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MNS Keynote: I. Y. (Steve) Shen PhD, Professor; Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Title: Development of a PZT Nano-Composite Thin-Film Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring

Bio: Dr. I. Y. (Steve) Shen is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Washington. He received his BS and MS degrees from National Taiwan University, and his PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Shen's research areas are vibration and dynamics with a special focus on biomedical devices, PZT thin-films sensors/actuators, advanced manufacturing, autonomous flying vehicles, and high-speed precision machinery. In the area of biomedical devices, he has designed and fabricated micro-actuators to enable hybrid cochlear implants and intra-cochlear microphones as hearing aids. He is currently developing nondestructive evaluation tools to quantify stability of dental and medical implants in bones. In addition, he has helped dental equipment companies to improve dental/surgical/ultrasound drills. In the areas of sensors and actuators, Dr. Shen has developed PZT thin-film micro-sensors and micro-actuators for various future applications, such as structural health monitoring sensors for composite aircraft panels and yaw-rate sensors for anti-slip devices in automobiles. In the area of advanced manufacturing, Dr. Shen has created new recipes and processes in additive manufacturing, nano-manufacturing, and clean room manufacturing to advance PZT thin-film technologies. In the area of autonomous flying vehicles, Dr. Shen is studying dynamics and control of high-payload, high-endurance drones. He is also studying vibration of flapping wings and pulsating thorax in order to develop sensors and actuators for motion control and steering of autonomous flying vehicles. In the area of high-speed machinery, Dr. Shen has developed mathematical models and instrumentation to predict vibration of complex rotating machines, such as machine tool spindles, dental and surgical drills, hard disk drives, and turbines. He has published nearly 200 technical articles and hold several patents in the field. His research has been a synergistic collaboration with brilliant researchers from material science, medicine, dentistry, and biology from academia and industry.

Dr. Shen is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has served as the Technical Editor of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics from 2014 to 2019. He is also the 2017 recipient of ASME N. O. Myklestad Award, which recognizes major innovative contribution to vibration engineering.


DAC 1 Keynote

  • Prof. Felipe Viana, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida
  • Prof. Ilias Bilionis, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Prof. Faez Ahmed, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at MIT
  • Prof. Karen Willcox, Director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin


Dr. Felipe Viana is an Assistant Professor at UCF, where he leads the Probabilistic Mechanics Laboratory. His research focuses on fusing machine learning and probabilistic methods with physics-based models for optimization and uncertainty quantification. Before joining UCF, Dr. Viana was a Sr. Scientist at GE Renewable Energy, where he led the development of computational methods for improving wind turbine performance and reliability. Prior to that role at GE, he spent five years at GE Global Research, where he led and conducted research on design and optimization under uncertainty, probabilistic analysis of engineering systems, and services engineering. 

Prof. Ilias Bilionis, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University Bilionis obtained his Diploma in Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences from the National Technical University of Athens in 2008. In 2013, he obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University. After graduation, he spent a year working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory. In August 2014, he became faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, where he established the Predictive Science Laboratory (PSL). The mission of Bilionis’ is group is to create AI technologies that accelerate the pace of engineering innovation with particular emphasis on probabilistic approaches (thought of as an extension of logic under uncertainty) with an additional layer of causality (expressed through physical laws and graphical models). The current applications of PSL span the range between technical (e.g., electric machines, high-performance materials) and sociotechnical systems (e.g., smart buildings, extra-terrestrial habitats). Bilionis’ is currently the leader of the Awareness Thrust of the NASA-funded Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitats Institute and he is responsible for the design and implementation of the health management habitat system. Other research support has been provided by NSF, DARPA, Ford, Purdue University, and the University of Illinois. Bilionis’ has published more than 40 journal papers, 2 book chapters, and several conference papers. He has been very active advising Master and Ph.D. students, and in 2019 he was presented with the “Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students” award. Furthermore, he enjoys teaching and he has received the “Outstanding Engineering Teacher Recognition” three times. 

