Dr. Hong-TzongYau is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Precision Molding Center at the National Chung Cheng University, Chia-Yi, Taiwan. He received his MS and PhD degrees from the Ohio State University in 1988 and 1991 respectively. He was recruited by Cummins Engine upon graduation as a senior research engineer. He later joined the National Chung Cheng University in 1994. Dr. Yau's research interests include precision engineering, customized CAD/CAM/CNC system, digital dentistry, and additive manufacturing. He holds 30 patents and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed international journal and conference papers.
Early in his research years, Dr. Yau was devoted to the development of customized CAD/CAM systems. He had helped many world leading manufacturers including sports footwear industry such as Nike, as well as machine tool companies, to improve their product quality and production efficiency. In recent years, by integrating medical imaging, customized CAD/CAM, 5-axis machining and 3D printing, he has developed advanced digital dental solutions in dental implant and orthodontics. As a result, twenty million US dollars was attracted to set up TDS (Total Dental Solution), a Taiwan-based bio-tech company that has sold his systems and products to more than 20 countries worldwide. Lately, Dr. Yau is collaborating with Taiwan electronics companies to develop innovative 3D printing systems for dental implant and orthodontics applications, which is expected to bring more impact to the digital dentistry world.