International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition®

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

November 9-15, 2018
November 11-14, 2018

Program - Track Plenary Speakers



Track 1

Track Name: Acoustics Vibration, and Phononics

Amr Baz

Name: Amr Baz

Affiliation: University of Maryland, College Park

Presentation Title: Active Acoustic Metamaterials

Abstract: A class of active acoustic metamaterials (AAMM) is developed with desirable controlled distributions of effective dynamic properties or intensity of wave propagation. The proposed AAMM consists of an array of acoustic cavities separated by piezoelectric boundaries and arranged to form acoustic waveguides. The flexible piezoelectric boundaries are controlled to generate desirable acoustic properties or wave energy distribution along the wave guide in an attempt to develop acoustic cloaks or non-reciprocal diodes. Robust control strategies are formulated to achieve the desirable closed-loop control characteristics of this class of acoustic metamaterials while rejecting the effect the external wave pressure disturbances. The time response characteristics of the AAMM are investigated and presented for various parameters of the robust controllers in order to demonstrate the merits of the proposed controllers. Applications of the proposed work are outlined ranging from exterior and interior acoustic cloaks to non-reciprocal switching acoustic metamaterials.

Bio: Dr. Amr Baz is a Minta Martin Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Smart Materials and Structures Research Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. He holds a B.Sc.’66 from Cairo University, as well as M.Sc.’70 and Ph.D.’73 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Baz’s research interests span the areas of active and passive control of vibration and noise using smart structures, constrained layer damping treatments to control sound radiation in structures, as well as active acoustic metamaterials. Dr. Baz has published more than 150 archival journal papers, seven book chapters, and holds nine US patents. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a recipient of Egypt’s Presidential Award & First Class Medal for Best Achievements in Science and Arts. Dr. Baz received the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Prize (2009), the Pi-Tau-Sigma Purple Cam-Shaft Teaching Award (2009), the SPIE Smart Structures Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), the Poole and Kent Teaching Award (2015), as well as the Distinguished Scholar award from UMD (2015). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journals of Vibration and Control, Smart Structures & Systems, and Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures. He also served as Chairman of the ASME National Capital Chapter (1990- 1991), Member of ASME Edwin Church Medal Award (1993-2002), and Chair and Co-Chair of the SPIE Smart Structures and Integrated Systems Conference (2002-2003).

Track 2

Track Name: Advanced Manufacturing

Jian Cao

Name: Jian Cao

Affiliation: Northwestern University

Presentation Title: Manufacturing for X

Abstract: The future of manufacturing is envisioned to be a mixture of customized manufacturing and concentrated manufacturing. To enable the versatility of manufacturing processes and to fully integrate design and manufacturing for system optimization, at the Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory of Northwestern, research efforts are rooted in discovering new processes and in enhancing the predictability of manufacturing processes using the ICME (integrated computational materials engineering) approach. This talk will provide an overview about those activities and then focus on selective processes and their fundamentals, which may include metal-based powder-blown additive manufacturing, laser processes for surface texturing, electrospinning, dieless sheet forming, carbon-fiber reinforced composites forming, etc.

Bio: Dr. Cao (MIT’95, MIT’92, SJTU’89) is the Cardiss Collins Professor, Director of Northwestern Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation, and an Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) at Northwestern University. She was at the National Science Foundation as a program director for two years. Professor Cao is an elected Fellow of ASME, SME, and the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). Her major awards include Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (2017) from ASME and Pi Tau Sigma, SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal (2016), ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award (2012, 2018), ASME Young Investigator Award (2006) from ASME Division of Applied Mechanics, and NSF CAREER Award. Prof. Cao is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Materials Processing Technology. She served as President of the SME North America Manufacturing Research Institute, and Chair of ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division. She is a recipient of ASME Dedicated Service Award (2011). As an AVPR, Prof. Cao fosters the collaboration between the physical sciences and engineering and the other disciplines across and beyond Northwestern. She is a Board member of mHUB, Chicago's first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing.

Track 3

Track Name: Advances in Aerospace Technology

Marilyn Smith

Name: Marilyn Smith

Title: Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology

Presentation Title: Rapid, Physics-Based Reduced Order Modeling of Nonlinear Aerodynamics

Abstract: The ability to rapidly obtain accurate static and unsteady loads and moments on complex aerodynamic and bluff bodies has been one of the major deficiencies in next generation vehicle design including agile unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and in tethered loads analysis such as slung, crane, towed, and parachute configurations. Two reduced-order models (ROM) that build up complex shape simulation of quasi-steady loads and moments and then extend the quasi-steady analysis to unsteady applications have been developed. Because the ROMs are based on quasi-empirical theory, the methods are applicable to a wide range of configurations and are rapid enough for use in early design and simulation tools. Validation with computations, wind tunnel experiments, and flight tests has demonstrated significant improvements in predictions over current approaches for design and analysis. Demonstrations include control law design for agile UAS and helicopter slung load handling qualities and stability analysis.

Bio: Dr. Marilyn Smith is a Professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Associate Director of the Georgia Tech Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence. She previously worked at Lockheed-Georgia Company (Lockheed-Martin) and McDonnell-Douglas Helicopters (Boeing-Mesa). Her research encompasses computational unsteady aerodynamics and aeroelasticity for complex configurations. She is currently developing reduced-order models for nonlinear applications in active flow control, bluff bodies, and turbulence. She is a Technical Fellow of AHS and AIAA Fellow. She has twice been a team member for AHS Agusta Westland International Fellowship Awards and NASA Group Achievement Awards. She currently serves on the AHS Board of Directors and AHS Technical Council, as well as Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluids and Structures, AIAA Journal, Journal of the American Helicopter Society, and the Aeronautical Journal.

