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Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering and Sciences: Distinguished Seminar


Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering and Sciences
A Multi-University Webinar Series

Distinguished Seminar
Friday, January 29, 2021  |  3:30 p.m. (EST)

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Speaker: Ajay Malshe

R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University

“Quo Vadimus, Engineering that Matters: Manufacturing, Leadership, and Equity”

Abstract: Quo Vadimus, where do we go from here? A key question that is at the heart of where engineering discipline could go from here as the world is in war against the COVID-19 virus. This global war gives the engineering community an opportunity of a life-time to first-hand experience technology, social and economic iniquities. Can that painful experience invite innovative and creative “makers” from the engineering discipline to take these challenges and address these problems using “engineering that matters”? This talk is driven by grand convergence inquiries at the foundation of Maslow’s pyramid of needs as well as at the apex of the pyramid, including food-insecurity in America and race to habitat space, respectively. Speaker will share views on the science and engineering of manufacturing and engineering leadership aimed for equity. Key parts of this talk include areas such as bio-inspired designs, manufacturing resilience, frugal engineering, servant leadership, and engineering impact. Last but not least the talk will share observations towards advancing engineering visibility, identity, and leadership in building a post-pandemic America and the world.

Bio: Malshe joined the Purdue faculty from the University of Arkansas, where he served as Distinguished Professor and 21st Century Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has gained a national and international reputation in advanced manufacturing, bio-inspired designing, material surface engineering and system integration. Malshe has received numerous honors, including fellowships to the International Academy of Production Engineering, American Society of Materials, American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute of Physics. In 2018, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineers “for innovations in nanomanufacturing with impact in multiple industry sectors.” Malshe has trained more than 60 graduate and post-doctoral students; published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and received over 20 patents, resulting in award-winning engineered products applied in energy, aerospace, transportation and EV, high-performance racing and other industrial sectors; and delivered over 100 keynote and invited presentations. He serves multiple professional organizations through his leadership roles on various national and international committees.

Moderator: Shreyes Melkote

Morris M. Bryan, Jr. Professorship in Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Tech 

Bio: Professor Melkote’s research addresses both basic and applied problems in the areas of precision machining, micromachining, and part fixturing/handling. His research in precision machining focuses on the investigation of surface generation mechanisms in processes such as hard turning and grinding. In particular, it is aimed at understanding the role of process variables and material properties on the resulting surface topography, mechanical properties and microstructure and functional properties through experiments and modeling. His work in micromachining focuses on developing models to accurately predict the mechanics of mechanical micro-cutting processes such as micro-grooving and micro-milling. He is also working to develop novel hybrid micromachining processes for creating complex three-dimensional micro-scale features in difficult-to-machine materials. Finally, his work in part fixturing and handling aims at developing a mathematical approach to the design, analysis, and optimization of mechanical fixturing/automated handling devices used in manufacturing and assembly. Such devices include complex fixtures for machining and robotic grasping devices in the handling of thin flexible materials.

Dr. Melkote’s research in these areas has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program, National Renewable Energy Lab, Caterpillar Inc., Timken, Delphi Corp., GM, Ford, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa Fastener Systems, and others.