Dr. Faez Ahmed is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where he leads the DeCoDE lab. Before joining MIT, Faez was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. He did his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Prior to his Ph.D., he worked in the railways in Australia, where he led efforts on developing predictive maintenance methods. His current research centers on solving complex engineering design problems by developing new combinatorial optimization and machine learning methods. His recent work has focused on creating the first pseudo-polynomial-time algorithm for the diverse matching problem, proposing AI-driven synthesis methods to generate novel designs, and building computationally efficient ways for designing engineering material systems. His DeCoDE's lab vision is to create a world where humans and AI design together to solve our biggest challenges. 

Karen E. Willcox is Director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Before joining the Oden Institute in 2018, she spent 17 years as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she served as the founding Co-Director of the MIT Center for Computational Engineering and the Associate Head of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Prior to joining the MIT faculty, she worked at Boeing Phantom Works with the Blended-Wing-Body aircraft design group. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


CIE Perspectives Keynote Panel

  • Ram D. Sriram, Chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Jami Shah, Honda Chair in Engineering Design Ohio State University
  • David Lee, Program Manager and Principal Investigator


Ram D. Sriram is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before joining the Software and Systems Division, Sriram was the leader of the Design and Process group in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, where he conducted research on standards for interoperability of computer-aided design systems. Prior to joining NIST, he was on the engineering faculty (1986-1994) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was instrumental in setting up the Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory. Sriram has co-authored or authored more than 275 publications, including several books. Sriram was a founding co-editor of the International Journal for AI in Engineering. Sriram received several awards including: an NSF’s Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989); ASME Design Automation Award (2011); ASME CIE Distinguished Service Award (2014); the Washington Academy of Sciences’ Distinguished Career in Engineering Sciences Award (2015); ASME CIE division’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2016); CMU CEE Lt. Col. Christopher Raible Distinguished Public Service Award. Sriram is a Fellow of ASME, AAAS, IEEE, Solid Modeling Association, and Washington Academy of Sciences, a Distinguished Member (life) of ACM and Senior Member (life) AAAI. Sriram has a B.Tech. from IIT, Madras, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

After 30 years on the faculty at Arizona State and Director of Design Automation Lab, Jami J. Shah returned to his alma mater in 2015, the Ohio State University, as Honda Chair in Engineering Design. In his new position, he is establishing a new research lab in Digital Design & Manufacturing and a graduate program in Product Design Engineering. Prior to his academic career he worked in industry for 6 years, designing mechanical equipment and chemical machinery. His research areas include: CAD/FEA, Structural design, Design theory, design education, DfM/DfA, Design Informatics, CMM metrology and GD&T/Precision Engineering. He is the co-author of 2 US patents, 2 books, and 250+ peer reviewed technical papers in professional journals and conferences. He is the founding chief editor of ASME Transaction, the Journal of Computing & Information Science in Engineering (JCISE) of which he was Chief Editor from 2001-2010. He is currently Area Editor of Research in Engineering Design and Co-Chief Editor of Journal of Computational Design & Engineering. He was elected Fellow of ASME in 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State in 1984.

David E. Lee is a program manager and lead systems engineer for multiple programs and manages the Integrated Concept Development Facility at Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSpace) in Redondo Beach, California. He served as the principal investigator for Full Spectrum Power for Optical/Thermal Exergy (FSPOT-X) cooperative agreement with DoE/ARPA-E and was the space vehicle lead for the Next Mars Orbiter (NeMO) study contract with NASA/JPL. He is area lead for both thermal power systems and tether technologies within the Research, Technology and Engineering Center of Excellence for NGSpace.

