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Zhang, Guangming

Guangming Zhang
Associate Professor
Keystone Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Joint Appt., Institute for Systems Research
2104A Glenn L. Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

  • Manufacturing systems
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Dynamics of mechanical structures
  • Engineering statistics
  • Computer engineering


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986

Honors and Awards 

  • Clark School's Poole and Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Senior Faculty, 2004

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems
  • Member, Executive Committee, Region 3 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Selected Publications 


  • Zhang, G.M., "Engineering Design and Pro/ENGINEER," College House Enterprises, LLC, 3rd edition, 2000.
  • Zhang, G.M., Y. Cao, and D. Rekow, “A Computational Approach to Evaluate Surface Integrity of Glass Ceramics,” Trans. Of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute of the SME, Vol. 28, pp. 279-284, 2000.
  • Cao, Y. and G.M. Zhang, “A Study on Multiple Crack Initiation and Growth in Glass Ceramics Loaded by a Sphere,” Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Issue 67, No. 3, pp. 277-292, 2000.


  • Rebeck E. and G.M. Zhang, “A Method for Evaluating the Stiffness of a Hexapod Machine Tool Support Structure,” International Journal of Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing, Vol. 7, pp. 149-165, 1999.
  • Zhang, G.M. and L. Qi, “NC Machining to Fabricate Dental Crowns Using Glass Ceramics,” International Journal of Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing, Vol. 7, pp. 167-183, 1999.

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