Critical thinking, logical reasoning, observation skills, creative assembly of new configurations.
Additive manufacturing and nanotechnology are among the most promising of the emergent disruptive technologies. Even though many advantages and benefits can rightfully be ascribed to these technologies, there remain several limiting factors which need to be investigated before these technologies can enjoy wider utilization and availability. One limiting factor has been the narrow selection of available materials. But also, the aspect of Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) application to these technologies has not been sufficiently investigated.
The research described herein is focused on understanding the applicability and utility of three specific QA/QC aspects to the processes underlying these new technologies:
A wide range of research techniques will be used to conduct the study, including literature reviews, design of experiments, running pilot studies, observation and recording of actual industrial processes involving additive manufacturing and/or nanotechnology. Thus, summer undergraduate students will be exposed to diverse and forward-looking techniques in the field of Industrial Engineering.