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  • Updated -- 2nd David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award and Blue Sky Competition

    Update: the criteria have been refined in the updated attachment. 

    The second David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award and Blue Sky Competition, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, will be held during the 2018 SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference/ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (NAMRC/MSEC), June 18-22, 2018 in College Station, TX.

    The aim of this competition is to identify long-term challenges and new visionary ideas for manufacturing so to influence the future of manufacturing research and education in the U.S.  The competition will be judged by a panel of industry and government experts including federal program officers interested in new concepts for large multi-project manufacturing research programs with relevance to their missions. Such ideas are often described as “radical”, “outrageous”, “transformational”, “unconventional”, and “breakthrough”. Presentations should pose grand challenges to be addressed by pursuing the manufacturing research vision, describing the intersections between disparate disciplines necessary to advance that vision. Topical areas should extend beyond the scope of a single investigator and show potential for transformative impact in areas of interest to federal agencies.

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

    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 the following 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 evaluated by a selection committee consisting of members from government and industry covering a wide breadth of manufacturing interests. Up to six abstracts will be selected for oral presentation on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, during the NAMRC/MSEC conference in College Station, TX. Transportation, lodging (up to 2 nights) and conference registration expenses of selected speakers will be reimbursed through Oregon State University.

    The top presentation, determined by the selection committee, will receive the SME Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award to recognize outstanding vision and leadership within the manufacturing community.  If appropriate, the winner will 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 submitters agree to publish their presentation slides through the SME website.  Abstracts and presentations from last year’s competition have been posted here

    People who are interested in submitting abstracts to the competition are strongly encouraged to talk to Professors Brian Paul (, Z.J. Pei ( or Scott Smith ( who will not be serving on the selection committee. 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 United States.

  • Your MSEC posters will be displayed for three days

    Dear Colleagues,

    This year’s MSEC poster track will be run differently from the past.

    (1) The posters will be set up and displayed by 3 pm on Tuesday (day 2) of the conference, and continue to be displayed through 5 pm on Thursday (day 4).

    (2) In order for your poster to be included in the conference publications, you are required to be at your poster for at least one hour. There will be three poster presentation sessions, tentatively from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (06/19, 06/20, and 06/21) of the conference. You will be assigned a one-hour time slot during which you should be present in front of your poster.

    (3) To facilitate networking, the poster display location will be in a large hallway in Reed Arena at Texas A&M, and therefore in close proximity to conference technical presentation rooms.

    We encourage you to submit posters to the poster track. The deadline is February 28, 2018, about three months later than the deadline for full papers. Therefore, you can present the latest results of your work. Also, all accepted posters will be included in the conference publications if they are presented at the conference and their “Permission to publish forms” are submitted. More information about the poster track is at

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions. We look forward to receiving your posters.

    Poster Track Organizers
    Zhijian (ZJ) Pei, Texas A&M University, (979) 458-2334;
    Arif S. Malik, University of Texas at Dallas, (972) 883-4550;

  • Student Manufacturing Design Competition at ASME 2018 MSEC

    Dear Colleagues and Student Advisors,

    We would like to invite your students to participate in the Student Manufacturing Design Competition that will be held during the ASME 2018 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC), June 18-22, 2018 at Texas A&M University, sponsored by ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED) and co-organized by SME North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI).

    The topics of the submission include but not limited to
    • Digitally integrated manufacturing
    • Robotics and automation
    • Additive and subtractive operations
    • Manufacturing systems innovations
    • Materials - process interaction
    • Software solutions across platform
    • Any creative new way to make things!

    More details on the submission process can be found attached. Deadline for entry submission is March 16, 2018. You may contact Prof. Laine Mears of Clemson University for further questions at with the subject line "SMDC".

    Please help us disseminate the information and encourage your students to take part in this excellent activity to showcase their manufacturing and design talents.

    Thank you for your support.