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Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED) is concerned with the knowledge base of manufacturing sciences and technology and its applications for improved production performance.
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  • Faculty Position at Purdue University.

    The School of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Purdue University invites applications for a non-tenure track Faculty of Engineering Practice position at the rank of  Professor of Practice (PEP), at the mid-to-senior career level. Purdue University seeks to attract exceptional candidates with interests and expertise in Advanced Manufacturing.

    Please see attached for all the details. 

  • The Annual State-of-the-Division Report is now available

    Immediate Past Chair Laine Mears has submitted the FY21 Annual Report for the Manufacturing Engineering Division. Due to the virtual MSEC, the Division leadership decided to forgo a Division Annual Meeting this year and requests that the MED community review this report in place of it. This report includes information about MED's technical committees, membership statistics, financial status and more.

  • Call for Symposium Proposals (MSEC 2022)

    ASME – Manufacturing Engineering Division

    2022 ASME International Manufacturing Science & Engineering Conference (MSEC)

    June 27- July 1, 2022

    West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

    Hosted by Purdue University, College of Engineering

    The Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED) of ASME and the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME are pleased to co-sponsor the 2022 International Manufacturing Science & Engineering Conference (MSEC) and the 50th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC). The collocated conferences will be hosted by the Purdue University College of Engineering on June 27-July 1, 2022, in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. We anticipate having an in-person conference.

    Proposals for technical symposia, including panel sessions, are being solicited for MSEC 2022.

    For more information, please see attached flyer. 


    Dr. Zhichao (Charlie) Li, DANTE Solutions, Cleveland, OH, USA. 440-234-8477;

    Dr. Ihab Ragai, Penn State University, The Behrend College, Erie, PA, USA. 814-898-6469;

    Dr. Alireza Shirazi, Hitachi Truck Mfg. Ltd., Guelph, ON, Canada. 519-823-2000x5028;

  • 2nd Women in Advanced Manufacturing (WIAM) Forum at ASME NAMRC49/MSEC 2021

    Submitted by Annie Dian-Ru Li, Megan McGovern, Maya Reslan, Barbara Linke, Gloria Wiens  – ASME MED WIAM Organizing Committee

    Following its inaugural event in 2019, the WIAM Forum 2021 will continue to showcase successful career paths, discuss next generation technologies, and address the diversity gap in the field of manufacturing engineering. This forum is organized by the ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED). Funding for this event is being provided by MED and the ASME Technical and Engineering Communities (TEC) Sector and it is co-sponsored by SME. The 3-hour virtual forum is scheduled to be held on Tuesday afternoon (ET), June 22, 2021 at ASME NAMRC49/MSEC 2021.

    The WIAM 2021 virtual forum will feature (i) a panel discussion with panelists from government, academia, and industry, (ii) a networking event, (iii) a professional development workshop, and (iv) post-forum presentations by the SME society and ASME Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training (VOLT) program. In the panel discussion, the panelists will showcase their successful career paths and discuss new technologies and opportunities for the diverse next generation in manufacturing engineering. The panel discussion will be followed by a networking event with break-out sessions to promote interactions among the panelists and attendees and expand professional connections in manufacturing engineering. In the professional development workshop, participants will learn the difference between empowering leadership and controlling leadership. The post-forum presentation will feature introductions of the SME society and the ASME VOLT program.

    Registration for the Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) is required to attend the Forum. Registration is open:

    We sincerely welcome all genders and diverse professionals to join us to together foster career growth and identify next steps for building diversity in manufacturing engineering!

    More detailed information can be found on the WIAM Forum website:

    and ASME MSEC website:

    For more information, contact Annie Dian-Ru Li at

  • Manufacturing USA Highlights: Securing US Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing

    Make plans now to attend this virtual briefing, which will highlight some of the network’s public-private partnerships that are working to advance manufacturing technologies and education and workforce development, focusing on biotechnology, clean energy, cybersecurity,electronics and  semiconductors, innovation ecosystems, and supply chain resilience.

    The briefing takes place on May 10, 2021 at 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET.

