The University of New Orleans is the recipient of a 5-year $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct advanced manufacturing research. UNO will join four other Louisiana universities—LSU, Louisiana Tech, Grambling and Southern—to establish the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials.
UNO's research will be led by professors Paul Schilling and Paul Herrington, and assistant professor Uttam Chakravarty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
They will develop computational models to simulate material behavior during additive manufacturing—like 3-D printing—and metal forming methods like stamping and extrusion. This work will be performed on a very small scale, in micrometers.
"Researchers at UNO will be developing new materials and techniques to meet the manufacturing needs for continued miniaturization of mechanisms and devices," Schilling said.
The Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials received a total grant of $20 million. It will leverage a network of academic expertise, state resources and centers of excellence, including the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing in New Orleans East, to promote research, workforce development and diversity, K-12 outreach and education in support of advanced manufacturing technologies.