U mechanical engineering assistant professor Wenda Tan recently traveled to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in Tennessee, to give a seminar on “multi-scale modeling of process dynamics and microstructure development in laser-based keyhole welding and additive manufacturing.” Professor Tan also visited the processing and joining group  and the manufacturing demonstration facility  to get acquaintance of the welding and additive manufacturing research activities that are going on in ORNL.

Announced earlier this month by  by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce was  Utah’s designation as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative.

“The primary interest of our lab is to invent new techniques and improve existing techniques of laser-based manufacturing, striving to improve the accuracy, efficiency and product properties of the manufacturing processes,” says Tan.

“We use experiment and computer simulation techniques to understand the underlying physics of laser-based manufacturing processes, and we use such understanding to optimize the processes and maximize the potential of the techniques.”

Learn more about Professor Tan, his research and his students by visiting the Laboratory of Laser-based Manufacturing.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah is committed to providing students with broad-based, rigorous and progressive education. By combining state-of-the-art facilities with renowned faculty, the department provides an education that gives students the necessary skills to become the next generation of innovators.