Research Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing

Friday, Sept. 15, 3:15 pm
Sidney & Marian Green Classroom (3550 MEK)
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Steven R. Schmid, Ph.D., P.E., FASME, FSME
Program Director for Manufacturing Machines & Equipment
National Science Foundation

Abstract: Dr. Steven R. Schmid will present the research opportunities that exist in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) division of the National Science Foundation, with particular emphasis on research in advanced manufacturing and the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment Program that he directs. An overview of strategies and practices for effective proposal preparation will be discussed, as well as an outline of new opportunities. Dr. Schmid will also present a new development in the manufacturing sector: biomanufacturing. Biomanufacturing is potentially a very large and emerging field, ranging from the use of porous constructs in total joint replacements that facilitate hard tissue integration, to the manufacture of functional organs through three dimensional printing. There have been innumerable efforts to build tissues and organs in the laboratory but deployment of the new technologies is blocked by inability to translate laboratory success into manufacturing at scale, while satisfying safety, reliability, and certification issues. Biomanufacturing is perhaps the most fundamental new engineering specialization and has received significant recent interest.

Bio: Steven R. Schmid received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology; Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees at Northwestern University; and is a Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He conducts research and teaches courses in the general fields of manufacturing, metal forming, tribology, and design. Of his textbooks, Manufacturing Engineering and Technology (with S. Kalpakjian) is the world’s most popular manufacturing textbook. Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials, Fundamentals of Machine Elements and Fundamentals of Fluid Film Lubrication are some of his other books.  In 2012-2013, Dr. Schmid was the first Faculty Fellow at the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. His is currently the Program Director for Manufacturing Machines and Equipment at the National Science Foundation, which includes research grants in the additive manufacturing area. He has won numerous best paper and teaching awards, and served as President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute from 2015-2016.