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He (Herman) Tang

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Program of M.Sc. in Quality Management

School of Engineering

102 King Hall


[email protected]


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

Work Experience

September 2015 - September 2018: Assistant Professor

September 2018 - present: Associate Professor

Professional Summary

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 on the launch support for seven vehicle programs.

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Tang’s primary interest and expertise are in manufacturing system development, assembly process planning, lean manufacturing applications, quality management, dimensional quality control, continuous improvement, and project management.



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

Selected Books:

Tang, H., (2018). Manufacturing System and Process Development for Vehicle Assembly, ISBN: 978-0-7680-8346-0, Warrendale, PA: SAE International (

Tang, H., (2017). Automotive Vehicle Assembly Processes and Operations Management, ISBN: 978-0-7680-8338-5, Warrendale, PA: SAE International (

Selected Papers:

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. 36, p.

Imseitif, J. and Tang, H., (2019). “Effects Analysis of Internal Buffers in Serial Manufacturing Systems for Optimal Throughput,” MSEC2019-2912, Proceedings of the ASME 2019 14th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, June 10-14, 2019, Erie, PA, USA.

Tang, H., (2019). “A New Method of Bottleneck Analysis for Manufacturing Systems,” Manufacturing Letters (ISSN: 2213-8463), Vol.19, p.21-24.

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,” Procedia CIRP (ISSN: 2212-8271), Vol.76, p.2-6.

Pentz, R. and Tang, H., (2018). “An Analysis of Unmanned Aircraft Registration Effectiveness,” International Journal of Aviation Systems, Operations and Training (ISSN: 2334-5306), Vol.4, No.1, p.54-66.

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 (ISSN: 2321-7308), Vol.6, No.10, p.30-39.

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.1-17.

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.100-111.

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.5741-5746.

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.1-25.

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.116S-124S.

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.957-968.

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.175s-183s, July.

Tang, H., Hou, W., and Hu, S., (2000). “Servo Guns for Resistance Spot Welding”, SAE 2000 Transaction (ISBN: 978-0768008432), Vol.109, p.710-717 (Paper # 2000-01-1289).

Selected Presentations

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.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations



Awards and Patents

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)

Additional Information

Associated Editor  for

• SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing

• SAE Manufacturing Technical Papers - Manufacturing

• ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conferences (MSEC)

• International Journal of Research in Engineering & Technology

Book Proposal Reviewer for

• 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》