Prof. David O. Kazmer

Specializing in Systems Design,
Optimization, and Assurance


David Kazmer is a Professor of Plastics Engineering at UMass Lowell, currently serving as Associate Dean for the Francis College of Engineering. He is the recipient of over a dozen different recognition awards, an inventor with over 20 patents, and the author of more than two hundred publications including two books. Much of his academic work is motivated by industry experiences as an engineer and manager.

His teaching and research are in the areas of systems design, simulation, and optimization with a focus on machinery, sensors, and controls.


  • Ph.D., 1995, Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering Design Division. Dissertation: Dynamic Feed Control for Injection Molding. Committee: P. Barkan (Chair, deceased), W. Hausman, K. Ishii (deceased), F. Prinz
  • M. Sci., 1991, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Thesis: Development and Validation of a Radial Flow Analysis Tool. Advisor: D. Lee.
  • B. Sci., 1990, Cornell University, Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering, with Distinction.

Honors and Awards

  • 2011, Fellow, Society of Plastics Engineers
  • 2007, Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2004, Best Paper Award, 10th ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference
  • 2000, University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Engineering Outstanding Young Faculty Award
  • 1999, Lilly University Teaching Fellowship
  • 1998, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
  • 1998, Best Paper Award, Society of Plastics Engineers' Design Division
  • 1997, National Science Foundation Career Award
  • 1996, 1997, and 2000, UMass Amherst College of Engineering Outstanding Advisor Service Award
  • 1995, Future Professor of Manufacturing, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association
  • 1994, Innovative Industrial Process Award, U.S. Department of Energy
  • 1993, Best of Program, Lincoln Electric National Design Competition
  • 1992, Management award for outstanding achievements, General Electric Company
  • 1989, Management award for outstanding contributions, General Electric Company


Please refer to my curriculum vita for a full list of publications. Many of them are available in the articles section of the website.

Picture of David Kazmer on South Rim of Grand Canyon


Prof. David Kazmer