Track 3

Track Name: Advances in Aerospace Technology

George Lesieutre

Name: George Lesieutre

Title: Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University

Presentation Title: On the Flightpath to Adaptive Aerospace Structures: Articulated Tensegrity

Abstract: Adaptive structures are flying and the field is advancing. This talk will trace key developments in adaptive flight structures technology from circa 1970 to present-day. Such developments include advances in materials, devices, control, structural integration, and design—as well as applications to space and flight vehicles. Articulated tensegrity space structures provide a recent example. A novel deployment strategy for cylindrical tensegrity masts starts from a Class-1 configuration having high packaging efficiency and—through a multi-stage deployment process—ending as a Class-2 tensegrity having higher stiffness. Strut lengths are fixed and articulation is achieved via active cables. Design optimization revealed packaging efficiency and deployed stiffness exceeding that of existing technology, and an initial benchtop realization was demonstrated. The talk will also address the relatively slow process of technology maturation and adoption, and provide context from the historical development of aeronautical materials and structures. Continuing advances promise a bright future. Such advances include: acoustic metamaterials for damping; energy harvesting, miniature sensors, and low-power electronics and software for conditioning monitoring and prognosis; and additive 3-D manufacturing for complex heterogenous structures.

Bio: Dr. George Lesieutre is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State. He recently completed terms as Department Head and Director of the Center for Acoustics and Vibration. He earned a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA. Prior to joining Penn State, he held positions at SPARTA, Rockwell Satellite Systems, Allison Gas Turbines, and Argonne National Lab. His research interests include structural dynamics of aerospace systems, including passive damping, active structures, and energy harvesting. Dr. Lesieutre served as PI of several major DARPA programs in adaptive structures, and has received five society best paper awards. He has advised more than 60 graduate students, and has published more than 300 technical articles and patents. Dr. Lesieutre is a Fellow of AIAA, served a term on the AIAA Board of Directors, and served as General Chair of the AIAA Science and Technology Forum (SciTech 2015). An instrument-rated private pilot, he once paddled a canoe from Montreal to the Gulf of Mexico as part of a historical reenactment, and more recently ran a 50-mile ultramarathon.

Track 4

Track Name: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering

Tony Jun Huang

Name: Tony Jun Huang

Title: Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME), Pratt School of Engineering

Affiliation: Duke University

Presentation Title: Acoustofluidics: merging acoustics and microfluidics for biomedical applications

Abstract: The past two decades have witnessed an explosion in lab-on-a-chip research with applications in biology, chemistry, and medicine. The continuous fusion of novel properties of physics into microfluidic environments has enabled the rapid development of this field. Recently, a new lab-on-a-chip frontier has emerged, joining acoustics with microfluidics, termed acoustofluidics. Here we summarize our recent progress in this exciting field and show the depth and breadth of acoustofluidic tools for biomedical applications through many unique examples, from exosome separation to cell-cell communications to 3D bioprinting, from circulating tumor cell isolation and detection to ultra-high-throughput blood cell separation for therapeutics, from high-precision micro-flow cytometry to portable yet powerful fluid manipulation systems. These acoustofluidic technologies are capable of delivering high-precision, high-throughput, and high-efficiency cell/particle/fluid manipulation in a simple, inexpensive, cell-phone-sized device. More importantly, the acoustic power intensity and frequency used in these acoustofluidic devices are in a similar range as those used in ultrasonic imaging, which has proven to be extremely safe for health monitoring during various stages of pregnancy. As a result, these methods are extremely biocompatible; i.e., cells and other biospecimen can maintain their natural states without any adverse effects from the acoustic manipulation process. With these unique advantages, acoustofluidic technologies meet a crucial need for highly accurate and amenable disease diagnosis (e.g., early cancer detection and monitoring of prenatal health) as well as effective therapy (e.g., transfusion and immunotherapy).

Bio: Tony Jun Huang is William Bevan Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. Previously he was a professor and The Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science and Mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2005. His research interests are in the fields of acoustofluidics, optofluidics, and micro/nano systems for biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics. He has authored/co-authored over 190 peer-reviewed journal publications in these fields. His journal articles have been cited more than 11,000 times, as documented at Google Scholar (h-index: 59). He also has 20 patents and invention disclosures. He was elected a fellow of the following five professional societies: the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Institute of Physics (IOP), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Huang’s research has gained international recognition through numerous prestigious awards and honors including a 2010 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award, a 2012 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society for Manufacturing Engineering, a 2013 American Asthma Foundation (AAF) Scholar Award, JALA Top Ten Breakthroughs of the Year Award in 2011, 2013, and 2016, the 2014 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the 2017 Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Track 4

Name: Dr. Mostafa Fatemi

Affiliation: Mayo Clinic College

Presentation Title: New Directions in Medical Ultrasound

Abstract: Traditional diagnostic ultrasound has evolved from a simple anatomical imaging tool to a sophisticated technology that involves quantifying tissue properties and function from molecular level to the organ level. Many disease processes cause microscopic changes in tissue that may include alteration of tissue’s mechanical properties and, in some cases, changes in microvasculature network. Ultrasonic methods for measuring such changes in the human body are of great interest. The fact that ultrasound is noninvasive and capable of making measurements at sufficient depths in the body, makes this technology a prime candidate for developing new diagnostic tools. This talk will cover some new methodologies in medical ultrasound, including novel methods in estimating tissue viscoelasticity and new techniques for imaging microvasculature networks with high definition and studying their architecture in the targeted tissue.

Bio: Mostafa Fatemi received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Currently, he is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN. At the Mayo Clinic, he is also a member of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Cancer Imaging Program, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. In addition, he is a professor of the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology graduate program at the University of Minnesota Rochester.

