Professor Placid Matthew Ferreira

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Title Department Head and Tungchao Julia Lu Professor
Department Mechanical Science and Engineering
Biography

Dr. Ferreira is the Tungchao Julia Lu Professor of the Deparment of Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois since 2009. He served as department head for 6 years until 2016. From 2003 to 2009, he was the director of the Center for Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS), an NSF-sponsored Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. He graduated with a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1987, M.Tech (Mechanical) from IIT Bombay, 1982 and B.E. (Mechanical) for University of Bombay in 1980. He has been on the mechanical engineering faculty at Illinois since 1987, serving as the associate head for graduate programs and research from 1999 to 2002. He is the recipient of the ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award and a fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and North American Manufacturing Research Institute.

Education

  • Ph.D. IE Purdue University 1987
  • M.Tech. ME Indian Institute of Tech., Bombay 1982
  • B.E. ME University of Bombay 1980

Academic Positions

  • Tungchao Julia Lu Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, 2013-date
  • Affiliate, Micro-Nanotechnology Laboratory, UIUC, 2009-date
  • Department Head, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2009-date
  • Director, Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems-NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (Nano-CEMMS), 2003-2010
  • Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, 2003-2008, 2008-2013
  • Associate Head for Graduate Programs, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UIUC, Jan. 21, 1999-2002
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UIUC, Aug. 21, 1998-date
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UIUC, Aug. 21, 1993-1998
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UIUC, Aug. 21, 1987-1993

Research Honors

  • NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper Award, North American Manufacturing Research Conference, 2016
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014
  • Ennor Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2014
  • Tungchao Julia Lu Professorship, Mechanical Science and Engineering, 2014-present
  • NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper Award, North American Manufacturing Research Conference, 2012
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2013
  • Fellow, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2011
  • Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professorship, Mechanical Science and Engineering, 2013-2014
  • Invited Guest Professor, Controls Engineering Department, Chalmers University, Gothenberg, Sweden, Summer 1999
  • University Scholar, UIUC, 1995
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1991
  • Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1990

Other Honors

  • Lord Sydenham Science Prize, Bombay, India, 1980
  • National Merit Scholarship, Government of India, 1978
  • Merit Certificates for Academics, 1980, 1979, 1978, University of Bombay, for ranking in the top five students at University

Teaching Honors

  • Education Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2015
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, College of Engineering, UIUC, 1997, 2008
  • Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Advising, College of Engineering, UIUC, 1990
  • Listed in the Daily Illini “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students” for Spring 1990, Spring 1992
Email pferreir@nospam59c7d097d3ed5.illinois.edu
Office 144 Mechanical Engineering Bldg
1206 W Green St.
Urbana, IL, 61801