Attend the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks doctoral degree open house, March 25

Thomas Sugar and Sangram Redkar interacting in an MSN labratory.

Join the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks for an immersive experience — your future begins here! Explore doctoral programs in manufacturing engineering, robotics and autonomous systems, and systems engineering. Tour our labs, meet faculty, uncover research opportunities and shape your academic journey.

School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks doctoral degree open house
Monday, March 25, 2024
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Student Union (UNION) Cooley Ballroom, Polytechnic campus [map]

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Research areas

  • Additive manufacturing of soft robotics and mechanical engineering.
  • Battery and carbon capture research.
  • Vehicle dynamics, control theory and applications.
  • Polymer chemistry, biomaterials, nanomaterials, liquid crystal, chemical engineering and material science.
  • Power electronics.
  • Additive manufacturing of sorbents for gas separation, carbon capture and water treatment; ceramic additive manufacturing.
  • Research areas requiring backgrounds in mechanics, materials and manufacturing.
  • Generative deep learning, large language models and graph representations for supply chains and advanced manufacturing.
  • Bio-inspired acoustic sensing, acoustic-based robotic inspection and quality control of advanced manufacturing.

Notable faculty in attendance

Binil Starly: Binil Starly, a professor and the school director of the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, was recognized as one of the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2020. He aims to develop expertise in advanced manufacturing processes, cyber manufacturing and operations engineering, digital factories, and robotics and automation at ASU. Starly has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award for his contributions to smart manufacturing.

Chao Ma: As an associate professor at ASU’s School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks, Chao Ma has garnered accolades including the NSF CAREER award, SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and ASME Best Organizer of Symposium and Session Award. Previously, he served at Texas A&M University and worked as a senior mechanical engineer at ASML.

Dhruv Bhate: Dhruv Bhate, an associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks, leads the 3DX research group, focusing on the design and mechanics of additive manufacturing structures and materials. Before ASU, he spent two years at PADT, Inc., leading R&D in additive manufacturing. Before that, he dedicated seven years at Intel Corporation, spearheading the development of laser-based manufacturing processes from early research stages to high-volume manufacturing.

Ehsan Dehghan-Niri: An associate professor in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks at Arizona State University. Dehghan-Niri directs the Intelligent Structures and Nondestructive Evaluation Lab, focusing on bio-inspired acoustic sensing, acoustic-based testing, robotic inspection and advanced manufacturing quality control. 

Hyunwoong Ko: An assistant professor in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks at Arizona State University, is forging new paths at the intersection of data science, manufacturing science and design science. With an academic background including a doctoral degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Nanyang Technological University and a master’s degree in industrial and management engineering from Hanyang University, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, Ko brings extensive knowledge to the field.

Sangram Redkar: Sangram Redkar, an associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks, earned his doctorate from Auburn University. With a background at Archangel System, Auburn, and various roles in professional activities, including ASME membership, session co-chairing, and consulting for organizations like U-Haul and Accuwright Industries, he is also a member of the review board for the International Association of Journals and Conferences.

Thomas Sugar: Thomas Sugar is a leading researcher in wearable robotics for worker wellness. His work focuses on compliant wearable robots using tunable springs and pneumatic muscle actuators. Sugar, an ASME Fellow and IEEE Senior Member, received his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and was named Arizona State University Researcher of the Year in 2007.

Wenlong Zhang: Wenlong Zhang is an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s The Polytechnic School. With a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, his research focuses on designing and controlling cyber-physical systems for applications in health care, robotics and manufacturing. Zhang has received accolades such as the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study and the Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE Real-time System Symposium.

Xiangfan Chen: Xiangfan Chen is an assistant professor at ASU’s The Polytechnic School, specializing in aerospace and mechanical engineering. He earned his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in 2018 and a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2012. Chen’s research focuses on advanced manufacturing technologies like 3D printing for applications in photonics, energy and biomedical engineering.

Xiangyang Dong: Xiangyang Dong, an associate professor in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks, conducts research to advance clean-energy technologies through sustainable design and manufacturing of multifunctional composites and ceramics. His projects, supported by entities like the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation and major industries, have earned him recognition, including the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Xin Xu: An assistant professor in The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University, Xu is also a member of the graduate faculty in both the system engineering program and the materials science and engineering program at ASU. He earned his Bachelor of Science in physics from Nanjing University in 2014 and completed his doctoral degree in applied physics from Northwestern University in 2019. Focused on charge transport mechanisms, Xu conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University, exploring failure mechanisms in solid-state batteries.

Yan Chen: Yan Chen, with degrees from Harbin Institute of Technology and a doctoral degree from The Ohio State University, joined Arizona State University in 2016 after industrial research at Ford Motor Company and Cummins Inc. His research focuses on dynamic systems like ground vehicles.

Zhicheng Guo: Now an assistant professor at Arizona State University, previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Semiconductor Power Electronics Center, UT Austin. He earned a doctoral degree in power electronics and power systems from the University of Texas at Austin in 2023, receiving awards such as the 2022 Transformer Association Fellowship and four Cockrell School of Engineering Scholarships. Active in the field, Guo contributes to the IEEE standard committee P3105 working group and reviews for various IEEE journals and conferences.