Dr. Fatemi’s current research areas include ultrasonic methods for tissue viscoelasticity estimation and its applications in cancer imaging and bladder function evaluation. His past and current research activities have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense Medical Research Program, Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Minnesota Partnership Program. He has published extensively in the field of medical ultrasound and holds 11 patents in this field.

Dr. Fatemi has been awarded Fellow membership by these institutions: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

Dr. Fatemi is a recipient of the IEEE-UFFC Distinguished Lecturer award for 2016-2017

Track 5

Track Name: Design, Reliability, Safety, and Risk

Roger McCarthy

Name: Roger McCarthy

Affiliation: McCarthy Engineering

Presentation Title: Autonomous Vehicle Safety: tomorrow’s rewards versus today’s reality

Abstract: No vehicle technology has caused more excitement, investment, than potential vehicle“autonomy” (SAE or NHTSA level 4 & 5). Since the “critical pre-crash event” of ~94% of UStraffic accidents is a “driver critical reason(s),” vehicles driven by a fast-autonomous agent thatdoes not blink, sleep, drink, etc. spawn “predictions” of unprecedented safety impact.Autonomous vehicle potential to revolutionize western economies is inestimable. The 8%utilization of current automobiles could increase 10X as autonomous cabs. The vast tracts of realestate now dedicated to road side parking, driveways, and garages could be reclaimed.Unfortunately, the “hype” surrounding all US self-driving vehicles, even though they are usingsomewhat different technologies, significantly overstates the current capabilities of thetechnology, and the foreseeable improvements in the next few years, to operate on normal roadsinteracting with human drivers. This is apart from having no demonstrated ability in snow orrain.The early overall crash rates for self-driving prototype vehicles under ideal conditions has beenless than promising, even though virtually always the fault of the other driver.Because of these challenges, and issues of lability, security and privacy, the most significantactive accident prevention will increasingly result from the deployment of automatic “backup”systems that monitor the driver, automatically intervene to prevent crashes, but don’t activelydrive. An example is 99% of new vehicles in the US market by 2022 will have an automaticemergency braking (AEB) system.

Bio: Dr. Roger L. McCarthy is the founder and owner of McCarthy Engineering. Dr. McCarthyserves on the Board of Shui on Land (SOL), Ltd., (瑞安房地产) which is publicly traded (stockcode 0272) on the Hong Kong Exchange.Dr. McCarthy was formerly employed by Exponent, Inc., (NASDAQ symbol “EXPO”),headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Dr. McCarthy joined Exponent, then Failure AnalysisAssociates, Inc., (FaAA) in 1978, and retired in 2009 where, during his 30+-year tenure, he wasvariously CEO, Chairman and Chairman Emeritus.Dr. McCarthy has published extensively on vehicle accidents, using large scale vehicle accidentdatabases to address questions of automotive design. In 2004 Dr. McCarthy was elected to theUS National Academy of Engineering (NAE) with the citation: “For major contributions toimproved vehicle safety and for methods of quantitative assessment of the reliability of complexmechanical systems.” In 1992, then President Bush appointed Dr. McCarthy to a two-year termon the President’s Commission on the National Medal of Science.Dr. McCarthy holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in MechanicalEngineering and four other academic degrees.Dr. McCarthy has investigated some of the major disasters of the current age, most recently theDeepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico for Secretary of theInterior Salazar. He has appeared on The History Channel, Myth Busters, Discovery, ModernMarvels, and the National Geographic Channel.

Track 6

Track Name: Dynamics, Vibration, and Control

Brian Feeny

Name: Brian Feeny

Title: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Affiliation: Michigan State University

Presentation Title: Complex Modal Decomposition for Traveling Waves and Nonsynchronous Oscillations

Abstract: Characteristic patterns of nonsynchronous oscillations and traveling waves can be described in terms of complex modes. We extract complex modes from data by using modal decompositions that are generalizations of proper orthogonal decomposition. These decomposition methods are based on the availability of sampled sensed quantities distributed across a structure of interest, and may include, for example, displacements, velocities and/or accelerations. An eigenvalue problem produces optimal weighted signal energy distributions that are interpreted as modes. Basic ideas of three methods are discussed, as is the use of complex modes and modal coordinates for quantifying features of nonsynchronous and traveling-wave motion. The methods are applied to a variety of systems, including structural wave propagation and biolocomotion.

Bio: Brian Feeny is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. He received his BS, MS and PhD in Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison (1984), the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1986), and Cornell University (1990), and then held a postdoctoral position at the Institute of Robotics, ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), for which he has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, and the Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, and has served as chair of the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound. He is the director of his department’s student exchange program between MSU and RWTH Aachen. His research interests are in dynamics and vibration, with current activities in nonlinear dynamics, modal decomposition, nonlinear waves, friction dynamics, and system identification, and with applications to wind turbines, pendulum vibration absorbers, and bio-locomotion.

