He (Herman) Tang

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111D Sill Hall


[email protected]

Office Hours


TTH - 1:00-4:00 pm


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • MBA, Industrial Management, Baker College
  • Master's in Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, China
  • Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, China

Professional Summary

  • Assistant Professor, September 2015 - September 2018
  • Associate Professor, September 2018 - August 2023
  • Professor, September 2023 - Present

Prior to joining EMU, Dr. Tang was a lead engineering specialist at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). At FCA, he led the engineering specialist team to evaluate, analyze, and help improve the system performance and capability (productivity and quality) of body, paint, and general assembly at the vehicle assembly plants. He had also worked on the manufacturing development for five vehicle programs and launch support for seven vehicle programs.

Interests and Expertise

  • Manufacturing system development
  • Assembly process planning
  • Lean manufacturing applications
  • Quality management
  • Dimensional quality control
  • Continuous improvement
  • Project management
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Courses Taught

Lecture Courses

  • QUAL 320 Industrial Quality Control
  • EM 540 Engineering Resource Management
  • EM 547 Management of Research, Development and Technology
  • QUAL 546 Total Quality Management
  • QUAL 548 Tools for Continuous Improvement
  • QUAL 550 Advance Statistical Process Control
  • QUAL 551 Design of Experiments
  • QUAL 552 Quality Planning
  • QUAL 568 Lean Service Quality
  • QUAL 647 Research Methods
  • QUAL 655 Technical Six Sigma

