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ABS Endowed University Chair Series: Dr. Stephen Liu

Posted on Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Stephen Liu is a professor at the Colorado School of Mines and the ABS Endowed Chair of Metallurgical and Material Engineering. His research interests include additive manufacturing and underwater wet welding. He also studies digital manufacturing where each part of the manufacturing process (conception, design, manufacturing, qualification) goes in the digital form. Dr. Liu believes students studying materials or mechanical engineering must now learn computerized, automated and integrated systems that are rapidly becoming part of the standard manufacturing process.


The ABS Endowed University Chair Series was created to highlight ABS’ various university partnerships. Through these partnerships, the ABS Endowed University Chairs conduct research in areas that are vital to the maritime industry.

By collaborating with universities, ABS can share its practical guidance as well as learn from the endowed chairs’ theoretical and applied research. This research collaboration helps facilitate new technologies that may well enhance the future of classification.

“New innovations are vital for the future health of the maritime industry,” said ABS Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology, Derek Novak. “Through these university endowments, ABS facilitates collaboration with not only academia but our industry partners as well. This knowledge sharing is a crucial part of future technology advancement.”

To learn more about academic engagement and the University Chair video series, please visit here.