Dr. Zheng-Dong Ma - Founder, President, Chief Engineer

Dr. Zheng-Dong Ma has more than 20 years of experience in the modeling, analysis, simulation, and design of mechanical and structural systems. He received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University, Japan in 1989. From April 1989 to November 1990, he was a research fellow at the Vehicle Laboratory, Central Laboratories, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, where he worked on developing new NVH analysis and design methods for improving vehicle structure designs.

After joining the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, he has conducted numerous projects for the Army, Air Force, and automotive industry. He has written and co-written over one hundred research papers and has received five best paper awards, including the Sawaragi Merit Award from Japan Association of Automatic Control Engineers (1988), the JSME Best Paper Award from Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (1991), the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award from SAE (1991), and the Best Paper Award from Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (1995), and Best Paper Award from ASME Advanced Automotive Technologies (2003). He has also received the Outstanding Research Scientist Award for the Year 2004-2005 from the College of Engineering at U of M. He has taught several short courses and has given presentations at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Ma's current research responsibilities at MKP Inc. include the development of fundamental methodologies for Function-Oriented Material Design for innovative structural concepts and advanced engineered materials. He is also directing a number of military and industry projects, including Optimal Design of Lightweight and High-Performance Structures for Future Fuel-Efficient Army and Commercial Ground Vehicles, Structurally Efficient Composite Concepts for Future Military Air Vehicles, etc.

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