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  • Call For Papers: IJIRA Special Issue on Soft Robotics

    Dear Colleagues,

    We are pleased to announce a special issue of the International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications on soft robotic published by Springer.

    Soft   robotics,   inspired   by   biological   organisms   including   octopuses, worms,

    starfish, and elephants, offers promising and innovative solutions for safe and adaptive interactions in unstructured environments and with humans. The development of soft robots presents a number of challenges in material synthesis, mathematical modeling, mechanism design, and control, and has attracted increasing attention from researchers in recent years. For instance, a soft robot comprised of sensors, actuators, and structures, all with soft, deformable, and compliant characteristics, requires advances in material development and manufacturing technology. Also, it is crucial to have distributed, effective control architecture that requires minimal computing power. Additionally, it is of great importance to develop computationally-efficient modeling tools for soft and deformable materials and structures. The goal of this focused section is to highlight some of the key advances made in the field of soft robotics. Topics of interest for the focused section include but are not limited to:

    • Electronic skin
    • Soft material sensors and actuators
    • Distributed sensing, actuation, and control strategies
    • Mechanism design and dynamics for soft robots
    • Modeling and simulation tools for soft robotics
    • Enabling tools for prototyping soft robots
    • Prototypes and applications


    Manuscript preparation

    Papers must contain original contributions and be prepared in accordance with the journal standards. Instructions for authors are available online at:


    Manuscript submission

    Manuscripts should be submitted online at: The cover letter should report the following statement: “This paper is submitted for possible publication in the focused section on Advances in Soft Robotics. All manuscripts will be subjected to the peer review process. If you have any questions relating to this focused section, please email one of the Guest Editors.


    Important dates

    Paper submission: September 1, 2016

    • Completion of first review: October 15, 2016
    • Submission of revised papers: December 1, 2016
    • Completion of final review: January 1, 2017
    • Submission of final manuscripts and copyright forms: February 15, 2017
    • Publication: May 2017

    Guest Editors

    Xiaobo Tan, Michigan State University, U. S. A., Kam K. Leang, Univ. of Utah, U.S. A.,

    Zhouping Yin, Huazhong University of Science and Technology,

    Attached please find the details of this CFP. 

  • ACTION REQUESTED: Manufacturing Universities Grant Program

    Dear Colleagues,

    Below please find a call for action for the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program.  Thank you for your support!

    Call for Organizations to Sign Letter in Support of the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program

    ASME has drafted a letter in support of the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program included in the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which can be viewed here: have your organization sign on to the letter and feel free to send it along to others in the community. The goal is to get as many relevant organizations as possible to sign on by Friday, August 26 so that we can deliver this letter to NDAA conferees when Congress is back in session in September. A long list of relevant organizations will show the broad support this program has and encourage conferees to include it in the final NDAA.


    Call for Individuals to Send Letters Voicing Support of the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program

    If you as an individual would like to write to your Member of Congress and Senators showing your support for the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program, you can use the attached draft word document as a template. Please note, snail mail takes weeks to be delivered to Congress as it goes through a lengthy security screening. To help move this effort along, please email or fax a copy of your signed letter to Samantha Fijacko ( by Friday, August 26 so she can hand deliver all letters directly to the Congressional offices.

    Should you need any assistance, please contact Samantha: Email: | Fax: +1 (202) 429-9417 Phone: (202) 785-7483


    You are encouraged to forward this email on to other individuals or organizations who support the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program.


    Overview of the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program: The program authorizes the Defense Department to support industry-relevant, manufacturing-focused, engineering training at U.S. universities. Institutions would be selected through a competitive grant-based process and would be required to better align their educational offerings with the needs of modern U.S. manufacturers. Designated schools would receive federal grant funding to meet specific goals, including focusing engineering programs on development of industry-relevant advanced manufacturing skills, building new partnerships with manufacturing firms, growing hands-on training opportunities for students, and fostering manufacturing entrepreneurship. The program would be run by the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with other federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, The Department of Energy, and the Department of Education.


    Samantha Fijacko

    Government Relations Representative


    1828 L Street NW Suite 810

    Washington, DC 20036-5104

    Tel  1.202.785.7483

  • Distribution of NSF Workshop on Adv Mfg for Smart Goods

    Dear MED Member,

    In 2015, a National Science Foundation workshop was held in Portland, Oregon to identify emerging research needs for companies producing smart goods, i.e., the “things” in the internet of things (IoT).  The final report is attached.

    Findings include that the promise of IoT depends upon the ability of companies outside of the traditional information technology supply chain to assimilate wireless sensing capabilities within their products opening opportunities to develop advanced manufacturing technologies for integrating electronics into smart goods.

