University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


On the Path to Success

Jun Ni has made distinguished achievements in precision engineering and metrology, manufacturing process modeling and control, and much more. His quality control methods have been successfully applied in CNC lathes at GM’s transmission plants for many years, resulting in substantial economic benefits. Boeing faced some problems while making new 737 aircrafts which affected their delivery. Ni led the research center to help Boeing analyze the machining vibration and finally solved the chatter problems of the horizontal stabilizer. The CEO of Boeing visited the UM and met with Ni. Ni’s team came up with the Thermal Error Compensation method and Cutting Mechanical Model, creatively integrating the statistical methods and manufacturing theories. Ni has also been involved in the “2MM Program” for the automotive body manufacturing quality, whose results have been widely applied in such fields as automotive and aircraft manufacturing.

Due to his outstanding academic achievements, in 1994 Ni received the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award from the National Science Foundation. In 1997, at 36, Ni became a tenured professor through an early promotion. Since 1997, Ni has been named Advisory Professor by many top universities in China and abroad.

Ni has made great contributions in his profession. He won the Best Paper Award at the North America Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRI/SME) in 2000 and 2001; the Research Excellence Award from UM in 2001 and 2002; the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Frontiers of Design and Manufacturing (ICFDM) in 2002 and 2004; the Best Paper Award from SRC TECHCON in 2005 and 2007; and the William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2009, and the Gold Medal from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2013. He is a fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, International Society of Nanomanufacturing, International Society of Engineering Asset Management.

Additionally, Ni has been serving on Special Counsel to the President of SJTU. He is the Dean of the UM-SJTU Joint Institute,

When asked about his secret to success, he said, “Among the three factors contributing to success, the IQ counts 10%, the opportunity counts 20%, and the effort counts 70%.” It is his modest and humble attitude that leads to Ni’s continuous progress.