Jianzhi (James) Li
Dr. James Li is the Professor at UTRGV. He received his doctoral degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Technology University. Dr. Li has 20+ years of leadership and research experiences in the areas of advanced manufacturing and materials, focusing on laser material processing, additive manufacturing, process modelling and optimization, composite materials, sustainable manufacturing and logistics. As the director of the consortium, Dr. Li supports research, innovation, and education programs at five consortium institutions to support talent needs in Defense Manufacturing.
Dr. Joseph Beaman received his Sc.D from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the area of nonlinear control in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1979. He is a member of National Academy of Engineers and Follow of ASME. His research interest is in Solid Freeform Fabrication, becoming the first academic researcher in the field in 1985. One of the most successful Solid Freeform Fabrication, Selective Laser Sintering is a process that was developed in his laboratory. He was one of the founders of DTM Corporation, which markets Selective Laser Sintering. During the period 1990-1992, Professor Beaman was in charge of Advanced Development for DTM.
Dr. Douglas Timmer is currently a professor in Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering at UTRGV. He received his Ph.D. degree from Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M in 1994. Some of his research areas are Education Research, Applied Statistics, Design of Experiments, Process Modeling, and Statistical Quality Control.
Dr. Anil Srivastava is currently a Star Professor of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering at UTRGV. He received his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology. Dr. Srivastava is a fellow of SME and ASME. His area of expertise involves Precision Machining, Sustainability, Smart Manufacturing, and Sensor Applications to Manufacturing.
Zhenyu (James) Kong
Dr. Zhenyu Kong is a Professor in IE at VT. He received his doctoral degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 2004. He is a fellow of SME and IISE. Some of his research interests are: Real-time sensing, analytics and control for smart manufacturing, Modeling, synthesis and diagnosis for large and complex manufacturing systems, and Applications of machine learning for manufacturing and service systems.
Zhenhua (David) Wu
Dr. Zhenhua Wu is currently an Associate Professor in Manufacturing Engineering and the Director for the Cybermanufacturing Laboratory at VSU. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. His research is supported by NSF, ONR, ARO, NASA, VSU CAREO, and industrial sponsors in the areas of smart manufacturing, automation, sustainable manufacturing, and product life cycle engineering. His research outcomes have been extensively published and cited in the leading journals and conferences in manufacturing field.
Director for Student Exchange
Dr. Dragan Djurdjanovic is an associate professor in UT at Austin. received his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan in 2002. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Asset Management and the Director of the University of Texas Industry-University Cooperative Research Center on Intelligent Maintenance Systems. Dr. Djurdjanovic was a Research Affiliate of the International Academy for Production Research (CIRP) from 2008-2014. His research interests include: advanced quality control in multistage manufacturing systems, intelligent proactive maintenance techniques, and applications of advanced signal processing in biomedical engineering.
Director for Engagement and Exposure
Edna Orozco is currently a Lecturer II and student engagement coordinator at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UTRGV. Her bachelor and master’s degree are in the area of manufacturing engineering with concentration in polymers and additive manufacturing. She is pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership. Edna Orozco is a former Specialist in the Texas Army National Guard and a former administrator in secondary education K-12.