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For Immediate Release
February 23, 2017

IPFW 2016-17 Outstanding Research Award Honors Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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FORT WAYNE,Ind.—Zhuming Bi, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been chosen to receive the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) 2016–17 Outstanding Research Award. He will present a lecture Friday, February 24, at 3 p.m. in Kettler Hall, Room 246, on the IPFW Campus, 2101 East Coliseum Boulevard. The lecture will be followed by a wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m. in the faculty lounge (room 154) in Kettler Hall. The event is open to the public.

Bi's lecture, titled "Sustainable Manufacturing—Challenges and Opportunities," will present an overview of the evolution of manufacturing systems, discuss the challenges involved in conducting applied research in sustainable manufacturing, and explore research opportunities by using some examples of engineering projects.
Bi joined the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering as an associate professor in 2009. He received a B.E. and an M.E. from Harbin University of Science and Technology in China in 1987 and 1991, respectively. He has two Ph.D.s, one from Harbin Institute of Technology in China in 1994, and the other from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2002.

“Being chosen for the Outstanding Research Award by my colleagues is truly an honor,” said Bi. “It gives me encouragement to continue my research in sustainable manufacturing. I believe that success in applied research is about the passion of collaborating with others, rather than individually, and it makes a big difference in engineering research.”

The IPFW Outstanding Research Award honors a tenured, full-time faculty member for outstanding performance in the area of research, scholarly activity, or creative endeavor. The honoree must have achieved an exceptional record of contributions to the body of knowledge or creative works in his or her discipline(s). The faculty member must also have had great success communicating the results of his or her work to a wide audience. The award is sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For more information, contact Heidi Sandquist, director of sponsored programs, at 260-481-4101 or sandquih@ipfww.edu.

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