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Roundtable Discussions

2021 ASME IMECE will offer several Roundtable Discussions led by a Moderator/Leader. Each Roundtable will be organized into two 30-minute discussions per scheduled hour, which will provide the audience the opportunity to participate in a couple of different discussions. The Roundtable topics include:

 

Description: Undergraduate students are largely unaware of the benefits of graduate school and the corresponding application process. This roundtable will include a general discussion of graduate school, how it can further a student’s career, and what schools are looking for in applicants.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Christopher Depcik, Ph.D.

Christopher Depcik, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas

Dr. Jean-Pierre Delplanque

Jean-Pierre Delplanque
Professor and Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate Studies, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Davis

Dr. Malisa Sarntinoranont

Dr. Malisa Sarntinoranont
Graduate Coordinator and Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida

Dr. Donald Siegel

Dr. Donald Siegel
Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Education, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

 

Description: Under the America COMPETES Act the federal government develops a strategic plan for advanced manufacturing with stakeholder input from industry and academia. The first of these quadrennial strategic plans was issued in 2018 and federal officials are seeking your input in the development of the 2022-2026 National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. This Roundtable event is to solicit information from the IMECE audience on where advanced manufacturing should go in the future, and will follow questions issued in a public Request for Information from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Said Jahanmir (Fed)

Said Jahanmir (Fed)
Assistant Director for Federal Partnerships
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO)

Mike Molnar

Mike Molnar
Founding Director
Office of Advanced Manufacturing (OAM) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Founding Director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO)

Description: Artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) has been increasingly applied to the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), which aims to construct the process-structure-property-performance (PSPP) relationships through advanced computational simulations. Despite many successful applications in AI/ML, there are still many unsolved issues of applying AI/ML to further develop advanced materials (e.g., composites and metamaterials). This networking/discussion session is aimed at researchers to discuss the current applications, challenges, and new directions of AI/ML in the simulations of manufacturing process, material modeling, and structural analysis.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Prof. Xin Liu

Prof. Xin Liu
Assistant Professor, Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department
Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies
The University of Texas at Arlington

Prof. Wenbin Yu

Prof. Wenbin Yu
Professor, Purdue/AAE
Director, Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB
CTO, AnalySwift LLC

Description: This roundtable will feature 1 or 2 Assistant Professors and 6 to 10 graduate students in a discussion of how to get a job in Academia. Topics can include (depending on interest) the application process, interviewing, start-up packages, teaching and research expectations, and others.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Michael Potter

Michael Potter
Francis Marion University

Rachel Vitali

Rachel Vitali
University of Iowa

Yunye Shi

Dr. Yunye Shi
University of Tennessee

Mohsen Ghamari

Mohsen Ghamari
Wilkes University

Omid Askari

Omid Askari
Mississippi State University

Description: This roundtable will feature 1 or 2 industry-employed recent graduates and 6 to 10 graduate students to discuss getting a job in industry. Topics include interviewing, industry expectations, visa issues, and other topics.

Roundtable Leaders:
Alireza Mofidi, Westinghouse

Description: The final deliverable for many research programs is a report. While this is necessary and useful, a better outcome is an implemented solution, tool, process, etc. Join this roundtable to discuss ways to perform implementable research and transition your results to practical use.

Roundtable Leader:

 

Raymond Monroe, Ph.D

Raymond Monroe, Ph.D
Executive Vice President, Steel Founders' Society of America (SFSA)

 

Description: Real materials have heterogeneities, often randomly distributed, that cause local variations in properties. Join this roundtable to discuss how you account for this in practical design of components.

Roundtable Leader:

 

Hayley Brown, Ph.D

Hayley Brown, Ph.D
Mill and Forging Technology Manager, Steel Founders' Society of America (SFSA)

Description: Lung therapies vary between pharmaceutical and physical treatments depending on the nature of the disease. The latter has gained enormous applications in managing airway constrictions such as during an asthmatic attack. Various noninvasive physical techniques have been developed to treat Asthma, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Respiratory Distress Syndrome. These techniques may introduce airway smooth muscle relaxation or improve saliva secretion in the airways which reduce the dependance on pharmaceutical treatments. Example of these methods is the use of pressure oscillation therapy or self- humidification. In this Roundtable discussion, we will share ideas and thoughts on available physical therapies and future developments of new technologies for various lung diseases.

Roundtable Leader:

 

Professor Ahmed Al-Jumaily

Professor Ahmed Al-Jumaily
Editor in Chief, ASME Journal of Engineering and Science in Medical Diagnostics and Therapy
Director, Institute of Biomedical Technologies
Auckland University of Technology

Description: There is growing interest in reducing CO2 emissions from aircraft. This can be done by increasing efficiencies, using zero carbon or net-zero carbon fuels, or electrifying the propulsion cycle. This roundtable will discuss prospects and status of these approaches.

