Seminar | Perspectives on Advanced Manufacturing and the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

[PHOTO]S. Jack HuS. Jack Hu
University of Michigan

February 15, 2016
Noon – 1:00 p.m., lunch provided
2004 Black Engineering, Iowa State University

Advanced manufacturing has been the buzz recently. What is advanced manufacturing? How can researchers in academia contribute to it? I offer my personal perspectives on this important topic and discuss challenges and opportunities in advanced manufacturing research and innovation.

Two case studies will be used to illustrate how scientific methods and technological innovations can be translated into factory implementations. The first case study is an in-line non-destructive evaluation and real-time control system for joining process quality in lithium-ion battery manufacturing where our work has led to partial implementation on the factory floor. The second case study is on machining process control using high definition metrology. Implementation has been limited in spite of the great promise of this technology. Finally, I discuss the concept of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation and how governments, academia and industry are partnering together for manufacturing innovation.


S. Jack Hu is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, and the J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing at the University of Michigan. He is also the Vice President for Research at Michigan, a $1.3B research enterprise. Dr. Hu’s teaching and research interests include manufacturing systems design and operations, assembly modeling, and statistical quality methods. He is the recipient of various awards and was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2015. Dr. Hu received his B.S. from Tianjin University, China in 1983, M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1986 and 1990 respectively.

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