Dr. Ming Leu receives honors for his contributions to manufacturing research

Ming Leu 2018

Dr. Ming Leu, the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing, has been honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for his role in advancing manufacturing research.

Recently, SME has announced that Dr. Leu, who also directs the Intelligent Systems Center at S&T, has been elected a Fellow and will be inducted into the SME College of Fellows. Those selected as fellows have 20 years or more of manufacturing experience and expertise. They have contributed notably to the social, technological and educational benefit of manufacturing and the engineering profession. Leu has also been named the winner of ASME’s 2018 Milton C. Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal. The award was presented at the 2018 ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference in late June at Texas A&M University. The award recognizes significant fundamental contributions to the science and technology of manufacturing processes.

Leu was nominated by his colleague Dr. Robert G. Landers, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of mechanical engineering.

“Dr. Leu has made exceptional contributions to the science, engineering and technology of additive manufacturing through his outstanding research, scholarship and creativity in this emerging technology area for 20 years,” writes Landers in his nomination letter. “His research has created three novel additive manufacturing processes, generated the fundamental understanding of these processes, contributed to advancing and optimizing these and other AM processes, and developed innovative applications for these processes.”

Leu has published over 400 refereed publications in technical journals and conference proceedings, one e-book and nine book chapters over his 36-year academic career while receiving four U.S. patents (plus two pending). He has delivered more than 300 technical presentations and his publications have received over 8,600 citations with an h-index of 45. Leu has also obtained more than $28 million in external grants since joining Missouri S&T. His technical interests are in the areas of additive manufacturing, virtual prototyping, computer-aided design and manufacturing, robotics and automation, machine dynamics and control, and cyber-physical systems.

Leu earned a bachelor of science degree in 1972 from the National Taiwan University, a master of science degree in 1977 from Pennsylvania State University, and a doctorate in 1981 from the University of California at Berkeley. All three degrees were in mechanical engineering.
Leu has received several professional awards, including the University of Missouri President’s Leadership Award in 2017, ASME’s Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award (2014), the Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award (2008), the Harlan J. Perlis Research Award from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the NSF’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Ralph R. Teetor Education Award and the Forest Products Research Society’s Wood Paper Award. In addition, Leu was a member the New Jersey Institute of Technology team that received the University Lead Award from the Computer and Automated Systems Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He was elected as an ASME fellow in 1993 and a fellow of CIRP (International Institution for Production Engineering Research) in 2008. He is a member of the Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.