Pingsha Dong has been appointed as the Robert F. Beck Collegiate Professor of Engineering effective March 1st, 2022 through February 28th, 2027. The Robert F. Beck Collegiate Professorship in Engineering was established in February 2022 to honor Robert F. Beck, a former faculty member.
This appointment was approved by the Regents at their March meeting.
In 2013, Professor Dong joined the University of Michigan faculty as a professor. In addition to his faculty appointments here, he is the program director for the Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering in the Integrative Systems and Design Program. Program Dong’s research and teaching interests include integrated multi-scale modeling and reduced-order analysis methods for the design and manufacture of advanced lightweight and high-performance structures. A particular emphasis is placed on novel computational methods for modeling advanced material joining and metal additive manufacturing processes and their impacts on final structural performance, e.g., fatigue and fracture control strategies.
Professor Dong’s research activities had led to the development of a number of new graduate-level courses over recent years including (1) Fatigue of Structures (2) Residual Stresses and Distortions in Modern Manufacturing (3) Defect Assessment for Marine Structures.
Some of Professor Dong’s research outcomes have been adopted by the ASME Division 2 and API 579/ASME FFS-1 Codes and Standards mandated by over 50 countries worldwide. Professor Dong has published over 260 peer-reviewed papers in archive journals and major conferences. He has received numerous prestigious national and international honors and awards. In addition, Professor Dong is also a fellow of the ASME, AWS, and IIW.