Dr. Ssemakula received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Manufacturing Technology, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering all from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (England). After working in industry, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland where he taught courses in the areas of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering as well as conducting research in Manufacturing Systems. Since 1993, he has been on the faculty of Wayne State University’s Division of Engineering Technology where he has been a leader in developing and implementing fresh pedagogical approaches to engineering education. He is currently teaching courses in Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, and continuing his research in Manufacturing Systems.
Dr. Aguwa has been at Wayne State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching graduate courses in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. His core research focuses on applying traditional engineering concepts to healthcare product design and manufacturing. He is currently working on several research projects under healthcare design technology. He is also in collaboration with other faculty working on NSF sponsored research on curriculum development among other projects. Dr Aguwa has an extensive teaching and application experience in probability and statistics. He has a cross functional industrial experience at Ford Motor Company and extensive professional experience as an Architect. Dr. Aguwa has a Ph.D. and MSIE in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from University of Pittsburgh and Massachusetts, Amherst, respectively. He also has a B.Arch. degree in Architecture from University of Nigeria. Dr. Aguwa has several awards, including a patent, and has written several published papers. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Alpha Pi Mu National Industrial Engineering Honor Society, and Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Dr. Ellis is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Wayne State University. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1994. His teaching and research interests include human factors engineering and ergonomics. In addition to his research in engineering education, Dr. Ellis conducts research on the interaction between human operators and intelligent and robotic systems.
Kyoung-Yun Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Wayne State University, where he directs the Computational Intelligence and Design Informatics (CInDI) Laboratory and the Product Development and System Engineering Consortium (PDSEC). Dr. Kim’s research focuses on assembly design; collaborative product development; computational intelligence and informatics for product design and development; sustainable and renewable energy product design; and design and manufacturing of soft products. Dr. Kim has received over $5.9M by external funding from several U.S. federal agencies including NSF, NIDRR, and Department of Energy, the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy, and industries including Ford and GM. Currently, Dr. Kim is a planning site director for the NSF Industry and University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for e-Design.
Y. Gene Liao received the B.S.M.E. from National Central University, Taiwan, Mechanical Engineer from Columbia University, and Doctor of Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently an Associate Professor at Wayne State University. He has over 15 years of industrial practices in the automotive sector prior to becoming a faculty member. Dr. Liao has research and teaching interests in the areas of multi-body dynamics, hybrid vehicle powertrain, and CAE applications in products development and manufacturing.
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