Track 7

Track Name: Engineering Education

Harvey Borovetz

Name: Harvey Borovetz

Title: distinguished professor and former chair in the Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering

Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh

Presentation Title: Lessons and Perspectives on Transformational Engineering Education: Past, Present and Future

Abstract: This plenary talk is dedicated to Dr. Devdas Mizar Pai, a longtime contributor to the Engineering Education track at IMECE whose sudden demise on August 19, 2017 impacted us in many ways; his transformational vision of engineering education lives on. Drawing from his life, Dr. Borovetz will paint the vision for engineering education in the 21st century. The lack and the need of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) workforce has been emphasized more than ever by the many initiatives undertaken by the National Science Foundation such as its STEM Scholarships for academically talented and financially disadvantaged students. There is quite a dearth of underrepresented minorities including women, in mechanical engineering and other engineering disciplines. Numerous and diverse outreach programs in K-16 are quintessential in keeping the current generation of students engaged in our engineering education enterprise. These programs include student-mentor interaction, student-faculty interaction, peer learning, living learning communities, shadowing experiences with engineers in industry, and above all, inclusive excellence. Besides programs such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers, we need to invest in Young Scholar Institutes to impact engineering education. The holistic development of graduates is an important theme to sustain the STEM workforce in the future. This talk will not only highlight Dr. Pai’s many valuable contributions to STEM education and outreach and their impact, but also the lessons for us regarding inclusive excellence and other strategies to address challenges and sustain transformational engineering education programs nationwide.

Bio: Dr. Harvey Borovetz is a distinguished professor and former chair in the Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds several other professorships in numerous departments in both engineering and medicine. Dr. Borovetz is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the Council on Arteriosclerosis, American Heart Association and Inaugural Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BES). He served on the BES Board of Directors. He led from the front on numerous cutting-edge research and education initiatives in engineering education working with colleagues across many U.S. institutions. Dr. Borovetz served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the University of Louisville Speed Scientific School, the University of Massachusetts, the Departments of Bioengineering at Bucknell University, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, UCLA, Rutgers University and Pennsylvania State University. He has also served on numerous NIH and NSF study sections, as a member of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, National Library of Medicine, as an ad hoc reviewer on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Whitaker Foundation and as a reviewer for The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program. Dr. Borovetz's current research interests are focused on the design and clinical utilization of cardiovascular organ replacements for both adult and pediatric patients. He will share examples of inclusive excellence from his role as Executive Director of an NSF Engineering Research Center. His many students in STEM workforce such as Dr. Mike Lowell, President of Marquette University are a testament to his leadership in engineering education. Dr. Borovetz’s distinguished record in engineering education includes many laurels such as 2007 Carnegie Science Center Life Sciences Award and the 2016 Swanson School of Engineering Award for Diversity. He will springboard his vast experience to guide us in how we can transform engineering education for the students of the 21st century.

Track 8

Track Name: Energy

AhmedF. Ghoniem

Name: AhmedF. Ghoniem

Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Presentation Title: Thoughts on the Future of Power Generation: A Low Carbon Perspective

Abstract: Increasing environmental concerns related to energy use are driving systems for electricity generation towards low-carbon alternatives. This presentation summarizes current approaches and outlines future developments and research needs for transitioning towards sustainable electricity generation. The speaker will present information regarding renewables and CCS technologies, centralized and decentralized generation, advanced energy conversion systems, also highligthing the strategic role of forming future energy engineers in the field of advanced energy systems and approaches.

Bio: Ahmed Ghoniem the Ronald C. Crane Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Center for Energy and Propulsion Research and the Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory at MIT. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree from Cairo University, and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. His research covers computational engineering with application to turbulence and combustion, multiphase flow and multiscale phenomena, clean energy technologies with focus on CO2 capture, renewable energy and alternative fuels. His research has made fundamental contributions to multiscale simulations, thermochemistry, combustion dynamics, energy systems and materials chemistry. He supervised more than 100 M.Sc., Ph.D. and post-doctoral students, many are leaders in academia, industry and governments; published more than 500 refereed articles in leading journals and conferences; lectured extensively around the World; and consulted for the aerospace, automotive and energy industry. He is fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME), the American institute of Physics (APS), the Combustion Institute (CI), and associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He received several prestigious awards including the ASME James Harry Potter Award in Thermodynamics, the AIAA Propellant and Combustion Award, the KAUST Investigator Award and the Committed to “Committed to Caring Professor” at MIT.

Track 9

Track Name: Fluids

Gareth McKinley

Name: Gareth McKinley

Affiliation: MIT

Presentation Title: Microfluidic Rheometry of Complex Fluids

Abstract: The development and growth of microfluidics has stimulated interest in the behavior of complex liquids in microscale geometries and provided a rich platform for rheometric investigations of non-Newtonian material phenomena at small scales. Microfluidic techniques present the rheologist with new opportunities for measurement of fluid properties and enable the systematic investigation of strong elastic effects at very high deformation rates without the complications of fluid inertia. In this presentation we provide an overview of the use of microfluidic devices to measure bulk rheology and onset of viscoelastic flow instabilities in both shear and extensional flows, using a combination of local velocimetric imaging, mechanical measurements of pressure drop and full-field optical probes of flow-induced birefringence. Steady and time-dependent flows of a range of dilute polymer solutions and wormlike micellar fluids are considered. The ability to rapidly and precisely fabricate complex flow geometries also enables us to exploit the predictions of computational optimization and design, from first principles, an optimized shape cross-slot extensional rheometer (or OSCER) that achieves homogeneous planar extensional kinematics and large fluid strains. Local birefringence measurements along the stagnation streamlines, combined with bulk measurements of the excess pressure drop across the device, provide self-consistent estimates of the extensional viscosity over a wide range of deformation rates up to 1000 s-1. The results are also in close agreement with numerical simulations based on a finitely extensible non-linear elastic (FENE) dumbell model. As the imposed extension rate in the OSCER device is increased the homogeneous planar elongational flow ultimately becomes unstable. High-frame rate video-imaging of the birefringence field is used to construct space-time diagrams of the evolution in the flow for seven different polymer solutions and to construct the first stability diagram for planar extensional flows in cross-slot devices. The mode of instability is found to depend on the elasticity number (El = Wi/Re) of the fluid, with a steady symmetry-breaking purely-elastic bifurcation observed at high El >> 1, and time-dependent three-dimensional inertio-elastic instabilities dominant for El < 1

