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Blue Sky Competition

The second-annual David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award and Blue Sky Competition, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be held during the co-located 2018 North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), June 18-22, 2018, in College Station, Texas.

The aim of this competition is to seek visionary ideas, long-term challenges and opportunities in research and education that are outside of the current mainstream of manufacturing research and education. 

Presentations should be open-ended and beyond the research activities of the speakers. Such ideas are often described as “radical thinking,” “outrageous,” “transformational,” “nonconventional” and “breakthrough.”

An example of such ideas would be additive manufacturing proposed about 30 years ago. Examples outside manufacturing are Google, Amazon and Uber.

It is likely that team efforts will be needed to formulate such ideas. Therefore, interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

In cooperation with NAMRC/MSEC, the competition organizers invite submissions of abstracts to the Blue Sky competition. Abstracts should be submitted by March 31, 2018, to this website. Abstract submissions to the competition can be up to one page in length, single-spaced using Times New Roman 12 point font with one-inch margins.  

Abstracts will be judged by a selection committee consisting of multiple members from academia, government and industry covering a broad range of manufacturing. Up to six abstracts will be selected to make oral presentations at the competition to be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, during the conference in College Station, Texas. Transportation and lodging (up to two nights) expenses of selected speakers as well as their conference registration fees will be reimbursed through Oregon State University.

The top presentation, determined by the selection committee, will receive the NAMRI/SME Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award, named in honor of the late David Dornfeld, PhD, FSME, to recognize outstanding vision and leadership within the manufacturing community. The winner will also be encouraged to organize a workshop on their topic in the near future.

After the conference, SME will post links to presentation slides, so that the ideas can be disseminated broadly to the manufacturing community. Submitting an abstract for the competition requires that the authors agree to publish their presentation slides by SME.

People who are interested in submitting abstracts to the competition are strongly encouraged to talk to professor Brian Paul, PhD; Scott Smith, PhD, FSME; and Z.J. Pei, PhD, FSME, who will not be serving on the selection committee this year. It is the intent of the organizers to provide feedback and insight to abstract submitters in an effort to put forward the strongest ideas for advancing manufacturing research in the U.S.