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2013 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers

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These seven Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers, age 35 or younger, are being recognized for their exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry. Each year, the award is named in honor of a specific individual who has made lifelong contributions to manufacturing and SME. The 2013 award is named after Gustav Olling, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, PE, Executive, Technology Strategy and R&D Product Development IT, Chrysler (Retired). 

 Jasmine Bridges Jasmine Bridges
Manufacturing Engineer
The Boeing Company
Tacoma, Wash. 

Jasmine Bridges is a manufacturing engineer on the P-8 Airplane at The Boeing Co. Previously, Bridges 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. She completed her master's in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy systems from Columbia University in New York, and her bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Bridges professional career began at Tacoma Power, where she researched alternative energy technologies and earned her engineer-in-training certificate. Bridges joined Boeing in 2006 as an integration engineer in the Propulsion Systems Division where she led the P-8 engine certification strategy, mitigated P-8 propulsions risks and led division export control efforts. She is passionate about working in her community and encouraging youth to study math and science. Bridges has mentored students through the National Society of Black Engineers, the Math Engineering Science Achievement and the Michael P. Anderson Aerospace Program.

 Jiaxing Huang Jiaxing Huang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing
Northwestern University
Evanston, Ill.

Jiaxing Huang, PhD, is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering and the Morris E. Fine Junior professor in materials and manufacturing at Northwestern University. He received his bachelor's from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2000, and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. Huang then became a Miller Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before joining Northwestern in 2007. His main research interest is in the general area of material chemistry, processing and manufacturing. Some of the examples include 2-D materials such as graphene-based sheets, organic nanocrystals and metal nanostructures. Huang is also interested the application of these materials in energy conversion and storage, as well as using them as a platform for materials education. He is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and the NSF CAREER Award.

Barbara Linke Barbara Linke, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California at Davis
Davis, Calif.

Barbara Linke, PhD, studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University and worked with Professor Fritz Klocke, FSME, at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL from 2002-10. Her research was fundamental and applied research on grinding and tooling engineering. Linke finished her PhD thesis on dressing of vitrified-bonded grinding wheels in 2007. In 2009, she received the F.W. Taylor Medal of CIRP. From 2010-12, Linke was a research fellow at UC Berkeley at the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability, where she worked on the life cycle management of abrasive tools with a research grant from the German Research Foundation DFG. Since January 2013, Linke has been an assistant professor at the University of California at Davis in the Department for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her work focuses on sustainable manufacturing and abrasive machining technology.

Yu Long Yu Long, PhD
Senior Scientist
Physics Sciences Department
United Technologies Research Center
East Hartford, Conn. 

Yu Long, PhD, is a senior scientist in the Physics Sciences Department at the United Technologies Research Center, concurrently taking the role as technology development leader and modeling specialist at Pratt Whitney for additive manufacturing and casting process innovation. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Clemson University in 2008, and his master's and bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2003 and 2000, respectively. Long has published one book, more than 10 journal and conference papers, and holds multiple patents. Among his numerous awards from UTRC, CIRP, Clemson and SJTU, Long has received UTRC highest recognition, the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010. He has actively been a member of ASME, SME and MRS since 2004; serves as the technical committee and reviewer for ASME journals including Manufacturing Science and Engineering and Tribology; ASME/SME conferences including NAMRC, MSEC, ISFA and IMECE, also multiple other journals. At UTRC, Long has provided technical leadership and direction; successfully finished multiple projects for UTC business units, such as Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand on machining, heat treatment, surface treatment, casting modeling and optimization; Sikorsky and Otis on ceramic-matrix and polymer-matrix, composite-coating component development; and Carrier on forming modeling. For his time at Pratt Whitney, Long is heavily involved in multiscale, physics-based, additive manufacturing process development, casting process development, integrated computational material engineering, design and manufacturing integration.

Kripa Varanasi Kripa Varanasi, PhD
Doherty Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kripa Varanasi, PhD, is a Doherty associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his bachelor’s from IIT, Madras, India, and his master’s and PhD from MIT. Prior to joining MIT, Varanasi was a lead research scientist and project leader in the Energy & Propulsion and Nanotechnology programs at the GE Global Research Center, and the PI for the DARPA Advanced Electronics Cooling program. The primary focus of his research is in the development of nanoengineered surface, interface and coating technologies that can dramatically enhance performance in energy, water, agriculture, transportation, buildings and electronics cooling systems. Varanasi is enabling this approach via highly interdisciplinary research focused on a nanoengineered surfaces and interfaces, thermal-fluid science and new materials discovery combined with scalable nanomanufacturing. His work spans various thermal-fluid and interfacial phenomena including phase transitions (condensation, boiling, freezing), nanoscale thermal transport, separation, wetting, catalysis, flow assurance in oil and gas, nanofabrication, and synthesis of inorganic bulk and nanoscale materials guided via computational materials design. Varanasi has filed more than 50 patents in this area. He was awarded the first prize at the 2008 ASME Nanotechnology Symposium and won several awards at GE Research Labs, including Technology Project of the Year, Best Patent Award, Inventor Award and Leadership Award. Varanasi has received the MIT Energy Initiative Award, 2010 IEEE-ASME ITherm Best Paper Award, NSF Career Award and the DARPA Young Faculty Award. He is commercializing some of the slippery coating technology under LiquiGlide for which his team received the Audience Choice Award at the MIT 100K and 100K Diamond Prize at MassChallenge Entrepreneurship competitions. Time and Forbes magazines have named Varanasi’s invention, LiquiGlide, one of the "Best Inventions of the Year."

Benxin Wu Benxin Wu, PhD
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department
Illinois Institute of Technology

Benxin Wu, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2001. He received his master's degree in mechanical engineering and a second master's in electrical engineering in 2003 from the University of Missouri-Rolla (currently Missouri University of Science and Technology). Wu received his PhD degree 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. Wu worked at IIT as an assistant professor from 2007-12, and as an associate professor since August 2012. His major research interest involves the study of laser-material interactions, laser-induced plasma and laser applications in manufacturing, materials processing and other fields. He has authored or coauthored more than ~50 publications in journals and conferences. Wu received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2011.  

Chris Yuan Chris Yingchun Yuan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Chris Yingchun Yuan, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009, his master's in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University in 2005 and his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from China University of Petroleum in 1999. Yuan’s 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). His past research has led to a total of 44 publications in book chapters, academic journals and conference proceedings. Yuan is currently the director of the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, working with dozens of Wisconsin manufacturing companies on energy efficiency and industrial sustainability.