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Engineering Scholar Jay Lee Named Among 30 Visionaries by SME's Smart Manufacturing

The inaugural issue of SME’s Smart Manufacturing features Jay Lee, UC CEAS Scholar, as a visionary leading society into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Date: 7/19/2016
By: Ashley Duvelius
Phone: (513) 556-9181
Jay Lee

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has launched a new magazine honoring “leading thinkers, makers and doers in manufacturing who are helping to make the Fourth Industrial Revolution, often referred to as Industry 4.0, a reality.”* The inaugural issue of Smart Manufacturing profiles Jay Lee, Ohio Eminent Scholar and L.W. Scott Alter Chair professor in advanced manufacturing at the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, as one of the 30 visionaries who are merging the cyber and physical worlds in manufacturing. Jeffrey Immelt, General Electric CEO, is also on the list.

Professor Lee is the founding director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) which is focused on developing advanced analytics to predict and prevent failures for industrial systems. The mission of the center is to realize near-zero downtime performance by conducting maintenance ahead of breakdowns. Common technologies incorporated in the center’s solutions are sensors, remote monitoring, prognostics and health management, and intelligent decision support tools.

The IMS Center, consists of the University of Cincinnati (lead institution), the University of Michigan, Missouri University of Science & Technology and the University of Texas at Austin. Since its inception in 2001, the center has conducted over 150 projects in partnership with over 120 international organizations. The center currently has over 45 members, including P&G, Toyota, Boeing, Intel, Applied Materials, Lam Research, Bosch Rexroth, Samsung, Hitachi, Omron, Alstom, National Instruments, HIWIN, Shanghai Electric, Baosteel, SANY, etc. and was ranked the "most impactful" on the 2012 NSF I/UCRC Economic Impact Study.

Professor Lee is an Ohio Eminent Scholar and the L.W. Scott Alter Chair professor in advanced manufacturing at UC CEAS. Previously, Professor Lee served as director for Product Development and Manufacturing Department at United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford as well as program director for a number of programs at NSF from 1991 to 1998.

Leading the Fourth Generation Industrial Revolution has become more than a goal for Lee—it is his true passion—a passion that aligns with the vision of the IMS Center as they continue to create frontier technologies in predictive analytics that will bring even greater impacts to industry and society. Some of these advancements include prognostic and health management technologies, cyber-physical systems, industrial big data analytics, and intelligent decision support tools.

Professor Lee reflects, “I consider our latest cutting edge research on the development of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) to be used in manufacturing processes to be a great breakthrough for enhancing the performance of networked machines in industry and is helping to lead the way in the advancement of Industry 4.0.

This recognition is a great honor for me, especially being recognized alongside such an outstanding group of individuals, who are also passionate about leading the way in merging the cyber and physical world in manufacturing.”


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