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Engineering the Future: Advanced Manufacturing Confronts Society’s Challenges

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

Engineering the Future: Advanced Manufacturing Confronts Society’s Challenges

Hot Topics

With Dr. Dan Thoma

Monday, June 10, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Colorado Mountain College | Edwards Campus

The future is now. We may not have flying cars or teleportation devices yet, but if it’s innovative, advanced technology that has the potential to impact our daily lives, the Grainger Institute for Engineering may already be working on it. The Institute is a research accelerator designed to create knowledge and technologies that address critical societal challenges.
Starting with advanced manufacturing as a core incubation area, research efforts have grown into a diverse spectrum of advanced technologies that affect our daily lives. For example, the use of new manufacturing technologies coupled with enhanced computer methods in machine learning are techniques that also translate into the future of health care and even driverless cars. New manufacturing methods such as additive manufacturing (also called 3D printing) are not only revolutionizing parts that we use every day, but also provides a platform for biomanufacturing “parts” for the human body.
Join Dr. Dan Thoma, director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering at the UW-Madison College of Engineering, for an in-depth discussion of how engineering will impact the future in areas such as biomanufacturing, neuroengineering, energy and sustainability, advanced manufacturing, and machine learning and optimization.
Dr. Dan Thoma is the Director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). Prior to UW, he was the Deputy Division Leader for the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. This division focused on manufacturing and novel materials research. His technical efforts have been devoted to new manufacturing methods and materials by design, with a particular focus on property response as a function of microstructural evolution during phase transformations. Dr. Thoma has been active within materials professional societies, where he was the president of The Minerals, Metals, Materials Society (TMS) in 2003, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) in 2008, and the Federation of Materials Societies (FMS) in 2009-2010. His expertise in materials and manufacturing was recognized in 2008 by being elected as a Fellow of ASM International. In 2018, he was elected Fellow of TMS.
This program is generously underwritten by Rob LeVine and Ann & Tom Rader. The Hot Topics Series is generously underwritten by Kathy & Neal Kimmel

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