    Speakers and panelists include:

    • Thomas Costabile, ASME Executive Director/CEO
    • Mike Molnar, NIST Office of Advanced Manufacturing Director
    • Robert Gold, DoD Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), Technology and Manufacturing Industrial Base Director
    • Michael McKittrick, DOE EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office Acting Director
    • Moderator: Maureen Toohey, ARMI/BioFabUSA Deputy Executive Director


    • Eric Aerts, Otex Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Director of Marketing/Research & Development, Bernardsville, NJ, AFFOA member
    • Paul Dimick, IntraMicron, Inc. General Manager, Auburn, AL, RAPID member
    • John Palmour, Cree | Wolfspeed, Chief Technology Officer, Durham, NC, PowerAmerica member
    • Sandra Parker, DOW Inc. Global Improvement Director - Manufacturing Cybersecurity, Dallas TX, MxD member
    • Lena Wu, Intabio-Sciex Strategic Advisor, Fremont, CA, NIIMBL member

    RSVP here

    See attached for further details.

  • You're Invited to Industry-Academia Collaboration in Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Workshop (sponsored by NSF)

    We would like to cordially invite you to the Industry-Academia Collaboration in Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Workshop (  This workshop is a three-day online workshop (sponsored by NSF) designed to encourage more fundamental collaborative research efforts between the academic manufacturing community and industry. By participating in this workshop, you will have opportunities to

    • Explore research roadmaps for selected Manufacturing USA Institutes
    • Identify future research needs in the US
    • Explore funding programs and mechanisms
    • Identify challenges and benefits of convergent and Industry-Academia collaboration
    • Meet and share your ideas with key people from Manufacturing USA Institutes, federal agencies, and NSF
    • Explore opportunities for initiating new collaborations


    May 19, 2021, 15:30–17:00: Online networking
    May 20, 2021, 13:00–17:00: Workshop 1—Online
    May 21, 2021, 13:00–17:15: Workshop 2—Online

    Participation is free of charge, but space constraints require that the workshop be limited to 90 participants. Please register through the workshop website by March 31, 2021. Participants will be notified with more detailed workshop information by April 17, 2021.

    Register Today!

    We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.


    Workshop Organizers
    Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet, University of Florida
    Sangkee Min, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Brigid Mullany, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

  • Call for Editor-in-Chief of ASME's New Fully Open Access Journal

    ASME is soliciting nominations and applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of ASME’s new fully Open Access Journal to serve the global mechanical engineering community. Candidates should be members of ASME and should be available to start on or before July 1, 2021 to prepare for issues published in 2022. Learn more from the attached.

  • MED Winter 2021 Newsletter Now Available

    The Winter 2021 edition of the MED Newsletter is now available and includes a State of the Division report from MED Chair Laine Mears as well as reports on the proceedings of the 2020 MSEC (conference was canceled), 2020 IMECE Advanced Manufacturing Track, the 2020 Student Manufacturing Design Competition and much more!

  • ASME 2020 IMECE – Manufacturing Policy Forum: SPECIAL EVENT

    ….An ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED) Centennial Celebration Event

    Date:  Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Time:  6:00pm-8:00pm (Eastern Time)

    Description:  This forum is being hosted by the IMECE/Advanced Manufacturing Track and co-sponsored by Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED) and ASME Manufacturing Public Policy Task Force (MPPTF) to bring awareness of ASME’s role in U.S. Manufacturing Public Policy and the opportunities for ASME volunteers to make an impact.  This panel will highlight ASME positions on various manufacturing public policy issues, and their importance to ASME members.  Panelists will also share their experiences serving as Executive Branch and Congressional Fellows and how it impacted their careers and the Nation.


    Tom Kurfess : ORNL – Chief Mfg Officer; 2012 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)


    Asha Balakrishnan:  Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), Research Staff Member; 2019-2020 ASME Congressional Fellow – Subcommittee on Space & Aeronautics Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

    Andy Bicos: Boeing – Retired;  2016-2017 ASME Congressional Fellow - Office of U.S. Congressman Tom Reed

    Connie Lausten, P.E.:  ASME Committee on Government Relations, Chair and 2000 ASME Congressional Fellow

    Marc Santos: Isle Utilities; 2019 ASME Congressional Fellow – Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons 

    Steven Schmid: Manufacturing Public Policy Task Force (MPPTF), Chair; 2012 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow – Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), NIST


    Shawn Moylan: NIST; 2017-2018 ASME Congressional Fellow – Office of U.S. Senator Gary Peters 

    Gloria Wiens: Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED) Centennial Planning Committee, Chair; 2012-2015 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow – Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), NIST

     To Register: 


    Please note that this $0.00 registration does NOT give you access to the IMECE technical sessions, but you will have a limited access on Day 1 (November 16th) to listen to the opening keynote address and visit the virtual Exhibit Hall.

