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WPI Mechanical Engineering Professor Yiming Rong Named ASME Fellow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/December 2, 2004
Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5706

WORCESTER, Mass. -- December 2, 2004 -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) mechanical engineering Professor Yiming (Kevin) Rong has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The fellow grade recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. In the WPI community, Rong joins five other current professors in this distinction: Diran Apelian, William Durgin, Allen Hoffman, Hamid Johari and Robert Norton.

Rong is internationally known for his contributions in the area of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), and computer-aided fixture design (CAFD). He has carried out pioneering work in the CAFD field, particularly with his research into fixturing and restraining parts in the machining operation.

A fixture is a device that locates and holds work pieces in manufacturing processes. Fixturing contributes significantly to improved quality, lead time, and costs in the manufacturing industry's tooling intensive operations. CAFD has become an active research area for rapid generation of conceptual and detail fixture designs in product and production design stages, providing tools for fixture design and process verification, and CAD/CAM integration. Rong has been focusing his CAFD research on fixture planning, fixture configuration design and fixture design verification. Additionally, unlike many CAFD researchers, Rong validates his results with experimentation. Rong has also made research contributions in the areas of rapid manufacturing systems design and manufacturing process modeling and simulation, particularly the machining processes and heat treatment processes.

With research that is both fundamental and applied, Rong has secured funding from the manufacturing industry, such as Caterpillar Inc., Delphi Corp., Ford Motor Company, GE Aircraft Engines, and Pratt & Whitney, as well as from federal agencies that include National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. His work has significantly contributed to the nation's manufacturing competiveness.

Rong joined WPI in 1998, after spending eight years as a faculty member at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At WPI he has advised more than 20 WPI undergraduate Major Qualifying Projects, nearly 30 M.S. theses, eight Ph.D. dissertations over his teaching career. Since 2002, he has also been listed on the Who's Who in Engineering Education.

As a result of his research, Rong has been invited on a number of grant review panels and has also given numerous invited talks. His work has been published in prestigious peer reviewed journals that include the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, the International Journal of Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing, and the Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. In addition, his book on CAFD, Computer-Aided Fixture Design, published by Marcel Dekker, is considered a reference in the field.

Rong received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Harbin University of Science and Technology in China, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Tsinghua University in China, an M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky.

About ASME

Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today's ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. ASME conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations, holds numerous technical conferences worldwide, and offers hundreds of professional development courses each year. ASME sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing codes and standards that enhance public safety.