Advanced manufacturing is creative, complex, and fun when world-renowned researchers Thomas Kurfess, Ph.D. and Lonnie J. Love, Ph.D., discuss the “what if” questions that help blaze new trails in manufacturing technology. From the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, tune in as they investigate transformative technologies emerging within the industry to help shape the last step of manufacturing technology products before market. Join them as they interview entrepreneur Austin Schmidt, Co-Founder and President of Additive Engineering Solutions – the first company to commercialize Large Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM) as a contract service. Gain insight to begin and strengthen your AM journey, and learn about what it takes to start a business that focuses on LFAM. Date: September 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. ET
Thomas Kurfess is the Chief Manufacturing Officer for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In this position he is responsible for the strategic planning for advanced manufacturing at ORNL. His research focuses on the design and development of advanced systems by rapidly developing, scaling and integrating new technologies into production operations. Kurfess has significant experience in production operations, manufacturing systems and policy issues related to advanced manufacturing. He began his academic career at Carnegie Mellon University where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor. In 1994, he moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he rose to the rank of Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. In 2005, he was named Professor and BMW Chair of Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. In 2012, he returned to Georgia Tech as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control. During 2012-2013, Kurfess was on leave serving as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. In this position, he had responsibility for engaging the federal sector and the greater scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to manufacturing. He is Past President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He is currently serving on the Board of Governors for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Board of director for SME, the Board of Director for the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the Board of Trustees for the MT Connect Institute, and he Executive Committee of MxD (formerly the Digital Design and Manufacturing Innovation Institute). He has received numerous awards including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Award, SME Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, the ASME Gustus L. Larson Award, an ASME Swanson Federal Award, and the SME Education Award. Kurfess is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the AAAS, ASME, and SME. He earned his PhD, SM and SB in mechanical engineering, and an SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lonnie Love, Ph.D., is the group leader of ORNL’s Manufacturing Systems Research Group. He has over 20 years of experience in the design and control of complex robotic and hydraulic systems. His primary expertise is in the areas of design, robotics, hydraulics, additive manufacturing and nanomaterials. He is the project lead for the Big Area Additive Manufacturing program at ORNL that is focusing on large scale, high speed polymer and metal additive manufacturing. The program has partnered with Cincinnati Incorporated for commercialization. Recent research efforts have focused on developing new lightweight low-cost hydraulic systems through additive manufacturing. Example applications include underwater robotics, prosthetics and haptic interfaces. Lonnie was ORNL’s 2009 Inventor of the year, has over 30 invention disclosures and patents and 75 peer reviewed publications. He serves on the scientific advisory board for NSF’s Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power and is on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for OrthoCare Innovations.
Austin co-founded AES to commercialize Large Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM) by establishing the first company to offer LFAM as a contract service. At AES, Austin works with customers to develop tools and applications that take advantage of LFAM. Austin has spoken on LFAM at numerous industry conferences including RAPID, SAMPE, and CAMX. Prior to founding AES, Austin spent five years in Caterpillar’s Engineering Leadership program. Austin graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.