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Yiming Rong

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

‘National’ Professor

Director, Institute of Manufacturing Engineering

Room 2503, Building 9003, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

Tel.: +86-10-62794751; Fax: +86-10-62794751; E-mail:

Education background

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, U.S., 1989.12

M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, U.S., 1987.5

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 1984.6

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Harbin University of Science and Technology, China, 1981.12


Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2010 – now  Professor, Director of the IME (since 2013)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

2006 – 2014  Director, WPI-China Senior Project Center in Engineering

2005 – 2012  Coordinator of Robotics Concentration of ME Degree

2005 – 2010  Director, Saint Gobain Senior Project Center

2004 –   Associate Director of Manufacturing & Materials Engr. Program

2003 – 2010  John W. Higgins Professor of ME

1999 –   Director of Computer-aided Manufacturing Laboratory

1998 –  Associate Professor, Professor (since 2004), Department of ME

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL

1990 – 1998 Assistant, Associate Professor (since 1996) of Manufacturing Systems,    Department of Technology, College of Engineering

Guest Professorship

2005 (May-July) Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo, Japan, Department of ME

1998–   Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China,School of ME

1996 (Aug.-Dec.)University of Illinois; Urbana, IL, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

1995-   Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin, China, Department of ME

1995 (May-July) Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, Summer Faculty Research Associate, Laboratory of Materials

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

1994-1996  Guest Associate Professor, Department of Precision Instruments

1992   Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Precision Instruments

1984-1985  Faculty Member, Department of Precision Instruments

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

Manufacturing systems

Computer-aided fixturing

Manufacturing processes

Honors And Awards

John W. Higgins Professorship, WPI, 2003-Present

Outstanding Paper Award at 37th Annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), Clemson University, Greenville, SC, May 19-22, 2009

Adviser of awarded student project, Three Cylindrical Die Forced Thru-Feed Spline Rolling Adaptation for Design of 2.5 Module Spline Rolling Machine Tools, by David Willens, Sponsored by Kinefac Corporation, Worcester, MA, First Class Award of 2008 ASME Manufacturing Division Design Student Competition ($1,000)., 2008

ASME Fellow, 2004

Best Paper Award at 24th ASME Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2004

Best Paper Finalist at 2004 Japan-USA Symposium, on Flexible Automation, Denver, CO, 2004

Best Paper Finalist at 4th SAE International Machining & Grinding Conference, Troy, MI, 2001

Academic Achievement

[1] G. Wang, Y. Rong, Computational Modeling and Simulation of Heat Treatment for Metal Alloy, Willey & Sons, 2014 (under development)

[2] G. Wang, Y. Rong, R. Sisson, “Heating and Heat Flow Simulation”, ASM Handbook Volume 22 Modeling and Simulation: Processing of Metallic Materials – Article 13A, 2009, pp.459-474.

[3] Y. Rong, S. H. Huang, and Z. Hou, Advanced Computer-aided Fixture Design, Elsevier Science & Technology, ISBN 0125947518, Academic Press, April 2005; translated into Chinese and published in 2010

[4] F. Looft and Y. Rong, “The Capstone Project: Integrated Experience”, Chapter 8 in Shaping Our World, Engineering Education for the 21st Century, Editors, G. Tryggvason and D. Apelian, Wiley and Sons, 2012, pp. 123-150.

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