Mechanical Engineering

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Yiming "Kevin" Rong

Yiming (Kevin) Rong is the John W. Higgins Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Director of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering Program, and the Director of Computer-aided manufacturing Laboratory (CAM Lab.) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is also the director of WPI-China Project Center. Dr. Rong received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Harbin University of Science and Technology, China, in 1981; an M.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1984; an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI in 1987; and a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, in 1989. Dr. Rong worked as a faculty member at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for eight years before joining WPI in 1998. Dr. Rong’s research area is Computer-aided Manufacturing, including Manufacturing Systems, Machining and Heat Treatment Processes, and Computer-aided Fixture Design (CAFD). The research on CAFD has been recognized nationally and internationally. He is the principal investigator of many research projects funded by NSF, DOE, Air Force, SME, and several major manufacturing companies. Dr. Rong is a fellow of ASME and a member of SME, ASM, and ASEE. He has published two books on CAFD and many technical papers in journals and conference proceedings.

Research Interests

  • Mechanical Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Automation


  • BS of ME, Harbin U. Sci. and Tech, 1981
  • MS of ME, Tsinghua U., 1984
  • MS of IE, U Wisconsin, 1987
  • Ph.D of ME, U. of Kentucky
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