BUFFALO, N.Y. – Will every household soon have a 3-D
printer? How does origami lead to safer airbags and other
innovations? Will robots do more than vacuum your home?
These questions and much more will be deliberated as roughly 2,000
engineers gather Aug. 17-20, in Buffalo, N.Y., to discuss
advanced manufacturing and design. Among the topics:
Here come the robots
Technological advancements plus investment (Google alone bought
eight robotics startups last year) is pushing robots from niche
industries into everyday life.
Agrawal – A mechanical engineering professor at Columbia
University, Agrawal will discuss how robotics is emerging as a tool
for training human skills and functional movement.
Speaking: Tuesday, Aug. 19, during a session from 10:30 a.m. to
Redefining American manufacturing
If manufacturing is to continue its comeback in the U.S., it
will need to be even more nimble, adaptable and intelligent. Find
out how leading firms are redefining the next generation of
Ludwig – As chief executive officer of Siemens Industry
Sector for the United States, Ludwig will share how the
multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate is helping
lead the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing.
Speaking: Monday, Aug. 18, from 11:20 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Origami-based engineering design
The traditional art of paper folding began centuries ago in
Japan, but it’s now a
driving force of engineering design. Scientists use the math
behind origami to develop advanced materials, robots, computer
models and countless other applications.
Demaine – a professor of computer science at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Demaine’s
research interests pertain to algorithms, from data structures
for improving web searches to the geometry of understanding how
proteins fold to the computational difficulty of playing games.
Speaking: Tuesday, Aug. 19, during a session from 8:30 a.m. to
A factory inside your home
Most consumer products, such as toys, personal electronics and
small appliances are made overseas. But 3-D printing could someday
allow people to build products from their homes that they would
otherwise order online or buy from stores.
Tom – Senior director of product engineering at Fisher-Price,
Tom will explain how the venerable children’s products
manufacturer utilizes 3-D printing and how 3-D printing will affect
the future of consumer products.
Speaking: Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 8:55 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
Organized by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
and hosted by the University at Buffalo, the conference
will include executives from Fortune 500 companies, scholars,
entrepreneurs, students and others working in robotics,
computer-aided engineering, 3-D printing and other emerging
For more information or to register, visit here.
Reporters interested in covering the conference should RSVP to
Deborah Wetzel, ASME media relations manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following people are available to discuss the
Robert “Bob” Sims, ASME president. To reach Sims,
contact Wetzel at email@example.com.
Krovi, UB associate professor of mechanical and aerospace
engineering. To reach Krovi, contact Cory Nealon, UB media
relations manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.