Funded Projects & Awards

Secured research funding as PI/Co-PI total : $5,561,500 (cost-share included)

  1. In-situ Nondestructive Evaluation of In-flight Particle Dynamics and Intrinsic Properties for Thermal Spray Repairs
    (Sep 24, 2019 – Sep 25, 2021; $200k)
  2. Feasibility Study of 3D Printing of Concrete for Transportation Infrastructures
    (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019; $49,991; Collaborated with Drs. Kejin Wang, Simon Laflamme, Sri Sritharan, and Peter Taylor)
  3. Investigation of Correlations behind Point Cloud Data between Structure Light Scanning System and Depth from Defocus System for Surface Roughness Analysis
    (Jan 1, 2019 – May 30, 2019; $14,847; Collaborated with Dr. Qing Li)
  4. An Origami Structural Design for Pipeline Rehabilitation (May 15, 2019 – July 31, 2019; $7,800)
  5. Integrating Online Modules and Virtual Reality into Teaching of Hands-On Manufacturing Courses (Jun 6, 2019 – July 31, 2020; $21,019; Collaborated with Dr. Beiwen Li)
  6. Data Analytics Proposal: Statistical approaches for firearms and toolmark identification – 3D surface topography comparison methods in forensics (Aug 15, 2019 – Dec 31, 2010; $14,847; Collaborated with Dr. Qing Li)
  7. Engineering-LAS Learning Development Grant: Engineering-LAS Online (ELO) Course of IE 248 Engineering System Design, Manufacturing Processes and Specifications (Jan 18, 2020 – June 30, 2021; $9,000)
  8. Advanced Radiography Inspection of Plastic Pipes for the Natural Gas Industry, Northeast Gas Association, (Jan 2020 – May 2021; Graduate Student Support X.Jiang, L.Jiang; PI C-P Chiou and Z. Zhang)
  9. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Fellowship Award (July 2020 – Dec 2020; $19,992; Awarded to PhD student X. Zhang)
  10. MRI – Acquisition of Photonic Professional Nanoscribe Instrument; (Aug 16, 2020 – Aug 15, 2022; Total $614,251; NSF $429,975; Abstract click here; Collaborated with PI L. Dong, Drs. M. Lu, S. Mallapragada, V. Dalal)
  11. Nanomaterials for Advanced Manufacturing and Aeronautics (NAMA), NASA – Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) Base Program, (July 1st, 2020 – June 21, 2024; $209,071; Collaborated with Drs. Shan Jiang and Liming Xiong)
  12. Biodegradable Support Materials for 3D Printing, Phase-I, Regents Innovation Fund, Iowa Economic Development appropriations to the Board of Regents, (Aug 2020 – May 2021; $68,500; Collaborated with Dr. Xiaolei Shi and Mr. Zhan Zhang)
  13. In-line NDE of Metal Powder Quality for Direct Energy Deposition, Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Sponsored Research, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, (09/01/2020 – 02/28/2022; $100k; Collaborated with Drs. Beiwen Li, Mohammad Tayeb Al Qaseer, Reza Zoughi)
  14. An Origami Structural Design for Natural Gas Pipeline Rehabilitation, Iowa Energy Center, (09/2020 – 09/2022; $266,720, Match funds $75,132, total $341,852; Collaborated with Dr. Gul Kremer and Mr. Zhan Zhang)
  15. Improve Battery Energy Efficiency Via Structural Design and 3D Printing for Electric Vehicles, Iowa Energy Center, (09/2020 – 09/2022; $244,698, Match funds $65,384, total $310,082; Collaborated with Drs. Shan Jiang, Shan Hu)
  16. Storing Excess Solar/Wind Electricity as Biorenewable Fuels by Electrocatalytic Biomass Conversion, Iowa Energy Center, (09/2020 – 09/2022; $239,227, Match funds $64,768, total $303,995; Collaborated with Drs. Shan Jiang, Shan Hu, Xianglan Bai)
  17. Process Control of Electrohydrodynamic Inkjet Printing, NASA Iowa EPSCoR Research Building Seed Grant, (09/18/2020 – 09/24/2020; $45,900; Collaborated with Dr. Shan Jiang)
  18. Miller Faculty Fellowship 2021; Enhance Lab Learning Through a New OPERA (Online Platform for Equipment and Remote Assistance) System; ($21,050; Collaborated with Drs. Shan Jiang, Ann Gansemer-Topf, Greg Curtzwiler, Xiaolei Shi, and Lingyao Yuan).
  19. Machine learning-guided electrohydrodynamic inkjet for infrared spectrum metasurface and high-density interconnect manufacturing, SEMI-FlexTech FT19-21-207, (07/01/2021 – 12/31/2022; $847,847; ISU share: $400k; Collaborated with Drs. Shan Jiang, J. Devin MacKenzie, Zhan Zhang, Don Davis, and Kazuhiro Murata)
  20. Multi-energy/spectral microCT development with X-ray photon counting detector (PCD), Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Sponsored Research, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, (09/01/2021 – 09/01/2022; $100k; Collaborated with Zhan Zhang and Scott Wendt)
  21. In-situ monitoring and prediction of melting pool temperature in Direct Energy Deposition via thermal imaging and novel data analytic tools, ISU-IMSE, exploratory research project, (08/15/2021 – 01/14/2022; $10,000; Collaborated with Drs Qing Li and Leon Liao)
  22. Zero-G parabolic flight tests: 3D printing of flexible electronics for in-space manufacturing, (08/15/2021 – 08/14/2023; $422,059; Collaborated with Dr. Shan Jiang)
  23. Organizational improvement using data-driven approaches, IowaDOT, (08/15/2021 – 05/15/2022; $13,386; Collaborated with Dr. Juan Ren)
  24. Design and Manufacturing of a Seed Planter and Germination System for Space Crop Production, NASA, ($100,000; Collaborated with Dr. Xiaolei Shi)
  25. Development of Hybrid Repair and Nondestructive Evaluation Technologies for Aerospace Components, DOE REMADE – Institute, (2021-2023; $1,834,861; Collaborated with Drs. Iris V. Rivero, Beiwen Li, Wei Zhang – OSU, Carolin Fink – OSU, Hybrid Manufacturing Technology, Simufact, Proto Manufacturing Inc., and Pratt & Whitney)

