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Research presented at the North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) is often implemented in industry with significant impact. Concepts such as geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, finite element modeling of sheet metalforming and open-architecture control were first presented at NAMRC.

Now, for the first time, you can explore each program in detail from the very first conference in 1973 to the most recent. As you review the brochures, please consider submitting a nomination for the S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award, which recognizes outstanding original research presented as a paper at annual NAMRCs that subsequently, upon implementation, had a significant commercial and/or societal impact.

Each NAMRC date, host, location and the inclusion of any special activity is listed below with a link to the original program brochure. Most of the brochures are from the collection of the 1997-98 NAMRI/SME president Marvin F. DeVries, PhD, FSME, emeritus professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2016, June 27-July 1 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 44, Forty-Fourth North American Manufacturing Research Conference hosted by Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

2015, June 8-15 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 43, Forty-Third North American Manufacturing Research Conference hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina

2014, June 9-14 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 42, Forty-Second North American Manufacturing Research Conference hosted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2013, June 10-14 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 41, Forty-First North American Manufacturing Research Conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

2012, June 4-8 NAMRI/SME NAMRC 40, Fortieth North American Manufacturing Research Conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana  

2011, June 13-17 NAMRI/SME NAMRC 39, Thirty-Ninth North American Manufacturing Research Conference hosted by Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Oregon

2010, May 26-28 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 38, Thirty-Eighth North American Manufacturing Research Conference hosted by Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

2009, May 19-22 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 37, Thirty-Seventh North American Manufacturing Research Conference hosted by Clemson University, Greenville, South Carolina

2008, May 20-23 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 36, Thirty-Sixth North American Manufacturing Research Conference hosted by Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

2007, May 22-25 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 35, Thirty-Fifth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, including SME NIST-ATP Technology Dissemination Workshop on Intelligent Optimization and Control of Grinding Processes, May 25, hosted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan  

2006, May 24-27 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 34, Thirty-Fourth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by Marquette University, Milwaukee

2005, May 23-27 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 33, Thirty-Third North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by Columbia University, New York

2004, June 1-4 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 32, Thirty-Second North American Manufacturing Research Conference, including SME/Greenfield Coalition Workshop on Learning Resources, June 4-5, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina

2003, May 20-23 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC 31, Thirty-First North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2002, May 21-24 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXX, Thirtieth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

2001, May 22-25 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXIX, Twenty-Ninth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by The University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

2000, May 23-26 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXVIII, Twenty-Eighth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

1999, May 25-28 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXVII, Twenty-Seventh North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, California

1998, May 19-22 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXVI, Twenty-Sixth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

1997, May 21-23 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXV, Twenty-Fifth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

1996, May 21-23 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXIV, Twenty-Fourth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, including the Second S.M. Wu Symposium on Manufacturing Science-U.S.A. Venue, May 24, hosted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1995, May 24-26 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXIII, Twenty-Third North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan

1994, May 25-27 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXII, Twenty-Second North American Manufacturing Research Conference, including the First S.M. Wu Symposium on Manufacturing Science-U.S.A. Venue, hosted by Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois  

1993, May 26-28 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XXI, Twenty-First North American Manufacturing Research Conference, including the Symposium on U.S. Contributions to Machining and Grinding Research in the Twentieth Century, hosted by Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

1992, May 20-22 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XX, Twentieth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

1991, May 22-24 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XIX, Nineteenth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by the University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, Missouri

1990, May 22-25 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XVIII, Eighteenth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, including the CIRP International Working Seminar on Artificial Intelligence Based Product Design, May 22, hosted by The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania  

1989, May 24-26 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XVII, Seventeenth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1988, May 25-27 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XVI, Sixteenth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

1987, May 27-29 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XV, Fifteenth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania  

1986, May 28-30 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XIV, Fourteenth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

1985, May 20-22 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XIII, Thirteenth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, California  

1984, May 30 - June 1 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XII, Twelfth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan  

1983, May 24-26 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-XI, Eleventh North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin  

1982, May 24-25 (PDF), NAMRI/SME NAMRC-X, Tenth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

1981, May 19-22 (PDF), NAMRC-IX, Ninth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

1980, May 18-21 (PDF), NAMRC-VIII, Eighth North American Manufacturing Research Conference, hosted by University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, Missouri  

1979 May 13-16 (PDF), NAMRC VII, Seventh North American Metalworking Research Conference, hosted by The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan  

1978, April 16-19 (PDF), Sixth North American Metalworking Research Conference, hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Gainesville, Florida  

1977, May 22-25 (PDF), Fifth North American Metalworking Research Conference, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts  

1976, May 17-19 (PDF), Fourth North American Metalworking Research Conference, hosted by Battelle's Columbus Laboratories and The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1975, May 5-7 (PDF), Third North American Metalworking Research Conference, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

1974, May 20-22 (PDF), Second North American Metalworking Research Conference, hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin  

1973, May 14-15 (PDF), NAMR North American Metalworking Research Conference and Spring Meeting of ASME Product Engineering Division May 16, 1973, hosted by McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada