Faculty/Staff Profile

Kenneth R Currie, Ph.D., M.S., B.S. Industrial Engineering

Director

Highest Degree University: West Virginia University
Department: Center for Manufacturing Research
Brown Hall (BRWN) 222
PO Box: 5077
(931) 372-3362

Director of the Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR) with full responsibilities for budgeting, personnel development, and long-term strategic planning.

-       The CMR has 15 FTE employees including three tenure-track faculty members that were recruited and hired according to the CMR’s strategic plan and subsequently mentored within the CMR but have tenure and rank in academic departments.

-      A state appropriated budget of $1.45 million per year used for personnel, travel, equipment, and graduate student support.

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Professional Expertise:

Lean Product Development, Design for Life Cycle Cost Minimization, Facilities Design, and Product/Process Simulation.

Recent Works/Projects Accomplished:

  1. PI of Phases 3 & 4, Co-PI of Phase 2 and primary coordinator for Phase 1 of the Advanced Portable Power Institute (a total of $4.5 million from DoD). The Advanced Portable Power Institute (APPI) is a synergistic partnership led by Tennessee Technological University (TTU), with Vanderbilt University (VU), and the International Technology Center (ITC) as contributing members and partners. Tennessee Tech’s contributions are primarily in the areas of fuel cells and batteries, including emphasis on issues related to the use of JP-8 in portable power applications. (2006 – 2011)
  2. Primary author and Co-PI of the DOE funded Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) for conducting energy assessments for small and medium-sized manufacturers in TN, GA, AR, and portions of NC, WV, and VA ($1,500,000 over five years). The Tennessee 3-Star IAC is a collaborative program with satellite centers at University of Memphis and East Tennessee State University and involves training of students to perform energy, productivity, and waste minimization assessments. (2011-Present)
  3. Co-PI of DOE funded grant ($3.0 million over three years with $1.5 million from DOE) entitled, “In-Situ, Real Time Monitoring and Control of Mold Making and Filling Processes ” This is an interdisciplinary research project to introduce technologies for real time characterization of sand molds, lost foam patterns and monitoring of the mold filling process for the metal casting industries. This is a collaborative project that includes ORNL, General Motors, and thirteen other industry partners. (2004-2010).
  4. Faculty Investigator and prime author of NSF grant with Dr. Glen Johnson (PI), “Expanding Innovation Opportunities in Tennessee” ($579,000 over three years) to systematically connect the knowledge-discovery process that occurs at universities and federally managed laboratories in the State of Tennessee with the development and license of new products and services that will enhance economic development, provide jobs, and create new wealth. Partners on the grant included five Tennessee Board of Regent institutions, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, biotechnology industry representation, and the general counsel’s office of the TBR. (2000-2004). As an offshoot of this project, served as Co-PI of a prototype development project ($111,100) funded by TechWerks, LLC in support of the Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy of the Veteran’s Administration. The project utilized intellectual property from TTU to develop an Automated Prescription Verification System to reduce costs and increase quality assurance of mail order medications. (2003-2005).
  5. Co-PI of a National Science Foundation grant ($364,000 over three yrs.) to examine measurement, control, and forecasting of new product development costs. Industrial collaborators included Saturn, The Aerostructures Corp., and Northrop Grumman, ESSD. Results of this study were a model of factors that influence costs of new product development and a paradigm of "Lean" product development incorporated within an electronic engineering notebook (1996-1999).
  6. PI of externally funded research to determine the root cause of missed and incorrect assembly operations at both Saturn Corporation and Lennox International. Statistical correlations were identified between task-related factors and the incidence of missed operations. In addition, rule induction techniques were examined to develop assembly rules for better job design. (Summers 1996, 1998)

