News and information from SME's North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI/SME)
New Award & Competition: David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award and Blue Sky Competition
The inaugural David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award and Blue Sky Competition, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be held during the 2017 North American Manufacturing Research Conference/Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (NAMRC/MSEC), June 4-8, 2017, in Los Angeles. Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2017
Memorial Service for Dave Dornfeld
On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, a Celebration of the Life of David Dornfeld will be held at UC Berkeley, beginning at 2 p.m. in Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center. The program includes remarks from faculty colleagues, former students and others whose lives were shaped by Dave's friendship.
Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet Elevated to Prestigious SME College of Fellows
SME has elected Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, to its 2016 College of Fellows. Greenslet is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida.
Industry Researchers Take Center Stage at 44th Annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference
Academics within manufacturing were honored Thursday, during NAMRC 44 held by NAMRI/SME. NAMRC 44 was hosted by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
NAMRI/SME Installs New Board of Directors at Annual Research Conference
Dean Bartles, PhD, FSME, 2016 SME president, chief manufacturing officer and executive director of the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, assumed his position as the new board president.
Advanced Technologies for Growth and Talent
Manufacturing and innovation are intricately linked. Failure to manufacture high-technology products risks our ability to innovate next-generation products. It is therefore critical that we establish the needed infrastructure, knowledge and skills needed to mature emerging technologies and their manufacturing readiness to increase the likelihood that the technology is ultimately scaled in the U.S., creating jobs and a cycle of innovation. This editorial by Sridhar Kota, Herrick professor of engineering, professor of mechanical engineering; director, MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, the University of
Michigan, appeared in the May 2016 issue of SME's Manufacturing Engineering magazine.
Manufacturing Education, Workforce Development, and Outreach
NAMRC 44, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 3:45–5:15 p.m.
The goal of this session is to exchange ideas to improve manufacturing education so that it better suits the current times and better develops our manufacturing industry. Panelists have taken a variety of career paths and are members of global entities such as academia, industry and the Manufacturing Innovation Institute of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Panelists will discuss their experiences, talk about current education trends and suggest keys to shape the future of U.S. manufacturing.
New Report Released on U.S.-Germany Collaborative Research in Advanced Manufacturing
A workshop was held on Feb. 10–12, 2016, in Darmstadt, Germany, to investigate the potential for collaborative research between the U.S. and Germany. Both countries share many characteristics, and have been allies and friends for generations. Both countries rank among the world leaders for technological sophistication, high technology product development and advanced manufacturing research activity.
Prize Competition Seeking Innovative Approaches to Cost-Effective, Low-Volume Manufacturing
“Making to Manufacturing” competition closes June 1, with winners in each category earning up to $10,000.
Thought Leaders to Convene at NAMRC 44
Steve Schmid, PhD, PE, 2015-16 NAMRI/SME President, SME Speaks, April 2016
During the week of June 27, researchers, educators, practitioners and thought leaders from around the world will congregate in Blacksburg, Virginia, for the largest annual manufacturing research conference in North America.
1990-91 NAMRI/SME Past President Passes Away at Age 66
David A. Dornfeld, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, died March 27 of a heart attack.
Manufacturing Marches Toward Digital Future
Dean Bartles, PhD, FSME, 2016 SME President, SME Speaks , Jan. 2016
Through SME, I’ve been able to participate in NAMRI/SME and its annual NAMRC event. The technical innovations and concepts highlighted at the conference and published in its proceedings have eventually made their way into commercial applications, benefiting all of us.
NAMRI/SME Position Papers
– Support for the Manufacturing Universities Act of 201 Position Paper
– ABET Proposed Criteria and Manufacturing NAMRI/SME Position Paper
– Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives: A National Imperative