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2020-22 NAMRI | SME Scientific Committee Organization


Ihab Ragai
Ihab Ragai,
 PhD, PE, CMfgE 
Associate Professor of Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
The Behrend College
Erie, Pennsylvania

Ihab Ragai, PhD, PE, is an Associate Professor of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, Erie. He is also a Visiting Professor at Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany. His research interests include advanced manufacturing processes, cloud manufacturing, machine and tool monitoring, design optimization, and materials constitutive modelling. For over 20 years, he has held several positions in aerospace and heavy equipment industries. Prior to joining academia in 2013, he was a Senior Engineering Manager at Hitachi Canada, overseeing projects related to product development, truck dynamics and fatigue analysis, structural and drive systems design, and manufacturing processes. He served as the Chair and Host of NAMRC 47-MSEC 2019, a Director on the NAMRI Board, and the 2014 MESEC Technical Program Chair. Additionally, he is an associate editor for the “International Journal of Manufacturing Research” and a guest editor of both SME’s “Journal of Manufacturing Systems” and “Journal of Manufacturing Processes.” He is a registered Professional Engineer, a fellow of ASME, a research fellow of DAAD, and a recipient of several national and international awards. SME Member Since 1998.


Robert Gao

Robert X. Gao, PhD, FSME
Professor and Department Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Case Western Reserve University

Robert X. Gao, PhD, FSME, is the Cady Staley professor of engineering and department chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His research is in the areas of multiphysics sensing, multiresolution signal processing, machine learning and wireless communication for improving the observability of dynamical systems such as manufacturing equipment and processes. Gao has authored or co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles, two books, several book chapters and holds 12 patents. Currently, he serves as a senior editor for the “IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.” Gao is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, SME, CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a recipient of several professional honors, including the Eli Whitney Productivity Award from SME, the Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award from ASME, the Technical Award and Best Application Award from the Instrumentation and Measurement Society of IEEE and several best paper awards. Gao has been named one of the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing. SME Member Since 2005

Past Chair

Livan Fratini
Livan Fratini,
Professor, Department of Chemical, Management, Computer Systems, Mechanical Engineering
University of Palermo
Palermo, Italy

Livan Fratini, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Chemical, Management, Computer Systems, Mechanical Engineering at University of Palermo, Italy. Fratini's major research areas include process engineering of metalforming operations, CAE of sheet metalforming processes and CAE of solid bonding processes. He is fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering), a member of the board of directors for ESAFORM (European Scientific Association for Material Forming) and vice president of AITEM (Italian Association of Mechanical Technology). Fratini has received CIRP F.W. Taylor Medal Award in 2007. He is a co-author of approximately 250 publications. SME Member Since 2014

Track 1: Manufacturing Systems - General Submission

Track Chair: Xun Xu

Track Co-Chairs: Laine Mears**, Ray Zhong

Members: Grace Guo, Yuqian Lu, Paol Parenti, Dazhong Wu*, Thorsten Wuest

Track 3: Material Removal

Track Chair: Jeff Ma^

Track Co-Chairs: Jahan Mohammad, Mike Vogler

Members: Massimiliano Annoni^, Shuting Lei, Barbara Linke, Chandra Nath, Christopher Saldana, Tony Schmitz, Iqbal Shareef, Zhongde Shi

Track 5: Smart Manufacturing - Processes, Systems and Integration

Track Chair: Robert Gao

Track Co-Chairs: Robert Landers, Z.J. Pei

Members: Qing (Cindy) Chang, Xu Chen, Zhaoyan Fan, David Hoelzle, Shaopeng Liu, Sandipan Mishra, Hantang Qin, Chenhui Shao, Rok Vrabič, Peng Wang, Xi Vincent Wang*, Gloria Wiens

Track 2: Manufacturing Processes - General Submission

Track Chair: Stefania Bruschi

Track Co-Chairs: Wayne Cai, Rajiv Malhotra

Members: Till Clausmeyer, Brad Kinsey, Yannis Korkolis, Dinakar Sagapuram, Rohan Shirwaiker, Durul Ulutan, Benxin Wu^

Track 4: Additive Manufacturing

Track Chair: Jingyan Dong^

Track Co-Chairs: Murali Sundaram^, Bruce L. Tai

Members: Allison Beese, Yong Chen, Tsz-Ho Kwok, Saniya LeBlanc, Yayue Pan, Changxue Xu, Jun Yin, Amir A. Zadpoor, Fiona Zhao

Track 6: Industrial Applications and Manufacturing Education

Track Chair: Brian Paul

Track Co-Chairs: Hitomi Yamaguchi^, Jeffrey A. Abell

Members: John Hart, Umberto La Commare, Sangkee Min, Johnson Samuel


**Editor in Chief of Journal of Manufacturing Letters
*Associate Editor of Journal of Manufacturing Systems

^Associate Editor of Journal of Manufacturing Processes