    The workshop identified nine key knowledge gaps needed to address the common materials, design, manufacturing and educational challenges facing the emergence of an IoT industry.

    Best Regards,

    Brian K. Paul
    Chair, ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division

  • German-US Research Interaction

    Dear ASME MED Member:

    From February 10-12, Manufacturing researchers from the U.S. and Germany held a workshop to investigate the potential for research interactions between these two countries. The final report of this workshop is attached. 

    Recognizing there are some cultural differences between the U.S. and Germany, especially with respect to academic culture, there is nonetheless significant similarity and opportunity for collaboration. The organizers of the workshop have made a number of recommendations for fostering such interactions, but it is important to note that there is no need to wait for new programs to develop; research interactions between German and American researchers can be supported through existing programs. 

    The workshop organizers therefore would like to encourage you to propose U.S.-German interactions in your next proposal.

    Best Regards,

    Steven Schmid
    President, NAMRI
    (574) 631-9489

  • Call For Papers -- JMS Special Issue on High Performance Computing and Data Analytics for Cyber Manufacturing

    We are pleased to announce a special issue of the Journal of Manufacturing Systems on High Performance Computing and Data Analytics for Cyber Manufacturing.

    The objective of this special issue of the Journal of Manufacturing Systems is to publish papers that explore recent research focused on advancing the concepts, methods, tools, and applications for cyber-manufacturing. In particular, this special issue will focus on recent advances related to high performance computing and data analytics for cyber manufacturing. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • High performance computing for subtractive and additive manufacturing processes.
    • Real-time machine and process monitoring, diagnostics, and prognostics.
    • Open source software applications for digital or cyber manufacturing.
    • Cloud computing, wearable computing, mobile computing, and data visualization for digital factory.
    • Communication standards for intelligent machines.
    • MTConnect-based applications for digital manufacturing.
    • Data analytics for manufacturing systems and processes.
    • Cybersecurity for intelligent manufacturing systems.
    • Internet-of-Things for cyber manufacturing.

    Submission Guidelines

    Manuscripts are due September 30, 201 6 and publication of the special issue is scheduled for May 2017. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the Journal at If you already have an account, login as an author and select Submit Paper at the top of the page. If you do not have an account, select Submissions and follow the steps. In either case, at the Paper Submittal page, select the special issue: High Performance Computing and Data Analytics for Cyber Manufacturing. The short title of the special issue is in the form of “SI: Cyber-Manufacturing”

    Guest Editors

    Dr. Dazhong Wu, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA,

    Dr. Janis Terpenny, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA,

    Dr. Thomas Kurfess, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA,

    Dr. Dean Bartles, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, Chicago, IL, USA,

    Attached please find the details of this CFP. 

  • Call for Papers for the 1st SMPM Conference

    Dear Colleagues,

    Attached please find the latest updated CFP for  the first International Conference on Sustainable Materials Processing and Manufacturing, at Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa. The conference will be held fromJanuary 23-25, 2017. The link is as follows:

     the following link can be used to submit abstract directly.

     Also, the main benefits of attending the conference beside presentation and networking are:

     The papers published in this conference will be EI-index and published on-line on Science Direct. Furthermore, the following two ISI journals would accept the best papers from this conference with the recommendation from the Organising Committee.

     Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture

    Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - Part N: Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems

     Furthermore, ASME Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage is willing to commit a special issue for this conference.


    Please contact Professor Tien-Chien Jen for questions:  


    Professor Tien-Chien Jen, Ph.D

    ASME Fellow

    Director, Manufacturing Research Canter

    Professor, Mechanical Engineering Science Department

    University of Johannesburg, South Africa

    Tel: 011 559-4208



  • Call for symposium proposals for MSEC 2017

    Dear Colleagues:

    Attached is the call for symposium proposals for MSEC 2017. (Note: the MS Word format is attached so that the template can be used to draft the proposal). Interested members are encouraged to work with their respective technical committees (see attached call for details) to submit their proposals latest by May 2nd, 2016.  The final call for papers is expected to be published by June 15th 2016.

     If you have any questions please feel free to contact:

    MSEC 2017 Technical Program Chair: Dr. Johnson Samuel, (Ph: 518-276-3682; E-mail: or the 
    MSEC 2017 Technical Program Co-Chair Dr. Arif Malik (Ph: 972-883-4550, E-mail: ).

  • ASME Advanced Manufacturing Congressional Briefing Invitation

  • Student Manufacturing Design Competition in ASME 2016 MSEC

    Dear Colleagues,


    On behalf of ASME’s Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED), we would like to invite students to participate in the Student Manufacturing Design Competition that will be held during the ASME 2016 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC), hosted by Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA, June 27 – July 1, 2016.


