The World Class Genus Credited with Five Inventions

Meet Dr. Ume Ifeanyi, a prodigious Nigerian innovator credited with five patented inventions from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

BACKGROUND

The Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering mourned the loss of one of its eminent members this spring, Dr. Ifeanyi Charles Ume. He served as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and helmed the Advanced Electronic Packaging and Laser Processing Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Ume’s invaluable contributions significantly impacted both the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Packaging Research Center at Georgia Tech. He started his journey with the Woodruff School as an assistant professor in 1985 after earning his PhD from the University of South Carolina. He climbed the ranks, becoming an Associate Professor in 1992 and a full Professor by 1999.

A prolific researcher and instructor in manufacturing and mechatronics, Dr. Ume’s work was esteemed both nationally and internationally. He was an authority in microelectronic packaging and optics-based inspection of electronic packages and welds. His trailblazing contributions paved the way for innovative inspection and test methods, enhancing the reliability of microelectronic packages. These accomplishments inspired him to establish AkroMetrix, LLC in 1993, where he served as Chairman of the Board. AkroMetrix focuses on systems to gauge the warpage of microelectronic packages produced by the semiconductor industry.

At Georgia Tech, Professor Ume introduced a mechatronics course, a favorite among students. As the Mechatronics Laboratory director, he mentored countless students, bringing their innovative ideas to fruition. His steadfast commitment to academia and teaching garnered numerous accolades. He was a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), playing active roles, especially within the ASME Electronic & Photonic Packaging Division (EPPD).

Throughout his illustrious 34-year career at Georgia Tech, Dr. Ume authored over 240 scholarly papers, held 11 US patents, edited 11 books, and supervised 26 Ph.D. and 43 master’s students. His legacy of inspiration and mentorship left an indelible mark on all who knew him, making him deeply missed by his Georgia Tech community.

Dr. Ume’s extensive list of accolades and honors includes the State of Georgia Faculty Commercialization Awards, ASME-EEPD Best Paper of the Year Award, Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Research Award, Fellow of ASME, Fellow of IEEE, the Nigerian National Order of Merit Award, and many more.

His brilliance shone through in his students as well, with several of them clinching the Best Sigma Xi MS Thesis and Ph.D. Dissertation Awards.


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