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In addition to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers award, Dr. Chao Ma is also the recent recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER grant. His research project will focus on powder preparation and compaction for ceramic binder jet additive manufacturing. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

Dr. Chao Ma, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University, has been selected to receive the 2021 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

This award is given to engineers age 35 or younger who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry.

“SME is an international association whose mission is to promote manufacturing technology and develop a skilled workforce,” Ma said. “The honor from such a prestigious organization suggests that the manufacturing research conducted at TEES (the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station) as one of its strategic areas, is internationally recognized.”

Ma received his bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University in 2010, master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2012, and doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles in 2015, all in mechanical engineering. He was a senior mechanical engineer at Cymer from 2015-16 before joining Texas A&M.

Ma’s research interests include additive manufacturing, laser manufacturing and metal matrix composites.