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Dr. Laine Mears

BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Manufacturing

Automotive Manufacturing

  • Manufacturing process modeling and control (machining, forming, joining, assembly)
  • Adapting manufacturing processes to new designs
  • Data flow and real-time analysis in manufacturing for cost, quality and speed
  • Creating a research testbed in robotics and assembly to demonstrate findings from AuE Mfg. group
  • Creating a new national education & workforce model through Technical College collaboration the Center for Manufacturing Innovation

Laine Mears is the BMW SmartState Endowed Chair of Automotive Manufacturing, Professor and founding faculty member in the Automotive Engineering department at Clemson University. He teaches and conducts research in manufacturing quality estimation, Intelligent Machining Systems, manufacturing process design and control, and manufacturing equipment diagnostics, at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award, the South Carolina Governor’s Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, and the IMECHE George Stephenson Gold Medal and Thatcher Bros. Prize.

Dr. Mears has over 10 years’ industry experience, holding positions with Hitachi Automotive and SKF Bearings as both Manufacturing Engineer and Engineering Manager in a high-volume precision manufacturing environment. Applicable work in industry includes leading quality implementation teams for QS-9000 and ISO-TS-16949 quality systems, power optimization of hard machining processes, and startup of a new bulk deformation rolling process. Dr. Mears has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech (1993) and M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and SME, and a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), BMW Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and licensed Professional Engineer.

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