Research Professions in Academia Industry & National Laboratories: An Early Career Forum

Organized by ASME/MED and NAMRI/SME
Sponsored by the University of Michigan

Where and When:
June 10th, 2014, 5:00 – 8:00pm Cobo Center Room 410AB (Detroit, Michigan). The forum will be held during the collocated manufacturing conferences: the ASME 2014 International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering (MSEC2014) and the 42nd North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC42).

The objective of the Early Career Forum is to educate students engaged in scientific programs around manufacturing and early-career manufacturing engineers and scientists on the possible lllllcareer paths available to them, and details of feasible expectations for activities and future opportunities when following a given career path. This objective will be addressed through a small-scale networking event where manufacturing students and young engineers are introduced to a panel of mid-career professionals, and placed in an environment of local discussion. The anticipated benefits of this personal engagement are a better understanding by participants of what to expect from a given career, dispelling of myths around a certain career path or position, and a path for networking (creating a contact network) for future information sharing.

Agenda (Tuesday, June 10th, 2014)

5:00 – 5:15pm Opening
5:15 – 6:00pm 5-minute spoken introductions by panelists
6:00 – 7:00pm Breakout discussions (15-minute intervals encouraged)
7:00 – 7:15pm Wrap-up discussion, open questions and answers
7:15 – 8:00pm Reception

Panelists for Early Career Forum

Dr. Kavit Antani, BMW Manufacturing
Kavit Antani is a Quality Engineer at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, SC, responsible for X5 and X6 Powertrain Assembly. Kavit received his Ph.D. from Clemson University – International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) where he was a BMW Scholar in Manufacturing from 2011 to 2014. He worked previously for DeWalt Power Tools, a professional power tools division of Stanley Black & Decker for 11 years leading cross functional Kaizen events and training in the United States, Czech Republic, China, Brazil, and Mexico before returning to graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree.

Dr. Aindrea Campbell, Ford Motor Company
Aindrea Campbell is the leading expert on advanced mechanical joining technologies at Ford Motor Company, where she has been for 14 years. She has had a significant role in developing joining technologies for the all new F150, particularly related to joining advanced aluminum alloys. She started her career at Ford after graduating from University of California Berkeley with a doctorate degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a dissertation in fracture and fatigue behavior of shape-memory and superelastic materials.

Prof. Dragan Djurdjanovic, University of Texas
Dragan Djurdjanovic worked with the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Research Scientist before joining the faculty of University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering in September 2007. His research focuses on employing advanced mathematical modeling and control methods to problems in design, diagnostics and operation of complex systems. He is the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from SME.

Dr. Robert Ivester, US Dept. of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office
Robert W. Ivester, Ph.D., currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office in the U.S. Department of Energy under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Previously, he served as the Executive Secretary to the Inter-agency working group on Advanced Manufacturing through the office of the President. He has also been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program for graduate-level studies in manufacturing engineering since 2001.

Prof. Mathew Kuttolamadom, Texas A&M University
Dr. K is an Assistant Professor in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology program within the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. His current research focus and interests are in tribology, wear modeling, machining titanium and heat-resistant alloys, and surface metrology. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in the College of Engineering & Science from Clemson University.

Dr. Shawn Moylan, NIST
Shawn Moylan is a mechanical engineer and a project leader in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he has worked on a variety of projects in manufacturing metrology, including measurement science for additive manufacturing and smart machine tools. He was the 2012 recipient of the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award. Shawn has successfully completed the “Building the Next Generation” leadership development program at NIST; his PhD is from Purdue.

Prof. Chinedum Okwudire, University of Michigan
Dr. Chinedum Okwudire received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver in 2009; as part of his doctoral studies, he was a visiting researcher at Siemens in Germany. He joined the mechanical engineering faculty at the University of Michigan in 2011. He has worked on the design of ultra-precision machine tools, and currently performs research in improving the cost-effectiveness, energy-efficiency, accuracy and speed of precision and manufacturing machines using novel design and control methods.

Prof. Z.J. Pei, National Science Foundation
Z.J. Pei received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked as a post-doc for a year and in industry for four years before joining Kansas State University where he is currently a professor. Since August 2012, he has been serving as the program director of the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment program at National Science Foundation. He has graduated 10 PhD and 6 MS students, and currently works with 2 PhD students.

Prof. Ihab Ragai, East Carolina University
Dr. Ihab Ragai is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University. Prior to joining ECU in September 2013, he was the Senior Engineering Manager of Technical Analysis and Design at Hitachi Truck in Canada. He has held several positions as Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Senior Project Engineer, and Project Manager. His areas of expertise are finite element analysis, material characterization, and simulation of manufacturing processes. He earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University.

Dr. Michael Smith, Chrysler Corporation, LLC
Michael Smith is currently an Aftertreatment Engineer for Chrysler Powertrain group. Dr. Smith’s research interests involve a systems level approach to emissions control from an internal combustion engine power source. He was previously employed as a Senior Engineer at Cummins, Inc., and formerly served as a Postdoctoral Technical Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy (BSE) and the University of Michigan (MS and PhD).

Prof. Joshua Tarbutton, University of South Carolina
Dr. Joshua Tarbutton is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina where he was appointed in 2012. His research is in manufacturing, mechatronics, sensor technology, metrology, signal processing, system identification, dynamics and control. He honorably served as a soldier in the United States Army Reserve from 1999-2007, where he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and actively led a platoon from 2003-2004, and was awarded various medals and awards. His PhD is from Clemson University in 2011 in the area of GPU accelerated automatic tool path planning for machine tools. Hespent a year as an industry post-doctoral fellow at InSituTec developing precision sensing and metrology devices for the MEMS industry.

Mr. Jason Viers, Mclean-Fogg Corporation
Jason Viers earned his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University in 2001. He has been an SME member since 2000 and an active professional member since 2008. Viers is currently employed as a quality engineer working for Mclean Fogg Component Solutions. Previously, he held application engineering and manufacturing engineering positions. Viers’ work experience has placed him in the metalforming and automated manufacturing areas. While in those environments, Viers has been fortunate to work as a team member developing patents for manufacturing processes, which earned international automotive industry awards and recognition. He is one of this year’s SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award honorees.