Research Independent Studies

  • QUAL 690/1/2 Master's Project/Thesis
  • COT 894 Ph.D. Candidacy Seminar

Selected Publications

  • Tang, H., (2023). Engineering Research Methodology, in Wiley StatsRef-Statistics Reference Online, ISBN: 978-1118445112, DOI: 10.1002/9781118445112.stat08432, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Tang, H., (2023). Quality Assurance Methodology, in Wiley StatsRef-Statistics Reference Online, ISBN: 978-1118445112, DOI: 10.1002/9781118445112.stat08429, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Surubika G. and Tang, H., (2023). Improving Operational Throughput by Reducing Downtime and Movements in Manufacturing, American Journal of Engineering Research (ISSN: 2320-0847), Vol. 12, No. 8, p. 84-94.
  • Vanasarla, H., Tang, H., and Rufe, P. (2023). Latest Technologies, Design Considerations, and Quality Concerns of Additive Polymers Manufacturing. European Journal of Engineering and Technology Research, 8(4), 17-25.
  • Coffin N. and Tang, H., (2023). Investigating the Strategic Interaction Between QMS, Organizational Agility, and Innovative Performance, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence (ISSN: 1478-3363), Vol. 34, No. 9, p.1096–1107. 10.1080/14783363.2022.2157711
  • Tang, H., (2023). Synthesize and Unify (A comprehensive review of problem solving and continuous improvement approaches and methods), Quality Progress (ISSN: 0033-524X), Vol.56, No. 2, p. 36-43.
  • Tang, H., (2022). Quality Planning and Assurance ‒ Principles, Approaches, and Methods for Product and Service Development, ISBN-13: 978-1119819271, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Vanasarla, H. and Tang, H., (2022). Throughput Analysis for Manufacturing Serial Systems using Discrete Event Simulation and Analytical Calculation, Engineering & Technology Review, (ISSN: 2693-115X), Vol.3, No. 1, p.15-28
  • Tang, H., (2021). Engineering Research – Design, Methods, and Publication, ISBN-13: 978-1119624486, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc. 
  • Dula, N. and Tang, H., (2021). Effects of Leadership on an Organizational Culture Producing Quality Products and Services, Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (ISSN: 1947-2900), Vol.13, No. 2, p.21-41.
  • Vanasarla, H. and Tang, H., (2021). Impact of COVID-19 to Logistics & Reducing Customer Waiting-Time in Stores with Basic Concept in Discrete-Event Simulation, International Journal in IT & Engineering (ISSN: 2321-1776), Vol.9, No.6, p.9-21.
  • Dhurpate, P. and Tang, H., (2021). Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Inter-Line Conveyor Capacity for Throughput of Manufacturing Systems, International Journal of Manufacturing, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering (ISSN: 2156-1680), Vol.11, Iss.1, p.1-17.
  • Tang, H., (2020). “Expert Answers - Lean Manufacturing Principles,” Invited Paper, ASQ Quality Progress (ISSN: 0033-524X), Vol.53, Iss.6, p.6.
  • Williams, D. and Tang, H., (2020). “Data Quality Management for Industry 4.0: A Survey,” Software Quality Professional (ISSN: 1522-0540), Vol.22, Iss.2, p.26-35.
  • Muhamed, M.S. and Tang H., (2019). “Effect Analysis of Customer JIT Implementation on a Supply Die Casting Manufacturer,” The IUP Journal of Operations Management (ISSN: 0972-6888), Vol.18, No.4, p.20-36.
  • Imseitif, J., Tang, H., and Smith, M.G. (2019). “Throughput Analysis of Manufacturing Systems with Buffers Considering Reliability and Cycle Time using DES and DOE,” Procedia Manufacturing (ISSN: 2351-9789), Vol.39, p.814-823.
  • Reid, B. and Tang, H., (2019). “Review of Current Applications and Future Development of RFID Technology,” International Journal of Advanced Research in Science, Engineering and Technology (ISSN: 2350-0328), Vol.6, No.8, p.10322-10333.
  • Horvath, K. and Tang, H., (2019). “A Survey Study of Size Factor Impact on TQM Success and Sustainability,” International Journal of Engineering Technologies and Management Research (ISSN: 2454-1907), Vol.6, Iss.8, p.34-47. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3370533
  • Imseitif, J. and Tang, H., (2019). “Effects Analysis of Internal Buffers in Serial Manufacturing Systems for Optimal Throughput,” Proceedings of the ASME 2019 14th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Volume 1, ISBN: 978-0-7918-5874-5, MSEC2019-2912, V001T02A021, 7 pages, June 10-14, 2019, Erie, PA, USA. https://doi.org/10.1115/MSEC2019-2912
  • Tang, H., (2019). “A new method of bottleneck analysis for manufacturing systems,” Manufacturing Letters (ISSN: 2213-8463), Vol.19, p.21-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mfglet.2019.01.003
  • Bozorgnia, F. and Tang, H., (2018). “A Chemical Assessment of Water Quality of the Detroit River Using Multivariate Analysis,” Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering Science and Technology (ISSN: 2458-9403), Vol.5, No.11, p.9016-9021.
  • Tang, H., (2018). “An Integrated Product-Process Hierarchical Modeling Method for Development of Complex Assembly Manufacturing Systems,” 7th CIRP Conference of Assembly Technologies and Systems, Procedia CIRP (ISSN: 2212-8271), Vol.76, p.2-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2018.01.023
  • Velumani, S., Pitchiah, S., and Tang, H. (2017) "A Study Of Service Wait Time and Its Improvement In A Cafeteria Using Discrete Event Simulation" International Journal of Research in Engineering and Technology (23217308), Vol.6, No.10, p.30–39.
  • Tang, H., (2017). Manufacturing System and Process Development for Vehicle Assembly, ISBN: 978-0-7680-8351-4, Warrendale, PA: SAE International (http://books.sae.org/r-457/).
  • Tang, H., (2017). "Comprehensive Considerations on Material Selection for Lightweighting Vehicle Bodies based on Material Costs and Assembly Joining Technologies," International Journal of Manufacturing, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering (ISSN: 2156-1680), Vol.7, No.4, p.117.
  • Velumani, S. and Tang, H., (2017). "Operations Status and Bottleneck Analysis and Improvement of a Batch Process Manufacturing Line using Discrete Event Simulation," Procedia Manufacturing (ISSN: 2351-9789), Vol. 10, p.100111.
  • Tang, H., (2017). Automotive Vehicle Assembly Processes and Operations Management, ISBN: 978-0-7680-8338-5, Warrendale, PA: SAE International (http://books.sae.org/r-456/).
  • Tang, H., (2016). "Characteristics of Repeatability Tests of Vehicle Body Assembly Fixtures and Considerations for Repeatability Tests," Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering Science and Technology (ISSN: 2458-9403), Vol. 3, No.10, p.57415746.
  • Tang, H., (2010). "Latest Advances in Joining Technologies for Automotive Body Manufacturing", International Journal of Vehicle Design (ISSN: 0143-3369), Vol.54, No.1, p. 125.
  • Tang, H., (2004). "BIW Assembly Manufacturing – Today and Tomorrow", Body and Assembly International (ISSN: 1557-7104), Premier Issue, Winter, 2004.
  • Tang, H., Hou, W., Hu, S., Zhang, Y., Feng, Z., and Kimchi, M., (2003). "Influence of Welding Machine Mechanical Characteristics on the Resistance Spot Welding Process and Weld Quality", Welding Journal (ISSN: 0043-2296), Vol.82, No.5, p.116S124S.
  • Tang, H., Hou, W., and Hu, S., (2002). "Forging Force in Resistance Spot Welding", Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacturing (ISSN: 0954-4054), Vol.216, p.957968.
  • Tang, H., Hou, W., Hu, S., and Zhang, Y., (2000). "Force Characteristics of Resistance Spot Welding of Steels", Welding Journal (ISSN: 0043-2296), Vol.79, No.7, p.175s183s, July.
  • Tang, H., Hou, W., and Hu, S., (2000). "Servo Guns for Resistance Spot Welding", SAE 2000 Transaction (ISBN: 978-0768008432), No.109, p.710717 (Paper # 2000-01-1289).

