(Download full resume can saygin – cv – 1-3-2017)
Dr. Can (John) Saygin is a Professor of mechanical engineering, Associate Vice President for Sponsored Project Administration in the Office of Research, and Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems (CAMLS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He is the also the Federal Relations Point of Contact for the Alamo Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), which is an 8-county region (San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area) designated as an IMCP (Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership) by the US Department of Commerce.
He received his BS (’89), MS (’92), and PhD (’97) degrees in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on manufacturing engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara in Turkey. In his academic career, he worked at the University of Toledo (1997-1999) and the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) (1999-2006) before joining UTSA in August 2006. Before becoming the AVP for research in 2013, he served as director of the Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC), director of the College of Engineering Machine Shop, and graduate program director for MS in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering. In his academic career, he worked at the University of Toledo (1997-1999) and the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) (1999-2006) before joining UTSA in August 2006.
He has directed several projects funded by Air Force Research Lab, National Science Foundation, US Dept of State, the Boeing Company, Ford Motor Company, Briggs and Stratton, Festo, Missouri Enterprise, Metro (Bi-State Development Agency) of St. Louis, SAP America, SMC, Intelitek, and the Chism Company. During 1996-2000, he has played a major role in the design, development, and implementation of several pilot flexible manufacturing systems at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, University of Miskolc in Hungary, University of Toledo in Ohio, and University of Missouri in Rolla. During these implementations, he has coordinated the development of various manufacturing system control architectures and software modules. Since 2000, he has been working in the area of automatic identification (Auto-ID) technologies, digital manufacturing, and their implementation to realize digital factory. As a research investigator of CAMLS at UTSA, he has worked with local manufacturing industry in San Antonio on various research and development projects since 2006.
Dr. Saygin’s research interests include lean systems, productivity and process flow improvement, digital factory, network-centric manufacturing systems, RFID implementations, modeling and analysis of automated manufacturing systems, flexible manufacturing systems, and integration of process planning with scheduling/control. He is the recipient of the College of Engineering 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, the UTSA President’s 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence, and the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012. He is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).