Prof Wu’s Chronological Biographic Sketch

Year  Events
 1924  Born in Chekiang, China  (Oct. 28,1924)
 1945  BS in Financial Administration, Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai
 1945  Accountant, Hsing Hua Bank, Shanghai
 1948  Taiwan Railroad station master in Taipei
 1954  Arrival in Portland, Oregon, after 28-day ocean crossing
 1956  MBA in Transportation, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
 1956  Instructor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

He also earned his tuition as summer kitchen worker and locker-boy at Elmhurst Country Club

 1958 BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 1959 Marriage to Daisy Te-Hsien Tsui
 1961 Birth of Benjamin Wu
 1962  Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, UW-M
 1962  Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UW-M
 1963  Birth of Elaine Wu
 1965  Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Statistics
 1966  Establishment of the Production Engineering Division at UW-M, 1st division chairman
 1967  Development of the Dynamic Data System
 1968  Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Statistics
 1968  Charles J. Jennings Memorial Award, AWS

Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, ASME

 1970  Invited lecturer at the Toyal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
 1971  Instrumental in establishment of the North America Manufacturing Research Conference

(The 1994 NAMRC was dedicated to Professor Wu)

 1972-  Application of personal teaching philosophy to engineering statistics courses. I.e., start from real applications, problems and tools needed, then process to theory
 1972-73  Personal visits to nearly every engineering campus in all 50 states.  These visits provided information on the “flavor” of a school, and enabled Prof Wu to better evaluate potential students and help  place PhD graduates
 1974  Society of Manufacturing Engineers National Education Award
 1975  Fulbright-Hays Distinguished Professorship at the University of Zagreb and the University of Lublijana, Yugoslavia
 1976  First visit in 20 years to the People’s Republic of China (PRC)
 1977  University of Wisconsin Amoco Distinguished Teaching Award
 1978  Development of the Precision Machining without Precision Machining Theory
 1979  First production engineering delegation to the PRC. Led by Professor S.M. Wu Springer Visiting Professorship, University of California-Berkeley
 1981  Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering with 40 researchers in his group
 1981  Charles Russ Richars Award, ASME and P. Tau Sigma
 1982  Elected member, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
 1983  Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
 1983  Coauthored book: Time-series and systems analysis with applications by S.M.Pandit and S.M. Wu
 1986  Appointed J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology, University of Michigan, College of Engineering
 1986  Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
 1987  Establishment of the Manufacturing Research Laboratory at Michigan
 1988  Fulbright-Hays Distinguished Professorship in the U.S.S.R
 1989  Initiation of extensive work in auto industry, following decades of successful collaborations with paper mills, machine tools, and various other manufacturing industries
 1990  Establishment of a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center at Michigan; first center director
 1991  First recipient of the Chiang Technology Achievement Award (The Chinese “Nobel Prize” in Manufacturing Engineering). Professor and Mrs. Wu donated the Award’s$100,000 stipend to the College of Engineering, establishing an endowed fund that helps support manufacturing engineering students and their research.
 1992 University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
 1992  Passed away on Oct. 28, 1992