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Zhenyu "James" Kong

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Zhenyu "James" Kong

James Kong
Zhenyu "James" Kong
201 Durham Hall
(MC 0118)
1145 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Research Areas

Main Area: Manufacturing Systems Engineering

  • Real-time sensing, advanced analytics, and process monitoring/control for smart manufacturing.
  • Modeling, synthesis, and diagnosis for large and complex manufacturing systems.
  • Applications of machine learning for manufacturing and service systems.
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 1995
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 1993
  • Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 08/2019 - present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 08/2013 – 08/2019
  • Associate Professor, School of Industrial Engineering and Management, Oklahoma State University, 07/2012 – 08/2013
  • Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Engineering and Management, Oklahoma State University, 08/2006 - 06/2012
  • Senior Research Engineer, Dimensional Control Systems, Troy, Michigan, 07/2004 - 07/2006
  • Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 09/2000 - 07/2004
  • Research Fellow, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 11/1998 - 09/2000
  • ISE 6284:  Advanced Topics in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • ISE 5984:  Sensing and Data Analytics for Complex Systems
  • ISE 4984:  Data Analytics in Manufacturing and Service Systems
  • ISE 4404:  Statistical Quality Control
  • ISE 4264:  Industrial Automation
  • ISE 3214:  Facilities and Logistics
  • ISE 2214:  Manufacturing Process Laboratory

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  1. Shen, B., Xie, W., and Kong, Z.J., 2020, Clustered Discriminant Regression for High Dimensional Data Feature Extraction and its Application in Additive Manufacturing, accepted by IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering.
  2. Liu, C., Kong, Z.J., Babu, B., Joslin, C., and Ferguson, J., 2020, An Integrated Manifold Learning Approach and its Application for Online Process Monitoring of Additive Manufacturing, accepted by IISE Transactions.
  3. Liu, J.P., Zheng, J., Rao, P. and Kong, Z.J., 2020. Machine learning–driven in situ process monitoring with vibration frequency spectra for chemical mechanical planarization. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, pp.1-16, DOI:10.1007/s00170-020-06165-1.
  4. David Garcia, D., Hartley, W.D., Hunter A.R., Griffiths, R.J., Wang, R., Kong, Z.J., Zhu, Y., and Yu, H., 2020, “In situ investigation into temperature evolution and heat generation during additive friction stir deposition: A comparative study of Cu and Al-Mg-Si,” Additive Manufacturing. Vol. 34, p.101386, DOI: 10.1016/j.addma.2020.101386.
  5. Haring, P. A., Singh, M., Koh, M., Cesewski, E., Dillard, D. A., Kong, Z. J., and Johnson, B. N., 2020, “Real-time characterization of hydrogel viscoelastic properties and solgel phase transitions using cantilever sensors,” Journal of Rheology, Vol. 6, No., 4, pp. 837-850.

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  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Department of Energy/Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Transportation
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Fellow of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
  • Member of Institute for Operation Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
  • Member of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Finalist of the Best Paper Award, Quality Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Section, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Nov. 8-11, 2020.
  • Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), 2020.
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, Spring 2019.
  • APM Outstanding Faculty Award, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Spring 2018.
  • Best Paper Award, IISE Transactions (Quality & Reliability Engineering), 2018 (paper J13 in Sec. VII).
  • Best Paper award, Quality Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Section, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, USA, October 22-25, 2017 (paper C2 in Sec. VII).
  • Best Paper Award, Division of Quality Control and Reliability Engineering (QCRE), IISE Annual Research Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, May 21-23, 2017 (paper C5 in Sec. VII).
  • Best Applications Paper Honorable Mention Designation, IISE Transactions (Design and Manufacturing), 2017 (paper J14 in Sec. VII).
  • Best Applications Paper Honorable Mention Designation, IISE Transactions (Quality and Reliability Engineering), 2017 (paper J18 in Sec. VII).
  • Best Applications Paper Honorable Mention Designation, IISE Transactions (Quality and Reliability Engineering), 2015 (paper J24 in Sec. VII).
  • Research featured by ISE Magazine, Vol. 51, No. 1, January 2019 (paper J3 in Sec. VII).
  • Research featured by ISE Magazine, Vol. 48, No. 9, September 2016 (paper J13 in Sec. VII).
  • Research featured by ISE Magazine, Vol. 47, No. 10, September 2015 (paper J18 in Sec. VII).
  • Research featured by ISE Magazine, Vol. 46, No. 9, September 2014 (paper J24 in Sec. VII).
  • Halliburton Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University, 2013
  • Richard S and Harriet K. Fein Scholarship, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004

2018 Undergraduate Research Award winners presented at Senior Symposium (June 2018)

Dr. James Kong receives U.S. Navy Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative award (June 2018)

ISE faculty and students earn multiple honors and awards from IISE (May 2018)

2018 ISE Outstanding Faculty and GTA recipients announced (May 2018)

Hrayer Aprahamian, Sophia Ulman, and Rongxuan Wang earned Torgersen Graduate Research Awards (May 2018)

Chenang Liu nominated as finalist for 2018 IISE QCRE Best Student Paper Competition (April 2018)

Andrew Law wins 2018 Outstanding Master’s Student award from the College of Engineering (April 2018)

ISE department announces Ph.D. and M.S. Student of the Year award winners (March 2018)

Dr. James Kong awarded Diversity and Inclusion Seed grant for additive manufacturing quality control research (February 2018)

With seed funding, faculty build new research partnerships (January 2018)

ISE faculty and students receive multiple awards at INFORMS Annual Meeting (October 2017)

Drs. Navid Ghaffarzadegan and Divya Srinivasan receive ISCE Scholars Awards (August 2017)

Dr. James Kong and his Students Receive Multiple Paper Awards at IISE Annual Conference (May 2017)

2017 Senior Design Award winning teams recognized (May 2017)

Dr. James Kong as Co-Chair of ISERC at 2016 IIE Annual Conference & Expo (March 2016)

Dr. James Kong received Honorable Mention in Best Applications Paper Competition of IIE Transactions: Quality and Reliability Engineering (January 2016)

Kaveh Bastani was Finalist for QSR Best Student Paper Award at INFORMS 2015 (November 2015)