Bio: Gareth H. McKinley is the School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his BA and M.Eng. degrees from the University of Cambridge and his Ph.D (1991) from the Chemical Engineering department at MIT. He taught in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard from 1991-1997 and was an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow from 1995-1997. He won the Annual Award of the British Society of Rheology in 1995 and the Frenkiel Award from the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics in 2001. He served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics from 1999 to 2009 and as Associate Editor of Journal of Fluid Mechanics from 2007-2009. He most recently served as the Associate Dept. Head for Research of the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT from 2008-2013. He is also a co-founder of of Cambridge Polymer Group. His research interests include extensional rheology of complex fluids, non-Newtonian fluid dynamics, microrheology & microfluidics, field-responsive fluids, super-hydrophobicity, wetting of nanostructured surfaces and the development of nanocomposite materials. He is the author of over 275 technical publications and was one of the winners of the 2007 Publication Award of the Society of Rheology. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and President of the US National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM). He was the recipient of the 2013 Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology and served as President of the Society from 2015-2017. Most recently he won the 2014 Gold Medal of the British Society of Rheology.

Track 9

Track Name: Fluids

Sung Kwon Cho

Name: Sung Kwon Cho

Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh

Presentation Title: Interface Actuations for Micro/Nano fluidics

Abstract: Due to dominant interfacial tensions emerging in micro/nano scale, controlling and actuating of interfaces are of critical importance in many micro/nano fluidic applications. On a quest to efficient interfacial actuations, our group have been studying and developing many mechanisms and methods. In this talk, I will present two major topics on interface actuations and their applications: (1) microswimmer propelled by acoustically oscillating micro bubbles, and (2) electrowetting and dielectrowetting for lab on a chip application. Micro propulsion is a key element in the microswimmer that can be potentially applied to navigate inside human and animal bodies. Recently, we have developed a micro propulsion method where acoustically excited oscillating bubbles generate streaming flows and propulsion forces. A variety of propelling motions have been achieved by carefully designing/fabricating devices and controlling exciting conditions. For the second topic, I will present a variety of droplet manipulations using dielectrowetting that highly localizes liquid dielectrophoresis to the three-phase contact line. In addition, I will also present how to mitigate bio-fouling (biomolecule adsorption), which is one of the critical hurdles against practical applications of droplet-based lab-on-a-chip system. Detailed results and discussions on the above topics will be presented.

Bio: I earned BS, MS, and Ph.D. from Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University in 1990, 1992 and 1998, respectively. After postdoctoral experience at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), I joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Pittsburgh in Fall 2003 as an Assistant Professor, and then promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009 and to Professor in 2018. Since I established the “Microfluidic Systems Lab” in 2003, my primary research focus is on “micro bubbles, micro drops and micro interfaces as fluidic actuators,” with an emphasis on the development of a variety of micro/bio fluidic transducers and integrated systems that enable us to efficiently handle a wide range of micro/bio substances. The nature of my research is highly interdisciplinary, encompassing fluid mechanics, micro/nano manufacturing, interfacial science, electrical engineering, and bioengineering. In essence, my research activities heavily rely on micro/nano fabrication or MEMS (microelectromechanical system) technology, leveraging development and usage of the micro/nano facilities at the University of Pittsburgh. Overall, I have published over 50 archival journal articles and book chapters in micro/bio fluidics and MEMS areas (MicroElectroMechanical systems), mostly with financial supports from federal grants (NSF, DARPA, NIH, DOD, DOE, HSARPA, AHA) and University of Pittsburgh.

Track 10

Track Name: Heat Transfer

Portnovo S. Ayyaswamy

Name: Portnovo S. Ayyaswamy

Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania


Abstract: This talk will describe methods based on Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics to construct numerical procedures that enable predictive models in cell biology and bioengineering. The models described here have particular relevance to targeted drug delivery employing nano sized carriers. The nano particle shape considered here is either spherical or elliptical. Predictions from the simulations of the models are validated by comparison with experimental data where available.

Bio: Professor Portonovo S. Ayyaswamy is one of the most distinguished and internationally recognized researcher and educator today in the fields of Heat Transfer and Thermal Science & Engineering. He is recognized not only as an outstanding scholar and educator, but also as an immensely impactful contributor to major developments in industry. He has made many original and seminal contributions to the science and art of heat and mass transfer, particularly in multi-phase flows, phase-change heat and mass transfer, droplets and bubbles dynamics, ionized arc-plasma transport, bio heat and mass transfer, and nano-carrier thermal motion and transport. His very long list of distinguished achievements in heat transfer research, education, and professional and industry service are acknowledged internationally. Dr. Ayyaswamy, Asa Whitney Professor of Dynamical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, received his PhD (1971) from UCLA, ME (1967) and MS (1965) from Columbia University, and BE (1962) from University of Mysore. He has co-authored the highly regarded and extensively subscribed monograph: Transport Phenomena with Drops and Bubbles (Springer, 1997). He has also contributed a significant chapter, entitled “Introduction to Biofluid Mechanics,” in the book: Fluid Mechanics, by P.K. Kundu and I.M. Cohen, Academic Press, MA, (2007). He has served as an expert on numerous NASA, NIH, NSF, NRC, and NAE. He is a Fellow of ASME, and is currently the Editor (2016-21) of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. Ayya has been the recipient of the AIAA Aerospace Professional of the Year award (1997), ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award – Science (2001), ASME Worcester Reed Warner Medal (2007), 75th Anniversary Medal (2013) of the ASME Heat Transfer Division, and the ASME-AIChE Max Jakob Memorial Award (2015), among others. At the University of Pennsylvania, Ayya has received the Reid Warren Award and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2014, he was celebrated with a Festschrift on his 70th birthday (“P. Ayyaswamy’s 70th Birthday Tribute: special sessions on I – Interfacial Fluid Dynamics, and II – Devices & Modeling Nanoparticls) at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA. He has also been elected (2014) to the governing board of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

