Dr. Ramy Harik, a Fulbright Scholar, holds the position of Chief Manufacturing Officer at Nephron Pharmaceuticals heading the engineering teams of Smart Manufacturing, Design & Robotics, Process Planning, Quality Standards and Facility Planning. Dr. Harik is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina and a researcher at the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. Ramy is the principal investigator of the neXt (new and emerging X technologies) research team. His education joins Mechanical Engineering (BS/MS), Automated Manufacturing (MS) and Industrial/Mechanical Engineering (PhD). He mainly teaches courses in Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Prototyping, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Dr Harik is an Associate Editor of the SME Manufacturing Letters and CADA international journal. He is the author of the “Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing” textbook by SAE. He was granted more than 10 million USD in funding from NASA, Boeing, National Institute of Health, Toray, SC Department of Commerce, South Carolina Research Authority, Siemens, Fokker Aerostructures, Dassault Aviation (funded as a student) and several other agencies. He is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Undergraduate Research award from the University of South Carolina, the 2018 Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor award from the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina, and the 2016 Outstanding Young Educator Award from Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Harik was the chair of CAD’10, the ACE’15, ACE’16 and ACE’17 Technical Symposiums, the PLM’16 International Conference, and the technical co-chair of the largest composites show in the United States CAMX 2020. He was listed as amongst the 20 most influential professors in Smart Manufacturing by SME’s Smart Manufacturing Magazine in 2020. In 2022, Dr. Harik will have his second book released: “Manufacturing vs Corruption: Who Wins?” to be published by SAE.