Dr. Kenneth R. Currie Publications

Refereed Journal & Transaction Publications

  1. Ting, K., Xue, C., Wang, J., and Currie, K.R., “Stretch Rotation and Complete Mobility Identification of Watt Six-Bar Chains,” Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 44, No. 10, 1 October 2009, pp. 1877-1886.
  2. Won, Y. and Currie, K.R., “Fuzzy ART/RRR-RSS: a two-phase neural network algorithm for part-machine grouping in cellular manufacturing,” International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 45, No. 9, 1 May 2007, pp. 2073-2104.
  3. Han, Q., Sklad, P., Dinwiddie, R., Walford, G., Nolan, D., and Currie, K. R., “Comparison of Lost Foam Casting of AM60B Alloy and A356 Alloy,”, Transactions of the American Foundry Society and Proceedings of the 111 th Metalcasting Congress, Houston, TX, May 2007.
  4. Hong, J., Fang, B. Wang, C., and Currie, K.R., “Intrinsic borohydride fuel cell/battery hybrid power sources,”, Journal of Power Sources Vol. 161 (2006), pp. 753-760.
  5. Won, Y. and Currie, K. R., "An Effective P-median Model Considering Production Factors in Machine Cell/Part Family Formation," Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2006.
  6. Currie, K.R., Walford, G., Abdelrahman, M.A., Vondra, F., and Renfro, M., “Flask and Methodology for Lost Foam Casting Under a Controlled Environment,”, Transactions of the American Foundry Society and the Proceedings of the 109 th Metalcasting Congress, St. Louis, MO, April 2005.
  7. Won, Y. and Currie, K.R., “Efficient P-Median Mathematical Programming Approaches to Machine-Part Grouping in Group Technology Manufacturing”, Engineering Optimization, Vol. 36, No. 5, pp. 555-573, Oct. 2004.
  8. Kattan, I. A., Venkatesh, V.C., and Currie, K.R., “A Comparative Study of the Effect of Tool Geometry With Negative SCEAs on Machining Parameters”, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 909-938, April, 1, 1998.
  9. McGeough, J. A. and Currie, K.R., Guest Editors, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 12th International Conference Proceedings on Computer Aided Production Engineering, Cookeville, TN, Elsevier Press, Vol 61, Nos. 1-2, Aug, 1996.
  10. Kattan, I.A. and Currie, K. R., “Developing New Trends of Cutting Tool Geometry”, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 12th International Conference Proceedings on Computer Aided Production Engineering, Cookeville, TN, Elsevier Press, Vol 61, Nos. 1-2, pp 231-237, Aug, 1996.
  11. Ress, D. A. and Currie, K.R., “Self-Directed Control of a Discovery System for Chemical Compound Properties”, Intelligent Engineering Systems Through Artificial Neural Networks, Vol. 5, ASME Press, Eds. Dagli, Akay, Chen, Fernandez, and Ghosh, 1995 Artificial Neural Networks in Engineering Conference, November 12-15, 1995, St. Louis, MO., pp. 835-840.
  12. Currie, K.R., LeClair, S. R., and Patterson, O., “Self-Improving Process Control for Molecular Beam Epitaxy”, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Special Issue on Neural Networks in Design and Manufacturing, Springer-Verlag, Vol. 8, No. 2, April 1993, pp. 244-251.
  13. Rao, B.V. and Currie, K.R., “The Inversion Problem in Neural Networks”, Intelligent Engineering Systems Through Artificial Neural Networks, Vol. 2, ASME Press, Eds. Dagli, Burke, Shin, 1992 Artificial Neural Networks in Engineering Conference, November, 1992, St. Louis, MO., pp. 921-926
  14. Currie, K.R. and Creese, R. C., “Justification of Cellular Manufacturing Using Multi-Attribute Part Family Loading-MAPFLO”, Justification Methods for Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Parsaei, Ward, & Karwowski (eds.), Elseveir Press, April, 1990, pp. 203-219.
  15. “Center for Manufacturing Research,” Tennessee’s Business, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 19-23, 2003.

Reports

  1. "Making a Difference for Tennessee Industries", Annual Report 2007-2008, Center for Manufacturing Research. (with D. Wiegand)
  2. "Dual-Use Research", Annual Report 2006-2007, Center for Manufacturing Research. (with D. Wiegand and E. Porter)
  3. "Powering the Future of Manufacturing", Annual Report 2005-2006, Center for Manufacturing Research. (with D. Wiegand and E. Porter)
  4. "Center of Excellence Five-Year Self Study Report", Center for Manufacturing Research, College of Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, August 2005.
  5. "Exploring New Frontiers in Manufacturing", Annual Report 2003-2004, Center for Manufacturing Research. (with D. Wiegand and E. Porter)
  6. “Putting Technology to Work for Tennessee”, Annual Report 2002-2003, Center for Manufacturing Research. (with D. Wiegand and E. Porter)
  7. “Strengthening the Foundation for the Future", Annual Report 2001-2002, Center for Manufacturing Research, August 2002. (with D. Wiegand, E. Porter)
  8. "Casting a Vision for the Future", Annual Report 2000-2001, Center for Manufacturing Research. (with D. Wiegand and E. Porter)

