Dr. Radovan Kovacevic is Herman Brown Chair in Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing, as well as Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing (SMU’s site). Before he joined SMU in August of 1997 he was an associate professor (1991 – 1993) and a full professor (1993 – 1997) at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; an associate professor (1987 – 1990) at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; and a faculty (from assistant professor to full professor) for more than 16 years at the University of Montenegro, former Yugoslavia. In September of 1999, he founded the Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing and in September of 2005 he joined the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing. These Centers support a variety of research and development activities in the areas of additive manufacturing, laser materials processing, electron beam materials processing, abrasive waterjet materials processing, fusion welding, friction stir welding, sensing and control, and numerical modeling of manufacturing processes and systems. Dr. Kovacevic is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (elected in 1997), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (elected in 2003), and the American Welding Society (elected in 2003). He is a recipient of the 2000 Taylor Research Medal presented by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for “significant published research leading to a better understanding of materials, facilities, principles and their application to improve manufacturing processes.” He was a Fulbright Foundation Scholar, Alexander von Humboldt Scholar (Germany), a Carl Duisberg Scholar (Germany), and he has been awarded a number of prestigious awards. Dr. Kovacevic has to his credit seven U.S. patents, over 20 invention disclosures, and he has authored and co-authored six books and over 580 technical papers of which 240 in the technical journals. His work has been cited over 7,300 times with the citation index of 42 by February 2016 (scholar.google.com). In the last 20 years his research has been supported with over $20 million in grants and contracts from a number of leading corporations and agencies, including the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Department of Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Trumpf, Halliburton, Trinity Industries, the Army Research Lab, National Oilwell Varco, Coherent, Vought Aircraft Industries, GM, etc. In the last 25 years, he worked with over 200 visiting scholars, graduate students, undergraduate interns, and high school math and physics teachers. He has graduated 36 Ph.D. candidates of which 32 during his tenure at SMU.