As an educator, Dr. Lee is currently the lead instructor for the Spacecraft Systems Design and Analysis as well as the Space Mission Systems Engineering courses offered through UCLA Extension’s Astronautical Engineering Certificate Program. He has taught classes on Manufacturing Processes to undergraduates and graduates at UCLA’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Within ASME, David has served at multiple levels of leadership including Computers and Information in Engineering Division Chair, Secretary and Chair of the JCISE Advisory Board, General Conferences Co-Chair for the 2005 IDETC/CIE Conferences, Group Leader for the Systems and Design Group, Chair of the Board on Career Development within the Student and Early Career Development Sector and on multiple society-level committees. He attended his first CIE Conference in 1988 and has missed only one since then. He is a Fellow of the ASME.


MSNDC Keynote 2: Steven Shaw PhD, Harris Professor, Mechanical and Civil Engineering Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida

Bio: Dr. Shaw received his PhD from Cornell University in 1983 and was elected as an ASME Fellow in 1995. He is a leading expert in the topics of fundamental nonlinear vibrations and MEMS devices. Through seminal academic research papers, his close work with industry partners, and his extensive editorial service, Dr. Shaw has made a significant and lasting impact in our field. Among multiple awards, his contributions to vibrations research were recognized in 2013 with the N. O. Myklestad Award from the ASME Design Division.


VIB Keynote 1: Daniel Segalman PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Bio: Dan Segalman earned his PhD in Engineering Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1978. After graduation he worked in industrial research laboratories for eight years before coming to Sandia National Laboratories in 1986.   In his 28 years at Sandia, Dan worked in many areas of applied mechanics including the topic which is the cause of our gathering here today.  While at Sandia Dr. Segalman had the privilege of going on loan fora two-year appointment as a Program Manager at the Air Force Office Scientific Research. He later served a term on the Air Force’s Scientific Advisory Board.  After retiring from Sandia as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Dan came to Michigan State University where he is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dan, who is an ASME fellow, has had a long career with ASME, including having served as a Chair of TCVS, Chair of the Design Engineering Division, Chair of the Systems and Design Group, and Vice President of Technical Divisions.  Of all of these, his favorite associates are with the TCVS.


DFMLC Keynote Lecture: Dr. Cihan Dagli, Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Bio: Dr. Dagli is a Professor of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and also a Professor Computer and Electrical Engineering. He is the founder of Missouri S&T’s Systems Engineering Graduate Program and the director of the Smart Engineering Systems Lab (SESL). He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University and a Ph.D. Applied Operations Research in Large Scale Systems Design and Operation from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, where from 1976 to 1979 he was a British Council Fellow. Dr. Dagli is a fellow of International Council of Systems Engineering INCOSE and Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers IISE. He is also fellow of the International Foundation of Production Research Board. He was the conference general chair of ICPR 25 International Conference on Production Research held in Chicago in August 2019. His research interests are in systems engineering and systems architecting, cyber physical systems, deep learning, machine learning and computational intelligence.


CIE Awards and Keynote: Krishna Bodanapu, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Cyient

Bio: Krishna Bodanapu is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Cyient, a global engineering and technology solutions company. Krishna is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and ensuring long-term value for stakeholders. Krishna is also the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Telangana, for 2020-21. In this capacity, he works closely with the state government and industry members to promote industry competitiveness, investments, and international relations as well as constructive steps for the betterment of the society. Krishna holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a Master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.


MSNDC Keynote Lecture 2: Dr. Roland Pastorino, Head of the Model-Based System Testing (MBST) Team Siemens Digital Industries Software, in Leuven, Belgium

Bio: Dr. Pastorino received his PhD in the field of real-time multibody dynamics and state estimation from University of A Coruña (Spain) in 2012. He was a postdoctoral fellow at KUL in Leuven, Belgium, after which he turned his career towards the industry. As product and research manager at Siemens, he is in charge of the creation of innovative products combining testing and simulation solutions to support the development of mechatronics systems. He received the “Siemens Digital Industries Software 2017 Technology Award” and is responsible for successfully introducing the first MBST products into the automotive, aerospace, and mechanical industries market.


