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2018 Dornfeld Award Winner

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Award Winner

To encourage truly visionary concepts of research and education, top presentations at SME's North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) 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.



  • Tony Schmitz, PhD, FSME, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
    Submission Title: Biomimetic Manufacturing
    Presentation | Abstract


  • Mark Mills, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    Submission Title: The Internet of Skills: Online Virtual Simulators for Skilled Trades
    Presentation | Abstract  
  • Bill Harris, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut
    Submission Title:  Next Generation Agile Manufacturing to Enable “Point of Use” Customization for Complex Vehicles
    Presentation | Abstract  
  • Jian Cao, PhD, FSME, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    Submission Title: A Manufacturing Process Compiler (MPC) — Vision for a Futuristic Manufacturing Paradigm
    Presentation | Abstract 
  • Wayne King, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
    Submission Title: Achieving "Just Press Print" for Metal Additive Manufacturing
    Presentation | Abstract 
  • Thomas Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
    Submission Title: Digital Volumetric Processing Using High Performance Computing
    Presentation | Abstract 
  • Joel Neidig, ITAMCO, Plymouth, Indiana
    Submission Title: The Global Human-Machine Neural Network
     Presentation | Abstract 
  • Martin Jun, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    Submission Title: Interactive Virtual Hands-On Manufacturing
    Presentation | Abstract
  • Mike Vogler, Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Illinois
    Submission Title: Sharing for Agility
    Presentation | Abstract