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Chinedum ("Chi") Okwudire

Chinedum ("Chi") Okwudire

Associate Professor
University of Michigan

Chi Okwudire received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2009 and joined the mechanical engineering faculty at the University of Michigan in 2011. Prior to joining Michigan, he was the mechatronic systems optimization team leader at DMG Mori USA, based in Davis, CA. His research is focused on exploiting knowledge at the intersection of machine design, control and, more recently, computer science, to boost the performance of manufacturing automation systems at low cost. Chinedum has received a number of awards including the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation; the Young Investigator Award from the International Symposium on Flexible Automation; the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; the Ralph Teetor Educational Award from SAE International; and the Russell Severance Springer Visiting Professorship from UC Berkeley. His work on boosting the speed of 3D printers at low cost through feed-forward vibration compensation has been featured internationally in popular news media, including 3D Printing Industry, Design News, NASA Tech Briefs and Discovery Channel Canada. He has founded a company, Ulendo, aimed at bringing advanced automation solutions to the additive manufacturing industry.


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