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NAMRI/SME News and Information

News and information from SME's North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI/SME).

MForesight 2017 Call for PapersFactories of the Future: Digital, Distributed, Democratized Manufacturing
MForesight invites you to attend our 2017 National Summit that will convene some of the nation's foremost manufacturing experts, business leaders and decision-makers on July 24-25, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, District of Columbia.  


Manufacturing LettersNEW! Special Issue on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing
This special issue aims to provide a platform for researchers to showcase findings and explore emerging technologies in the design and implementation of smart factories. Original research contributions and/or reviews are invited for this special issue. Submission Date: Sept. 15, 2017

Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet FellowsHitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet Elevated to Prestigious SME College of Fellows
SME has elected Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, to its 2016 College of Fellows. Greenslet is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida.

2016 NAMRI/SME AwardsIndustry Researchers Take Center Stage at 44th Annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference
Academics within manufacturing were honored Thursday, during NAMRC 44 held by NAMRI/SME. NAMRC 44 was hosted by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Dean Bartles NewsNAMRI/SME Installs New Board of Directors at Annual Research Conference
Dean Bartles, PhD, FSME, 2016 SME president, chief manufacturing officer and executive director of the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, assumed his position as the new board president.

Sridhar Kota - May 2016 Workforce Pipeline EditorialAdvanced Technologies for Growth and Talent
Manufacturing and innovation are intricately linked. Failure to manufacture high-technology products risks our ability to innovate next-generation products. It is therefore critical that we establish the needed infrastructure, knowledge and skills needed to mature emerging technologies and their manufacturing readiness to increase the likelihood that the technology is ultimately scaled in the U.S., creating jobs and a cycle of innovation. This editorial by Sridhar Kota, Herrick professor of engineering, professor of mechanical engineering; director, MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, the University of Michigan, appeared in the May 2016 issue of SME's Manufacturing Engineering magazine.

NAMRC 44 Education SessionManufacturing Education, Workforce Development, and Outreach
NAMRC 44, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 3:45–5:15 p.m.
The goal of this session is to exchange ideas to improve manufacturing education so that it better suits the current times and better develops our manufacturing industry. Panelists have taken a variety of career paths and are members of global entities such as academia, industry and the Manufacturing Innovation Institute of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Panelists will discuss their experiences, talk about current education trends and suggest keys to shape the future of U.S. manufacturing.

U.S.-German Workshop ReportNew Report Released on U.S.-Germany Collaborative Research in Advanced Manufacturing
A workshop was held on Feb. 10–12, 2016, in Darmstadt, Germany, to investigate the potential for collaborative research between the U.S. and Germany. Both countries share many characteristics, and have been allies and friends for generations. Both countries rank among the world leaders for technological sophistication, high technology product development and advanced manufacturing research activity.

MForesight LogoPrize Competition Seeking Innovative Approaches to Cost-Effective, Low-Volume Manufacturing
“Making to Manufacturing” competition closes June 1, with winners in each category earning up to $10,000.
Steve SchmidThought Leaders to Convene at NAMRC 44
Steve Schmid, PhD, PE, 2015-16 NAMRI/SME President, SME Speaks, April 2016 
During the week of June 27, researchers, educators, practitioners and thought leaders from around the world will congregate in Blacksburg, Virginia, for the largest annual manufacturing research conference in North America.  

Dave Dornfeld1990-91 NAMRI/SME Past President Passes Away at Age 66
David A. Dornfeld, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, died March 27 of a heart attack. 


Dean BartlesManufacturing Marches Toward Digital Future
Dean Bartles, PhD, FSME, 2016 SME President, SME Speaks , Jan. 2016
Through SME, I’ve been able to participate in NAMRI/SME and its annual NAMRC event. The technical innovations and concepts highlighted at the conference and published in its proceedings have eventually made their way into commercial applications, benefiting all of us.  
Position PapersNAMRI/SME Position Papers
Support for the Manufacturing Universities Act of 201 Position Paper
ABET Proposed Criteria and Manufacturing NAMRI/SME Position Paper
Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives: A National Imperative