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UT to hold Pan American Advanced Studies Institute in Brazil

Posted: May 17, 2007

The University of Texas at Austin Advanced Manufacturing Center is organizing a Pan American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) that will be hosted by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil this June. The workshop will bring approximately 35 advanced graduate students from various countries in the Americas to study Predictive Process Dynamics for Manufacturing (PPDM). This topic was chosen because of its emerging importance to engineering and industry and because of its interdisciplinary nature requiring knowledge of experts from diverse fields. It has the potential to revolutionize how products are designed, manufactured, and accepted for their intended end use.

UT and UFRGS's partners in this project are the Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of California, San Diego, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC, Chile). The PASI workshop will bring together some of the best researchers from companies, universities, and government laboratories in the disciplines related to Predictive Process Dynamics in Manufacturing. This is a multi-disciplinary area involving electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physical simulation and computer science, materials science and engineering, operations research, transport phenomena, mathematics, and statistics.

Moving toward the vision of PPD-based manufacturing requires skills and knowledge from various disciplines, and it is highly driven by industry. The workshop will define remaining barriers in implementation of PPD and interest the manufacturing community in further understanding of and removal of these barriers. This institute represents the first step toward creating an international coalition of researchers as well as government and industry leaders that can work to develop PPD-based manufacturing. Improving collaboration in this area of manufacturing research is crucial to maintaining a strong manufacturing base in the Americas.

The PASI is an outgrowth of a multi-year collaboration between UT and UFRGS, which began with a CAPES-UT research grant to study Inverse Design of Equipment for Transient Thermal Processing, and was later supported by NSF funding through the PASI program. The two organizers are Dr. John R. Howell, Ernest Cockrell, Jr., Memorial Chair in the UT Department of Mechanical Engineering and former Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Center, and Dr. Francis França, professor in the UFRGS Department of Mechanical Engineering and an alum of the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, contact Dr. Howell at 512.471.3095.

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