Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering



Smart and Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing using Mechatronics


Prof. Chinedum Okwudire


University of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering


Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM


MARC Building, Room 201


Christopher Saldana


Better, faster, cheaper. These are words that characterize the pressures faced by today’s advanced manufacturing industry. We want manufacturing processes to deliver better quality and functionality, we demand higher throughput to reduce time to market, and we expect the processes to be low cost (not just economically but also environmentally). What do all these demands mean for the machines that facilitate such advanced manufacturing processes? It means that they must deliver tighter tolerances while traveling at higher speeds and accelerations; they must maintain low energy consumption and still be affordable. Essentially, they must provide much more for much less! This presentation will give an overview of ongoing work at the Mechatronics and Sustainability Research Lab at the University of Michigan aimed at addressing the challenges of achieving smart and sustainable advanced manufacturing by adopting a mechatronics-based (i.e., synergistic) approach to the design and control of manufacturing machines. It will demonstrate that identifying and capitalizing on the “sweet spots” of the machine dynamics, augmented with advanced control techniques, could lead to the realization of lower cost and more energy efficient manufacturing machines without sacrificing speed and accuracy. The outcomes of this research could have a significant impact on the design and control of a wide range of advanced manufacturing and metrology machines, ranging from ultra-precision machine tools and silicon wafer scanners to micro coordinate measurement machines and 3D printers.


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 DTL (Mori Seiki, Ltd.) based in Davis, CA. Chinedum has received a number of awards including the NSF CAREER Award, SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award. He and his students have recently received best paper awards at the 2015 American Society for Precision Engineering and Dynamic Systems and Control Conferences based on their ongoing work.