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Yiming Rong, Chinese manufacturing engineering educator.


Rong, Yiming was born on September 3, 1958 in Harbin, China. Arrived in the United States, 1985. Son of Yanmo Rong and Kunyi Shen.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Harbin University of Science & Technology, 1981. Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 1984. Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, University Wisconsin, 1987.

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University Kentucky, 1989.


Instructor Tsinghua University, Beijing, 1984—1985. Postdoctoral research associate University Kentucky, Lexington, 1990. Assistant professor manufacturing system Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1990—1996, associate professor manufacturing system, 1996—1998.

Associate professor, manufacturing engineer Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, 1998—2003, Higgins professor, since 2002, associate director manufacturing and materials engineering program, since 2004. Founder, director Worcester Polytechnic Institute, HUST Senior Project Center, since 2006. Faculty research associate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, 1995.

Visiting associate professor University Illinois, Urbana, 1996. Adjunct professor Dalian University of Technology, China, since 2000, Harbin University of Science & Technology, since 1996, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China, since 1998, Wuhan University, since 2004, Tokyo Danki University, 2005. Adjunct associate professor Tsinghua University, Beijing, 1994—1996.

Established Worcester Polytechnic Institute-China Senior Project Center in Mechanical Engineering, 2006.


  • Achievements include development of first comprehensive computer-automated modular and dedicated fixture design techniques and systems. Development of tolerance analysis method for manufacturing and assembly processes with multiple setups. Development of automated setup and fixture planning technique and system.

    Development of of fixture design analysis and verification technique. Exploration of flexible fixturing with phase-change materials. Modeling of machining chip formation/breaking and heat treatment processes.

    Modeling and simulation of induction hardening processes. Development of computerized heat treatment planning systems CHT-bf, CHT-cf and CHT-qlt.



President Chinese Friendship Association, Lexington, 1988—1989. Faculty advisor Chinese Students and Scholars Association, 2002—2004, Chinese Students Association, since 2002. Fellow: American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Member: Heat Treating Society, American Society Metals, Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, American Society Engineering Education, Society Manufacturing Engineers.


Married Jiaoshi Dong, June 12, 1984. 1 child Zhixin (Blake).

Yanmo Rong

Kunyi Shen

Jiaoshi Dong

Zhixin Rong (Blake)