Dr. Kenneth R. Currie Presentations

  1. Currie, K.R ., Han, Q., Abdelrahman, M., and Droke, J., “ Characterization of AM60B Magnesium Castings Using a Counter Gravity (Hitchiner) Lost Foam Casting Process ,” Magnesium Technology 2008 a Symposium of the 2008 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Mar. 10 – 12, 2008, New Orleans, LA.
  2. Ting, K.L., Xue C., Wang, J., and Currie, K.R., “General Mobility Identification and Rectification of Watt Six-Bar Linkages,” Proceedings of the 2007 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE), Sept. 4-7, 2007, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  3. Xue, C., Currie, K.R., Ting K.L., and Liu, J., “Application of Gröebner Basis on Profile Inspection,” 43rd Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, Aug. 13-16, 2006, University Park, PA.
  4. Xue, C. and Currie, K.R., “Rapid Technology Assessment Methodology (RTAM): A Decision Support System for Allocating Technology Investments,” Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET’ 05), Portland, USA, Aug. 2005.
  5. Zhou, L. and Currie, K.R., “Uncertainty Analysis in the Preliminary Design Stage for a Robust Multidisciplinary Methodology,” 10 th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Albany, NY, August 2004.
  6. Currie, K.R., and Burnham, J., “Lean Product Development”, Lean Management Solutions Conference, St. Louis, MO, Sept 2001, pp. 125-134.
  7. Williamson, K., Currie, K.R., and Agrawalla, A. J., "A Statistical Study of the Factors that Affect Errors", 8 th Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Phoenix, AZ, May, 1999.
  8. Krishnakumar, S. and Currie, K.R., "Part Family Formation Using an Intelligent Grouping System", 2 nd International Conference Proceedings on Engineering Design and Automation, Maui, HI, Aug, 1998.
  9. Balakrishnan, V. and Currie, K.R., "Development of a Framework for an Electronic Engineering Notebook", 2 nd International Conference Proceedings on Engineering Design and Automation, Maui, HI, Aug, 1998.
  10. Kattan, I.A. and Currie, K. R., “Implementation of Process Capability Index Cpm: A Case Study on Quality of Surface Finish”, 46 th International IIE Conference Proceedings, Nashville, TN, pp 104-112, May, 1995.
  11. Burnham, J.M., Currie, K.R., Langley, K. and Pickett, G., “BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., South Central Bell - Tennessee State Organization”, First National Conference on Business and Engineering Education, Business and Engineering Case Development Workshop, Auburn University, April, 1994
  12. Currie, K.R. and Maddenini, S., “Rule Generation Using Inductive Concept Learning”, 2 nd Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Los Angeles, CA, May 1993, pp. 725-729.
  13. Ress, D.A. and Currie, K.R., “Development of an Expert System for Scheduling Man Hours in a Job Shop Environment”, 15th Annual CIEC, March 8-10, 1993, Cocoa Beach, FL.
  14. Currie, K.R., LeClair, S. R., and Patterson, O., “Self-Directed, Self-Improving Process Control of a Molecular Beam Epitaxy Process”, 1992 International Federation of Automatic Control Workshop on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Proceedings, Eds. Judd & Kheir, October, 1992, Dearborn, MI., pp. 83-87.
  15. Currie, K.R. , “An Intelligent Grouping Algorithm for Cellular Manufacturing”, 14th Conference Computers and Industrial Engineering, March 9-11, 1992, Cocoa Beach, FL.
  16. “Rapid Technology Assessment Methodology (RTAM): A Decision Support System for Allocating Technology Investments,” Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET’ 05), Portland, USA, July 31 – August 4, 2005. (with C. Xue).

Expertise

Engineering Design
Engineering » Manufacturing Engineering

Measurement, control, and forecasting of new product development costs. Research results included a model of factors that influence costs of new product development and a paradigm of "Lean" product development incorporated within an electronic engineering notebook Additional research conducted into cost driver and parametric cost models early in the requirements generation phase of design in order to influence the reduction of life cycle costs of advanced space systems products.

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