The Advances in Materials Manufacturing Symposium honors Prof. Xinjin Cao of Zhejiang University of Technology (ZUT), China. Dr. Cao was the one who initiated, organized and co-chaired all the previous four Advances in Materials Manufacturing Symposiums during COM 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2020. He was also the Vice Chair and Executive Committee Member in Materials Section for the MetSoc of the CIM.
Dr. Cao received his PhD in Metallurgy and Materials from University of Birmingham in 2001. Same year he joined the NRC-Aerospace (Ottawa) as a post-doctoral research fellow and started working as a research officer at the NRC-Aerospace (Montreal) in 2003. He worked there for 16 years and recently moved back to China as a Distinguished Professor at the ZUT through the prestigious Thousand Talents Plan in 2019.
While working at NRC, Dr. Cao was the principal investigator for more than 20 research projects and scientific lead for more than 10 projects. Dr. Cao had shown extensive technical expertise in a wide range of processes including laser materials processing (laser welding, hybrid laser-arc welding, laser deposition/remanufacturing), solid-state joining (friction stir and linear friction welding) and casting which have involved nearly all structural metals including Al, Mg, Ti, Cu, Zr, Ni- based super alloys, steels and Al-based composites.
Dr. Cao had well-recognized achievements internationally in welding, laser additive deposition and solidification as reflected in his academic contributions, including 12 book chapters, 86 journal publications, 52 conference proceedings, 71 NRC client reports, 37 extended abstracts, and 123 presentations in international conferences, workshops and seminars. Dr. Cao was elected for three Fellows of professional institutes, i.e. the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the UK, and the Canadian Welding Association (CWA). His diverse technical expertise, and extensive collaboration with numerous academic and industrial partners formed the basis for his successful appointment as adjunct professor in four Canadian universities (Ryerson, Concordia, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, and ETS).