2014 Young Engineer Award
Computers and Information in Engineering Division
National Institute of Standards andTechnology
The Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) Division sponsors the Young Engineer Award to recognize a promising young investigator who is making outstanding contributions to the progress in the application of computers in engineering.
Biography: Dr. Paul Witherell is a Mechanical Engineer in the Life Cycle Engineering Group of the Systems Integration Division of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Witherell’s primary research interests are Additive Manufacturing, Design for Sustainability, Knowledge Representation in Product Development, Design Optimization, and Ontology and Semantic Relatedness for Manufacturing.
Dr. Witherell received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he also received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 and 2006, respectively. As a graduate student, Paul was a member of the NSF Center for e-Design team, developing semantic methods and ontologies to support mechanical design.
In 2009, Paul was awarded the prestigious National Research Council’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from NIST, where he was later hired into his present position. His work focuses on identifying integration and technology solutions to enable the smart and sustainable design and manufacture of products with a focus in additive manufacturing technologies. In this capacity, Paul is involved with producing and promoting industry acceptance of information models, standards, and open architectures for smart product design and manufacture. He has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students who have visited NIST.
Paul currently serves as the Associate Program Manager of a multi-million dollar NIST program on Additive Manufacturing. Within this program, Dr. Witherell manages a project on Systems Integration for Additive Manufacturing, which combines engineering and information sciences to benefit the emerging area of additive manufacturing. The project focuses on the flow of information from design through production of additive parts. Dr. Witherell also leads standards work in ASTM E60 to provide guidance to industry for improving the sustainability of manufacturing processes through better impact assessment.
Paul has been a member of ASME since 2002 and involved with the ASME CIE conferences since 2005. He has served in roles such as reviewer, review coordinator, session chair, workshop organizer, topic organizer, and technical committee chair. Paul has served similar roles in the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Paul serves on the Programme Committee for the International Conference of Product Lifecycle Management and is a reviewer for several journals.
Paul achieved the rank of Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, serving one-year active duty in 2003, and was Honorably Discharged in 2006.