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Mileta Tomovic

  • Mileta Tomovic
  • Professor
  • Engineering Technology
  • 214 Kaufman Hall
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • mtomovic@odu.edu
  • Dr. Tomovic received BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Belgrade, MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan. Dr. Tomovic is currently serving as Chair of Engineering Technology Department, F. Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Prior to joining ODU Dr. Tomovic had seventeen years of teaching and research experience at Purdue University, with emphasis on development and delivery of manufacturing curriculum, conducting applied research, and engagement with Indiana industry. While at Purdue University, Dr. Tomovic served as W. C. Furnas Professor of Enterprise Excellence, University Faculty Scholar, Director of Digital Enterprise Center, and Special Assistant to Dean for Advanced Manufacturing. He has co-authored one textbook on materials and manufacturing processes that has been adopted by over 50 national and international institutions of higher education. In addition, he has authored or co-authored over 60 papers in journals and conference proceedings, focused on applied research related to design and manufacturability issues, as well as issues related to mechanical engineering technology education. Dr. Tomovic made over 20 invited presentations nationally and internationally on the issues of design optimization and manufacturability. He has co-authored four patents, and over 100 technical reports on practical industrial problems related to product design and manufacturing process improvements. He has been actively involved in the development of a manufacturing laboratory, for which he secured gifts and funds in excess of $4.7 million. In addition, Dr. Tomovic has been very actively involved in applied research, and has been a PI or Co-PI on several funded competitive grants exceeding $6.3 million. In addition, he has been engaged with industry in solving manufacturing problems. The estimated savings to Indiana industry, resulting from Dr. Tomovic’s recommendations, exceed $5 million over the ten years that he has been actively engaged with Technical Assistance Program, Purdue University. Dr. Tomovic is also serving as Honorary Visiting Professor at Beihang University, Beijing, China.
  • Education

    The University of Michigan, 1991
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: M.S.
    University of Belgrade, 1979
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    Design, Manufacturing Systems and Processes, Product Lifecycle Management, System Dynamics and Controls.
  • Expertise

    Mechanical Engineering
  • 2007: Honorary Guest Professor, Beihang University
  • 2006: Nomination for Great Wall Friendship Award of Beijing
  • 2006: Seeds for Success, Research Award , Purdue University
  • 2006: Visiting Scholar, Sinclair Community College
  • 2006: Visiting Scholar “111 Program”, Chinese Ministry of Science and Education
  • 2005: Distinguished Service Award, American Foundry Society
  • 2005: Program Director’s Research and Development Award , American Metalcasting Consortium
  • 2005: Visiting Scholar, University, Beijing
  • 2005: “Seeds for Success,” Research Award , Purdue University
  • 2004: Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2004: Hudson Institute Summer Faculty Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • 2003: W. C. Furnas Chaired Professor of Enterprise Excellence
  • 2002: Program Director’s Award, American Metalcasting Consortium
  • 2002: Republican Gold Medal for Entrepreneurship
  • 2001: Nomination for Ray Witt Award.
  • 2001: Outstanding Tenured Faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, Purdue University
  • 2001: Shepard Award for Best Paper, Steel Founder’s Society of America.
  • 1997: “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering,” “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the Midwest,” Marquis Who’s Who Publication
  • 1995: Outstanding Non-tenured Faculty in the MET Department, Purdue University
  • 1992: Outstanding Non-tenured Faculty in the MET Department, Purdue University
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    MRI: Development of an Integrated Multidirectional Planetarium Projection System for Research into Effective Full-Dome Immersive Virtual Environments
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2011
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Watson, G. S.; DePaor, D.; Morris, J.; Morrison, G. R.; Tomovic, M. M.