Pavel Ikonomov, Ph.D.

 Engineering, Design, Manufacturing, and Management Systems
  Western Michigan University

  F229 Parkview Campus
  Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336






Associate Professor


Associate Professor of Engineering, Design, Manufacturing, and Management Systems (former IME)


Assistant Professor

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME),

Western Michigan University


Visiting Professor/Research



Visiting Professor/Research Associate

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA


Assistant Professor

Manufacturing Technology and Systems,

Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria


Chief Production Engineer

Petroleum and Gas Co., Bulgaria



Courses Taught:

  • EDMM 2540 Machining Processes
  • EDMM 3540 Metrology
  • EDMM 3580 Computer Aided Manufacturing (cam)
  • EDMM 3580 Manufacturing Systems Integration
  • EDMM 5460 Concurrent Engineering
  • EDMM 6580 CAM Application


I have been working on 3d printing (rapid prototyping) Virtual Reality simulation, for more than 22 years. My main focus has been 3-D modeling design, digital manufacturing (including 3D printing) and VR simulation in manufacturing and assembly, medical application, large scale dynamic simulation in various research organizations in Japan like Hokkaido University, TMIT and 3D Incorporated and Virtual Reality Center Yokohama (CTO), UCLA (2001-3) and NIST (2002-3). At NIST he was responsible for industrial Virtual Reality Assembly (VADE) and worked with VR simulation for the optical nano-tweezers, this research was funded for five more years after he joined WMU in 2003.  Dr. Ikonomov has more than 130 journal and refereed conference proceedings publications, several pates, book chapter and three books, he has been editor in two peer reviewed journals for more than 15 years. Dr. Ikonomov will oversee the development of equipment and testing the mechanical properties of the 3D printed bones with biocompatible materials.


Short List of Select Recent Publications

1.     Pavel G. Ikonomov, Azem Yahamed, Dan Fleming, Mechanical Properties of Engineered Bone Structure for Medical Applications, RAPID Conference and Exposition (poster), Orlando Fl, May 16-19, 2016.

2.     Muralidhar K. Ghantasala,   Pavel Ikonomov, Tijana Rajh, and Allen David, Numerical modeling of the effect of field configurations on the magnetic nanoparticle delivery system, Nanotech 2016 Conference & Expo, May 22-26, 2016, Washington, DC.

3.     Pavel Ikonomov, Sam Ramrattan, and Jorge Rodriguez, Hybrid System for Producing Functional Casting Prototypes, Proceedings of the ASEE, June 26 - 29, 2016. New Orleans, LA.

4.     Ikonomov, P., Virtual Surgery Simulation and 3D Printing of Bone Structure for Personalized Medical Applications, Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced and Agile Manufacturing Systems, ICAM-2015, December 28-29, 2015, Sultanpur, U.P., India.

5.     Ikonomov, P. and Yahamed, A. (2014). Testing of Plastic Materials for 3D Printing of Bone Structure. International Journal of Advance Manufacturing Systems (IJAMS), 15(1), 7. 2014.

6.     Yahamed, A., Ikonomov, P., and Fleming, P.D. (2014). Application of 3D Printing for Human Bone Replacement. Proceedings of the 2014 ICAM, International Conference on Advanced and Agile Manufacturing, (p. 10). Rochester, USA, May 28-30, 2014.

7.     H. Bohra, S. N. Ramrattan, M. K. Joyce, P. D. Fleming III, and P. Ikonomov, New Light Cured Media for use with Cast Prototypes, Proceedings of the 2014 ICAM, International Conference on Advanced and Agile Manufacturing, (p. 10). Rochester, USA, May 28-30, 2014.

8.     Azem Yahamed, Pavel Ikonomov, Dan Fleming, Alexandra Pekarovicova, Peter Gustafson, Bone Structure by 3D Printing, RAPID Conference and Exposition, Cobo Center, Dearborn, MI, USA, June 9-12, 2014.

9.     Krishna Bhavaraju, Pavel Ikonomov, Suren N. Dwivedi, Svetlana Ikonomova, Virtual Reality Simulation of Nano Assembly Using Optical Tweezers, IJAMS., Vol.11, iss.2, 2009, pp. 55-64.

10.  Pavel Ikonomov, Emiliya D. Milkova, From Simulation to VR Based Simulation and Testing, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems (IJAMS),Vol. 11, iss.2, 2009., pp. 29-36.

11.  Pavel G. Ikonomov and Muralidhar K. Ghantasala, Virtual Reality approach for nanoparticles tracking using simulated forces, Proceedings of NSTI Nanotech, Technical Conference, Boston, May 7-11, 2006.

12.  Pavel G. Ikonomov, Muralidhar K. Ghantasala, and Suren Dwivedi, Simulation of Forces for Virtual Nanoassembly, IJAMS Vol. 9, Issue 2, 2006.

