Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA Xiaochun Li has received the 2022 William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Prize from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for “significant contributions to solidification processing, scalable manufacturing, and successful commercialization of nanoparticle-reinforced metal matrix composites.”
Established in 1990 by the Society’s Production Engineering Division (now known as the Manufacturing Engineering Division) in conjunction with the Alcoa Company, the ASME Awards recognizes individuals who have “either developed or contributed to an innovative manufacturing technology, the implementation of which has been a result have contributed to significant economic and/or societal benefits.”
Li, who holds the Raytheon Endowed Chair in Manufacturing Engineering, also has a joint position in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA’s Samueli School of Engineering. He leads the SciFacturing Laboratory which takes a science-driven approach to its theoretical and experimental research. His work led to the discovery of how nanoparticles disperse in molten metals and helped explain nanoparticle-metal interactions, precisely control the microstructures of materials, and characterize material properties. The lab has also developed scalable processes for commercial production.
In addition, Li has also developed new material manufacturing processes, such as B. Improvements in nanoparticles melting and solidificationand the creation of new technology-enhanced materials, such as versatile aluminum alloys, lighter high-performance metals and harder glasses.
Li’s groundbreaking achievements have earned him many accolades, including election to the NaNational Academy of Inventors, ASME and the International Society of Nanomanufacturing.