Ming C. Leu is the director of the Intelligent Systems Center and the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department. He founded Missouri S&T’s Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies in 2004 and served as its director until May 2016. Prior to joining Missouri S&T, Leu was a program director at the National Science Foundation from 1996 to 1999, the State Chair Professor in Manufacturing Productivity at the New Jersey Institute of Technology from 1987 to 1996, and a faculty member at Cornell University.
Leu earned a bachelor of science degree from the National Taiwan University in 1972, a master of science degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1977, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981, all in mechanical engineering. His research interests include additive manufacturing, virtual prototyping, CAD/CAM, robotics, machine dynamics and control, and cyber-physical systems. He has published more than 410 papers in professional journals and conference proceedings, and has been granted four U.S. patents.
Among the numerous honors and awards Leu has received are the University of Missouri President’s Leadership Award in 2017, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award in 2014, the International Surface Fabricators Association’s Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award in 2008, and the ASME Distinguished Service Award in 2004. He was elected an International Institution for Production Engineering Research Fellow in 2008 and an ASME Fellow in 1993, and is a member of the Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.