King named director of NanoCEMMS

10/19/2012 3:31:00 PM

William P. King, a College of Engineering Bliss Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has been named director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-Funded Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing (Nano-CEMMS).

William King
William King
“Manufacturing science and technology is one of the top federal research priorities, and the University of Illinois is known as a center of excellence in nano-manufacturing,” said Michael Bragg, dean of the College of Engineering. “I greatly appreciate Professor King’s willingness to step forward and accept this important position in the College. He has been an important member of the Center to date, and we look forward to his leadership as its director.”

“Manufacturing is critically important for product innovation, and today there is a huge demand for the benefits enabled by nanotechnology and new materials,” King explained. “The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems creates new nanotechnologies and enables their insertion into the product innovation cycle.

“Over the last nine years, the Center has had a tremendous impact,” King added. “I am grateful for the leadership of our previous directors, Professor Placid Ferreira and Professor John Rogers. As the center moves forward, we are extremely well-positioned to respond to regional and national demand for innovation, new technologies, and manufacturing competitiveness.”

King, who joined the Illinois faculty in 2006, also has faculty appointments in materials science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering. His own research focuses on nanoscale thermal and mechanical measurements, engineering of nanomechanical devices, nanomanufacturing, and nanometrology. He has authored more than 150 journal articles, has 20 patents, is co-founder of two companies, and is a member of the Defense Sciences Research Council. King is an ASME Fellow and has twice won the R&D 100 Award. 

Contact: William P. King, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, 217/244-3864.

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