AVT Milliken Lecture: Dr. David Gorsich, U.S. Army’s Chief Scientist for Ground Vehicle Systems

Bio: Dr. David J. Gorsich was selected for a Scientific and Professional (ST) position in January 2009 and serves as the Army’s Chief Scientist for Ground Vehicle Systems. His current research interests are vehicle dynamics and structural analysis, reliability based design optimization, underbody blast modeling, terrain modeling and spatial statistics.

Prior to his current position, Gorsich served as the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (TARDEC’s) Associate Director, Modeling and Simulation (M&S), from July 2003 to December 2008. He has also served as the Acting Director, Strategic Plans and Programs, and the Team Leader for Robotics and Vehicle Intelligence. He served in various assignments at TARDEC, the Army Materiel Command, the Army Research Laboratory and for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology). Gorsich previously was an electrical engineer with McGraw Commercial Equipment Corporation in Novi, MI.

Gorsich was named a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Fellow in 2008. He has served on the SAE Technical Standards Board for a 3-year term, been the chair for the SAE International Standards Committee for Ground Vehicle Reliability and also on the SAE Board of Directors. He has received several Commander’s Coins, including: U.S. Army Central Command, GEN John Abizad, High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles Safety/Seat Experiments, 2005; Chief of Staff, GEN Peter Schoomaker, TARDEC M&S, 2005; West Virginia National Guard, 2004; U.S. Army TACOM, MG William M. Lenaers, Army-SAE Partnership, 2004; U.S. Army TACOM, MG N. Ross Thompson, Reliability, 2003. Gorsich received the Detroit Federal Executive Board Award in 2001. Gorsich was recognized with the 1997 Army Research, Development and Acquisition Award, "Innovations in Ground Vehicle Signature Research."

Dr. Gorsich is recognized in many professional organizations for his research accomplishments. Gorsich serves as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Terramechanics, and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Reliability and Safety, and as past Associate Editor for the Journal of Mechanical Design. He is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Material Parts and Processes Council of SAE and the Senior Executives Association, ST Chapter.

Dr. Gorsich has published more than 150 conference and journal articles including more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles. He has published in the following peer reviewed journals: Transactions of SAE; International Journal of Vehicle Design; Journal of Mechanical Design; Journal of Commercial Vehicles; Contemporary Mathematics; Computational Statistics and Data Analysis; Physical Review D; Society of Automotive Engineers; Journal of Multivariate Analysis; Journal of Electronic Imaging; Optical Engineering; Pattern Recognition Letters; Statistics and Computing; Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.

Gorsich holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University. He holds an M.S. in applied mathematics from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from MIT.


CIE Smart Manufacturing Panel

  • Dr. Joseph Cuiffi (Program Coordinator for the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Penn State New Kensington)
  • Gautam Kavipurapu (COO and VP of engineering at Ectron Corporation)
  • Sherri McCleary (Executive Director for the Penn State Digital Innovation Lab)
  • Jeremy Nelson (Director of Manufacturing Engineering & Continuous Improvement at Exactech, Inc


Dr. Joseph Cuiffi is the Program Coordinator for the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Penn State New Kensington. He is a graduate of Penn State with an honors B.S. and a Ph.D. in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, focused on semiconductor processing. Dr. Cuiffi is the former co-founder and VP of Engineering at NanoHorizons Inc., where he built production facilities and commercialized nanomaterial-based products. Dr. Cuiffi then spent 5 years with Draper Laboratory as a Principal Investigator fabricating microfluidic tissue model devices and exploring novel biochemical sensing techniques. His current interests are in Smart Manufacturing and workforce development for Industry 4.0.

