Exploring innovative uses of economical and
environmentally-friendly materials. Considering life-cycle product
costs for near zero environmental impact, including green design
and manufacturing, design for no assembly and green building
construction methods. Partnering with industry leaders
looking for long-term environmentally and economically sustainable
Improving the process of taking a concept and making it into a
reality (i.e., taking raw materials and processing them to create a
product). Developing and increasing the understanding of
diverse applications for innovative manufacturing products,
processes and building fabrication systems (e.g., additive
manufacturing, lithography, materials handling systems).
Rebuilding a vibrant manufacturing economy by bringing
high-quality, customizable products to market faster. SMART works
with local industry in exploring the design of multi-functional
and smart materials, automation and cyber-empathic design for
improving the interactive processes.
Including materials (e.g., polymers, metals, ceramics, or
composites) design in the design of a product. Using
customized materials to achieve product performance, rather than
just selecting from an existing catalog of a materials and then
designing the geometry.
Acquiring and fusing heterogeneous information into useful
knowledge for effective decision-making in design, fabrication and
building assembly processes (e.g., factory and construction site
situational awareness, supply-chain management, computer-aided
design and engineering, industrial internet/IoT, lean
manufacturing, construction site automation).
Merging human cognitive capability with automation’s
reliability and robustness to enhance workforce performance and
safety (e.g., co-robotics, supervisory control). This thrust
also includes socioeconomic and sociotechnical impacts of advanced
design and manufacturing.
Industry and Community Partnerships
In addition to research, SMART seeks to create and strengthen
partnerships with industry and community organizations to identify
and address authentic, impactful sustainable manufacturing
Achieving the vision of sustainable manufacturing will impact
both current and future workers. As a result, SMART is also
interested in novel, interdisciplinary and problem-focused learning
approaches for all types of learners (e.g., K-12, undergraduate,
graduate, and workforce development).