Prof. Brian L. Vlcek is professor and department chair of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University. Most recently he chaired the committee that created the manufacturing engineering program, and was named interim-chair of manufacturing engineering upon the launch of the new department. Dr. Vlcek earned his B.S., M.S. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. His general areas of research interest for the last twenty years has been both Engineering Education & Assessment and Tribology, with a current emphasis on fatigue failure, rolling element bearing failure, probabilistic modeling of fatigue failure, Weibull Analysis of fatigue failure, and tribological properties of biolubricants and biofuel-contaminants. Dr. Vlcek was a research engineer with RPI's Institute for Wear Control and Tribology for 5-years, during which he demonstrated novel high temperature vapor lubrication techniques. He next served for five years, prior to coming to Georgia Southern, as a consulting research engineer and project manager at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where he solved failure problems related to currency printing manufacture. Dr. Vlcek has had researched associations with NASA spanning thirty-three years, and was a NASA summer faculty fellow or an invited summer academic visitor at NASA-Glenn Research Center from 2001-2013. Dr. Vlcek is the 2009-10 recipient of the Georgia Southern Medal for Excellence in Service. He is co-author of the 2012 paper awarded the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineer's Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award for outstanding applied paper. He is author or co-author of over 35 publications in his area of technical expertise and engineering education & assessment.
Prof. Guanghsu Chang
Bakersfield college, CA, USA
Dr. Chang earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. His areas of expertise include Industrial Robotics, Manufacturing Automation, Machine Vision and Applications. He is very active in the promotion of the research and education in industrial robot applications. Within the Industrial Automation Baccalaureate Degree Program, Dr. Chang teaches the upper division senior project course.
Prof. Young Moon
Syracuse University, United States
Young B Moon is Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering at Syracuse University, serving as the Director of
the Institute for Manufacturing Enterprises, the faculty coordinator for
the SAP University Alliance program and Kauffman Professor of
Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree
in Industrial Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul Korea, a
Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering
Management from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. degree in Industrial
Engineering from Purdue University. His doctoral research was carried
out in the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Intelligent
Manufacturing Systems. Moon is a licensed P.E. (Professional Engineer)
registered in the state of New York, a CFPIM (Certified Fellow in
Production and Inventory Management), and a CMfgE (Certified
Manufacturing Engineer). Professor Moon teaches courses and conducts
research in the areas of Cyber Manufacturing Systems, Sustainable
Manufacturing, Product Realization Processes and Systems, Enterprise
Resource Planning (ERP) Systems, Systems Modeling and Simulation,
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), Product Lifecycle Management
(PLM), and Engineering Education. He has had extensive interactions with
industry and has published over 80 refereed journal and
conference publications. He is on Editorial Board for several
international journals. He is active in a variety of capacities with
numerous professional organizations
including INCOSE, ABET, ASEE, IFIP, IEEE, and SME.
Prof. Brian Burns
Animax Designs in Nashville, Tennessee
Brian Burns is a mechanical engineer at Animax Designs in Nashville, Tennessee. His focus is in mechanical design of animatronic figures for the themed entertainment industry. Brian earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Applied Engineering with a Mechatronics Concentration at Georgia Southern University. His graduate thesis focused on Interactive Animatronics. Brian has published research for the Georgia Southern Research Symposium, ASME-IMECE and IEEE SoutheastCon. Before joining Animax, Brian spent time with Universal Creative and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Asst. Prof. Haijun Gong
Georgia Southern University, USA
Dr. Gong’s research interest concentrates on characterizing the material properties of metal additive manufacturing product including titanium alloy, cobalt chrome, aluminum alloy, etc., as well as simulating their laser or electron melting and solidification process. He is interested in applying the knowledge of additive manufacturing materials for the advanced manufacturing processes. Dr. Gong is also interested in additive manufacturing and 3D printing process development, aiming to fully incorporate this technology into the modern manufacturing process.
Prof. Vladoiu Rodica
Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania
Dr. Rodica VLADOIU (Ph.D.-Physics) now is professor of Physics, namely Plasma Physics, Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy, involved in Higher education, research and management as main activities/responsibilities. The date of PhD’ award was 19 May 2004, when the University of Bucharest conferred the PhD Diploma in the field of Plasma Physics. She was Head of the Physics Department between 2004-2006, Local Coordinator of the CEEPUS network from 2000 until now, Member in the National University Research Council – CNCSIS in 2006, Member in the Scientific Commitee in International conference II CESPC Central European Symposium on Plasma Chemistry 2008, Brno, Czech Republic. She is coauthor in 78 papers published in reviews with ISI quotation (398 citations) and in 2 national patents (already published on ISI Web of science). She is also first author in three international books: 1.“New Industrial Plasma Technology” – Ch. 29, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2009, 2.Diamond –like carbon Films, Ch. 6, Nova publisher 2012 and 3.Diamond and Carbon Composites and Nanocomposites, Ch. 5, InTech, 2016. She presented 38 Invited Lectures and 2 Progress Reports at International Conferences (e.q. EMRS 2010, EMRS 2012, SAPP XVI). Her scientific carrier as Head of the research’ Group is focused on development of plasma technology applications with particular emphasis on the fabrication of nanostructured thin film, fundamental research on Plasma-surface interaction and Plasma processing in topics as deposition and treatment but also combined with the study of applications of plasmas in nanotechnology. The expertise of her work covers: low temperature plasma processes, advanced materials synthesized by vacuum methods – (the original one: Thermionic Vacuum Arc-TVA) and characterized by specific means. In the last ten years, she was involved with the research team in 11 National Research projects, and 9 International projects. The address of the profile is on http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-5232-2012.