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Dr. Frank Liou, the Michael and Joyce Bytnar Professor and director of manufacturing engineering, has won the 2020 Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal from SME (formerly the Society of Manufacturing Engineers).
The award honors significant published research leading to a better understanding of materials, facilities, principles and operations and their application to improve manufacturing processes. Liou’s research in hybrid additive manufacturing and advanced materials and the industrial impact of that research were the basis for the award, according to SME.
Liou joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 1987. In addition to his work as director of the manufacturing engineering program, he is a senior research investigator with the Intelligent Systems Center and a faculty research investigator for both the Graduate Center for Materials Research and the Center for Research in Energy and Environment at S&T. His research interests include metal additive manufacturing process design, modeling, integration, monitoring and control, as well as computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM).