Dr. Plebani's research interests are in the areas of modeling of manufacturing processes, computational operations research, and automation and process control. He is currently involved in research work in all three of these major areas. Sample projects include high speed data acquisition and spectrum analysis of metal removal processes for purposes of predicting catastrophic tool wear; the design and implementation of specialized parallel processing algorithms using workstation networks and also for implementation using heterogeneous embedded processors; and the design and implementation of a high-speed electronic part sorting system. He has been the principal investigator on a number of research contracts for both federal and local governments and for numerous industrial firms. Dr. Plebani joined the faculty in 1976.