     ALL REGISTRANTS will receive an email with instructions on how to download the CrowdCompass Event App.  This app can be downloaded onto your desktop or smart phone and will give you access to the special events.  Emails will start to go out next week to all registrants.


     Questions? Contact Barbara Zlatnik at ASME (

  • Make your plans to attend the 2020 Virtual IMECE

    Registration is open and the Advanced Manufacturing Track is terrific!  Learn more and review and share the attached flyer.

  • NSF Manufacturing Blue Sky Competition and SME David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award


    Abstracts are due March 1, 2021. Instructions on preparing and submitting abstracts will be available at

     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.

    For more information, click here. Learn more about the selection committee.
  • Early Call for Papers (MSEC 2021)

    ASME – Manufacturing Engineering Division

    2021 ASME International Manufacturing Science & Engineering Conference (MSEC)

    June 21-25, 2021

    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

    Hosted by the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science

    Click on PDF below for more details. 

  • ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division Update for FY ending June 30, 2020

    Radu Pavel, outgoing Chair of MED, provides the annual Division update virtually this year, since MED was unable to meet in person. Download the update.

    To learn the latest activities of the technical committees, visit their pages.
  • Call for Symposium Proposals (MSEC 2021)

    Dear ASME MED member,

    Proposals for technical symposia, including panel sessions, are being solicited for 2021 ASME International Manufacturing Science & Engineering Conference (MSEC), planned to be held June 21–25, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio, hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science.

    Please see the attached information about proposing a symposium to the appropriate Technical Committee Chair(s) by June 15, 2020.

    A link to the flyer is provided below.

    Please share this information to your colleagues who may be interested.



    Karl Haapala

    MSEC 2021 Technical Program Chair

  • 2020 ASME/SME Student Manufacturing Design Competition

    Competition held June 23, 2020 at Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH USA

    The purpose of the competition is to foster interest in manufacturing, provide the manufacturing engineering community with fresh new perspectives on design, and create a forum for students to share their new and innovative ideas. Held during the ASME 2020 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC), June 22-26, 2020 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH, USA. The 2020 Student Manufacturing Design Competition (SMDC) is sponsored by ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED), and co-organized by ASME MED and the SME North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI).


    Entries from either teams or individual contestants must be submitted in electronic form and received by March 20, 2020. Up to eight finalist teams will be selected from the entrants and will be expected to give an oral presentation at the 2020 MSEC conference. The use of visual aids and demonstration of working models are highly encouraged.

    First Prize: $1000 Second Prize: $750 Third Prize: $500

    Details could be found in the attached announcement.

  • Report on Workshop: US-Germany Collaborative Research in Advanced Manufacturing

    Report on Workshop: U.S.‐Germany Collaborative Research in
    Advanced Manufacturing in Herndon, VA, USA
    April 2 - 4, 2019
    Final Report

  • NSF Student Support - March 6th Application Deadline!

    A National Science Foundation grant will provide support to select full-time students from U.S. institutions to attend the co-located 2020 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC

    2020), the 48th NAMRI/SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 48), and the 2020 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) Leading Edge Manufacturing/Materials & Processing (LEM&P 2020). This year the conference will be hosted by the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio on June 22 – June 26, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

    Learn more here! You'll find a link to the online application portal, key dates, and more.

  • Faculty Position Announcement

    The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applicants for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position beginning August 2020 or later to complement our existing research programs in manufacturing and production systems, decision sciences/operations research, health systems engineering, and human factors.

    At this time, we are specifically interested in candidates who can contribute to our department's vision of building, analyzing, and leveraging smart and interconnected systems, with a focus on data analytics for industrial applications. Specific research areas of interest include but are not limited to industrial data analytics theory and algorithms for system modeling, analysis, and optimization, including product/process/service design and optimization; system automation and process control; human-technology and human-robot interaction; autonomy and decision support in smart cities and communities, and the security of cyber-physical industrial systems. Industrial domains of interest include, but are not limited to, advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, transportation, service, and sociotechnical systems.

