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The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the world’s leading professional society supporting manufacturing education, announced today it awarded eight Serope Kalpakjian Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Awards, one in the area of composites.
The SME Outstanding Manufacturing Engineer award, established in 1979, honors the accomplishments of individuals 35 years of age or younger who demonstrate outstanding leadership and achievements in the field of manufacturing engineering.
One of the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer awardees representing academia is Jian Cao, Ph.D., assistant professor, mechanical engineering, Northwestern University, Illinois. Cao’s research activities center on the mechanics analysis and process optimization of forming sheet materials, including both metal and composites. Her most significant contribution has been in the wrinkling prediction and a new tooling process design concept in sheet metal forming and material characterization of continuous fiber reinforced composites. Cao’s research on wrinkling shows a practical way to predict this important failure mechanism accurately. Cao has also developed several efficient simulation tools that should speed the development of new tooling. In addition to being a highly sought-after speaker, Cao’s research is supported by material suppliers and automotive manufacturers, including Ford and General Motors, and by peer-reviewed grants from the National Science Foundation.
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