Undergraduate research projects:

Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) mentorship:

  1. Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education – Emerging Interface Technologies (SPIRE-EIT, NSF Grant #1757900): three URAs for SPIRE-EIT|2019, 3D scanning project.
  2. Iowa State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Undergraduate Research Assistantships (IMSE_URA)
    1. Aug 2017 – May 2018; $4,000; Kevin Lin and Eric Spahr: Real-time monitorization of electrohydrodynamic inkjet printing
    2. Aug 2018 – May 2019; $6,000; Kevin Lin, Hunter Barnhart, Grant Davis, and Zachary Ford: 3D food printing & 3D concrete/cement printing


  • Mr. Liangkui Jiang has been selected to participate in the inaugural Future Faculty Fellows program, thanks to the IISE Technical Operations Board (TOB) and the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH)!
  • Dr. Qin received Omurtag Award for Junior Research Excellence from IMSE Department
  • Manufacturing Science & Engineering Conference 2021 (MSEC 2021) best student poster award: Liangkui
  • IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2021 – M&D Best Student Paper Award: Liangkui Jiang, Modeling and Experimental Validation of Droplet Generation in Electrohydrodynamic Inkjet Printing for Prediction of Printing Quality, under supervision of Dr. Hantang Qin.
  • IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2021 – M&D Best Track Paper Award: X. Zhang, W. Shen, X. Jiang, B. Li, Q. Li, I. Rivero, and H. Qin, In-situ Monitoring of Direct Energy Deposition via Structured Light System and Its Application in Remanufacturing Industry
  • Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineer (IISE) – Data Analytics and Information Systems (DAIS) Division – Mobile/Web App Competition 1st place winner, 2020
  • Liangkui Jiang, Teaching Excellence Award (TEX) at Iowa State University
  • Liangkui Jiang, George Lamp Jr. Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award
  • Iowa NASA EPSCoR Awardee
  • ASNT 2020 Fellowship Award
  • R. Bruce Thompson Graduate Fellowship in CNDE goes to Mr. Liangkui Jiang
  • 2019-2020 IMSE Research Symposium:
    • Best Overall Award goes to the virtual reality group – Zach, Brett, and Thomas <Xiao, Liangkui>
    • Best Poster Award goes to the CT scanning group – Kimmo, and Liyuanni <Liangkui, Xuepeng>
    • Best Presentation Award goes to food printing – Hunter <Xuepeng>
  • Xiao Zhang, Teaching Excellence Award (TEX) at Iowa State University
  • Xiao Zhang, George Lamp Jr. Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award
  • Xiao Zhang, Runner Up Poster Presentation Award of Nano@IAState, Ames Lab & Iowa State University, August 2019
  • Xiao Zhang, Yiliang Cheng, NSF Travel Award Winner of the 47th North American Manufacturing Research Conference, April 2019
  • Xiao Zhang, NSF Travel Award Winner of 2018 Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, August 2018


Contact Information

Dr. Hantang Qin

Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
3019 Black Engineering Building
College of Engineering

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation
215A ASC II, 1915 Scholl Road

Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Phone: (515) 294-1248

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