Charles Tucker studied Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T., where he received an S.B. degree in 1975, an S.M. in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1978. Since 1978 he has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is now the Alexander Rankin Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.
Dr. Tucker’s research focuses on manufacturing processes for polymers and composite materials. He is well known for the development of molding filling simulations for compression molding and resin transfer molding. His theories for predicting fiber orientation in short-fiber composites as used worldwide in all commercial injection molding software packages. He has also studied microstructure development in polymer blends, mixing in chaotic laminar flows, and structure-property relationships in semi-crystalline polymers. He has advised 50 master’s, Ph.D., and post-doctoral students.
Honors and awards for Dr. Tucker include the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence (University of Illinois College of Engineering), the Luckman Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (University of Illinois campus-wide award), a Presidential Young Investigator Award (National Science Foundation) and the TRW Postdoctoral Award in Manufacturing Engineering. Dr. Tucker is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. From 2013 to 2017 he served the university as Vice Provost, where he supported innovations in pedagogy, interdisciplinary courses, and online education.
Dr. Tucker edited the book Fundamentals of Computer Modeling for Polymer Processing and, with his colleague Jonathan Dantzig, wrote, Modeling in Materials Processing.
Christophe Aufrère has more than 30 years of experience in the Automotive Industry in R&D. He joined Faurecia in 1990 and had many responsibilities within the Automotive Seating Business Group until R&D VP. He joined the Group as CTO in 2011 being mainly in charge of the Technology Strategy, the Innovation, the Expertise and the Industrial Property. In addition, he manages technical activities with external organizations; he is a member of the French Automotive Platform, Deputy VP of the Technical Committee of the FISITA (worldwide international organization of the automotive engineers), member of the CAIT (Consortium for Automotive Industry and Technology in China) and member of the Hydrogen Council which is aiming at developing the hydrogen market.
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