The University Record, September 6, 1994

Engineering’s Ni one of 30 nationwide to receive 1994 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award

By Sally Pobojewski
News and Information Services

Jun Ni, associate professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, is one of 30 scientists and engineers named by President Bill Clinton to receive a 1994 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award.

The award recognizes young college and university faculty members who demonstrate excellence and promise both in scientific or engineering research and in teaching. Each award carries a grant from the National Science Foundation of $100,000 per year for up to five years.

Ni’s research interests are in manufacturing engineering and sciences—

especially precision engineering, machining technology and quality control methods. He is director of the S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Laboratory.

“Jun Ni combines the teaching and research philosophy of his mentor, the late Prof. Sam Wu, with his own creative approach to modern manufacturing problems,” says Panos Papalambros, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM). “He is not only an excellent researcher, but also a caring and involved faculty member, spending a lot of time with student mentoring activities, including liaison with Focus: HOPE. We are extremely proud to have him in the MEAM faculty ranks.”

Ni received a B.S. in mechanical and production engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, in 1982. He received his M.S. (1984) and Ph.D. (1987) in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.