Dr. Bukkapatnam received his Ph.D. degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering from Penn State in 1997. He currently serves as Rockwell International Professor with Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and director of TEES Institute for Manufacturing Systems at Texas A&M University with joint appointments with Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering departments. His research addresses the harnessing of high-resolution nonlinear dynamic information, especially from wireless MEMS sensors to improve the monitoring and prognostics of precision manufacturing processes and machines, and cardiorespiratory processes. His research has led to 141 peer-reviewed publications, five pending patents, $5 million in grants as PI/Co-PI, and 14 best-paper/poster recognitions. He also received IISE Fellow, Oklahoma State University regents distinguished research, Halliburton outstanding engineering faculty, the Institute of Industrial Engineers Eldin outstanding young industrial engineer and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Dougherty outstanding young manufacturing engineer awards.
Dr. Mander received his BE (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His primary research interests are in developing new and enduring large-scale structural systems that are modular to construct (and de-construct) that also follow the precepts he pioneered on Damage Avoidance Design for shock, earthquake and impact loading. With this work he developed the next generation of seismic resistant buildings and bridge piers that are now part of the rebuilding inventory following the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence; and more recently, two distinct bridge types for short and long-span girder bridges. His research has been supported by Federal Highway Administration, Texas Department of Transportation, the New Zealand Government, NSF via N/MCEER (in the 1990s), and various private sector companies.
Dr. Stephanie Paal is an Assistant Professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. Paal’s research interests include infrastructure condition assessment, computing technologies and visualization in civil engineering, sensing and data collection for civil infrastructure, system of systems resiliency and knowledge extraction and management. More specifically, Dr. Paal is conducting research that focuses on creating machine vision methods to automatically assess infrastructure in both post-disaster and routine scenarios. Dr. Paal’s research discoveries have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented at various conferences world-wide. Her ultimate goal is to merge new technology with traditional civil engineering practices, creating real-time, quantitative, cost-effective alternatives for the future.
Dr. Pei is a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, and a holder of TEES Research Professorship. He is an ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow, currently serving as Assistant Director for Research Partnerships at the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office hosted by NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland. From August 2012 to August 2016, he served as the Program Director of the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment program at NSF, and has received Director’s Award for Excellence Program Director. He has served as an associate editor for three journals and an editorial board member for seven journals. His research interest is in additive and subtractive manufacturing processes, and cybermanufacturing systems. He holds three patents and has published more than 140 journal articles and 90 articles in peer-reviewed proceedings. He received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a fellow of ASME and SME.
Dr. Li Zeng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. Zeng’s research interests include additive manufacturing for health, system informatics, and data-driven process control in biofabrication. Her research is supported by NSF, Air Force and American Heart Association. She is leading an NSF project on 3D printing of soft tissues currently.