Cao Awarded Prestigious SME Research

By Roger AndersonFebruary 18, 2016

Jian Cao, mechanical engineering and associate vice president for research, has been recognized by the nonprofit professional organization SME for her pioneering research on innovative manufacturing processes.

In awarding her the 2016 Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, the organization cited Cao’s seminal discoveries on shaping sheet metals and woven composites. The Taylor Medal is SME’s highest honor given to a researcher in the broad manufacturing field. Cao is the first woman to receive the prestigious award since it was established in 1957. She shared credit with her colleagues and recalled two decades of diverse scientific inquiry that contributed to her earning the honor.

“This recognition truly acknowledges all of the results that my research group and collaborators have achieved during the past 20 years,” says Cao, founding director of the Northwestern Initiative on Manufacturing Science and Innovation (NIMSI). “I know that our more recent advancements are just the first of many scientific research and technology innovations to originate from the NIMSI platform.”

Cao will receive the medal during SME’s International Honor Award and Scholarship Presentations Ceremony on May 15 in Orlando.

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