Mechanical Engineering Seminar


Design Exploration of Additively Manufactured Metamaterials and Structures


Prof. Carolyn Seepersad


The University of Texas at Austin


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 2:00:00 PM   


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Yan Wang


Additive manufacturing (AM) is making a profound impact on the way engineers realize customized parts, but fully realizing the manufacturing freedom afforded by AM requires some significant advances in engineering design methods and tools. In this talk, we will explore some of the research frontiers at the intersection of AM and design innovation. Specifically, we will discuss interactive and process-aware design exploration frameworks that have been established to help engineers fully leverage AM capabilities by integrating data-driven design, topology optimization, and machine learning advancements with AM process characterization. We will also explore some of the new AM processes under development to expand those research frontiers. Examples include high viscosity stereolithography and reactive extrusion AM for high speed production of high-strength polymers and functionally graded, active materials.


Carolyn Conner Seepersad is the J. Mike Walker Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the director of the Center for Additive Manufacturing and Design Innovation and a member of the U.T. System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Her research interests include design for additive manufacturing, simulation-based design of materials and structures, and process innovation in additive manufacturing. She is a co-organizer of the annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, chair of the ASME Design Engineering Division Executive Committee, and the incoming editor-in-chief of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. She is the author of more than 125 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications, including best paper awards from ASME and ASEE. She teaches courses on engineering design and additive manufacturing.


Meet the speaker