Bruce Tai

Assistant Professor


Office: MEOB 413
Phone: 979.458.9888
Fax: 979.845.3081

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Research Interests

Tai’s research interests focus on both subtractive and additive manufacturing fields. The subtractive topics include advanced machining processes, material removal mechanics and design of surgical tools. The additive topics include 3D printing of UV-curable silicones, composites and process improvements of fuse deposition modeling (FDM).

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2017
  • Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2017
  • Brittan Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering, 2017
  • Second Place Winner of Technology Innovation Abstract, International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, New Orleans, LA, 2015.
  • Best paper award, ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Madison, WI, 2013.
  • Best paper award, ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Notre Dame, IN, 2012.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2011
  • M.S., Applied Mechanics, National Taiwan University, 2006
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, 2004

Selected Publications

B. Takabi and B. Tai, 2017, “A review of cutting mechanics and modeling techniques for Biological materials,” Medical Engineering & Physics, v. 45, PP. 1-14

Y. Kao, Y. Zhang, J. Wang, and B. Tai, 2017, “Bending behaviors of 3D printed bi-material structure: finite element analysis and experimental validation,” accepted by Additive Manufacturing

L. Chen, B. Tai, R. Chaudhari, X. Song, and A. Shih, 2017, “Machined surface temperature in Hard Turning,” International Journal of Machine Tools & Manufacture, in press.

D. Kim, Y. Kao, and B. Tai, 2016, “Hydrostatic 3D-printing for Soft Material Structures using Low One-photon Polymerization,” Manufacturing Letters, v10, pp. 6-9.

G. Wang, L. Zhang, X. Wang, and B. Tai, 2016, "An Inverse method to Reconstruct the Heat Flux Produced by Bone Grinding Tools,” International Journal of Thermal Sciences, v101, pp 85-92.