Texas Tech Researcher Receives Outstanding Manufacturing Award
June 26, 2009
An industrial engineering researcher awarded Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer
A Texas Tech University industrial engineering researcher is one of six recipients
of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) 2009 John G. Bollinger Outstanding
Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.
Iris Rivero, an associate professor and advisor of the Texas Tech’s Manufacturing
and Design Research Group, works in industrial and manufacturing engineering and has
been awarded more than $350,000 in grants. One of her recent projects includes designing
a mass production process to fabricate carbon nanotubes composites with repeatable
She has participated as a faculty fellow at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and
has worked on funded projects from NASA, the Department of Energy, and SME. She also
is the recipient of several awards, including Texas Tech’s Alumni Association’s New
Faculty Award in 2006.
In addition to her research, Rivero teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in
advanced manufacturing processes and nondestructive testing.
Her industrial experience includes developing advanced manufacturing systems and materials
at Detroit Diesel Corp. and Honeywell Engines & Systems.
The award is given in recognition of significant achievements and leadership in the
field of manufacturing engineering as a young engineer, and named in honor of John
Bollinger for his lifelong contributions to manufacturing and long-time support of
Rivero received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in industrial and manufacturing
engineering from Penn State. Her research interests include nanomaterials, manufacturing
processes, biomedical engineering, and nondestructive testing.
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CONTACT: Iris V. Rivero, associate professor, College of Engineering, Texas Tech University,
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