Selected Presentations

  • Tang, H., (2022). "Introduction to Vehicle Manufacturing Assembly," Invited Presentation, SAE Union College Section, April 29, 2022.
  • Tang, H., (2022). "Approach and Tool Review for Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement," Invited Presentation, ASQ Ann Arbor Section, February 7, 2022
  • Tang, H., (2021). “Introduction to Quality Planning for Product Development,” Invited Presentation, Neapco Inc, Farmington Hills, MI, November 11, 2021.

  • Tang, H., (2021). "Continuous Improvement of Operation Performance,” Invited Presentation, SAE Manitoba Section, Canada, November 10, 2021.

  • Tang, H., (2021). “Thoughts and Considerations in Research Development,” Invited Presentation, New York University, October 22, 2021.

  • Tang, H., (2021). “Vehicle Assembly Manufacturing — Operations, Processes, and Future,” Invited Presentation, SAE British Columbia Section, Canada, January 25, 2021.

  • Tang, H., (2020). “Vehicle Manufacturing Systems and BIW Assembly Processes,” Invited presentation, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, April 20, 2020.

  • Tang, H., (2020). "Advance Continuous Improvement." Invited Presentation, Designetics, Inc., Feb 14, 2020.

  • Tang, H., (2018). "Introduction to Automotive Manufacturing -- Vehicle Assembly." Invited Presentation, University of Windsor, July 3, 2018.
  • Tang, H., (2018). "Introduction to Vehicle Manufacturing Systems and Assembly Processes." Invited Presentation, Georgia Southern University, March 30, 2018.
  • Tang, H., (2017). "Vehicle Assembly Systems, Processes, and Development." Invited Presentation, University of Texas - El Paso, Dec.1, 2017.
  • Tang, H., (2017). "Automotive Manufacturing – Challenges and Solutions at a System Level," 9th International Symposium on Advanced Manufacturing Technology, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, July 16, 2017.

Patents / Awards / Grants

  • The Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Research (II) Award (2022)
  • Nominated for the Mid American Conference Outstanding Faculty for Student Success Award (2021)
  • Nominated for the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Research (I) Award (2020)
  • Nominated for Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2019)
  • Provost's Research Support Award (2018)
  • James H. Brickley Endowment for Faculty Professional Development and Innovation (2017)
  • Faculty Research and Creative Activity Fellowship (2016, 2019)
  • Provost’s New Faculty Award (2016)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • SAE
  • SME
  • AWS
  • ASME
  • ASQ

Additional Information

Associated Editor for:

  • SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing
  • SAE Manufacturing Technical Papers - Manufacturing
  • ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conferences (MSEC)

Book Proposal Reviewer for:

  • IGI Global
  • Quality Press (ASQ)
  • CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group
  • SAE International

Technical Reviewer for:

  • NSF Proposal Review Panel - Manufacturing Machines and Equipment
  • (ASME) Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering
  • (SAE) Technical Papers and Transaction
  • (AWS) Welding Journal
  • (SME) Journal of Manufacturing Systems
  • (IMechE) Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
  • (IMechE) Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering
  • (IMechE) Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • International Journal of Vehicle Design
  • Journal of Material Science
  • International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking
  • International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management
  • International Journal of Industrial Engineering: Theory, Applications and Practice
  • Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • (CIRP) Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems
  • Journal of Mechanical Transmission《机械传动》