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Abstracts are due March 1, 2021. Instructions on preparing and submitting abstracts will be available at http://www.sme.org/blue-sky-competition/.
The Fourth Annual NSF Manufacturing Blue Sky Competition, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be held during the 2021 SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) and ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC), June 21-25, 2021, which will be held online. The winner of the competition will receive the SME David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award.
The aim of this annual competition is to influence the future of manufacturing research and education in the United States through new, visionary ideas of the future. Such visionary ideas are often described as “radical,” “outrageous,” “transformational,” “unconventional,” “convergent,” 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.