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

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

Jian Cao's Service

Prof. Cao has been active on national and international stages. She served as the Program Director of Materials Processing and Manufacturing (MPM) program at NSF from 2003 to 2005. During that short two-year period, under her leadership, the WTEC Study on Micro-manufacturing was conducted and co-sponsored by four government agencies and more than ten NSF programs.  She co-initiated the joint-funding between NSF and DOE for her MPM program. Through collaboration with other programs, she was able to increase funding for her program by over 20%. She is one of the main driving forces behind the well-received NSF workshops on CAREER development. Prof. Cao has served as President of North American Manufacturing Research Institute of SME and Chair of ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division. She has chaired multiple ASME committees, including the M. Eugene Merchant Medal Committee and Committee of Administration and Finance. She was awarded the ASME Dedicated Service Award. She is the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Committee on Forming and the Vice-Chair of the Working Group on Additive Manufacturing of CIRP. Prof. Cao is a Board member of mHUB, the Chicago-based incubator for physical-based startups.

NU Service

  • Chair, Faculty Hiring Search Committee, Mechanical Engineering, 2017 – 2018

  • Member, Faculty Hiring Search Committee, Physics and Astronomy, 2016

  • Member, Program Review of School of Education and Social Policy, 2016

  • Member, Faculty Hiring Search Committee, Mechanical Engineering, 2016

  • Member, Search Committee for Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, Feb. – June 2014

  • Associate Vice President for Research, October 2012 - present

  • Member, Advisory Council for the Office of Fellowships, September 2013 - present

  • Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee, McCormick, Northwestern University, Sept. 2011 – August 2013

  • Member, The Limited Submissions Advisory Committee, Northwestern University, Sept. 2009 – August 2010

  • Member, Faculty Search Committee, Sept. 2009 – Feb. 2010

  • Chair, ME Graduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Sept. 2007 – August 2012

National Science Foundation (NSF) Service

  • Panelist, the World Technology Evaluation Study on Advanced Manufacturing, www.wtec.org/advmfg, sponsored by NSF.

  • Initiated the World Technology Evaluation Study on Micro-manufacturing, www.wtec.org/micromfg, Dec. 2003 – September 2005, co-sponsored by NSF, ONR, DOE and NIST.

  • Co-initiated joint proposal review and co-funding for proposals in the area of predictive polymer processing between NSF/DMII and DOE, 2005.

  • Co-initiated joint proposal review and co-funding for proposals in the area of coating and deposition between NSF/DMII and NSF/CMS, 2004 – 2005.

  • Co-initiated joint proposal review and co-funding for proposals in the area of thermo-related processes between NSF/DMII and NSF/CTS, 2004.

  • Co-sponsored the CAREER proposal writing workshop, 2004 - 2005.

  • Co-sponsored the Predictive Modeling workshop, July 2005.

  • Initiated and sponsored the Biomanufacturing workshop, June 2005.

  • Member, Engineering workgroup on Cyberinfrastructure, 2005 

Professional Activities

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Digital Manufacturing and Design (DManD) Centre, Singapore University of Technology and Design, July 2016 – present

  • Member, Board of Directors, mHub, Chicago, May 2016 – present

  • External Review Board, NSF Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials, Louisiana, Oct. 2015 to September 2020

  • Member, Technical Advisory Board, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, 2014 - present

  • Member, Advisory Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2014 – present

  • External Academic Advisor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, 2014 – 2017

  • Member, Scientific Committee, Surface Integrity (3rd CIRP CSI), Charlotte, NC, June 8-10, 2016

  • Vice-Chair, STC-Forming, The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), January 2014 – December 2016

  • Member, Chicago Metro Metals Consortium (CMMC) Research and Innovation Subcommittee, 2014 - present

  • Member, SME International Director and Member Council Nominating Committee, 2013 - 2014

  • Panelist, World Technology Evaluation Study on System Engineering for Renewable Energy, December 2012 – October 2013

  • Panelist, World Technology Evaluation Study on Transforming Tools of Emerging and Converging Technologies for Societal Benefit (beyond Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive Technologies, NBIC2) http://www.wtec.org/NBIC2/index.html, June 2012 – June 2013

  • Chair, M. Eugene Merchant Medal Committee of ASME/SME, July 2012 – June 2015

  • Chair, SME/NAMRI Honors Committee, June 2012 – June 2013

  • President, SME/North America Manufacturing Research Institution, June 2011 - June 2012.

  • Secretary, STC-Forming, The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), January 2011- December 2013.

  • President-elect, SME/North America Manufacturing Research Institution, May 2011 - 2011.

  • Member, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. Medal Committee, July 2010 – June 2013.

  • Chair, Administration and Finance Committee, ASME Technical Communities, July 2009 – June 2012.

  • Vice Chair, Manufacturing Group, ASME, July 2009 – June 2010.

  • Member, M. Eugene Merchant Medal Committee of ASME/SME, July 2007 - June 2010.

  • Secretary, SME/North America Manufacturing Research Institution, May 2009 – May 2010.

  • Board Member, SME/North America Manufacturing Research Institution, May 2004 - May 2010.

  • Member, Scientific Committee, ESAFORM (European Scientific Association for material FORMing), April 2006 – present. (2006 was the first year that ESAFORM invited researchers outside of Europe to be on the Scientific Committee)

  • Member, Scientific Committee, NUIFORM'07, June 2007.

  • Co-organizer, Workshop on Advanced High-Strength Steels, co-sponsored by NSF, DOE, and ASP, Oct. 22-23, 2006.

  • Organizer, Benchmark Analysis on Composite Sheet Forming, 2002 - present.

  • Program co-Chair, 2012 International Conference on MicroManufacturing, March 2012, Evanston, IL.

  • Program co-Chair, 2010 ASME/JSME International Flexible Automation, Tokyo, Japan, 2009 – 2010.

  • Conference co-Chair, ASME International Conference of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Evanston, IL, Oct. 2008.

  • Conference co-Chair, 6th International Workshop on Microfactories, Evanston, IL, Oct. 2008