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Doctoral Symposium Description

The Doctoral Symposium will be an opportunity for doctoral students who will graduate soon (within a year) or a recently graduated doctoral student to showcase their doctoral dissertation research in various advanced manufacturing research areas. The symposium will also provide universities and industrial companies an opportunity to identify excellent candidates for job openings targeting Ph.D. graduates in advanced manufacturing.

Students participating in the Doctoral Symposium will submit a two-page abstract and 100-200 word biography with a head shot photograph by March 1, 2021. This two-page abstract and biography will be written in the conference-provided format (link below). Due to limited time, the conference will be able to accept only 12 submissions. Accepted students will provide a 10-minute oral presentation on their doctoral research with 5 minutes for questions and answers. Submissions not accepted for the doctoral symposium will be automatically considered for a poster presentation. Authors will be notified of acceptance by March 15, 2021.

A website for all the talks in the Doctoral Symposium will be set up, and a brochure of the Doctoral Symposium can be accessed throughout the conference. Conference attendees will be encouraged to check the displayed abstracts and biography before the doctoral symposium presentation session on day 1 of the conference.

A judging committee consisting of faculty and industry experts will evaluate each talk and award the three best presentations ($100 each).

Doctoral Dissertation Abstract Submission

Note: No abstracts and biography are to be submitted to the organizers; submissions will only be accepted via the MSEC conference website.

Download the Doctoral Symposium Template

The PDF document of the abstract and biography (formatted according to the ASME MSEC template) must be submitted for review by March 1, 2021. Authors will be notified of acceptance by March 15, 2021. The presenter must pre-register by April 16, 2021, to prevent the abstract from being withdrawn from the conference.


Dr. Yong Chen, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Dr. Karl Haapala, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA