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400 Attendees, Rich Technical Content and Outstanding Researchers High Notes of NAMRC 40

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SOUTH BEND, Ind., June 4, 2012 — The University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.) was the site of the 40th North American Manufacturing Conference (NAMRC 40) where nearly 400 attendees met to advance the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing. For the second year, NAMRC was jointly held with ASME's Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, as well as the International Research Group on Tribology in Manufacturing. On hand as one of the keynotes was Michael Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, chief manufacturing officer of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Molnar is currently serving as SME’s vice president.

Various technical topics covered during the conference included machining, sheet metal stamping, micromachining, rapid prototyping, sustainable manufacturing, welding and joining. In addition to the vast technical content available for attendees, there were several key awards given out during the conference:

2012 NAMRI/SME S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award
Scott Smith, PhD, FSME, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Jerry Halley, Tech Manufacturing; and Robert Wilhelm, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; were recognized for their research on applied high-speed machining technology and novel tool path planning approaches to machine solid billets of material to typical sheet metal thicknesses, enabling cost-effective machining of complex monolithic structures with extremely thin walls and unsupported floors. This technology directly led to the widespread replacement of aircraft structural elements previously fabricated by riveting of many complex sheet metal stampings with lighter, stronger, more robust and less-expensive monolithic components.
 2012 S.M. Wu Awardees (Mem News 8-17-12)

2012 NAMRI/SME S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award winners Scott Smith (left) Robert Wilhelm (right) with Steven Hiyashi (center). Not
pictured: Jerry Halley.

The NAMRI/SME S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award recognizes an individual or team who presented outstanding original research at NAMRC, which subsequently, upon implementation, had a significant commercial and/or societal impact.
2012 NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award
The 2012 awardee was Richard L. Kegg, PhD, FSME, CMfgE, Milacron Inc. This award honors distinguished members for their long-term dedication and contributions to NAMRI/SME.


2012 NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award (Mem News 8-17-12)
Steven Hiyashi (left) with Richard Kegg, 2012 NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award recipient.


2012 NAMRI/SME Founders Lecture
J T. Black, PhD, FSME, PE, professor, industrial and systems engineering, Auburn University, presented “The Engineer’s High Privilege.” The Founders Lecture was established to honor individuals who served on the NAMRC Scientific Committee from 1973-81 and those members who founded NAMRI/SME when it was officially established, as well as other distinguished contributors to manufacturing who have been actively involved with NAMRC for at least 20 years.


2012 NAMRI/SME Founders Lecture
Jian Cao, PhD, FSME (left) with J T. Black, 2012 NAMRI/SME Founders Lecture. Black's lecture was titled “The Engineer’s High Privilege.”

2012 Student Research Presentation Awards
The award recognizes students for the quality of their presentation organization and oral and visual effectiveness. The 2012 winners are:

First Place
Timothy Rodts, Notre Dame University

Honorable Mention
Yayue Pan, University of Southern California
Jeremy Rickli, Virginia Tech 

2012 NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper Award
The NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper Award recognizes both the engineering value and industrial relevance of a publication presented at NAMRC. The winners are:

First Place
“Experimental Investigation and Characterization of Nano-scale Dry Electro-machining”
M. Jahan, A. Malshe, and K.P. Rajurkar

First Runner-Up
“A Prototype Printer for Laser Driven Micro-Transfer Printing”
P. Ferreira, R. Saeidpourazar, M.D. Sangid and J.A. Rogers

Second Runner-Up
“Simulative Testing of Friction and Lubrication in Cold Forging of Aluminum and Steel”
E. Ceron, N. Bay, T. Aida, K. Dohda and T.E. Nicolaisen

NAMRC 41 and MSEC 2013 will be held June 10-14, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis. Abstract submissions are due on November 1. To learn more, visit



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