Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education in the U’s Department of Mechanical Engineering examines materials produced using innovative technologies, and the leveraging of innovative technologies to create existing and new products. Core strengths include additive manufacturing, materials forming, materials joining, and nanomaterials.

Faculty and Labs

A.K. Balaji

Research interests include sustainable manufacturing, interfaces between materials, mechanics, & manufacturing, and the science of machining processes and modeling of machining performance.

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Jiyoung Chang
Lab: Wearable NEMS

Exploring the synthesis of 2D materials, creating novel hetero-structure and fabrication of flexible/wearable devices. Developing micro/nanoscale tools to explore material/mechanical properties.

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Ken d’Entremont

Research Interests include: Product Safety—Consumer Products, Recreational Products, and Innovative Products
Vehicle Dynamics, Safety & Testing.

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Yong Lin Kong
Lab –  Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

Focuses on the multiscale integration of nanomaterials in an extrusion-based 3D printing process, enabling the creation of unique functional bioelectronics that can address unmet clinical needs.

Tommaso Lenzi
Lab – HGN Lab for Bionic Engineering

Focuses on the intersection of Robotics, Design, Control, and Biomechanics. We invent, prototype, engineer, and test bionic devices and systems to help people move and live independently.

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Steven Naleway
Lab – Bioinspired Science and Engineering

Research interests are in the areas of bioinspired design, biological material science, and biomedical materials. Research is ongoing to understand the common structural design elements that are employed by nature to provide impressive mechanical properties and to employ these through a variety of additive and advanced manufacturing techniques.

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Shuaihang Pan
Lab – Lab of Advanced Manufacturing (LoAM)

LoAM” means “a prosperous land, carrying the best wishes for building a platform for insightful engineers and providing solutions for advanced manufacturing design in novel alloys.

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Robert G. Parker
Lab – Dynamics & Vibrations

Pursues research that merges academic investigations suitable for publication in leading journals with practical applications. While our primary goal is to pursue research valuable for the broad vibration research community, we select projects that are drawn from engineering applications. We pursue these goals while giving PhD and MS students in the lab academically exciting projects for them to develop their independent research skills and prepare for their future careers.

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Ashley Spear
Lab – Multiscale Mechanics & Materials

Conducts cutting-edge research at the nexus of materials and structures. We couple materials characterization with high-performance computing and data-driven analysis (including machine learning) to address a wide range of research topics that are especially pertinent to the defense, aerospace, and manufacturing communities.

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Pai Wang
Lab – Utah Waves & Architected Materials

The group expertise lies at the multi-disciplinary intersection joining mechanics of materials, computational methods, acoustics and vibrations. Our studies focus on the design of artificially structured materials for wave manipulation. These functional composites are commonly referred to as phononic crystals and acoustic metamaterials  – systems with unconventional dynamic properties emerging from their micro-structures instead of their constituent materials. A central theme in this field is the emergence of acoustic/phononic band gaps – a range of frequency in which the propagation of elastic wave is suppressed.

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Roseanne Warren
Lab – Advanced Energy Innovations

The mission of our group is to pioneer new nanoscale manufacturing methods that will improve the future of society. Our two primary areas of focus are: 1) electrochemical energy storage devices (batteries & supercapacitors), and 2) micro/nanofluidic technologies for manufacturing and human health applications.

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