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Group News

  • Professor Shin has been granted a new US patent, titled, "Method of forming holes and etching surfaces in substrates" (U.S. Patent 10,052,722), on Aug. 21, 2018.

  • Professor Wenda Tan, a former member of our group, now an assistant professor at the University of Utah, received the coveted NSF Career award early this year.  Congratulations!  He now joined the company of several former group members who received the similar awards.  Further news here.

  • News on the superhydrophobic surface creation has been released.   Link to news release

  • Kyung-Min Hong, a Ph.D. student working with Professor Shin, has been awarded Ward A. Lambert Graduate Teaching Fellowship for 2018-2019.   The Fellowship gives him the opportunity to teach a class in 2019.

  • Professor Shin received the 2018 CoE Faculty Awards of Excellence in Research.  See the web site for details.

  • Professor Shin delivered a lecture in the graduate seminar series at University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign  on Feb. 24, 2018 with the topic of “Laser-based Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing.

  • Professor Shin was an invited speaker at the SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco from Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2018 and gave a talk with the title of "Additive Manufacturing: Capabilities, Challenges and Future".

  • Xiangyang Dong received his Ph.D. in 2017 and began an academic career at the Missouri University of Science and Technology as an assistant professor.

  • Professor Shin gave a seminar at Georgia Institute of Technology on Oct. 24, 2017 with the topic of “Can Lasers Light Up Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing Arena?”

  • Professor Shin gave a talk as an invited speaker with the title of “Ultrafast Laser Induced Plasmas: Modeling, Measurement and Its Implication”, at the Symposium on Applied Spectroscopy and Photonics (SASP), Purdue University Chapter of Society for Applied Spectroscopy, which was held on September 16th, 2017.

  • The paper co-authored by Abhishek Ajri (MSME, 2017) and Professor Yung Shin received the best paper award (2nd place) out of more than 250 refereed papers presented at the 2017 Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference held in Los Angeles during June 4-8, 2017.   The presented paper was subsequently published in the ASME Transactions on Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.

  • A happy time with former and current group members and friends during Awards Luncheon at the 2017 MSEC held in Los Angeles on June 4-8, 2017.  

      At MED Award Luncheon with former and current group members

      Another Angle

  • Kyung-Min Hong has been awarded the Adelberg Fellowship for 2017-2018.  He is one of the three recipients of this prestigious fellowship.

  • Professor Shin received the SME/NAMRI S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award on June 30, 2016 for his pioneering work on laser-assisted machining and industrial implementation during the 2016 MSEC/NAMRC conference held in Blacksburgh, Virginia.   See the announcement and SME web site

  • Professor Shin gave an invited talk at the Workshop on Predictive Theoretical and Computational Approaches for Additive Manufacturing held on Oct. 7-9, 2015 at the National Academy of Science in Washington, DC.   His lecture can be viewed from the NAS web site.

  • Professor Shin delivered a lecture as an invited speaker for the Department Seminar Series with the title of "Lasers in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing" at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, on March 25, 2016.

  • Professor Shin delivered a lecture with the title of "Can lasers light up new advanced manufacturing and materials processing?" as the distinguished speaker at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 9, 2015.

  • Yunfeng Cao completed his Ph.D. in 2015 and is now working at Ford.

  • Professor Shin was recognized on June 1, 2015 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, during SME Gala with the SME Fredrick W. Taylor Research Medal for his significant contributions to the science and art of manufacturing processes.  For further information, see the press release.

  • Professor Shin gave a lecture at Tsinghua University on May 19, 2015.

  • Xin Zhao, another Ph.D. student in the group, joined Clemson University as a faculty member in fall of 2014.

  • Wenda Tan, a Ph.D. student in the group, recently began the faculty position at the University of Utah in fall of 2014.

  • Dr. Shin, center director, delivered lectures on the capabilities and potential of additive manufacturing to large industrial audiences at several conferences in 2014.

  • Several patents were issued based on new inventions from the group:

    • Laser-Assisted Machining Process with Distributed Lasers, U.S. Patent No. 8,053,705 B2, Nov. 8, 2011.

    • Integrated Laser Material Processing Cell, U.S. Patent No. 8,604,381 B1, Dec. 10, 2013.

