Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

Jian Cao

Jian Cao

Jian Cao

Cardiss Collins Professor

Associate Vice President for Research

Director, Northwestern Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation (NIMSI)

Phone: 847-467-1032

Professor Cao’s major research interests include innovative manufacturing processes and systems, particularly in the area of deformation-based processes and laser ablation processes.

Her work has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of wrinkling in sheet forming and the effects of material microstructure and material architecture on forming behavior of metals and woven composites.Her research has integrated analytical and numerical simulation methods, control and sensors, and design methodologies to advance manufacturing processes.

Her research group has designed unique manufacturing equipment for microforming and flexible rapid forming. Current research on flexible dieless forming, micro-forming, and laser ablation processes has direct impacts on energy-efficient manufacturing, surface engineering and rapid prototyping.

She has published nearly 250 technical articles, including over 100 journal articles, 10 book chapters, and more than 10 awarded and pending patents. She has given over 100 invited talks.