Center Director and Brigham Young University Site Director
Dr. Yuri Hovanski is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Brigham Young University. He earned a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Washington State University. Professor Hovanski has participated in research related to friction stir technologies for nearly two decades, including work in weld formability, abnormal grain growth, and the influence of post-weld microstructure and texture on mechanical properties. More recently, he has focused on the development of low-cost solutions to facilitate industrial application of friction stir welding, introducing cost-efficient solutions for thermal telemetry, new tool materials and production techniques for friction stir spot welding tooling, high-speed friction stir welding for production of aluminum welded blanks, and friction stir scribe technology for joining very dissimilar materials.