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Research in MET

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program offers mentored research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in the program. We are constantly looking for hard-working, innovative researchers interested in participating in cutting-edge research in manufacturing processes and systems. Current research in the program is focused on the priority research areas listed below. If you are interested in joining one of our research groups, contact our faculty for more information.

Additive Manufacturing

Faculty Contact: Jason Weaver, Tracy Nelson, Michael Miles

  • Hybrid (additive + subtractive) manufacturing processes
  • Multi-material additive in metals and polymers
  • Low-cost and open-source additive mfg hardware
  • Dimensional accuracy and material properties
  • Enriching STEM education through additive manufacturing

Composites & Polymers

Faculty Contact: Andy George

  • Composites processing simulation and optimization, especially for liquid composite molding

Metal Processes & Simulation

Faculty Contacts: Tracy Nelson, Michael Miles, Yuri Hovanski

  • Joining technologies such as friction stir welding and friction stir scribe
  • Forming, fabrication, and joining of metal alloys
  • Simulation of metal forming processes

Quality & Manufacturing Systems

Faculty Contact: Reuben Domike

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing quality
  • Location-specific risk models
  • Benefit/risk analyses of new technologies

Smart Factories & Automation

Faculty Contact: Yuri Hovanski

  • Creating flexible sensor and information system solutions for teaching, research, and production manufacturing hardware
  • Low-cost methods for integrating existing equipment into the Smart Factory
  • Applying advances in product-based Internet of Things technology to factory-based settings