    • Machining Apparatus and Process, U.S. Patent No. 8,839,497 B2, Sept. 23, 2014

    • Laser-Assisted Micro Machining Systems and Methods, U.S. Patent No. 8,847,114 B1, Sept. 30, 2014

  • Xin Zhao, a Ph.D. student in the group, received the College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award!  Along with him, Kyung-min Hong, a Ph.D. student, and Yunfeng Cao, also a Ph.D. student were also recognized for their best teaching awards at the annual COE Award Luncheon.  


     the picture taken at the Award Luncheon. 

  • A recent Doctoral degree awardee, Jason Wou, joined Ford Motors Company in Dearborn, Detroit, in 2014.

  • Xiaoyang Ye, finished his M.S. degree in 2014 with the thesis option and joined CGG, US Imaging, located in Houston.

  • Masiyang Luo, M.S. student, graduated with an M.S. thesis and began his career at the Cummins Engine company in 2014.

  • Kyung-Min Hong, a PhD student in the group, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching.   This is the second time he received such an award.   Congratulations!

  • Group's paper titled "Modeling of machining of composite materials: A review", which was co-authored by Chinmaya Dandekar and Professor Yung Shin, is recently ranked 8th among the 25 most popular articles of the first half of 2013 in Manufacturing and Control areas from Elsevier published journals.

  • Professor Shin assumed the position of Editor-in-Chief for a new international journal, Lasers in Materials Processing and Manufacturing, to be published by Springer.  See the journal web site.

  • Professor Shin served as the guest editor of a special issue "Thermally Assisted Manufacturing" for Trans. of the ASME, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.  This issue was published as the December issue of 2013.

  • The paper co-authored by Prof. Yung Shin and his graduate student Shaoyi Wen received the Best Paper of the Year award, among the papers published in the Journal of Laser Applications. JLA is the official journal of the Laser Institute of America. The award was presented at the 2012 International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro–Optics.

  • Professor Shin has been elected as a fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.  See the announcement.

  • An article on laser-assisted machining of composites has been featured in the July issue of Industrial Laser Solutions.  ILS is one of the most widely read magazines covering various laser applications in industry.

  • A recent paper titled "Modeling of machining of composite materials: A review", which was co-authored by Chinmaya Dandekar and Professor Yung Shin, is the most downloaded paper  among the papers published in the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012.

  • WFLI TV18 recently covered the highlights of our research on early plasma measurement during ultrashort laser metal interaction.   See the news footage.

  • A new 1 kW fiber laser (IPG-Photonics) has been acquired and integrated with the MAZAK CNC machining center.  This integrated system will be used for laser-assisted machining and welding research among others.

  • A recent paper titled "Thermal and mechanical modeling analysis of laser-assisted micro-milling of difficult-to-machine alloys", which was co-authored by the graduate students Hongtao Ding and Ninggang Shen, and Professor Yung Shin, is shown to be the most downloaded paper among the papers published in Journal of Materials Processing Technology. 

  • Professor Shin and doctoral student Chinmaya Dandekar contributed a chapter "Mechanics and Modeling of Chip Formation in Machining of MMC" to the book titled "Machining of Metal Matrix Composites", which was recently published by Springer.

  • As part of the Center for Laser-based Manufacturing activities, Professor Shin hosted a workshop on Laser Direct Deposition.   This workshop featured several speakers from industry and Air Force Research Lab, who provided an insight and overview of applications and needs of laser direct deposition in their organizations.   In addition, many cutting-edge research projects being conducted at the Center were presented.   For details, see the workshop.

  • The paper co-authored by Hongtao Ding and Professor Shin was selected for the Best Paper award out of more than 180 papers presented at the 2011 ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, which was held in Corvallis, Oregon, during June 13-17, 2011.  Click here to see some of the photos.

  • Our work on the ultrafast laser-based scribing of this film solar cells has been featured by a number of news media.  Please see the Press Release page to see the link.   You can also download the paper mentioned in the press release.

  • Industrial Laser Solutions published a featured article on Laser Assisted Machining - LAM benefits a wide range of difficult-to-machine materials, (pp. 18-22 in Jan/Feb 2011 issue).   Industrial Laser Solutions is one of the leading magazines dealing with laser applications to manufacturing in industry.

