Associate Professor, Brigham Young University
Yuri Hovanski is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Brigham Young University. He earned a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University, and then completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Washington State University. Working as a senior research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he actively participated as a member of the American Welding Society, American Society of Materials, TMS, and SAE. Participating in these professional societies, he serves on various committees and in organizational committee and division leadership roles. Having participated in research related to friction stir technologies for nearly two decades, Dr. Hovanski has focused on the development of low-cost solutions to facilitate industrial application of friction stir welding. Some of his contributions include: introducing cost efficient solutions for thermal telemetry, development of low-cost injection molded tooling for friction stir spot welding, development of high speed friction stir welding for high volume production, and inventing friction stir scribe technology to enable effective means of joining dissimilar materials. His collaborative research efforts with others throughout the world have led to numerous advancements in closed-loop control and real-time defect detection. The merger of these efforts in intelligent manufacturing processes with the smart factory has been the focus of his most recent research efforts. Actively reviewing literature related to industrial implementation of joining technologies for more than a dozen publications, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications documenting his work.
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