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Kornel F. Ehmann

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A215
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-3263Email Kornel Ehmann


Advanced Manufacturing Lab


Mechanical Engineering


Master of Science in Robotics Program


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1979 

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1974

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1970

Research Interests

Micro/meso-scale manufacturing; precision engineering; machine tool dynamics and control; material removal processes; automation and robotics

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • Fellow of SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers)
  • Distinguished Honorary Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India

Significant Professional Service

  • James N. and Nancy J. Farley Professor in Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
  • Adjunct Chair Professor, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li, Taiwan
  • Past President of NAMRI/SME (North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME)
  • Past Chair of the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME
  • Technical Editor: Trans. ASME - Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering
  • Editorial Board: SME Journal of Manufacturing Processes
  • Editorial Board: Int. Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture

Selected Publications

  • Cao, Jian; Ehmann, Kornel F.; Gao, Robert X.; Ng, Man-Kwan; Li, Lanyun, “Joining sheet metals by electrically-assisted roll bonding”, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, (2015)
  • Ehmann, Kornel F.; Tanovic, Ljubodrag M.; Mladenovi?, Goran M., “Tool path generation for milling of free form surfaces with feedrate scheduling”, FME Transactions, (2015)
  • Ehmann, Kornel; Zhang, Chen; Li, Yingguang, “Analysis of cutting forces in the ultrasonic elliptical vibration-assisted micro-groove turning process”, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, (2015)
  • Ehmann, Kornel; Malukhin, Kostyantyn, “Model of a NiTi shape memory alloy actuator”, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, (2015)
  • Ehmann, Kornel; Saxena, Ishan; Cao, Jian, “High throughput microfabrication using laser induced plasma in saline aqueous medium”, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, (2015)
  • Guo, Ping; Ehmann, Kornel F.; Zhang, Chen; Li, Yingguang, “Ultrasonic elliptical vibration-assisted micro-groove turning”, Key Engineering Materials, (2015)
  • Guo, Ping; Ehmann, Kornel F.; Zhang, Chen; Li, Yingguang, “Turning of microgrooves both with and without aid of ultrasonic elliptical vibration”, Materials and Manufacturing Processes, (2015)
  • Ehmann, Kornel; Saxena, Ishan; Cao, Jian, “Laser-induced plasma in aqueous media: Numerical simulation and experimental validation of spatial and temporal profiles”, Applied Optics, (2014)

In the Classroom

Professor Ehmann teaches courses in the areas of design and manufacturing, in particular, Introduction to Design and Manufacturing and one or more of the courses in the Computer Integrated Manufacturing sequence, i.e., Manufacturing Processes, CAD/CAM, and Manufacturing Automation. All these courses heavily rely on regular hands-on laboratory exercises with state-of-the-art software and industrial quality equipment that go well beyond typical laboratory experiences. 

Professor Ehmann also teaches courses at the graduate level. These include: (a) Computer Control in Manufacturing, which emphasizes the use of digital and adaptive control methods for process and motion control in a variety of machine tools and robots; (b) Metal Cutting, in which the mechanics of material removal processes, their stability, and pragmatic implementation are studied; and (c) Micro-manufactuting, which focuses on the emerging field of miniaturization technologies through the consideration of the associated design, processing, and metrology issues.