Roundtable Leader:

 

Prof Tim Lieuwen

Professor Tim Lieuwen
Regents Professor and David S. Lewis Jr. Chair,
School of Aerospace Engineering,
Georgia Institute of Technology

Description: In addition to new technological advancements and scientific innovations in Advanced Manufacturing, innovative and integrated education plans would be an integral part of workforce development and building the future of the modern manufacturing industry. In fact, strategic education plans are necessary to cope with the increasing industrial requirements of future manufacturing. This interactive roundtable focuses on effective and innovative pedagogical methods that can be potentially used for teaching undergraduate and graduate manufacturing courses, e.g., additive manufacturing, manufacturing processes, manufacturing design, and materials for manufacturing. Effective education methods not only integrate manufacturing education with industrial practice, but also pave the way for establishment of integrated manufacturing education and research plans in academia. Authors and presenters from both industry and academia are invited to attend this event and share their opinions.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Daniel J. Cox, Ph.D.

Daniel J. Cox, Ph.D.
Professor and Founding Chair of Manufacturing Engineering,
Department of Manufacturing Engineering,
Georgia Southern University

Esther Akinlabi, Ph.D.

Esther Akinlabi, Ph.D.
Director, Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Institute, Ibadan, Nigeria

Sekhar Rakurty, Ph.D.

Sekhar Rakurty, Ph.D.
Research Team Lead,
Cutting Tools and Machining Researcher,
The M.K. Morse Company

Roozbeh (Ross) Salary, Ph.D.

Roozbeh (Ross) Salary, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical & BioMedical Engineering
Marshall University (West Virginia State)

Description: Manufacturers utilize many new manufacturing processes to produce parts that are used by millions of people in all sectors of industry. However, the traditional methods of producing goods remain highly relevant today. Industry in parallel with its support for academic research is adapting those traditional processes to address the new challenges of increasing quality, decreasing costs, and implementing new hybrid processes to meet the demands of the marketplace. Daily, improved traditional and hybrid processes are being explored for the automotive, aerospace, construction, and biomedical as well as many other sectors that comprise economies nationally and globally. Authors and presenters from both industry and academia are invited to attend and discuss their takes on how both older and newer technologies are being incorporated into current manufacturing trends.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

I. S. Jawahir, Ph.D.

I. S. Jawahir, Ph.D.
Professor and James F. Hardymon Chair in Manufacturing Systems,
Director of Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Kentucky,
Lexington, KY

David Guerra-Zubiaga, Ph.D.

David Guerra-Zubiaga, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechatronics Engineering,
Kennesaw State University,
Marietta, GA

Ihab Ragai, Ph.D., PE, FASME

Ihab Ragai, Ph.D., PE, FASME
Associate Professor,
Penn State Erie – The Behrend College,
Erie, PA

Arun Muley, Ph.D.

Arun Muley, Ph.D.
Technical Fellow – Thermal Management
Global Integrator – Boeing Additive Manufacturing
Boeing Research & Technology
Huntington Beach, CA

Description: Learning Factories have been used for research, education and training in a close partnership with companies and industrial practices. This roundtable will discuss the innovative experiences in designing, planning and/or using Learning Factories. Advantages/disadvantages, difficulties in their design, plan and/or use, technologies and/or methodologies used/studied, competences promoted and/or assessed, among others, will be conversed. In particular, Lean Learning factories will be addressed.

Roundtable Leader:

 

Anabela C. Alves

Anabela C. Alves
ALGORITMI R&D Centre Department of Production and Systems, School of Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Description: This roundtable will discuss possible and potential modifications needed to current mechanical engineering programs in the light of the increasing shift toward more automation in the industrial workplace and the advent and footprint of additive manufacturing. What new curriculum contents need to be added to current courses in-order to bring future mechanical engineers up-to-speed to respond to the needs of the future automation industry and nascent additive manufacturing sector?

Roundtable Leader:

 

Salim Azzouz

Salim Azzouz
McCoy School of Engineering, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas

Description: Additive manufacturing (AM) continues to disrupt how mechanical engineers design and apply next-generation, mission-enhancing components in the biomedical, energy, aerospace, defense, automotive and other industries. Over the past few decades significant progress has been made in AM, yet several challenges remain that are hampering its widespread industrial adoption. This roundtable will focus on some of these ongoing challenges which may include: (i) AM scalability/industrialization for realizing more cost-effective production and larger build envelopes, (ii) part qualification and certification, (iii) characterizing AM-produced part behavior in extreme/atypical environments, (iv) AM simulation for assisting design and manufacturing processes, (v) training AM to workforce, and more. University and government professionals are welcome to attend and contribute to the roundtable discussion. Persons from industry are particularly encouraged to participate and their inputs will be given priority as necessary.

Roundtable Leader:

 

Scott M. Thompson

Scott M. Thompson
Kansas State University

Description: Often thermal property measurements are viewed as off-the-shelf devices providing needed data to estimate temperatures in engineering analysis. Advances in thermal characterization have allowed these techniques to expand beyond simple heat transfer into a host of other engineering domains.

