Dr. Ben Wang, FIIE, FSME, FWIF
Assistant VP for Research in Engineering
Director, High-Performance Materials Institute

Simon Ostrach Professor of Engineering
FSU Distinguished Research Professor
US DOE Massie Chair of Excellence

High Performance Materials Institute
2005 Levy Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32310-2738
Telephone: (850) 645-8888
Fax: (850) 645-8981
Email: benwang@eng.fsu.edu

Dr. Ben Wang is Director of the High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI), serves as Florida State University Assistant Vice-President for Research in Engineering, and holds three distinguished professorships: Simon Ostrach Professor of Engineering, FSU Distinguished Research Professor, and U.S. Department of Energy Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and World Innovation Foundation (WIF).

Dr. Wang was Chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) from 1993 to 2005. When he was appointed the IME Chair in 1993, the Department had an undergraduate program with 45 students. Working closely with the IME faculty, the Department expanded the undergraduate program and developed Master of Science (1994) and doctoral degree (1997) programs. Currently, the Department’s total enrollment is nearly 200, consisting of 125 undergraduate, 40 MS and 30 PhD students. According to a January 2007 ASEE report, the FAMU-FSU IME Department ranked 15th among 103 departments in IE degree production (BS+MS+PhD) in 2005. As a result of his commitment to diversity in higher education, the IME Department student population consists of 25% African Americans and 35% women. Under his leadership, the Department passed two ABET accreditation reviews, three SACS reviews and one internal Quality Enhancement Review (QER) with perfect results.

Throughout his career, Dr. Wang has been instrumental in enhancing dialogues between faculty and practitioners to foster industrial partnerships. Such dialogues have proven very effective for continuing the faculty's career development. Moreover, these industrial partnerships also provide valuable internships, co-ops and employment opportunities for students, which develop students’ “business sophistication” and further their technical competence.

With a primary research interest in applying emerging technologies to improve manufacturing competitiveness, he specializes in process development for affordable composite materials. His many sponsors include 2Phase, AFOSR, AFRL, ARL, ARO, AT&T, Boeing, British Petroleum, Caterpillar, Cummins, DARPA, DOE, GKN, GM, Goodrich, JEOL, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, MTS, NASA, NIST, Northrop Grumman, NSF, ONR, Raytheon, Sandia, Siemens Power Generation, Sikorsky, SME, Spirit AeroSystems, Sun Microsystems, TA Instruments, and Westinghouse. He is a consultant to a number of U.S. and international companies. Currently, Dr. Wang is concentrating his research on affordable composites, which is already changing product innovations worldwide. His attention to applications of the integrated product-process design approach toward substituting metal structures with low-cost, high-performance composite materials is unique among researchers in these difficult, yet most promising, investigations.

In 2002, as a direct result of his developing partnerships between universities, industries and federal laboratories, he established Florida's first National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). The I/UCRC partnered Florida State University with The Ohio State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison to form a synergy with industry and government toward producing stronger, lighter, more versatile composite fibers while minimizing costs.

Dr. Wang is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the growing field of nanomaterials science. His main area of research involves an extraordinary material known as “buckypaper,” which has shown promise in a variety of applications, including the development of aerospace structures, the production of effective lightweight body armor and armored vehicles, improvements in energy and power efficiency, enhancements in thermal management of engineering systems, and construction of the next-generation of computer displays. Because of his contributions to nanotechnology in 2005, Dr. Wang and Lockheed Martin Chief Technologist Dr. Les Kramer were invited to deliver a presentation to the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) Review Panel in support of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

In 2006, Dr. Wang established the High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI), where he serves as Director. Materials research, by its very nature, is a multidisciplinary effort. The HPMI faculty and students come from a wide variety of technical backgrounds, including Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Physics. Building on his commitment to excellence, an aggressive fund raising campaign is underway to build an $18M, 44,000 square foot world-class facility for HPMI.

That same year, through a highly-competitive process, Dr. Wang and a team of engineers and scientists won an award from the Florida Board of Governors and established the Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials (CEAM) to maximize the economic impact and commercial value of composites and nanomaterials. CEAM will focus on developing technology that will make advanced materials and nanocomposites stronger, lighter, multifunctional and affordable for use in numerous applications. CEAM will work with its industrial partners to commercialize these applications through design, synthesis, processing characterization, analysis and prototype demonstration. The initial targeted economic sectors include Florida's aerospace, defense, marine and space industries. The development and commercialization of new advanced materials, such as nanomaterials and nanocomposites, will lead to the creation of new market sectors and industries, producing new high-wage, high-skilled employment opportunities. Simultaneously, CEAM will prepare Florida's workforce to take advantage of these employment opportunities.

Creativity and innovation is central to Dr. Wang's R&D endeavors. He has a portfolio of issued and applied-for patents that now exceeds 25.

Currently Dr. Wang serves as Assistant Vice President for Research in Engineering at Florida State University. Building on his broad experiences in engineering education and research, he serves as a senior spokesman for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and Florida State University in the support of engineering research and education development initiatives, as well as fostering coalitions and partnerships. Due to his experience and insights, he is frequently invited to give speeches on engineering education and research at professional conferences and other universities.

Adding to his diverse administrative and management background, Dr. Wang demonstrates his ability to coordinate organizational strategies and initiatives with government representatives at the national, state and local levels. As Research Director of the High-Performance Materials Institute, he continues to interact with Congressional staffers to garner legislative support.

Dr. Wang has served on a number of NSF grant review panels and site visit teams. He has also served on the U.S. Department of State Science Centers Program Committee, DoD Graduate Fellowship Review Committee, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Grants Review Committee, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Egyptian Science and Technology Cooperation Project Review Panel, and Australian Research Council Grants Review Committee. He was a technical consultant for the Louisiana State Board of Regents and the New York Economic Development Council. He served on the Board of Directors for the North Florida Manufacturing Technology Center, which is part of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP). He is a Scientific Advisory Board member for the Life Boat Foundation.

