Jun Ni made the SME list for The 20 Most Influential Professors in Smart Manufacturing.
“Ni is like the mouth of a smart manufacturing river, with close to 100 doctoral and 70 master’s graduates, and hundreds of engineering undergraduates forming the tributaries that fan out to faculty positions at other universities and executive positions at global companies. “I am also very proud of my accomplishment as a founding dean to establish the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute,” he said. “Thousands of American and Chinese students have benefited from this global innovation in engineering education.” His international efforts don’t stop there. From 2017-2019, Ni was co-chairman for the Global Future Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Production at the World Economic Forum. After 40 years in academia, Ni wants to help smart manufacturing entrepreneurs, so three years ago he helped launch a startup. His vision for future smart manufacturing systems includes: 4 “R”s (responsiveness, resilience, reconfigurability and reusability) in addition to traditional qualities; self-aware, self-adaptive machines that can evaluate their condition and make necessary compensations; zero defects with predictive automatic root cause identification; near-zero downtime, and every part right, from first to last.”