Jack Hu, CoE Interim Vice President for Research, has been selected to receive the S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award, presented by the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Hu’s original research was recognized by the society as outstanding and especially significant to the automotive industry.
Prospective recipients present their original research papers at the annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) and winners are chosen based upon the subsequent impact such research has had on both commercial industry and society upon successful implementation.
Hu’s research involves a new innovative method for systematically identifying sources of quality variation in assembly systems. The method has proven to be successful beyond its laboratory trials and is used by both Chrysler and General Motors. The result is large improvements in both quality and economic efficiency.
Hu serves at the University as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, and a J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology. Additionally, Hu stands as the University Co-Director of the General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory on Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing.