Virtual Book Launch: Fundamentals of Machine Manufacturing Technology

Sharing of lessons learned from the first textbook co-authored by Chinese and Swiss professors in the field of engineering.

Event Details


Zoom Webinar


[Online] January 14, 2020, 16:00 - 17:00 (China) / 9:00 - 10:00 (Switzerland)


Free, RSVP required.

The seventy years of diplomatic relations between China and Switzerland has witnessed numerous Sino-Swiss cooperation. This virtual event will spotlight such a cooperation which lays at the intersection between education, science and technology. Fundamentals of Machine Manufacturing Technology, an English-language textbook published in August 2020 by the South China University of Technology (SCUT) Press for Bachelor’s and Master’s students in mechanical engineering, is the first textbook co-authored by Chinese and Swiss professors in the field of engineering. It is born out of a course of the same name taught at SCUT together by Professor Wangyu Liu of SCUT and Professor Claudio R. Boër of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). While the textbook is likely to enhance academic exchanges between Chinese and Swiss professors and students in the field, it also has the potential to promote precision manufacturing technologies, which Switzerland is known for, to Chinese industries. This webinar will bring together the two authors, university staff behind the book and Swiss industry representative to give the audience a whole picture of how this cooperation has come about in hope of inspiring Chinese and Swiss researchers interested in similar initiatives.

First, Professor Wangyu Liu of SCUT will introduce the reform of the “Fundamentals of Machine Manufacturing Technology” course, which she has been teaching for over twenty years. While machine manufacturing technologies are making striking progresses, Professor Liu believes engineering education needs to put an emphasis on the core and basics of the field so as to adapt to the rapid development in the industry. She will explain how this publication inherits the original resources of former publications to maintain the consistency in teaching, and how it differs from the former ones in structure and chapter organization with the contribution of Professor Claudio R. Boër.

Then, Professor Claudio R. Boër of SUPSI will give the audience a talk on his teaching experience in China as well as the lessons learned during this cooperation with SCUT. He had been involved in cooperation projects with Chinese universities since 1991, but it was his first time co-teaching and co-authoring a textbook with a Chinese professor. Professor Boër sees the process of structuring the textbook as a good compromise between the wishes for innovation and the reality to maintain consistency of the curriculum. His next step is to understand how the next edition of the book can better integrate current engineering advances and transfer the knowledge to the future generation of engineers.

The webinar will conclude with a short presentation by Bodong Stone Shi, the main push of this cooperation between SCUT and SUPSI, both his alma maters, and Swiss industry representative Marco Boccadoro, who will briefly introduce the state-of-art of Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), a major electro-machining process, and its meaning in the context of the future industrial challenges.


Event Rundown

16:00-16:05 Introduction

by Mianmian Fei, Junior Project Manager of Academic Relations, swissnex China 

16:05-16:20 FMMT Course Reform and SCUT-SUPSI Bilateral Cooperation on Textbook Publication

by Prof. Dr. Wangyu Liu, Professor, School of Mechanical & Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology (SCUT)

16:20-16:35 Teaching Experience in China and the Sino-Swiss Cooperation in Research and Education

by Prof. Dr. Claudio R. Boër, Vice President of the Board, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI); Senior Advisor, swissnex China

16:35-16:40 SCUT-SUPSI Bilateral Cooperation from a Student Point of View

by Bodong Stone Shi, Chief Representative, SUPSI China Representative Office

16:40-16:50 Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) and Its Future

by Marco Boccadoro, Consultant

16:50-17:00 Q&A


About the Speakers

Prof. Dr. Wangyu Liu
Professor, School of Mechanical & Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology; Co-author of Fundamentals of Machine Manufacturing Technology

Professor Wangyu Liu obtained her PhD in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation from the South China University of Technology (SCUT) in 1998 and started her teaching career there in 2000. She was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Manufacturing of the University of Cambridge from 2003 to 2004 and a visiting professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of McGill University in 2011. Professor Liu has over twenty years of experience teaching the course “Fundamentals of Machine Manufacturing Technology” to undergraduate students majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In the past decades, she has led her team to build the course into the “National Bilingual Model Course” (2007) and “National Excellent Resourced Course” (2013). She is also actively collaborating with manufacturing industries by providing consulting in products’ structural design, simulation, and process optimization.

Prof. Dr. Claudio R. Boër
Vice President of the Board, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland; Senior Advisor, swissnex China; Co-author of Fundamentals of Machine Manufacturing Technology

Professor Claudio R. Boër had two decades of experience in Swiss industries and spent another two decades in academia and Swiss government agencies. He held academic positions in EPFL, Polytechnic University of Turin and Polytechnic University of Milan before retiring in 2013 from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). Professor Boër is a friendly ambassador to promote scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation between Switzerland and China. In 1991 he participated in an eight-year National 863 Program of Tsinghua University and was hired as a distinguished professor by Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1995. After his retirement he has turned his energy towards knowledge dissemination, student training and corporate guidance. He was a professor in Guangdong University of Technology from 2013 to 2016 and taught the course “Fundamentals of Machine Manufacturing Technology” at SCUT together with Professor Wangyu Liu.

Bodong Stone Shi
Chief Representative, SUPSI China Representative Office

Bodong Stone Shi graduated from SCUT with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Automation in 2008 and pursued his Master’s in Industrial Technology at SUPSI from 2008 to 2010. He was Chief Representative of the China Representative Office of SUPSI from 2010 to 2014 and again from 2020. Between 2014 and 2019 he was swissnex China’s Project Manager at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou.

Marco Boccadoro
Consultant; Swiss Industry Representative

Marco Boccadoro obtained his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 1978. Later he joined Agie SA (later Agie Charmilles, Georgfischer Machining Solutions) until 2019 as the Head of Research and Innovation. Since then, he has worked as an independent consultant. Marco also holds an academic position at ETH Zurich as a lecturer of non-conventional manufacturing processes and taught Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2018.


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