fabricated structures facility. While at Caterpillar, Kalidas has reviewed papers for ASME’s Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering and has built deep expertise in six-sigma methodologies, design for manufacturing analysis and lean techniques.


Vishesh Kumar, PhD
Senior Lead Engineer
General Motors Technical Center India
Bangalore, India

Kumar has worked for General Motors Technical Center India as a senior lead engineer since 2008, where he develops calibration methodologies for various vehicular subsystems. Kumar has been awarded an ROI, and several others are in various stages of submission. He also conducts design for six-sigma training at GM-TCI. Before joining GM-TCI, Kumar worked at the University of Washington as a postdoctoral research associate, where he explored the recycling issues for fuel cells. In 2006, Kumar received his PhD in mechanical engineering – engineering mechanics from the Michigan Technological University, where he focused on creating a material flow and economic exchange model of the automotive recovery infrastructure and used it to study environmental and policy implications of various technological changes. Before MTU, Kumar worked as an engineer in the R&D Division at Maruti Udyog Ltd. for two years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in 2000. Kumar has published in several internationally recognized and prestigious journals, including the International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, the Journal of Manufacturing System and the Transactions of NAMRI/SME. He is an active member of SME, SAE and INCOSE.


Shawn Moylan, PhD
Mechanical Engineer
Engineering Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Md.
Moylan is a mechanical engineer in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He came to NIST as a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council postdoctoral research associate in January 2006. While at NIST, Moylan has worked on a variety of projects in manufacturing metrology, including measurement science for additive manufacturing, smart machine tools, five-axis coordinated motion metrology, on-machine metrology for micro/mesoscale parts and machine tool metrology. Moylan has successfully completed the “Building the Next Generation” leadership development program at NIST. He earned a PhD from Purdue University in 2006 through the School of Industrial Engineering with a thesis topic of “High-Speed Micro-Electrical Discharge Machining,” and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BS in mechanical engineering.

Sathyan Subbiah, PhD
Assistant Professor
Nanyang Technological University

Subbiah received his B.Tech., MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from IIT Madras (1997), UIUC (1999) and Georgia Tech (2006), respectively. After completing his master’s degree, he worked in the automotive industry for three years. Subbiah has been an assistant professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, since 2007. His training and experiences are in the area of science and engineering behind shaping materials by mechanical material removal. Subbiah’s current research spans nano, micro and mesoscale material removal. At the nanoscale level, he is using mechanical cleaving techniques to produce few-layer graphene. At the microscale level, Subbiah is trying to manufacture ultra-thin molds using microcutting, and at the mesoscale level, he is interested in abrasive and media-based surface polishing techniques. Subbiah is also very much interested in applying novel tools in the classroom to enhance engineering education.