Radovan Kovacevic

Director Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Center for Laser-aided Manufacturing
Herman Brown Chair Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Phone: 214-768-4865
Email: kovacevi@lyle.smu.edu

Educational Background

B.S., University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1969; M.S., University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1972; Ph.D., University of Montenegro, Yugoslavia, 1978


  • Manufacturing and Design
  • Sensing and control of manufacturing processes,
  • Additive manufacturing,
  • Abrasive waterjet cutting technology,
  • Materials processing by high-power lasers,
  • Modeling of heat transfer and fluid flow in heat-based manufacturing processes.

Selected Publications from Over 560 Published:

  • “Thermal-mechanical Model with Adaptive Boundary Conditions for Friction Stir Welding of Al 6061”, by Soundararajan, V., Zekovic, S., and Kovacevic, R., International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Vol. 45, issue 14, Nov. 2005, pp. 1577 – 1587, TOP 25 the most cited papers within the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture in 2005
  • “Microstructural Evolution in the Friction Stir Welding 6061 Aluminum Alloy (T6 temper condition) to Copper”, by Ouyang, J., Yarrapareddy, E., and Kovacevic, R., the Journal of Materials Processing, Vol. 172, 2006, pp. 110 – 122, TOP 25 the most cited papers within the Journal of Materials Processing in 2006
  • “Numerical Simulation and Experimental Investigations on the Loads Carried by the Tool During Friction Stir Welding”, by Atharifar, H., Lin, D. and Kovacevic, R., the Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, Vol. 18(4), June 2009, pp. 339-350. Appeared on Springer’s website (SpringerLink) as an “Editor’s Choice” article in 2009. “This honor is reflective of the comprehensive nature of your paper and its overall excellence. Only a few papers will be selected each year for Editor’s Choice, which means the paper can be viewed 24/7 worldwide via Springer’s site.” (from the Editor’s Office on Dec. 22, 2008)
  • Momber, A. and Kovacevic, R., “Principles of Abrasive Waterjet Machining Technology”, Springer-Verlag, London, 1998
  • "Welding Processes", edited by R. Kovacevic, ISBN 978-953-51-0854-2, InTech, Nov. 2012, all chapters downloaded 73,476 times by February 14, 2014
  • "Development of a Comprehensive Process Model for Hybrid Laser-arc Welding" by F. Kong and R. Kovacevic, published in the book "Welding Processes", edited by R. Kovacevic, ISBN 978-953-51-0854-2, InTech, Nov. 2012, 4,378 downloads by February 14, 2014 (March 12, 2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/53562
  • "Mitigating Zinc vapor Induced Weld Defect in Laser Welding of Galvanized High-strength Steel by using Different Supplementary Means" by J. Ma, F. Kong, B. Carlson, and R. Kovacevic published in the book "Welding Processes" edited by R. Kovacevic, ISBN 978-953-0854-2 InTech Nov. 2012, 4,378 downloads by February 14, 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/53562
  • "Digital Engineering of Bio-Adaptable Dental Implants" by Ch. Gilbert, P. Smith, R. Kovacevic, R. Ajlouni, and K. Ajlouni published in the book "Implant Dentistry - A Rapidly Evolving Practice" edited by I. Turkvilmaz, ISBN 978-953-307-658-4. InTech July 2011 5,161 downloads by February 14, 2014.

  • Author and co-author of more then 560 technical papers and six books and has 5,008 citations to his publications with an h-index of 35 as of February 14, 2014.  Seven U.S. patents ad 19 invention disclosures
  • Over $20 million dollars in grants and contracts from state and government agencies and industry
  • Consultant Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, since 1994
  • Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1997
  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2003
  • Fellow of the American Welding Society, 2003
  • Worked with over 180 visiting scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate interns
  • Faculty appointments at the University of Montenegro, Yugoslavia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Syracuse University, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY Fulbright Foundation Scholar, 1984/85
  • Carl Duisberg Foundation (Germany) Scholar, 1976-1978
  • Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, awarded by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2000 "for significant published research leading to a better understanding of materials, facilities, principles, and their applications to improve manufacturing processes"
  • Adams memorial Membership Award awarded by the American Welding Society in 1997 "in recognition of outstanding teaching activities which are advancing the knowledge of welding technology"
  • ME Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2011
  • Engineering Executive Board Faculty Excellence Award "in recognition of outstanding achievements and professionalism in education, research, and service to students" in 2002
  • Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award in 2009
  • Full Member of the Montenegrin Academy of Engineering Sciences elected in 2013
  • for more information please visit the web pages: www.lyle.smu.edu/rcam and www.lyle.smu.edu/clam