This roundtable brings together experts in thermal characterization to discuss and summarize how thermal measurements can explore the fundamental behavior of nanoscale systems, advance the development of metamaterials, or produce non-invasive medical images. Highlights of the 21st Symposium on Thermophysical Properties (June 20-25, 2021 virtual) will also be given. Attendees are invited to this event to share their opinions on the topics and the impact and lessons learned of communicating these advances through a virtual format.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Zhuomin Zhang, Ph.D.

Zhuomin Zhang
J. Erskine Love, Jr. Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology

Kenneth Kroenlein, Ph.D.

Kenneth Kroenlein, Ph.D.
Citrine Informatics
Redwood City, CA

Andreas Mandelis, Ph.D.

Andreas Mandelis, Ph.D.
Professor and Canada Research Chair
University of Toronto

Description: Often thermal property measurements are viewed as off-the-shelf devices providing needed data to estimate temperatures in engineering analysis. Advances in thermal characterization have allowed these techniques to expand beyond simple heat transfer into a host of other engineering domains.

This roundtable brings together experts in thermal characterization to discuss and summarize how thermal measurements can explore the fundamental behavior of nanoscale systems, advance the development of metamaterials, or produce non-invasive medical images. Highlights of the 21st Symposium on Thermophysical Properties (June 20-25, 2021 virtual) will also be given. Attendees are invited to this event to share their opinions on the topics and the impact and lessons learned of communicating these advances through a virtual format.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Troy Munro, Ph.D.

Troy Munro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Brigham Young University

Xinwei Wang, Ph.D.

Xinwei Wang, Ph.D.
Professor
Iowa State University

Liping Wang, Ph.D.

Liping Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Arizona State University

Description: Research on humans in extreme environments has involved sports, transportation (air, space, land, sea) and military domains. In this roundtable we want to discuss the broad research topics people are currently working on and what they might see on the horizon. Through this discussion we also hope to discover, or reiterate, core fundamental scientific challenges that need to be addressed to achieve our collective research objectives.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Reuben Kraft, Ph.D.

Reuben Kraft, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University

Amit Bagchi, Ph.D.

Amit Bagchi, Ph.D.
Fellow of ASME
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Description: Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) play a significant role in design, manufacturing, and service of engineering systems and structures. This interactive roundtable will provide a venue for communication, discussion, and dissemination of ideas, advancements, and opinions pertaining to emerging areas of research in this field. Topics of discussion would be focused on (i) Future direction of NDE & SHM in diverse industries such as the aerospace, automobile and energy systems, (ii) Major challenges in offline and online NDE & SHM and (iii) NDE education and ASME NDPD Early Career and Students chapter. Authors and presenters from both industry and academia are invited to attend and discuss their thoughts on how current and future technologies will enable solving future NDE challenges. Students and early career individuals are encouraged to attend this roundtable to explore the ASME Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics Division and their new chapter(s).

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Portia Banerjee

Portia Banerjee
[KBR] NASA Ames Research Center, CA

Yanfeng Shen

Yanfeng Shen
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China

Description: While the microfabrication technologies on large wafers have reduced the cost for mass production of microsystems, research on those with non-conventional processes/materials is still cost intensive. Certain multi project wafer services allow to reduce this cost for research, however the number of such services is limited. The purpose of this round table is to discuss on the current or future technologies, design methodologies, or data sharing methods that can significantly reduce this cost. Few examples of such technologies are advancement of additive manufacturing at the micro/nanoscale, collaborative robots, industry 4.0, roll-to-roll fabrication techniques, etc. Another solution can be data repositories with standardized microfabrication process data suitable for research, collecting the data available in the published articles, and utilizing it for building data driven models to assist researchers in optimizing their process parameters. The attendees are invited to share their views on the challenges they face in their research in fabrication of microsystems, and the future technologies or data/project sharing methods for meeting those challenges.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Seyedhamidreza Alaie

Seyedhamidreza Alaie
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Description: The Army’s Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing (APNT) Cross Functional Team (CFT) is dedicated to complementing and enhancing the global positioning system (GPS), especially during missions where GPS is degraded or denied. One strategy is to advance MEMS/NEMS based Inertial measurement units (IMU) with small size, weight, and power (SWaP) to provide GPS-free navigation. This roundtable is aimed at researchers to discuss the prospects and status of high-performance inertial sensors in IMUs with small SWaP and their current trajectory to supplant GPS.

Roundtable Leader:

 

Grzegorz (Greg) Hader

Grzegorz (Greg) Hader
Mechanical Engineer
US ARMY DEVCOM Armaments Center

Description: We invite you to the Space – the Next Frontier roundtable to discuss technology needs in space-related industrial sectors, such as mobility, shelter, sustainability, and energy, as seen from a mechanical engineering point of view. A brainstorming session will follow scientific advances in space technologies and how their applications promote technology and innovations on terrestrial challenges.

Roundtable Leaders:

 

Dr. Assimina Pelegri

Dr. Assimina Pelegri
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Executive Officer and Undergraduate Director of the Department, Rutgers University

Joseph R. Smith

Joseph R. Smith
Director, Mechanical & Aerospace Division, SC Solutions