USC hosts The International Manufacturing Research Conference 2017 – USC Viterbi

Academia, industry converge for LA-based trifecta of manufacturing research conferences.

The International Manufacturing Conference 2017 features many state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, including 3-D printing. Pictured are 3-D printed objects from Associate Professor Yong Chen’s laboratory. Photo courtesy of USC Viterbi

Megabytes, megalopolis and megalomania are all well-known “mega” words. Has the time now arrived for “megaconference” to enter our vernacular?

As the SoCal “June Gloom” marine layer emerged, over 700 faculty members, industry players and students flocked to USC for the International Manufacturing Research Conference 2017. The flagship meeting was held June 4-8 on the University Park Campus.

Co-chaired by Associate Professor Yong Chen from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Professor Xiaochun Li from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the event encompassed three joint conferences: the 45th Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)’s North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 45); the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)’s International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2017); and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)’s International Conference on Materials Processing (ICM&P 2017).

“This is a major manufacturing research conference internationally,” Chen said, referring to the conference collective. “Every year, the manufacturing research community has this conference to gather together, exchange ideas, and showcase the latest developments.”

Led by Chen, whose expertise is in advanced manufacturing and 3-D printing, the conference team poured themselves into planning the colossal event for the past year. The five-day program included workshops, technical sessions, symposia, student design competitions, the NSF-sponsored “Blue Sky” competition and three keynote speakers: Professor Jim Davis (UCLA), Professor Friedrich…

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