Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Seminar


Smart Additive Manufacturing


Prof. Chinedum Okwudire


University of Michigan


Friday, March 13, 2020 at 10:00:00 AM


GTMI Building, Room 114


Christopher Saldana


There is a lot of excitement about the potential of smart manufacturing (aka Industry 4.0), with its associated technologies like cloud computing, big data analytics, artificial intelligence and IoT, to revolutionize the manufacturing industry. An excellent application for such smart technologies is additive manufacturing, another area of manufacturing that is gaining a lot of traction. In this talk, I will briefly review my past activities in smart manufacturing, share some of my very early work on smart additive manufacturing and outline my future plans. I will also share an initiative I am leading on establishing a smart additive manufacturing education program at U-M. My goal is to excite you with my vision, get your feedback, and seek out ways to collaborate on impactful problems related to smart (additive) manufacturing.


Chinedum Okwudire received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2009 and joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Michigan in 2011. Prior to joining Michigan, he was the mechatronic systems optimization team leader at DMG Mori USA, based in Davis, CA. His research is focused on exploiting knowledge at the intersection of machine design, control and, more recently, computer science, to boost the performance of manufacturing automation systems at low cost. Chinedum has received a number of awards including the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation; the Young Investigator Award from the International Symposium on Flexible Automation; the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; the Ralph Teetor Educational Award from SAE International; and the Russell Severance Springer Visiting Professorship from UC Berkeley. He has co-authored a number best paper award winning papers, including the 2016 ASME Dynamic Systems and Controls Division Best Paper in Mechatronics Award.