Dr. Albert J. Shih, who joined ME as an associate professor in Winter 2003, comes from North Carolina State University (NCSU).
Prior to join NCSU in 1998, he was a manufacturing process development engineer at Cummins Inc. at Columbus, Indiana, for seven years. At Cummins, to address the tightening EPA regulation on diesel exhaust emissions, he was the manufacturing engineer in teams that successfully implemented ceramic plungers for diesel fuel systems. He has developed several innovative grinding processes and worked closely with material engineers to reduce the prototype and production cost and to enable the applications of advanced engineering materials. At NCSU, his research has diversified to Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) and nano-spark erosion, elastomer machining and scrap tire recycling, infrared temperature measurement for grinding and diesel exhaust aftertreatment filters, manufacturing and characterization of permanent magnets, diamond wire saw cutting of semiconductor wafer, and fuel cell manufacturing.
Shih holds four US Patents, has published 33 journal papers and 25 conference papers, and is the recipient of the 2000 NSF CAREER award and 1999 ASME BOSS award. He is married to Alice Chang. They have four children, Arthur (11), Brenda (9), Christopher (7), and Deanna (4).