In addition to authoring or co-authoring more than 160 refereed journal papers and 150 conference articles, he is a co-author of three books: Computer-Aided Manufacturing (Prentice-Hall, 1 st Edition, 2 nd Edition, and 3 rd Edition), Computer-Aided Process Planning (Elsevier Science Publishers), and Computer Aided Manufacturing PC Application Software (Delmar Publishers). All three books are currently used worldwide. Computer-Aided Manufacturing received the IIE 1992 Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award and the 1992 SME M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Textbook Award. In addition, Dr. Wang has edited three books: Integrated Product, Process and Enterprise Design, Concurrent Design of Products, Manufacturing Processes and Systems, and Computer-Aided Maintenance: Methodology and Practices.

Dr. Wang is an editorial board member for the Journal of Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures, Composites B Journal, International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Design and Manufacturing Automation, and Journal of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers. He was elected to the U.S. Council of the Japan-US Conference on Composite Materials in 2005.

Dr. Wang was selected to received the 2009 IIE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award to recognize "a career of accomplishments." He is a co-recipient of the 2009 SME Innovations that Could Change the Way You Manufacture Award. He is co-recipient of a 2008 Nano 50 Award and a 2007 Micro/Nano 25 Award. In 2005, Dr. Wang was selected by the World Innovation Foundation as a Foundation Fellow. In the same year, he received the Air Force Research Lab Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Lab Director Funds Award. He is a co-recipient of a 2004 R&D 100 Award. In 2002, he won the Best Poster Prize at the International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling, London, U.K. In 2001, he was elected to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers College of Fellows. In the same year, he was named Simon Ostrach Professor of Engineering. In 2000, he received the United Nations Development Program Fellowship Award. In the same year, he was selected by the Institute of Industrial Engineers as the recipient of the UPS Minority Advancement Award. He became an Institute of Industrial Engineers Fellow in 1999. In the same year, Dr. Wang received the AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow Award and the DOE Outstanding Research and Educational Accomplishment Award. In 1998, he received an IRI/ASEE Engineering Faculty Fellowship Award and a United Nations Development Program Fellowship. In 1995, he was named the U.S. Department of Energy Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence in Engineering. He is the recipient of the 1993 Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society Outstanding Professor Award. He is a co-recipient of the IIE 1992 Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award and the 1992 SME M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Textbook Award. For his leadership and significant achievements in manufacturing education and research, Dr. Wang was selected to receive the 1990 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. In 1991, he received the University of Iowa Old Gold Iowa Fellowship. In 1987, the New York State Improvement of Undergraduate Education Award. As further confirmation of his numerous accomplishments, his biography is listed in Who's Who in Engineering, Who's Who in Global Business Leaders, Who's Who among Asian Americans, and Who's Who in the Midwest.

He received his BSIE degree from Tunghai University (Taiwan) and MSIE and PhD degrees from The Pennsylvania State University.

2011
FSU Distinguished Research Professor
U.S. Patent 7862766
U.S. Patent 7955535

2010
U.S. Patent 7797075
U.S. Patent 7641829

2009
IIE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award

SME Innovations that Could Change the Way You Manufacture Award

2008
Nano 50 Award

2007
Micro/Nano 25 Award

2006
Director, FL Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials Director,
High-Performance Materials Institute
U.S. Patent 7459121

2005
Fellow, World Innovation Foundation
Assistant VP for Research in Engineering

Computer-Aided Manufacturing (3rd Ed.)
Prentice Hall Publishers

2004
R&D100 Award

2003
U.S. Patent 6532799

2002
NSF IUCRC
U.S. Patent 6488569

2001
SME Fellow
Simon Ostrach Professor of Engineering

2000
IIE UPS Minority Advancement Award

1999
AT&T Faculty Fellow in Industrial Ecology
IIE Fellow
U.S. Patent 5939013

1998
Director of Florida Advanced Center for Composite Technologies


Concurrent Design of Products, Processes and Systems
Gordon and Breach Publishers

CJIIE Editorial Board
Computer-Aided Maintenance
Chapman & Hall Publishers
United Nations Development Program Fellowship
IRI/ASEE Lockheed Martin Fellowship

1997
NFMTC Advisory Board

U.S. Patent 5602761

Computer-Aided Manufacturing (2nd Ed.)
Prentice Hall Publishers

Integrated Product, Process and Enterprise Design
Chapman & Hall Publishers

ABET Accreditation (BSIE)
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

PhD in IE Program
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

1996
U.S. Patents 5566092, 5566273

1995
US DOE Massie Chair of Excellence

1994
MSIE Program

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

JED&A Editorial Board

1993
Who's Who Registry of Global Business Leaders

Who's Who in the Midwest

Who's Who among Asian Americans

Professor & Chairman of Industrial Engineering
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

JDM Editorial Board

JMS Editorial Board

JC&IE Editorial Board

1992
IIE Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award

SME M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Textbook Award

1991
Who's Who in Engineering

Computer-Aided Process Planning
Elsevier Scientific Publication

The University of Iowa Old Gold Iowa Award

1990
SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award

Computer-Aided Manufacturing
Prentice Hall Publishers

IJSARA Editorial Board

Associate Professor of IE
University of Iowa

1989
IJAMT Editorial Board

1988
Computer-Aided Manufacturing PC Applications
Delmar Publishers

1987
Improvement of Undergraduate Education Award

Assistant Professor of IE
SUNY @ Buffalo

1986
PhD in IE Penn State

1985
MSIE Penn State

1976
BSIE Tunghai University