Clemson University professor Yunyi Jia has been honored with one of the nation’s top honors for young engineering educators.
Jia was recognized Monday, Jan. 13 with the Ralph R. Teetor Education Award at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research campus in Greenville, according to a news release.
Jia is winning the award as self-driving cars start to make their way onto public roads and robots advance what experts call intelligent manufacturing. Both developments are increasing the demand for engineers, the release said.
“I am so honored to be recognized by my peers,” Jia said in the release. “Preparing the next generation of engineers to advance manufacturing and transportation is always a priority and big passion for me.”
The Teetor award recognizes and honors young educators who prepare individuals to meet the challenges that face society. It comes from SAE International, a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.
Jia, who joined Clemson in 2016, has been instrumental in expanding the University’s education and research in robotics and self-driving cars, the release said.
Jia’s robot, YuMi, was also spotlighted during the ceremony.
A robot with artificial intelligence, YuMi is designed to help humans manufacture products.
Jia uses the robot to keep his students on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing technology and has been working with his students to develop algorithms to make the robot smarter, according to school spokesman Paul Alongi.
He also directs the Collaborative Robotics and Automation Lab.
At least nine current or former Clemson faculty members have won the Teetor award, the release said.