(February 7, 2018) Associate Professor Dr. Zhenyu “James” Kong was recently awarded the Diversity and Inclusion Seed grant from Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech. His proposal was one of 15 projects funded during the second year of this program.
Dr. Kong will lead the project titled, “Machine Learning-based data analytics for online quality control of additive manufacturing,” in collaborate with Dr. Zhenhua Wu at Virginia State University. This pilot project will utilize machine learning-based process monitoring approaches that are capable of surmounting the underlying unsolved complexity and uncertainty in additive manufacturing (AM). The results are expected to provide pilot data to pursue larger grants, which may create opportunities to advance the current technology in AM process monitoring and control, as well as enhance product quality and increase process productivity.
The Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grants program at ICTAS is designed to foster sustained research partnerships between Virginia Tech faculty and faculty at historically black colleges and universities or other institutions serving primarily minority or under-represented students. Activities may be in the form of sharing lab equipment and space, sharing technologies, or traveling to present and develop partnerships. Dr. Kong’s project was developed following the HBCU/Minority-Serving Institution Research Summit at Virginia Tech in October 2017.
Related article: “With seed funding, faculty build new research partnerships,” Virginia Tech News (January 2018)