Manufacturing Lab at CU-ICAR

Laine Mears, Ph.D., P.E.

PERSONAL SUMMARY

  • Founding faculty member of Clemson University Automotive Engineering graduate program (department and research center startup)
  • 10 years industrial experience in manufacturing engineering and management
  • Professional Eng., SME Certified Manufacturing Engineer, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, BMW Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Research in manufacturing process physical modeling and model-based control
  • Teaching in manufacturing, quality, automation, launch and project management

 

Education

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering , Georgia Tech, 2006
  • MS Mechanical Engineering , Georgia Tech, 2001
  • BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1993

 

Experience

  • 2015 - present
College of Engineering Dean's Professor, Clemson University
  • 2012 - 2015
Associate Professor, Clemson University
  • 2006 – 2012
Assistant Professor, Clemson University
  • 2004-2006
Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Tech
  • 2003
Assistant Engineering Manager, Hitachi Unisia Automotive
  • 1999-2003
Senior Project Engineer, Hitachi Unisia Automotive
  • 1998-1999
Manufacturing Unit Manager, SKF Bearings
  • 1993-1997
Senior Manufacturing Engineer, SKF Bearings

 

Honors

External
  • Advisor for US Dept. of Defense / National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining MTConnect Challenge Part II First Prize (2014)
  • ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference Best Paper Award, 3rd place (2014)
  • SAGE Journal of Engineering Manufacture Top 5 Most Downloaded Paper (2013)
  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK) George Stephenson Gold Medal (2013)
  • SAGE Best Paper Prize, Journal of Engineering Manufacture (2012)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2011)
  • South Carolina Governor’s Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Scientific Research (2011)
  • ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division Award for Best Organizer of Symposium and Sessions (BOSS) (2011)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010)
  • General Motors Manufacturing Scholar (2005-2006)
  • Best Presentation Award, International Conference on Agility, Helsinki (2005)
  • American Society for Quality Joe D. Simmons Scholar (2004)
Internal
  • College of Engineering and Science Dean’s Professorship (2015 - 2018)
  • Clemson University College of Engineering and Science McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award (recognizing Engineering leadership; highest distinction awarded by the College to engineering faculty) (2013)
  • Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence (2012)
  • Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence (2011)
  • Clemson University College of Engineering and Science Collaboration Award (2010)

 

Certification and Licensure

  • Professional Engineer, Georgia (#PE030834, 2006)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers Certified Manufacturing Engineer (2014)
  • American Society for Quality Certified Quality Engineer (#36420, 1997)
  • BMW Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (2012)

 

Service

  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (2015-2018)
  • Associate Editor, SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems (2014-2017)
  • Associate Chair of SME NAMRI Scientific Committee (2015-2017)
  • Program Committee, SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (2015)
  • Organizer, ASME/NSF Early Career Forum, Detroit, MI (June 2014)
  • Symposium Chair, Fiber Society: Fibers Interfacing the World Conference, Clemson University (October 2013)
  • Chair, Technical Program, 2013 ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (2012-3)
  • SME NAMRI Scientific Committee (2012-3)
  • Vice-Chair, Technical Program, 2012 ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (2011-2)
  • Chair, Quality and Reliability Technical Committee, ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division (2008-11)
  • Track Chair, ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conf. (2011)
  • Symposium Co-Chair, ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conf. (2011)
  • Symposium Co-Chair, ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conf. (2010)
  • Organizing Committee, SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (Greenville, SC, 2009)
  • Member of 6-person special task force (ASME, SME) to study collocation of major US manufacturing conferences (2009)
  • Symposium Chair, ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conf. (2009)
  • Industrial Advisory Board, Sensortech Corporation, (Greenville, SC, 2008-9)
  • Symposium Chair, Int’l Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conf. (ASME/JSME, 2008)
  • Industrial Advisory Committee, NSF Mechatronics Education Project, (Clemson U., 2007-8)
  • Symposium Chair, Int’l Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conf. (ASME, 2007)
  • Session Chair, North American Manufacturing Research Conference (SME, 2007)
  • Professional Engineer Exam Construction and Review (NCEES, 2007)

 

see Publications

 

see Full CV

 
 
 
 
 

 

hit counter for tumblr