UC Professor Honored with Jack Frarey Award

By: Liz Daubenmire

Professor Jay Lee, D.Sc. was awarded the Jack Frarey Medal at the 68th Prevention Technology (MFPT) Society Annual Conference.

Jack Frarey Medal

Jack Frarey Medal

Due to his innovation and significant contributions to the field of machinery failure prevention technology, Professor Jay Lee received the Jack Frarey Medal at the MFPT conference in Virginia Beach.

The interdisciplinary technical organization has been promoting failure prevention technology for 47 years.  The non-profit includes professional scientists, engineers, failure analysts, and maintenance specialists. 

This year’s conference was themed “Technology Solutions for Affordable Sustainment” which featured 60 presentations and 4 tutorials. 

Jack Frarey Medal

At each conference, one scholar is awarded the Jack Frarey Medal for their “innovation and lasting significance of the contribution to the field, history and dedication of the candidate to advancing the field and the context of the candidate's contribution to the field.” 

UC Professor Jay Lee was the worthy recipient of this Jack Frarey Award for Excellence.

Professor Lee is the director of UC’s Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS Center), which also received an award for its contributions to technology. 

The IMS Center was established in 2001 as an NSF Industry and University Cooperative Research Center which consists of the University of Cincinnati, the Univ. of Michigan, Missouri Univ. of S&T, and the Univ. of Texas Austin.

Professor Jay Lee, PhD

Professor Jay Lee, PhD

Since its inception in 2001, the Center has conducted over 100 projects in partnership with over 80 global companies and 33 international institutions and was ranked the best on the 2012 NSF I/UCRC Economic Impact Study.

According to the center’s mission, the center envisions the future of maintenance as a system that enables equipment to achieve and sustain near-zero breakdown performance with self-maintenance capabilities, and ultimately to realize the autonomous transformation of raw data to useful information for improved reliability, productivity, and asset utilization.

The IMS Center is focused on frontier technologies in Prognostics and Health Management, Industrial Big Data Analytics, and Cyber Physical Systems in Manufacturing.  Earlier this year the United States Department of Defense began support of the Digital Lab, housed within the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute. The IMS Center will play a pivotal role in the Digital Lab project due to its recognition as a world leader in frontier technologies and methodologies for intelligent machine monitoring and prognostics.

 After the announcement by President Obama in late February, U.S. Congressman Steve Chabot noted, “… Ohio and the Midwest are home to some of the country’s most robust manufacturing activity. Manufacturing activities account for almost 16 percent of Ohio’s total economic output and employ over 12 percent of our workforce.”

Professor Jay Lee, PhD continues to advance the field both within the City of Cincinnati and across the country through his great leadership of the IMS Center and personal contributions.