Every year, Aalborg University awards honorary doctorates to persons who have distinguished themselves academically to an extent where AAU finds it natural to honour them by awarding the highest academic degree.
This year, The Faculty of Engineering and Science at Aalborg University has decided to nominate Professor Hoda ElMaraghy for an honorary doctorate. The promotion will take place during an Honorary Doctorate Award Ceremony on 15 April 2021.
On a daily basis, Hoda ElMaraghy is professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering and head of The Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Center at the University of Windsor. She is internationally recognised and respected for her research into manufacturing systems. She is a well-known person and fellow of the most prestigious world-leading research and manufacturing organizations in the world such as The International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP), The Canadian Society of Engineers Mechanical (CSME), and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
She was one of the first researchers to explore the use of "Learning Factories" in teaching and research. IFactory, which is part of The Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Center at the University of Windsor in Canada, was among the first learning factories in the world that was used to demonstrate intelligent production. Hoda ElMaraghy's use of learning factories has inspired universities all over the world – including Aalborg University, where the 'AAU Smart Production Lab' is an integral part of the education programme and research at the Department of Materials and Production.
A REWARDING COLLABORATION
Professor Hoda ElMaraghy has had an active and rewarding collaboration with the Department of Materials and Production (AAU) since 2014. She has hosted and mentored a number of researchers and PhD students at The Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Center. This has resulted in significant research contributions and several joint publications.
With more than 380 scientific publications, more than 12,000 citations and an H-index of more than 50, Professor ElMaraghy is considered one of the most influential and key researchers in smart and smart production systems. Her inspirational research has opened new research fields in Co-Evolution and CoDevelopment of Product and Manufacturing Systems using Natural Evolution Principles.
Her recognised contribution in the development of modern manufacturing systems paradigms, flexibility and changeability has changed the way in which increased product variance are handled in an economically efficient and sustainable way.
A ROLE MODEL FOR MANY
Professor Hoda ElMaraghy is a role model for women in engineering, and her academic success is an inspiration for women in research and engineering around the world. She is the first woman employed as dean of engineering at a Canadian university, and she is the first Canadian woman to get a PhD degree in mechanical engineering.
HONORARY DOCTOR APPOINTMENT
The official appointment will take place 15 April, at an online Academic Round Table event. In 2020 the appointment was postponed in because of the corona situation.