Track 10

Track Name: Heat Transfer

Andrew Bicos

Name: Andrew Bicos

Title: ASME Legislative Fellow

Affiliation: Office of Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23)


Abstract: This talk is focused on providing an overview of thermal technology solutions for broader aerospace applications, which include hypersonic vehicle, commercial and military aircrafts, satellite and spacecraft systems, along with emerging areas of hybrid propulsion and more electric aircraft architecture. The anticipated thermal and power growth in aerospace systems in coming years is driving the need for ever efficient, reliable and affordable heat dissipation, storage and waste heat to power conversion technology, capable of managing thermal energy at multi MW level. There is need for an interdisciplinary and multifunctional research and product development approach to meet 21st century space and aviation challenges. Recent advances in materials and advanced fabrication methods (including additive manufacturing) have open up significant design improvement possibilities for development of “next generation” high performance, integrated thermal management solutions. Applications of this approach is illustrated by selective examples, such as structurally integrated thermal management for hypersonic vehicle, air/liquid cooling and thermal energy storage devices for pulsed power systems and use of novel lightweight 3D printed materials in aircraft, satellite and spacecraft systems. Finally, the need for synergetic collaboration among academia, industry and government research organizations is emphasized for rapid development of economically viable, next generation thermal technologies for aerospace applications.

Bio: Andy is on leave from The Boeing Company. His previous assignment was in Boeing Research & Technology, where he was director of the performance technology strategy, where his responsibilities included developing the enterprise strategy for all flight sciences R&D at Boeing and managing the portfolio of activities that develop and transition technologies and processes into Boeing’s wide array of products. He was also the chief engineer for the aeromechanics technology team, where he ensured that the technologies transitioned to the products are technically sound and meet customer requirements. Prior to this assignment, he was the director for enterprise manufacturing technology strategy and before that for the structures & materials technology strategy. Dr. Bicos joined the company in 1987. His prior assignments include project leadership positions within the Boeing Satellite Systems engineering design and analysis directorate, Delta rocket program mission assurance and two years in supply chain management. Prior to the Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merger in 1997 he was senior manager responsible for advanced structures R&D for the McDonnell Douglas Phantom Works organization in which he specialized in composites and adaptive/multifunctional structures technology. Andy has published more than 20 technical papers and articles on innovative composites, adaptive structures, and vibration reduction technologies. He has two patents, one for composite damage detection and the other for a structural damping device. Andy has received a BS degree in engineering and a MBA from UCLA, as well as MS and PhD degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He has held positions on the AIAA Structural Dynamics and ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems technical committees and is a former chairman of the ASME Aerospace Division. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. Andy is the immediate past chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board.

Track 11

Track Name: Materials

Marc Meyers

Name: Marc Meyers

Affiliation: UC San Diego

Presentation Title: Biological Materials and Mechanics: Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract: Biological materials science is a new and vibrant field of materials science andengineering. Although biologists have been studying organisms for centuries, it is onlyrecently that materials scientists have started to use their fantastic experimental,computational, and analytical arsenal of tools to reveal new features. We present theArzt heptahedron, which defines seven unique and defining characteristics ofbiological materials. The plethora of different structures and mechanical properties ofbiological materials is systematized through a new paradigm: eight structural designelements, which are motifs appearing on different species and scales, and which enableanalytical treatment and lead to enhanced understanding. We have applied this approachto approximately twenty different organisms. We illustrate our approach by applying thisknowledge to the toucan beak, rabbit and pig skin, fish scales, pangolin scales, andfeathers. Current efforts at bioinspired materials and designs, including feathers, whalebaleen, seahorse tail, and gar scales, are also discussed.

Bio: Marc A. Meyers is Distinguished Professor of Materials Science at the University of California, San Diego. His research field is the mechanical behavior of materials, focused on dynamic behavior of materials, nanocrystalline materials, and biological materials. In the dynamic behavior of materials, the unifying theme is the high rate at which events occur. He initiated this work in 1972 and has dedicated 43 years to unifying it by emphasizing the physical and chemical phenomena. This has been defined in his Dynamic Behavior of Materials (1994). His honors include Fellow, TMS, APS, and ASM, as well as awards in the US (ASM Charles Barrett, Albert White, and Albert Sauveur Awards, TMS Mehl, Morris Cohen and Educator (Weertman) Awards, Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award, SMD/TMS Distinguished Engineer/Scientist and Service Awards, APS Shock Compression Science Award), Europe (Humboldt, DGM Heyn, and DYMAT Rinehart Awards), and China (Lee Hsung Award). He was co-founder of the Center for Explosives Technology Research, New Mexico Tech, and of the EXPLOMET conference series (1980-2000). He is also the co-author of Mechanical Metallurgy, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Biological Materials Science, and approximately 400 papers. He is corresponding member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and of the Institut Grand Ducal (Luxembourg). In 2014 he completed the kayak descent of the River of Doubt in honor of the 1914 Amazon expedition co-led by Theodore Roosevelt and the Brazilian explorer Col. Rondon. He also writes fiction, and is the author of Mayan Mars, Chechnya Jihad, D’amour et d’acier, and Yanomami.

