Albert Y.T. Sun, Ph.D.

Professor of Industrial Engineering

Richter Math-Engineering Center, Room 236


Image of Albert Sun, Ph.D. in the lab annex

  • B.A., Industrial Engineering: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Taipei University of Technology, 1989
  • M.A., Manufacturing: Mechanical, Industrial, and Nuclear Engineering Department, University of Cincinnati, 1994
  • Ph.D., Manufacturing: Mechanical, Industrial, and Nuclear Engineering Department, University of Cincinnati, 1999

Albert Y.T. Sun, Ph.D., joined St. Mary’s University in 1999 from industry where he worked as applications engineer at Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Having 24 years of experience in the field of manufacturing/industrial engineering, he spent five years as an Assistant Professor of Engineering and seven years as an Associate Professor of Engineering, focusing on manufacturing subject matters.  He was appointed Professor of Engineering in 2011.

He served as a research adviser for Hawthorne & York International, Ltd. (HYI), a bioengineering product manufacturing company, and St. Mary’s University on-site principal investigator on bioengineered hip stem implant research commissioned by Department of Defense (DOD) U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command via HYI (2000-2007). The research project involved nano/micro/meso-level instrumentation and manufacturing with biocompatible materials.

After being awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sun worked on a collaborative research as principal investigator: Collaborative Learning Environment for Automated Manufacturing System Integration, with Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Texas A&M University in College Station (2009-2012).

In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation and the St. Mary’s University advancement matching fund. Sun is the principal investigator currently renovating the Precision and Accuracy Fabrication Laboratory (PAFL) and the Automated Manufacturing and Robotics Laboratory (AMRL) with focuses on developing and adapting advanced manufacturing innovation into the teaching, industry-academia collaboration and research environment.

Since 2004, Sun has held a research consultant appointment with the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Since 2012, he has held a research consultant appointment with the Almquist Stereolithography Laboratory at the San Antonio Military Medical Center for the U.S. Air Force. He has applied contact and non-contact based 3-D coordinate measuring knowledge to do interdisciplinary research and to perform technology deployment for years.

Sun is member of Alpha Pi Mu and Omega Rho; a senior member of SME and IIE; an editorial board member of the International Journal of Industrial Engineering; and invited reviewer for several journals including the International Journal of the Physical Sciences as the latest one he serves (as of June 2013).

Sun’s precision engineering and manufacturing facility is equipped with, to name a few, HAAS and TECHNO CNC machines, FARO Edge arm, Dimension Elite 3D printer, Hexagon CMM, FETSO mechatronics, FANUC robots, and comprehensively integrated CAD/CAM/CAE software. It is his vision that such an infrastructure is driven for cross-institution and industry-academia collaboration to embark excellence in education, application research and technology deployment.

As a result, partners, such as UTHSCSA, the Air Force and Southwest Research Institute (listed in the chorological order of joining the collaborative relation), continue to enjoy and embrace his implementation model called MARRS (Manufacturability, Assemblability, Reproducibility, and Repeatability Synergy) with his specialties.

Area of interest:

  • Innovation for engineering education
  • Innovation for manufacturing (Additive Manufacturing, Reverse Engineering and Rapid Prototyping)
  • Precision mechanical design, micro-metrology
  • Advanced manufacturing engineering and technology deployment on medical fields
  • Meso/Micro/Nano-scale manufacturing system and processes
  • CAD/CAM/CAE-CAX system integration for manufacturing

Sun teaches hands-on labs on one-academic-year rotational basis. His courses cover manufacturing processes, automation and control (mechatronics), CAD/CAE/CAM-X skill sets and integration, advanced manufacturing systems engineering, robotics, as well as facilities design and management with continuous lean improvement.