13.  Azem Yahamed, Michael Joyce, Paul D. Fleming and Alexandra Pekarovicova and Pavel G Ikonomov, Biopolymers for 3D Printed Bone Structure, Society of Imaging Science and Technology, IS&T conferences/NIP2015

14.  Pnina Ari-Gur, Pavel G. Ikonomov, Peter Thannhauser, Daniel M. Litynski, and Jeff Johnston, Interactive Virtual Laboratory, Game-Design Style, International Conference on Engineering Education - ICEE 2015

15.  Ari-Gur, P., Thannhauser, P., Rabiej, R., Ikonomov, P., Johnston, J., Hoin, S., and Litynski, D., Developing Virtual Laboratory for Materials Education, Proceedings of ICCE-21 Conference, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, July 2013

16.  Litynski, D., Ari-Gur, P., Ikonomov, P., Rabiej, R., Thannhauser, Hoin, S., 3D Virtual Materials Engineering Laboratory, SALT Conference, Orlando, FL March 2013.

17.  Ari-Gur, P., Ikonomov, P., Rabiej, R., Thannhauser, P., Hassan, M.M., Litynski, D.M., Schwartz, R., Transforming Undergraduate Engineering Education with 3D Virtual Reality Laboratory, Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 23-26, 2013.

18.  P. G. Ikonomov and Emiliya D. Milkova, Virtual Assembly/Disassembly System Using Natural Human Interaction and Control, chapter in the book: Virtual and Augmented Reality, Applications in Manufacturing, Springer-Verlag London, ISBN 1-85233-796-1, Chapter 7, 2003, pp111-125

Awards and keynote presentations

Inauguration and Keynote speaker - 2011 ICAM conference 2011, Agra, India

Keynote speaker-2012 ICAM conference 2012, Varanasi, India

Live time achievement award, International Society on Agile Manufacturing -2012 ICAM conference 2012, Varanasi, India

Best paper award-2014 International Advisory Committee and organizing ICAM conference 2014 USA,


Patent Bulgaria No. 40109, D. Parlichev and P. Ikonomov, Equipment for Complex Sea Coast Researches, Institute of Sea and Oceanology, Varna, Ground Tube, 10.06.1985 

Patent USA (2013): Sam N. Ramrattan, Margaret K. Joyce, Paul D. Fleming and Pavel Ikonomov, Patternless Sand Mold and Core Formation for Rapid Casting,

Patent USA pending (2015): Pavel Ikonomov, Jim Mcqueen, Daniel Ziemer, Matt Ziemer, Jake Ives, 3D Metal Printing and Process.

Synergistic Activities

a)    Contributed his expertise in the field of digital manufacturing and 3D printing, modeling and VR simulation for medical applications, dimensional metrology and 3D scanning, virtual manufacturing and assembly, VR simulation and control for nano-manipulation.

b)     Received significant research grants from leading corporations and research institutions including: from EON Reality Inc., NIST, Cimatron Co., SIMTECH Inc., Magmasoft -MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Inc.,  Surfcam-Surfware Inc, Colchester,,Measuring and Modeling of a 3D Road Surface for WMU-CAVIDS DOD, Google’s Computer Science for High School Teachers-CS4HS, NSF-DUE:TUES- (EASE), MDOT-Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC), and numerous smaller grants.

c)     Published extensively in a number of leading journals and presented at premier international conferences

d)    List of activities:

Program Chair of two conferences Wireless Internet Data and Enterprise Application 2001and 2002,  UCLA, General Chair – Intl. Conference of Agile Manufacturing 2008-WMU, Judge-First robot competition-Michigan 2007-2016, Judge- SME -Future City completions-Michigan 2006-2009, Judge-Scientific Olympiad –robotics-2008-2010, Chainless challenge hydraulic bike completion: second place 2008, four first awards 2007, 2012; second and third place 2006, total of $54,000 on research support from Parker Hannifin Co., more than 30 senior projects, more than ten MS and four PhD projects supported with additional funds and equipment, Chair SME -Kalamazoo chapter, SME and ASEE member since 2003, Advisory-Editor Board- International Journal of Advance Manufacturing Systems (IJAMS) (Since 1998), Advisory-Editor Board- International Journal of Agile Manufacturing (IJAM) (Since 1998), Chair AITC-Academic Information and Technology Council to Faculty senate, WMU, 2015, V Chair 2013-15, 2011 International Advisory Committee and organizing ICAM conference 2011, Agra, India, 2012 International Advisory Committee and organizing ICAM conference 2012, Varanasi, India, 2014 International Advisory Committee, Program chair, and organizing ICAM conference 2014 USA, 2015 International Advisory Committee, Program chair, and organizing ICAM conference 2015 India.



National Institute of Standard and Technology, Tom Lebrun, Kevin Lyons, Cedric Gagnon

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Suren Dwivedi,

Washington State Universitry, Sankar Jayaram,

Oakland University, Subramaniam Ganesan,

Nottingham University, UK, Svetan Ratchev,

University of Lyon I, France, Parisa Ghodous

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, India, K. Hans Raj



Western Michigan University, students: Raed Hasan, Azem Yahamed, Hemant Borta, Anand Pouwel, Jafar Momani- Stoyan Stoychev, Erik Kostandyan-, Jai Thomas, Tina R. Goldsmith - Ph.D., WMU; Anil Shaw, Sia Macmillan Lyimo, Michael Konkel, Sahile Behl,  Manic Kapoor and Sean Derek-MS, WMU.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette with Prof.Suren Dwivedi, MS, ME students: Sarat Vadrevu, Krishna Chaitanya, Kumar Promod, Anand Kumar, Sharat K Yempati, Rahul Kulkarni, Shailakash Kode, Amit Aglawe, Sarita Jayaraman