Track 11

Track Name: Materials

Richard Vaia

Name: Richard Vaia

Affiliation: Air Force Research Laboratory,

Presentation Title: The Future of Aerospace Materials: Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract: Over a hundred years ago, the pioneers of aviation took flight in no small part due to material innovations ranging from novel casting of aluminum engine blocks to judicious selection of natural materials. Unquestionably, the future of aerospace will look as different from today as the Wright Flyer and Curtiss June Bug differ from UAVs and F35s. However the role of materials will remain unchanged – they will be the crucial ingredient that enables these future machines to push the performance envelope. Using examples from current research within the Air Force Research Laboratory, the tools necessary to hasten the development of these vital materials will be discussed. These range from embracing technologies from the digital revolution to accelerate materials development, reduce qualification cost, and provide agile manufacturing methods, to harvesting the potential at the intersection of nano-based metamaterials, smart surfaces, nanostructured devices, and biotechnology to enable autonomous systems that can execute complex tasks in evolving environments.

Bio: Richard A. Vaia is the Technical Director of the Functional Materials Division at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The 200+ scientists and engineers he leads deliver materials and processing solutions to revolutionize AF capabilities in Survivability, Directed Energy, Reconnaissance and Human Performance. Additionally, Rich has published more than 200 articles on nanomaterials, with honors including the AF McLucas Award for Basic Research, ACS Doolittle Award, Air Force Outstanding Scientist, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Star Teams, and Fellow of the Materials Research Society, American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, NextFlex, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Track 12

Track Name: Mechanics

Thomas Hughes, Jr

Name: Thomas Hughes, Jr.

Affiliation: UT Austin

Presentation Title: The Isogeometric Approach to Analysis

Abstract: The vision of Isogeometric Analysis was first presented in a paper published October 1, 2005 [1]. Since then it has become a focus of research within both the fields of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) and is rapidly becoming a mainstream analysis methodology and a new paradigm for geometric design [2]. The key concept utilized in the technical approach is the development of a new foundation for FEA, based on rich geometric descriptions originating in CAD, resulting in a single geometric model that serves as a basis for both design and analysis. In this overview, I will describe some areas in which progress has been made in developing improved methodologies to efficiently solve problems that have been at the very least difficult, if not impossible, within traditional FEA. I will also describe current areas of intense activity and areas where problems remain open, representing both challenges and opportunities for future research (see, e.g., [3,4]).

Bio: Thomas J.R. Hughes holds B.E. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute and an M.S. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at Berkeley, Caltech and Stanford before joining the University of Texas at Austin. At Stanford he served as Chairman of the Division of Applied Mechanics, Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chairman of the Division of Mechanics and Computation, and occupied the Crary Chair of Engineering. At Austin he is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and holds the Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair III. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, ASME, AIAA, ASCE, AAAS, a Founder, Fellow and past President of USACM and IACM, past Chairman of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME, past Chairman of the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and co-editor of the international journal Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering.Dr. Hughes is one of the most widely cited authors in Engineering Science. He has received the Huber Prize and Von Karman Medal from ASCE, the Timoshenko, Worcester Reed Warner, and Melville Medals from ASME, the Von Neumann Medal from USACM, and the Gauss-Newton Medal from IACM, and many other national and international awards.He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere. Dr. Hughes has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Louvain, Pavia, Padua, Trondheim, Northwestern, and A Coruña.

Track 12

Track Name: Mechanics

Zdenek P. Bazant

Name: Zdenek P. Bazant

Affiliation: Northwestern University

Presentation Title: How to Design Quasibrittle and Lamellar Biomimetic Structures for Failure Probability <10-6: Gauss-Weibull and Fishnet Statistics

Abstract: Similar to nacre (or mother-of-pearl), imbricated lamellar structures are widely found in natural and man-made materials, and are of interest for biomimetics. These staggered imbricated structures are known to be rather insensitive to defects and have strength and fracture toughness an order-of-magnitude higher than their constituents. Their deterministic behavior has been intensely studied, while statistical studies have been rare and no theoretical basis for the probability density function (pdf) of strength has yet been formulated. This paper presents a theoretical and numerical study of the pdf of strength and of the corresponding statistical size effect [1,2]. After reasonable simplifications of the shear bonds, a lamellar axially loaded lamellar shell is statistically modelled as a fishnet pulled diagonally. A FE model is developed and used in many millions of Monte Carlo simulations of strength. An analytical model for failure probability of the fishnet is developed and matched to the computed statistical histograms of strength of fishnet structures of various sizes. Based on fresh results at Northwestern, post-peak progressive softening of fishnet links is considered and its effect on the strength probability distribution is analysed on the basis of order statistics. It appears that, with increasing size, the pdf of strength slowly transits from Gaussian to Weilbull distribution but the transition is different from that previously obtained at Northwestern for quasibrittle materials of random heterogeneous mesostructure [3]. An important practical implication is that the staggered lamellar architecture not only enhances the mean strength but also contributes an additional major strength increase at the failure probability level of 10-6, which is what matters for structural safety.

