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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, Assistant Director for Federal Partnerships at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO)
Mike Molnar, Founding Director of the 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, Assistant Professor
Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department
Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies
The University of Texas at Arlington

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:
Ryan McGinnis, UVM
Michael Potter, Francis Marion University
Rachel Vitali, University of Iowa
Yunye Shi, University of Tennessee
Mohsen Ghamari, Wilkes University
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.

Moderator:

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.

Moderator:

Hayley Brown, Ph.D

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