32nd Annual Meeting


October 29 – November 3, 2017
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Conference Chair:
Vivek G. Badami, Zygo Corporation


Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Ekkard Brinksmeier

BrinksmeierThe Lifetime Achievement Award was conceived to honor particularly noteworthy contributions to the advancement of the discipline and/or Society over a career of service in precision engineering, and this year, ASPE is pleased to present this very special award to Professor Ekkard Brinksmeier for leadership in developing manufacturing technology and associated metrology over a broad range of fabrication processes for nearly 4 decades.

Professor Brinksmeier’s early seminal contributions in evaluation of surface integrity has been followed with continuing contributions over the intervening 35 years or so in the understanding of the effect of processes including grinding, hard turning and single point diamond turning on the near surface structure and properties of a variety of materials. At one extreme of the size scale of single point diamond machining, his group pioneered what we now know as the “slow slide servo” approach to manufacturing large off-axis aspherics by on-axis machining. At the other end of the spectrum, Brinksmeier’s group developed “micro-chiseling” to produce molds for replication of arrays of retroreflectors.

For many, the high temperatures generated in fine grinding of hard steels was a limitation. For Brinksmeier’s group it was an opportunity. With appropriate control, this localized heat source could provide a combination of material removal and heat treatment – the birth of the concept of “grind-hardening.” Chemistry is established as one limitation on the materials that can be “diamond turned.” Some focused on the fundamental chemistry. Brinksmeier and his colleagues asked a different question; can we modify the surface chemistry to limit the chemical wear? The answer is “yes.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. h.c. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Ekkard Brinksmeier graduated from the University of Hannover, Germany. He received his Dr.-Ing. Degree in mechanical engineering in 1982 and worked as Chief Engineer from 1982-1992 at the Institute for Production Engineering and Machine Tools, IFW, Hannover University, Germany.

After finishing his habilitation (extra scientific thesis) in 1992 he became a Full Professor at the University of Bremen, Director of the IWT, Institute for Materials Science, and Director of the LFM, Laboratory for Precision Machining. His scientific interests and research areas lie in the field of advanced manufacturing processes with special focus in the areas of ultraprecision machining processes down to nanometer tolerances, process integration, the development of sensor integrated tools, research and development of advanced coolants in metal cutting, and the generation of functional surfaces by machining. He has been the coordinator of the Transregional DFG Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR4, “Process Chains for the Replication of Complex Optics” from 2001-2012. In 2014 he became the coordinator of a new established Collaborative Research Center SFB/TRR 136 “Process Signatures” which focuses on surface integrity and which involves participation of the universities of Bremen, Aachen, and Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA. He has published and co-authored more than 600 scientific papers and employs 30 scientific staff (Ph.D. candidates), most of them funded by third party projects.

Prof. Brinksmeier has received several awards, most notably the CIRP F. W. Taylor Medal, and the DFG Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award being the most prestigious German research award. He was also awarded an Advanced Investigator Grant of the European Research Council, ERC, and has received the SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal from SME. Since the year 2012 he holds an Honorary Dr.-Ing. Degree from the Technical University Aachen, Germany, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from euspen in 2014, and was awarded an Honorary Professorship of Tianjin University, China, in 2017.

Prof. Brinksmeier is Fellow and Past President of CIRP, Fellow and Past President of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, euspen, Fellow of SME, and Fellow of ISNM, and held leadership positions of several associations and institutions including DFG, AiF and others.

Prof. Brinksmeier will be recognized with this award on Wednesday, November 1 during the Business Luncheon.

Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Byron R. Knapp

The Distinguished Service Award was conceived to honor noteworthy contributions and service to the Society, and this year, ASPE is pleased to present this award to Dr. Byron R. Knapp. Dr. Knapp has been a member of ASPE for the last twenty years. He has served on the ASPE Board of Directors for multiple years as Vice President, President, Immediate Past President and as Nominating Committee Chair, Nominating Committee Chair-Elect and Nominating Committee Immediate Past Chair. Dr. Knapp served as the co-chairperson for the 2008 Summer Topical Meeting and as Chairperson for the 2013 Annual Meeting, and he has served on numerous Annual Meeting committees. He assisted Jim Bryan and continues helping Eric Marsh with the ASPE tutorial on Precision Spindle Metrology.  Recently Dr. Knapp has served as Exhibits Chairperson and as fundraiser for the Annual Meeting and the Student Challenge.

Dr. Knapp’s career in precision engineering began helping out as an undergraduate in the lab of new Penn State faculty member Eric Marsh. For the next seven years, Dr. Knapp was fortunate to learn from Professor Marsh during the school year and at ANSYS, NIST, Weldon Machine Tool, Professional Instruments, Tropel, and Moore Tool during the summers. He went on to receive his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Knapp joined Professional Instruments Company in 2008 as Senior Engineer responsible for design analysis, finite element analysis, modal and dynamic testing, and forays into oil hydrostatic spindles. As a student and a professional, he has published at ASPE meetings including both oral and poster presentations on topics from Hubble instrument alignment to Blu-ray mastering.

Dr. Knapp will be recognized with this award on Wednesday, November 1 during the Business Luncheon.

Student Scholarships Winners

Carl Zeiss Student Scholarship
The winner of the 2017 Carl Zeiss Student Scholarship is Award is Ian S. Ladner, University of Texas – Austin (Michael A. Cullinan, Advisor) .  This award includes the ASPE Annual Meeting registration fee, 4 tutorial fees, travel expenses and lodging to the Annual Meeting. In addition, the scholarship provides for travel and lodging to Maple Grove, Minnesota to visit Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology. Mr. Ryan is the fifth recipient of the Carl Zeiss Student Scholarship awarded through ASPE.

ASPE Student Scholarships
ASPE is proud to award 2 student scholarships for the 32nd ASPE Annual Meeting. This year’s scholarship recipients are Abolfazl Zolfaghari, Tennessee Technological University (ChaBum Lee, Advisor) and Navid Farahi, University of North Carolina-Charlotte (Faramarz Farahi, Advisor).  The ASPE Student Scholarships include a waiver of the Annual Meeting registration fee and 4 tutorial fees. It also includes an honorarium to cover travel and lodging expenses to the 32nd ASPE Annual Meeting in Charlotte.  The ASPE Student Scholarships were made possible by Corning Incorporated, Lion Precision, Moore Nanotechnology and many contributing members.

Look for these students who will have a teal ribbon labeled “Scholarship” on their badges. ASPE will recognize student scholarship winners during the Business Luncheon on Wednesday, November 1.

NSF Grantees

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded an NSF grant to cover the conference registration fee. Look for these students who will have a light blue ribbon labeled “NSF Grantee” on their badges.

  • Masoud Arablu, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Kumar Arumugam, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Alireza Bafandeh, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Alexander Blum, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Allison EM Browar, University of Rochester
  • Liam G. Connolly, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ryan Copenhaver, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Xin Dong, University of Michigan
  • Ahment Alper Dumanli, Oregon State University
  • Michael A. Echter, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Michael Gomez, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Corbin M. Grohol, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Jesse Groover, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Andrew Honeycutt, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Fari Javidpour, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Hilary A. Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christoph Kossack, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Xingjian Liu, University of Michigan
  • Hossein Mohammadi, Western Michigan University
  • Nilabh Kumar Roy, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Hossein Shahinian, University of North Carolina – Charlotte
  • Jungki Song, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michael Uwakwe, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Qichang Wang, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Martin Ward, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Deokkyun Yoon, University of Michigan
  • Bowen Zeng, University of Michigan
  • Yanqi Zhang, University of Rochester
  • Cheng Zhao, The University of Texas at Austin