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Strategic Planning Conference for new Center site at Penn State

Penn State is planning to establish a site in the Center for e-Design, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. As part of this effort, a Strategic Planning Workshop will be held June 8-10 at the Nittany Lion Inn for potential industry partners.

The conference will begin with a welcome reception at 7 p.m. on June 8th. Project proposal presentations, a workshop to discuss industry needs, facility tours, and a dinner will be held June 9. The workshop will conclude on June 10 with continued discussions during a half-day session, followed by optional facility tours.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on June 9, as well as breakfast and lunch on June 10 will be provided to registrants. Please click here to register, or copy this link: into your browser.

During the workshop, researchers will present potential projects and industry/agency participants will discuss their interests in each of these projects. Industry will also be asked to identify problem areas and topics not covered in presentations. Ultimately, the aim is to identify the win-win projects and communicate the many other benefits of membership, so that at the end of the meeting, your organization would find great value in partnering with the center.

UMass Amherst News From Site Director

Sundar Krishnamurty, UMass Amherst Site Director, has accepted a new position to become the head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst! Krishnamurty will start his new role in August. He will continue to be the Site Director, with the help of Doug Eddy. UMass Amherst looks forward to hosting the upcoming IAB meeting!

July Newsletter

The July edition of the Center for e-Design newsletter features the research site at the University at Buffalo – SUNY and the industrial member MOOG Inc. There is much to read from UB & MOOG. Also, featured are exciting updates throughout the Center.


Terpenny, Center Director, Shares Exciting News

With great excitement we announce that Janis Terpenny, Director of the Center for e-Design, will be moving to Penn State University this fall. She will serve as the Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Department Chair and Head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME). The Department Head position holds the unique distinction of being the only endowed department head chair in an endowed engineering department at Penn State University (PSU). The $5 million department endowment, the $3 million endowed chair, and the recently completed Leonhard Building present significant opportunities for continued development and innovation. The Leonhard Building is a state-of-the-art facility with laboratory, office, and classroom space, including the Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), which is an integrated high-bay laboratory with most of the elements of a real manufacturing facility. IME has the distinction of being the first IE program in the country.

Stay tuned in months ahead for updates and new collaborations!

June Newsletter

It is time again to share the latest newsletter! In the June edition Wayne State University and ESTECO are featured. Wayne State University has highlighted many different aspects of their site. ESTECO provides greater insight into their company and the success at the company. Also, included is exciting news and updates throughout the Center!

Please enjoy reading the June newsletter and continue to share your news for feature editions!

Carlo Poloni, President of ESTECO, Interview

Carlo Poloni, President of ESTECO, takes a look back at how optimization technology has changed over the years and talks about the company’s plans to expand the reach and capabilities of its technology

Looking back over the last ten-fifteen years, how has the use of optimization technology changed?
Essentially it has gone from being a specialists-only tool to becoming the norm in engineering design. Back in the 1990’s, optimization tools were the purview of highly specialized designers and the tools themselves were limited in scope due mainly to the scant availability and usability of models. Because optimization was so specialized, it wasn’t considered a crucial element in the design process, as the problems it could be used for were limited to the area of expertise of the specialist. The optimization process is exponentially more effective when design targets are high; if you maximize the mission of a product, the optimization becomes strategic and extremely effective. If your scope is limited to the design of a small component, it is not as strategic to the company. In a nutshell, 15 years ago, the technology was there but it wasn’t useable, or rather, it was usable only for the elite community capable of understanding its value in a small environment and in a specific application.

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e-Design researchers speak at university in Japan

Center for e-Design researchers Frank Sup and Professor Ian Grosse were invited faculty speakers at the Division of Human Mechanical Systems and Design at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan from May 19-23. Their visit was hosted by Professor Shigeru Tadano and Professor Toshiro Ohashi. During their visit, they presented their research on biomechanics and biorobotics, met with the faculty and students of Human Mechanical Systems and Design division, and explored collaborative opportunities between the Center for e-Design at UMass Amherst and Hokkaido University.

$3 Million SMART Investment at the University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo has announced the establishment of three new Communities of Excellence — an innovative and integrated approach to addressing critical societal challenges through impactful interdisciplinary research, education and engagement. One of the three selected concepts, the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) has Kemper Lewis and Ken English as two of the four community leaders and represents over $3 million in University investment. The community will focus on advanced manufacturing and design by developing the next generation of manufacturing technologies, processes and education that enable sustainable, cost-effective production of high-quality, customizable products. Read the full story here.

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May Newsletter

We are happy to share the Center for e-Design May Newsletter! In this edition the research site at UMass Amherst, and industrial members Raytheon and PTC are featured. Other news and updates around the Center are also found in this edition.

Please enjoy this newsletter and continue sharing news with us!