    Applicants should have an outstanding academic record, exceptional potential for creative research, and a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education in industrial and systems engineering.  Applicants are expected to create and maintain a strong program of research, provide classroom and individual training for undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students, and contribute to the intellectual and academic life of the department. University and professional service will be expected as appropriate.

    THE DEADLINE FOR ENSURING FULL CONSIDERATION IS OCTOBER 13, 2019, but positions will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

    Applications must be submitted online at

  • Invitation to Participate in ASME Wiki Project - Unwritten Laws of Engineering

    Dear ASME Volunteer Leader,

    Today it seems that engineering knowledge changes so quickly in the rapidly changing world of technology.  Is there anything really timeless about our profession?  Surprisingly yes - as evidenced by a set of professional principles written some 75 years ago which remain relevant today.  In 1944 the ASME Mechanical Engineering magazine published three articles by W. J. King about what every engineer should know (yet is rarely taught at university).  It was reprinted as the Unwritten Laws of Engineering in 1994 and published as the Unwritten Laws of Engineering with Revisions and Additions in 2001.  We are embarking on an update of this publication and invite you to be a contributor.

    The objective of this “team-based” project is to refresh and expand an historic document for the 21st century, and to release it in 2020 - a year when multiple ASME technical divisions and sections are celebrating their centennial.

    The book contains three parts:

    • What every beginning engineer needs to know
    • What every engineering manager/leader needs to know
    • What every engineer needs to know about professional development (ethics, career)

    What is critically needed to make the publication relevant in the 21st century is more than an update of the three chapters, we need a fourth chapter on “What every engineer needs to know about teams, collaborations and systems engineering.”

    In the spirit of collaborative engineering today we invite everyone in our society to consider contributing to the update. We are using a new ASME Wiki tool to "crowdsource" the initiative - and invite you to be a part of updating the laws along with creating a new chapter on collaboration.

    All contributors will need to register to use the wiki tool and to complete a copyright release. We plan to recognize all contributions to the finished work in the updated publication.
    Please register here:
    Once registered you will be able to access the main site

    What wisdom have you discovered in your career which should be memorialized in our new Unwritten Laws of Engineering for the 21st Century?
    Please share this email with your individual communities. Please direct any queries to me at:

    Thanks for your consideration and support of this effort.

    Michael F. Molnar PE FASME
    Member, ASME Board of Governors

  • CFP: ASME JCISE Special Issue on Machine Learning Applications in Manufacturing

    Dear Colleagues,

    We are pleased to announce that ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering is calling for papers for a Special Issue on Machine Learning Applications in Manufacturing. The CFP flyer is attached. 

    This Special Issue aims to harvest the latest efforts in theoretical as well as experimental aspects of ML and their applications in manufacturing. The paper submission deadline is July 1st, 2019

    Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

    ML-based theoretical approaches for manufacturing
     ML for robotics and human-machine interaction
     ML for predictive maintenance, quality control, and process optimization
     ML for tasks scheduling and supply chain management
     ML for sustainable manufacturing
     ML for manufacturing process monitoring and control
     ML and data-driven design for manufacturing to enable better and faster fabrication of parts
     ML methods that provide insights for manufacturing process improvement
     ML methods that leverage material informatics for improved manufacturing

    ML-based experimental case studies for smart manufacturing
     Advanced diagnostics, prognostics and asset health management
     Energy consumption modelling and optimization
     Advanced robotics (collaborative and adaptive robots)
     Digital twin
     Leveraging ML for hybrid manufacturing (additive and subtractive manufacturing)
     Data acquisition for novel manufacturing processes

    Novel ML algorithm design for manufacturing
     Approaches to extract manufacturing knowledge using ML techniques
     Algorithms and approaches handling big data, data imbalance, uncertainty, data fusion, etc.
     Calibration and validation of ML-based patterns and models
     Addressing security, privacy, and cyber resilience/reliability issues
     Novel deep learning architecture for manufacturing domain problems
     Hybrid machine learning methods that combine data-driven and equation-based methods

    Creation and sharing of research data that supports ML applications in manufacturing

    Special Issue Editors
    Ying Liu, Cardiff University, UK,
    Bin He, Shanghai University, China,
    Mahesh Mani, Allegheny Science & Technology, US,
    Anurag Purwar, Stony Brook University, US,
    Rahul Rai, University at Buffalo SUNY, US,

  • ASME MSEC 2020 Call for Symposium Proposals

    Dear ASME MED member,

    Proposals for technical symposia, including panel sessions, are being solicited for 2020 ASME International Manufacturing Science & Engineering Conference (MSEC), June 22 – 26, 2020, Cincinnati, Ohio, hosted by the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science.

