Monday – Friday
October 28 – November 1, 2019
Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Conference Chair
Stephen J. Ludwick, Aerotech, Inc.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:00PM
Grand Ballroom

Dr. Graham Siddall will be introducing this year’s Keynote speaker, Dr. Christopher Evans. Dr. Siddall is a pioneer in the development of equipment for semiconductor processing, a recipient of the ASPE Lifetime Achievement Award, a past President of the Society, and a long-time benefactor of the precision engineering community.

Professor Christopher J. Evans
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

ASPE is pleased to announce that Charter and Honorary ASPE member, Professor Christopher J. Evans will be the Keynote Speaker at the 34th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.

Chris is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and is the Director of the Center for Precision Metrology. Prior to this appointment, Chris served as Senior Research Scientist and Chief Metrologist at the Zygo Corporation. For over 10 years, Chris held various positions in manufacturing research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), including Program Manager for the Advanced Optics Metrology Program. Chris’ work experience also included being a Research Associate for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with the position based at NIST. Early in his career, Chris was employed by IPC Science and Technology Press (later Butterworth Scientific), where he was the founding Editor of the journal Precision Engineering.

Chris’ research career has included numerous activities that have explored the natural synergy between advanced metrology and advanced manufacturing processes. He has also focused on working with multi-disciplinary teams to address complex problems such as the design and construction of the new hermetic encasements for the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights; diamond turning, where the focus on the tribo-chemical mechanisms which govern the process ultimately led to the ability to predict diamond wear based on electronic structure; hard turning, including fundamental understanding of chip segmentation dynamics, white layer formation, and achievable surface quality; mechanisms in polishing, including development of the rapidly renewable lap concept and self-calibration techniques for interferometry systems.

Chris is the author of the book Precision Engineering: an Evolutionary View (with Japanese and Chinese editions), five book chapters, and over 40 refereed publications. He is also the holder of 11 U.S. patents.