    The detailed information of the 2016 SMDC including opportunities of travel support and cash awards, can be found at:


    Deadline for entry submission: March18, 2016

    (email to Prof. Kevin Chou,


    Please encourage students to take part in this excellent activity to showcase their manufacturing and design talent.


    Thanks for your support.


    Kevin Chou

    ASME MED Treasurer (2015-2016)


    The University of Alabama

  • Call for Papers for ISFA 2016

    Dear colleagues,

    For the 2016 International Symposium on Flexible Automation (ISFA 2016), to be held on August 1-3 in Cleveland, Ohio, the Program Committee has organized a total of 17 technical sessions on a wide range of topics: We warmly welcome you to submit your paper(s) to this conference before the deadline (February 12, 2016).

    For information on Paper Submission, please visit:

    To submit a paper, click on PaperCept, and follow the instructions provided at:

    We look forward to welcoming you in Cleveland this coming summer, and thank you in advance for your participation in this exciting event!

    Robert Gao
    Conference Chair
    Case Western Reserve University

  • Deadline Extended to 12/15/2015 for ASME MSEC Conference 2016

    We are pleased to inform that the ASME MSEC paper submission deadline has been extended to December 15, 2015.

    Submission details can be found at:

    For more information about the conference please visit the conference website at:

  • Deadline Extended to 12/15/2015 for Special Issue on Sustainable Manufacturing

    We are pleased to inform that the deadline for the Special Issue on Sustainable Manufacturing of ASME JMSE has been extended to December 15th, 2015. The CFP with the updated deadline can be found in the attachment. 


    ASME is pleased to announce its second Advanced Manufacturing Fellowship opportunity at America Makes, located in Youngstown, Ohio. America Makes was created in August 2012 to help the United States grow capabilities and strength in Additive Manufacturing by facilitating collaboration among leaders from business, academia, non-profit organizations and government agencies and focusing on areas that include design, materials, technology, and workforce development.

    The ASME Fellow will provide leadership and support in one of the key pillars of America Makes- Workforce and Educational Outreach. Specifically, the fellow will:

    • Help to strategize, prioritize and coordinate the development education/ training programs and resources to accelerate Additive Manufacturing implementation.
    • Serve as a liaison with internal and external partners, including policymakers, to help America Makes enhance its network of education and workforce development solution providers.
    • Provide scientific, technical, curricular and intellectual leadership, and analytical support contributing to the advancement of the Institute's goals, particularly as they apply to workforce development and educational outreach.
    • Organize and curate education resources and update online interface that is used by members and attracts new members to America Makes.

    ASME will provide a stipend of $60,000 for this one year Fellowship, which will start in mid- to late 2016. No additional funding will be provided by ASME. All Fellowship Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and an ASME member at the time of application. The application deadline is January 31, 2016.

    For additional information, including the online application, visit


    ASME Members and non-members are invited to join ASME Government Relations for a webinar scheduled for Thursday, December 3rd from12:00pm-1:00pm (EST) highlighting a current and a former ASME Congressional Fellow, both of whom will be providing their personal perspectives on the accomplishments and challenges associated with the Fellowship. Guest speakers will include:

    • Kalan Guiley, Chair of the Committee on Government Relations, will host the webinar and provide general information about the Fellowship program and current opportunities. Guiley has been a member of the ASME Committee on Government Relations since 2007, and has served as VP/Chair since 2013.  He works for The Boeing Company as the Manager of Continued Airworthiness for Twin-Aisle Airplanes.
    • Dr. Briana Tomboulian, ASME's 2015 Congressional Engineering Fellow, has been serving in the office of the Honorable Edward Markey (D-MA), U.S. Senate since January 2015, where she has been working on energy, environment and manufacturing issues. Dr. Tomboulian came to ASME's Fellowship program from a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship program, where she spent time at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and Glenn Research Center developing critical components for deep-space power systems. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (ME) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.S. in Engineering Science from Smith College.
    • Stephen Lehrman served as ASME's 2006 Congressional Engineering Fellow for the Honorable Mark Pryor (D-Ark), U.S. Senate. After his fellowship ended in 2006, Mr. Lehrman was offered - and accepted - a position as Legislative Assistant for Sen. Pryor. He was ultimately promoted to Senior Legislative Assistant for the economy, tax, budget, banking, housing, small business, energy, environment, and science and technology policy issues. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, he founded an intellectual property consulting and marketing firm, LabraTek Consulting, and worked for RTI International, Fuentek LLC, Corporate Consulting and Development Company, and Stone & Webst Engineering. A registered professional engineer, Mr. Lehrman received his M.S. in ME from Northeastern University, and his B.S. in ME from Brown University. Mr. Lehrman is currently working as an independent contractor for the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office.

