Bristow to Lead Aerospace Manufacturing Center
Douglas Bristow, Ph.D., has been named the director of the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies at Missouri S&T.
Douglas Bristow, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named the director of the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) at Missouri S&T. Bristow takes over for Ming Leu, Ph.D., professor of integrated product manufacturing and director of the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri S&T. Leu was CAMT’s director since its founding 12 years ago.
“Doug has served as CAMT’s associate director in the past two years, where he has demonstrated strong leadership quality in a teamwork environment,” said Leu. “I feel that now is the right time for me to step down so that a young, well-qualified colleague like Doug can have the opportunity to fully develop leadership skills and to inject new vitality into the center. My stepping down is good for Doug, myself and the CAMT industrial consortium.”
The center specializes in fabrication and assembly technologies that are applicable to aerospace and other manufacturing industries. Some of the center’s main research areas include additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping and manufacturing, laser-based materials processing, composites fabrication and evaluation, machining and machine tools, metrology, assembly modeling and simulation, and manufacturing ergonomics.
In the past five years, Bristow led a CAMT project with the objective to rapidly measure and improve the accuracy of machine tools and industrial robots. His methods are currently employed in production at several consortium member companies. As associate director, he organized the center’s recent 10th anniversary celebration and its Additive Manufacturing Showcase. He also contributed to the recruitment of companies into the CAMT industrial consortium, whose current members include Boeing, GKN Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, Stratasys, Toyota Bodine, Automated Precision Inc., Product Innovation and Engineering, Cummings, Optomec, and Steelville Manufacturing.
Bristow joined Missouri S&T’s faculty in 2008 as an assistant professor and was named associate professor in 2014. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 2001. He earned master’s of science and doctorage degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and 2007, respectively.