Dr. Kong honored among 20 most influential academics in smart manufacturing by SME

SME, the professional association committed to advancing manufacturing and developing a skilled workforce, has established Zhenyu “James” Kong, professor in Virginia Tech’s Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering within the College of Engineering, as a leader in the field.

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Dr. Kong was elected ASME Fellow due to his significant contribution in smart manufacturing, specifically sensing and data analytics in advanced manufacturing processes and systems.

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