Kornel Ehmann received his BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering in 1970 and 1974 from the University of Belgrade. He received his PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979.

At Northwestern's Department of Mechanical Engineering, he has served as a professor from 1990 to the present and an associate professor from 1985 to 1990. He served as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1985 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He has also held positions as an adjunct professor of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, a Distinguished Honorary Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Kanpur, India, a University Chair Professor of Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung Li, Taiwan, and a visiting professor at the University of Belgrade.

Ehmann’s main research interests are in the interrelated areas of machine tool structural dynamics, metal cutting processes and dynamics, computer control of machine tools and robots, accuracy control in machining, and micro/meso-scale manufacturing.

He is the founding editor of the SME/Elsevier Journal - Manufacturing Letters. He has also served as the Technical Editor of the ASME Transactions: Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, as the president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (NAMRI/SME), as the chair of the Manufacturing Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (MED/ASME), and as the director of the International Institution for Micromanufacturing (I2M2).


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Research Interests

Micro/meso-scale manufacturing; precision engineering; machine tool dynamics and control; material removal processes; automation and robotics

Significant Recognition

James N. and Nancy J. Farley Professor in Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, Northwestern, 2004

Distinguished Visiting Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Cardiff University

SME Gold Medal

MED/ASME Outstanding Service Award

NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award

ASME: Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award

ASME: Milton C. Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal

Fellow of ASME and SME