Texas Tech University

Engineer Named One of SME's 2018 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers

Amanda Bowman

April 13, 2018


Changxue Xu’s work was recognized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Changxue Xu, an assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, has been named one of 18 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers in the world by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

“I feel really honored to receive this award because SME is very prestigious,” Xu said. “It's an international society, so the recipients are not just from North America, they're from all over the world. The Young Manufacturing Engineer award acknowledges your contributions in the manufacturing community as a young manufacturing engineer.”

In order to receive the award, recipients must be 35 years old or younger and have to be nominated by two senior-level faculty members. Xu was nominated by his doctoral adviser from the University of Florida, Yong Huang, a professor in the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, as well as by Texas Tech's Hong-Chao Zhang, the E.L. Derr professor in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering.

“This is wonderful news,” Zhang said. “This is the highest award for young manufacturing engineers and manufacturing researchers. The people who receive this award are world-leading researchers, and their research results are shared worldwide. The nomination is based on his achievements, and he has done very good research in the area of biology and 3-D printing. The award is a great benefit for his career development and shows he has the potential to be very successful.”

Xu's work and research focuses on the manufacturing processes of bio-fabrication and bioprinting of 3-D blood vessels, which you can read about here.

Bryan Norman, chairman in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering, praised Xu for his work that earned him this achievement.

“Changxue is conducting cutting-edge research in biomanufacturing, and his research has the potential to have a significant impact for many people,” Norman said. “We are very proud of his efforts and look forward to the exciting future ahead of him.”

Xu will receive his award at a lunch banquet June 18-22 at the 46th North American Research Conference in College Station.

About the Society of Manufacturing Engineers

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has supported the manufacturing industry for more than 85 years. SME works closely with manufacturing professionals, companies, educators, schools and communities. SME shares knowledge and resources that generate solutions to manufacturing industry challenges and publishes Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which first began as Tool Engineer in 1935.

For more information, visit the SME website.