News Bulletin  

   the picture taken at the Award Luncheon. 

More than 300 researchers participated in this event.

·        Professor Shin gave a lecture in the webcast to the national audience on "Design and Machining Challenges in Orthopedics" organized by Med-Tech Precision Webcast on Sept. 17, 2009.  


About the Book (from the publisher note)

Providing a thorough introduction to the field of soft computing techniques, Intelligent Systems: Modeling, Optimization, and Control covers every major technique in artificial intelligence in a clear and practical style. This book highlights current research and applications, addresses issues encountered in the development of applied systems, and describes a wide range of intelligent systems techniques, including neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary strategy, and genetic algorithms. The book demonstrates concepts through simulation examples and practical experimental results. Case studies are also presented from each field to facilitate understanding.


The award, presented to engineers by engineers, honors early racing pioneer Louis Schwitzer, and acknowledges individuals with the courage and passion to explore and develop new concepts in racing technology. BorgWarner sponsors this prestigious $10,000 award, which is presented by the Indiana Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

SAE International also supports the Louis Schwitzer Award by providing a $2,000 scholarship to the engineering school of the winner's choice, which this year is Purdue University in W. Lafayette, Ind. The winner's names will be added to a permanent trophy on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Read the whole story here.

·        The Center activities were displayed at the NSF Partnerships for Innovation Workshop, which was held during March 31-April 1, 2008 in Washington D.C. Purdue President France Cordova delivered the keynote speech at this workshop.

·        One of the technologies being developed at the Center, Integrated Laser Cell, was chosen as one of 100 technologies for display at the “World’s Best Technology Showcase.” This showcase was held in Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX on March 25-27, 2008.

·        Kevin Schoeffel (Ph.D. student) won the 3rd place prize at the student design contest with flexible cladding nozzle design during the 2007 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference.  Congratulations!

·        Various Center projects were displayed on Nov. 8th and 9th, 2007, at the Indiana Entrepreneurship & Innovation Day “Innovation Showcase” at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

·        A femtosecond laser (Spectra-Physics, Tsunami+Spitfire Pro) has been acquired and added to the already extensive array of the Lab facilities.

·        Several news article describing our integrated laser deposition + machining work appeared in different magazines and web sites.  To see the articles, visit Press Release page.

·        Professor Shin and his former student, Yinggang Tian, received the 2007 ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award for the paper entitled "Thermal Modeling for Laser-Assisted Machining of Silicon Nitride Ceramics with Complex Features".   This is the second time a Purdue researcher won this award since it was established in 1954 by Frederick S. Blackall, Jr., Fellow and Seventy-second President of the Society. The following is the citation of the Award.

The Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award is presented for the best current original paper or papers (not published elsewhere) which has/have been presented before ASME and/or published by ASME during the two calendar years immediately preceding the year of the award. The paper(s) should be clearly concerned with or related to the design or application of machine tools, gages, or dimensional measuring instruments, submitted to ASME for presentation and publication.


News on Former Group Students

·        Gary Hedberg, who graduated with an M.S. degree in Dec. 2013, joined Michael Wilson at Cenit North America.

·        Chengying "Cheryl" Xu, a former student,  has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Central Florida.   She has recently moved to Florida State University.

·        J. Michael Wilson graduated with an M.S. degree in 2012 and assumed a position at Cenit North America.

·        Hongtao Ding, a recent graduate with Ph.D., accepted a faculty position at the University of Iowa and began his academic career as an assistant professor in July 2012.   Best wishes for him.

·        Benxin Wu, a former student, recently got promoted to associate professor with tenure at Illinois Institute of Technology.  Congratulations!!

·        Ritesh Lakhkar recently joined Corning Inc. after working at Caterpillar for 5 years.  He was recently interviewed by ASME.  See ME Today Newsletter. (Jan 2012 edition)

·        Wenqian "Wendy" Hu graduated with a Ph.D. and began her career at Cummins Engine in Columbus, Indiana, joining her husband.  Shaoyi Wen and Wenqian Hu both attended the graduation ceremony on Dec. 19, 2011.  See their pictures.

·        Pratik Halani has graduated with an M.S. degree in 2011 and began his career at Schlumberger, joining previous students.  See the photos at his farewell party.

·        Tyler Davis graduated with a Ph.D. in 2011 and joined Caterpillar in Peoria, leading a happy life. 

·        Chengying "Cheryl" Xu, a former student and currently an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida is among the 2011 ONR Young Investigator Awardees.

She was also selected to be one of the 2011 SME outstanding young manufacturing engineers.   Congratulations!

·        Benxin Wu, a former student and now an assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has become a new recipient of the prestigious NSF Career award.  Great Job!

·        Chinmaya Dandekar received his Ph.D. in fall of 2010 and joined the Eaton Corporation.

·        Cheol Lee was recently granted tenure with promotion to associate professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.   Congratulations!

·        Niranjan Subrahmanya completed his Ph.D. and joined the Exxon group in New Jersey.  

·        Frank Pfefferkorn recently got promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Congratulations! 

·        Jonathan Shelton, after completing his M.S. degree, joined the Sandia National Laboratory.

·        Phil Stevenson, after receiving their M.S. degrees, joined former students Mark Anderson and Stephen Skvarenina at Schlumberger.

·        Rahul Patwa recently moved to Fraunhofer Institute in Arbor, Michigan, and will continue the work in laser-based manufacturing.

·        Samuel Truesdale joined Rolls Royce after completing his M.S. degree and is now manager of employee development.  He was the winner of the prestigious 2005 Black Engineer of The Year award.  "Sam Truesdale of Manufacturing Engineering in Rolls-Royce North America was honoured and recognised as a Modern-day Technology Leader. Award winners demonstrated commitment to engineering expertise, leadership and managerial dash, as well as their contributions as role models and mentors, helping to boost the minority presence in the technology enterprise".  He was also distinguished by Ebony Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Under 30: Young Leaders for the Year 2006”.  



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