Bio: Born and educated in Prague (Ph.D. 1963), Bazant joined Northwestern in 1969, where he has been W.P. Murphy Professor since 1990 and simultaneously McCormick Institute Professor since 2002, and Director of Center for Geomaterials (1981-87). He was inducted to NAS, NAE, Am. Acad. of Arts & Sci., Royal Soc. London; to the academies of Italy, Austria, Spain, Czech Rep., Greece and Lombardy, and Academia Europaea. Honorary Member of: ASCE, ASME, ACI, RILEM. Received: Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art I. Class; 7 honorary doctorates (Prague, Karlsruhe, Colorado, Milan, Lyon, Vienna, Ohio State); ASME Medal, ASME Timoshenko, Nadai and Warner Medals; ASCE von Karman, Newmark, Biot, Mindlin and Croes Medals, and Lifetime Achievement Award; SES Prager Medal; RILEM L'Hermite Medal; Exner Medal (Austria); Torroja Medal (Madrid); Solin and Bazant, Sr. Medals (Prague); etc. He authored six books: Scaling of Structural Strength, Inelastic Analysis, Fracture and Size Effect, Stability of Structures, Concrete at High Temperatures, and Concrete Creep. H-index: 115, citations: 58,000 (on Google, June 2017, incl. self-cit.), i10 index: 566. In 2015, ASCE established ZP Bazant Medal for Failure and Damage Prevention. He is one of the original top 100 ISI Highly Cited Scientists in Engrg. (

Track 13

Track Name: Micro and Nano Systems

Gary Fedder

Name: Gary Fedder

Title: Professor

Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University

Presentation Title: The role of arrayed sensor systems-on-chip in next-generation MEMS inertial sensing

Abstract: Two recent projects illustrate the continued push for technological innovation to improve inertial sensor performance, generally measured by higher dynamic range, lower bias instability and lower power. Bias drift compensation by observing on-chip “auxiliary” sensors is viable when extrinsic factors, such as ambient temperature and packaging stress fluctuations, cause the drift. As one example, die stress compensation, which augments temperature compensation, resulted in a significant reduction in long-term drift in our silicon-on-insulator mode-symmetric vibratory-rate gyroscope. In the second example, pushing state-of-the-art in dynamic range in a CMOS-MEMS high-g shock sensor presents challenges met by maturation of a system-on-chip design comprising an array of hundreds of individual accelerometer cells and augmented by piezoFET die-level stress sensors.

Bio: Gary K. Fedder is the Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of The Robotics Institute, and Vice Provost for Research at Carnegie Mellon University. He previously served as in administrative roles at Carnegie Mellon as Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (2006-2014) and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering (2013-2015). From 2011 to 2012, Dr. Fedder served as a technical co-lead in the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership where he worked with industry, academia and government to generate recommendations that motivated the launch of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, now called Manufacturing USA. He was founding president and later served as interim CEO of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute in 2017. Dr. Fedder received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in EECS from MIT in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and his Ph.D. in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994. He worked at Hewlett-Packard as an R&D engineer from 1984 to 1989. His personal research lies in design and process integration of MEMS where he has contributed to over 280 research publications and holds 15 patents. He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to integrated MEMS. He served as subject editor for IEEE J. MEMS from 2002-2013 and currently serves on the executive editorial board for the IoP J. Micromechanics and Microengineering, as a member of the editorial board for IET Micro & Nano Letters and as co-editor of the Wiley-VCH Advanced Micro- and Nanosystems book series.

Eui-Hyeok Yang

Abstract Title: 2D Materials, Flexible Electrodes and Surfaces

Name: Eui-Hyeok Yang

Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Abstract: There has been a growing interest in two dimensional (2D) crystals beyond graphene, exhibiting novel properties and potential applications in next generation electronic and photonic devices. Graphene has superior properties, including high carrier mobility, ultrahigh surface area and excellent thermal conductivity. Whereas the lack of a band gap is a critical limitation for the use of graphene in electronic devices, monolayer semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have shown highly promising prospects in electronics and optoelectronics. Therefore, non-graphene 2D atomic layers, such as hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) and TMDs, have been integrated into research scale devices, thereby probing mechanical, chemical, electrical and optoelectrical functions. I will present our investigation of chemical vapour deposition (CVD)-growth, achieving localized, patterned, single crystalline or polycrystalline monolayers of TMDs, including MoS2, WS2, WSe2 and MoSe2, as well as their heterostructures. We particularly focus on enabling the fabrication of epitaxially grown TMDs on other van der Waals materials towards synthesizing TMDs with an ultralow-defect density. We perform microscopic and macroscopic material characterization to provide predictive strategies for TMD growth and in turn, illuminate the role of dissimilar 2D substrates in the prevention of interior defects in TMDs. We furthermore demonstrate the growth of TMD homobilayers with well-ordered stacking angles by controlling edge structures of the underlying TMD layer. Other related projects include modelling to prevent the anomalies encountered in topographic images of TMD monolayers in dynamic atomic force microscopy, and elucidating the effect of TMD surfaces and their geometric arrangements on cellular morphology and adhesion. We also investigate other nanomaterials, including vertically aligned carbon nanotubes for stretchable supercapacitors. Building on these results, our next step is to combine 2D materials with flexible substrates toward next generation wearable devices. Currently my group is collaborating with many top research groups in the US and around the world.

Biography: Dr. E. H. Yang is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at Stevens Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree from Ajou University, Korea. After his postdoctoral training at University of Tokyo and at California Institute of Technology, he joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he became a Senior Member of the Engineering Staff. In recognition of his excellence in advancing the use of MEMS-based actuators for NASA's space applications, he received the prestigious Lew Allen Award for Excellence at JPL in 2003. He joined Stevens Institute of Technology as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2006, established the Multi-User Micro Device Laboratory at Stevens in 2008, and became a tenured full Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 2014. Currently, his group's research covers the growth and nanofabrication of graphene, carbon nanotubes and TMD heterostructures, as well as the implementation of tunable wetting and surface interaction. He has received more than 35 major grants over the course of his career from several federal agencies including 6 NSF and 3 AFOSR grants, and 5 NASA and 3 NRO contracts. Dr. Yang’s service to the professional community includes formal appointments such as Editorial Board Member of Nature’s Scientific Reports, Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors, Editorial Board Member of Elsevier NANOSO. Dr. Yang has published hundreds of articles, books and papers, as well as provided keynotes, presentations, and seminars at various academic and industrial events.