Gautam Kavipurapu is COO and VP of engineering at Ectron Corporation.  He has over 26 years of experience in engineering, business development and operations.  His background is in systems engineering, computer architecture and systems design.  Gautam has worked in both large and small companies in engineering and management roles including several successful start-ups.  Gautam started his career in Texas Instruments Defense (now Raytheon) where he was on several re-design projects of weapon systems.  As a manager of cable media solutions at Nortel, Gautam and his team were responsible for sales of over $2 billion of Arris and Nortel products to Time warner, Comcast, Adelphia, Cox, AT&T cable.  He is the inventor of 16 patents, some of which are licensed industry-wide and the technology is used in every PC, Server, Video game machine and Storage system (NAS and DAS) shipped worldwide since 2006.  Gautam has a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology and executive MBA from INSEAD.

Sherri McCleary has just recently assumed the role of Executive Director for the Penn State Digital Innovation Lab.  In this role she is responsible for the start-up of a new center where business, industry, educators and students can explore digital technologies, tools and techniques to prepare the current and future workforce to thrive in industry 4.0 era. Sherri spent the last 2 years with Kennametal, as Director of the Additive Manufacturing Business Unit, where she launched a new “start-up” for the company based on 3D printing technologies for high-performance metals.  Prior to joining Kennametal, Sherri was with Alcoa/Arconic for over 30 years in various engineering, program management and leadership roles that spanned engineered surfaces, advanced materials, computational materials, process modeling and smart manufacturing.  She holds a BS in Chemistry from Gannon University and MS in Materials and Surface Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

Jeremy Nelson is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering & Continuous Improvement at Exactech, Inc. He has 17+ years in the Medical Device Industry holding increasing roles of responsibility in engineering and operations. At Exactech, he oversees the development of the technology roadmap vision and strategy to improve overall quality of the products as well as drive improvement to the efficiency and productivity for the company.  He is presently focused on creating teams that are developed and empowered to help drive and implement Smart Manufacturing in low volume / high mix arena.  Jeremy holds a B.S. in Biomedical engineering and an MBA, both from Wright State University.


DFMLC Technical Committee Meeting

  • Dr. S.K. Gupta, Smith International Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • Dr. Kazuhiro Saitou, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Joshua Summers, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University

VIB Keynote 2: Ryan Harne, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

Bio: Ryan L. Harne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University where he directs the Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research. Ryan earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2012. From 2012 to 2015, Ryan was a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan. His research expertise spans mechanics, dynamics, vibrations, materials, and manufacturing. He has led research efforts yielding 80 publications, 2 patents, 1 book, 25 student awards, and 1 startup company. Ryan is active in the ASME, ASA, and SPIE in multiple organizational roles. Ryan's contributions to science and engineering have been acknowledged by being recipient of the 2020 ASME CD Mote Jr. Early Career Award, the 2019 ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, the 2018 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2017 ASME Best Paper Award in Structures and Structural Dynamics, the 2016 ASME Haythornthwaite Young Investigator Award, and the 2011 ASA Royster Award. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Vibrations and Acoustics and for the The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics.


COVID-19 and the Next Generation Engineering

  • Tetsuro Ogi (Professor in the Graduate School of System, Design and Management, Keio University)
  • Miki Yamazaki (Reliability Science Research Department, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd)
  • Shuichi Fukuda (Advisor to System Design and Management Research Institute, Keio University, Japan)


DED/CIE Joint Session: NSF EDSE Program Overview: Dr. Kathryn Jablokow, EDSE Program Director

Bio: Kathryn Jablokow is currently serving as the Program Director for the Engineering Design & Systems Engineering (EDSE) Program in the Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division at the National Science Foundation. In her academic life, Dr. Jablokow is a Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University, where her research focuses on design cognition, high performance design teams, mobile robotics, and design education, among other topics. She has been part of the design community for over 30 years and is a co-developer of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on creativity that has attracted more than 300,000 learners since 2013. Dr. Jablokow is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of ASME, as well as the recipient of ASME's 2016 Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award.


VIB Keynote 3: Timothy Walsh, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories