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Recent Achievements in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at SMU

Friday, March 31, 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Woolf Hall Room 402

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Radovan Kovacevic, Ph.D., FASME, FAWS, FSME
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Herman Brown Chair in Engineering
>Director, Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Center for Laser-aided Manufacturing
Southern Methodist University

In order to respond to the industry’s needs and to provide the conditions to educate undergraduate and graduate students in the area of manufacturing engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and SMU as a whole founded the Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) in September 1999. More information on this center is available at In August 2005, SMU was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to join the multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing, called a Center for Laser-aided Manufacturing (CLAM) at SMU. More information on this center is available at The RCAM and CLAM are nationally and internationally recognized for work done on the development of a number of cutting-edge technologies. Kovacevic will provide an overview of his most recent results on the development of the additive manufacturing process based on laser direct metal deposition, laser-based materials processing (welding, cladding, heat treatment), friction stir welding, hybrid laser/arc welding of difficult-to-weld and dissimilar materials, sensing and control of different manufacturing processes, and numerical modeling of heat transfer in different manufacturing processes.

Radovan KovacevicRadovan Kovacevic, a founder of RCAM and CLAM, leads the research work on advanced manufacturing at SMU. Before he joined SMU in August 1997 he was an associate professor (1991-93) and full professor (1993-97) at the University of Kentucky, an associate professor (1987-90) at Syracuse University, and faculty for 16 years at the University of Montenegro. He is a recipient of the 2000 Taylor Research Medal presented by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for “significant published research leading to a better understanding of materials, facilities, principles and their application to improve manufacturing processes”.  He was a Fulbright Scholar, Alexander von Humboldt Scholar (Germany), and Carl Duisberg Scholar (Germany) and he has been awarded a number of prestigious awards. He is a Fellow of the American Welding Society, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Kovacevic has to his credit seven U.S. patents and more than 20 invention disclosures, and he has authored and co-authored six books and more than 600 technical papers, of which over 250 were published in technical journals. His work has been cited more than 8,640 times, with a citation index of 46. For the last 20 years, his research has been supported with over $21 million in grants and contracts from a number of leading corporations and government agencies. He has worked with more than 220 visiting scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate interns and has graduated 36 Ph.D. candidates of which 32 have been during his tenure at SMU.

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