    Please see the attached information about proposing a symposium by May 31, 2019 to the TC Chairs.

    Please distribute this information to any colleagues, who you feel would be interested, and let me know if you have any question.


    Barbara Linke
    MSEC2020 Technical Program Chair

  • NSF Travel Grants for NUMIFORM 2019

    NUMIFORM 2019 has received a travel grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a limited number of US-based early career scientists for attending the conference (June 23-27).

    Support details: The support comes in the form of conference registration support ($400) and hotel accommodation at the conference site (Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel) for 4 nights. Those who receive the support will be asked to share the room at the conference hotel with another travel award recipient. They will also be asked to attend the entire conference. The cost of traveling to the conference location will not be covered.

    Eligibility: The award is open to undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, junior faculty, etc. Preference will be given to underrepresented groups and students, and to those who have contributed to NUMIFORM 2019, although the awards will not necessarily be limited only to those who have submitted a paper to the conference.

    Application: Please e-mail the attached form to

    Schedule for Travel Grants:

    Application Deadline for Travel Grant: 3/28/2019

    Notification of Acceptance: 4/10/2019

    Deadline for registration to the Conference: 4/30/2019

  • MSEC2019 Poster submissions still accepted

    Dear MSEC2019 Author,


    Poster submissions are still being accepted for ASME MSEC2019 (co-located with NAMRC 47) until April 5. Posters submitted from now on will appear in the program, but not on the Online Papers site.


    The Call for Posters and Poster Template can be downloaded at:


    Note that even if you have not already submitted a poster abstract, you can still submit the poster and abstract together by April 5.


    This year's conference will again include three highly visible poster sessions (Tuesday June 11, Wednesday June 12, Thursday June 13), which will provide for great opportunities to showcase your work. The posters will be displayed continuously from Tuesday to Thursday, and one of the three sessions will be assigned for you to present your work.


    We look forward to seeing your poster at MSEC2019 in June!


    Best regards,

    Prof. Barbara Linke, MSEC2019 Technical Program Co-Chair and Poster Track Chair

    Prof. Zhijian (ZJ) Pei, MSEC2019 Technical Program Chair and Poster Track Co-Chair

  • Reminder: 3/4 Deadline – 2019 ASME/SME Student Manufacturing Design Competition

    Dear Colleagues,

    I wanted to provide a friendly reminder about the upcoming March 4th submission deadline for the 2019 ASME/SME Student Manufacturing Design Competition.

    We invite submissions from any undergraduate or graduate student who is registered in school full time through Spring 2019. Both individual and group projects are welcome, and individuals may participate in several entries as long as each entry is on a different subject. The flyer is attached.

    We look forward to receiving excellent submissions!

    Best regards,

    Moneer Helu

  • Travel Grant Opportunity for ASME MSEC 2019

    Dear all,

    A US National Science Foundation grant will provide support to select full-time students from U.S. institutions to attend the co-located NAMRI/SME 47th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC47) and the 2019 ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC2019) to be held at Penn State Behrend’s School of Engineering, Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA, on June 10-14, 2019.

    This email has critical information about the application process:


    The eligibility and support application details can be found at the link below
    Please read the entire page before starting the online application, since it requires you to assemble different pieces of information before the final submission

    An online application portal has been set up at the link below:

    All applications for the student support award should be made through the online portal. Applications submitted in any other way (including email) will not be considered for the award.

    3) KEY DATES:

    Application Deadline: March 1st 2019, by 10:00 PM (ET)
    • Award Notification: March 15 (1st round); March 29 (2nd round), 2019
    • Awardee Registration Deadline: April 5th 2019

    We look forward to receiving your student support application.


    Johnson Samuel
    Associate Professor
    Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Phone: 518-276-3682