  • One of the group's papers is among the most cited papers published in International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture from 2006 to 2010.  "Laser-assisted machining of Inconel 718 with an economic analysis" Volume 46, Issue 14, 2006, pp. 1879-1891 Anderson, M., Patwa, R., Shin, Y.C.

  • One of the group's papers was shown to be among the hottest 25 papers from 2009 to 2010 in International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture.  Paper:  "Machinability improvement of titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) via LAM and hybrid machining", International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Volume 50, Issue 2, February 2010, Pages 174-182 Dandekar, C.R.; Shin, Y.C.; Barnes, J. 

  • Professor Shin teaming up with Professor Gary Cheng of IE received a new NSF Grant "High Speed Scribing of Solar Cell Thin Films by a Picosecond Laser" in 2010.

  • Professor Shin in teaming with Professors Jian Cao and Jane Wang at Northwestern organized a two and half day NSF sponsored summer short course on Principles of and Recent Advances in Laser Micro/Nano Manufacturing Processes.   This was held from June 1 to 4, 2010, in Evanston, Illinois.  Please find the details from the short course web site.   About 80 people attended the workshop, including more than 40 professors across the country.

  • The latest news media articles on our research in the laser-based fabrication of biomedical implants and stents have appeared in many different magazines and web news portal sites.  To see the articles, visit Press Release page.

  • Professor Shin was the organizing chair of the 2009 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC), the flagship conference in manufacturing in North America.   The 2009 MSEC was held at Purdue University on Oct. 4-7, 2009. 
  • More than 300 researchers participated in this event.
  • Professor Shin gave a plenary talk on "Advanced Laser Technologies for Fabrication of Bio Implants and Stents in the Future" at the Advanced Laser Applications Conference (ALAC) held on Sept. 14-15, 2009, in San Jose, California.
  • 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.  

  • Professor Shin delivered the opening address at the Advanced Manufacturing Summit, which was held on March 25, 2009, in W. Lafayette.


  • Professor Shin received a second NSF Partnership for Innovation grant on laser-based manufacturing and materials processing in a partnership with Northwestern University.
  • A new book "Intelligent Systems: Modeling, Optimization and Control" authored by Professor Shin and his former student, Prof. Xu at the Univ. of Central Florida, was published in Dec. 2008 by CRC Press, Francis and Taylor Group.  See the publisher's site.

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.


  • Professor Shin delivered a keynote speech at the Symposium on Sustainability and Product Development held in Chicago, on Aug. 7-8, 2008.  
  • Professor Shin gave a talk at the Workshop on LASER AND PRODUCTION: CHARACTERISTICS, APPLICATIONS AND FUTURE TENDENCIES, held at the International Fair BI-MU 2008 (URL) in Milano Italy, on October 4th, 2008.
  • Benxin Wu's Ph.D. dissertation was chosen as the only nominee of Purdue University for the prestigious 2008 Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award in the mathematics, physical sciences and engineering areas.  This selection is from all the students who completed Ph.D study at Purdue in the fields of mathematics, physical sciences and engineering during the period of July, 2006 to June, 2008.
  • Soungjin "Jason" Wou, a PhD student working with Professor Shin, and his teammates from Bishop Steering Technology, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana have received the Louis Switzar Engineering Excellence Award.

    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.

  • Professor Shin organized and hosted the Laser Deposition workshop on May 9, 2007.   The featured speakers from RPM and Associates, Optomec, Rolls Royce, General Electric and Purdue, presented various technological and economical aspects of direct laser deposition technologies.

  • The recently acquired Optomec LENS750 system has been set up and in operation.   This will enhance the laser direct deposition experimental capabilities in addition to the two laser deposition systems that Dr. Shin's group has, and will be used to conduct research in the laser freeform fabrication and remanufacturing areas.

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Former Students

  • Chengying "Cheryl" Xu recently joined the Mechanical Engineering department of North Carolina State University as associate professor.

  • Wenqian Hu has been recently promoted to Product Validation Engineering Manager at Cummins.  Congratulations.

  • Abhishek Ajri completed his M.S. degree and began his career at Glidewell Laboratories in 2017.

  • Pooja Shah completed her M.S. degree and began her career at Apple, 2017

  • Xiangyang Dong began an academic career at the University of Missouri Science and Technology as an assistant professor in 2017.

  • Xin Zhao, an assistant professor at Clemson University, was recently selected as a recipient of SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.

  • 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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