    Register today for the webinar at:

    Additional information about the webinar and the Fellowship announcements below is available on the ASME Public Policy Education Center at Please share this link with interested colleagues.


    ASME Government Relations
    1828 L Street, NW, Suite 810
    Washington, DC 20036

  • Deadline Extended to 11/30/2015 for Special Issue on Innovations in Materials Forming Processes

    We are pleased to inform that the deadline for the Special Issue on Innovations in Materials Forming Processes of ASME JMSE has been extended to November 30th, 2015. The original Call for Papers can be found in the attachment and also here:

  • Call for Papers — A Symposium on Process-Machine-Interactions (PMI) in Advanced Manufacturing

    We are pleased to share with you a CFP for a symposium on Process-Machine-Interactions (PMI) in Advanced Manufacturing for the 2016 ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Please find the attached announcement. 

  • ASME MED Newsletter 2015

    We are pleased to share with you our latest newsletter for the MED division this year. Please find attached. 

  • Archived Webinar on Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives for America’s Future and DMDII Advanced Manufacturing Fellowship

    We are pleased to share with you an archived webinar on "Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives for America’s Future" with Dr. Gloria Wiens, our 2013-2015 ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow. The archived webinar is available at

    Also available in the above link is the announcement about the new “ASME Advanced Manufacturing Fellowship opportunity at the Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)”.

  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Innovations in Materials Forming Processes

    We are pleased to announce a special issue of the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (JMSE) on Innovations in Materials Forming Processes.

    Material forming through plastic deformation is one of the most resource efficient methods in the manufacturing industry. After more than two centuries of industrialization, new technologies are still being developed with an ever increasing rate along with an increasing knowledge of materials behavior, computational modeling techniques, and new process for forming both metallic and non-metallic materials. These advances lead to the need for publishing a collection of research papers in the area of materials forming. Researchers in this field are invited to showcase their research to a large audience in a special issue of the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. Papers dealing with experimental and theoretical advances in materials forming, on the micro- and macro- length scales, are welcome. Original research papers on innovative processes for low volume and flexible production are especially encouraged.

    Details of this special issue can be found in the attachment.

  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Sustainable Manufacturing

    We are pleased to announce a special issue of the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (JMSE) on Sustainable Manufacturing. 

    With this special issue of JMSE, our objective is to collect papers that explore recent research into the concepts, methods, tools, and applications for sustainable manufacturing. The issue will focus on recent advances related to planning, development, analysis, and improvement of manufacturing processes, as well as challenges in facility operations, production planning and scheduling, and supply-chain design.

    Details of this special issue can be found in the attachment.

  • Interdisciplinary News – April 2015

    Interdisciplinary News – April 2015

    Innovation comes from interdisciplinary collaboration. Read ASME’s April 2015 update focused on interdisciplinary research, including highlights from the largest interdisciplinary mechanical engineering conference in the world – IMECE.


  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: March 2015 Update

  • IMECE Abstract Deadline Extended to March 9

  • Advances in Multidisciplinary Engineering Track: IMECE Abstracts Due March 2

    We are now accepting abstract submissions for ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), scheduled November 13 – 19, 2015, in Houston, Texas. Submit an abstract by Monday, March 2 to present your paper to more than 4,000 attendees representing more than 20 mechanical engineering disciplines. 

    Read more about Track 19: Advances in Multidisciplinary Engineering in the attachment, which includes the following technical topics: Tribology, Manufacturing and Productivity, Polymer Processing, Axiomatic Design and Complex Systems, and Multidisciplinary Engineering Education.

    Please visit the “Submit Abstract” section of the IMECE website to review the updated submission requirements. Also, please ensure that your submission represents either the first publication of material or the first publication of an original compilation of information from a number of sources as specifically noted by footnotes and/or bibliography. Your submission should not be similar to other work submitted to, or under consideration by, other organizations and/or journals. 

    Visit to learn more.


  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Forming and Joining of Lightweight and Multi-material Systems

    We are pleased to announce a special issue of the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering on Forming and Joining of Lightweight and Multi-material Systems. With this Special Issue of JMSE, our objective is to collect papers which: enhance the understanding of material deformation processes; expand the lightweight material forming and multi-material joining processes and modeling capability; and promote R&D activities on forming and joining new materials and/or new forming and joining technologies at length scales varying from micro- to macro-scale. Details of this special issue can be found in the attachment.

    Please note that the deadline has been extended to December 22, 2014!