Student-Run Symposium: Building Bridges – Connecting Academic and Industry Research: Session II
Sponsored by: TMS: Education Committee
Program Organizers: Katherine Vinson, The University of Alabama; Omar Rodriguez, The University of Alabama; Ben White, The University of Alabama; Dallin Barton, The University of Alabama; Rachel White, The University of Alabama

Monday 2:00 PM
February 27, 2017
Room: 22
Location: San Diego Convention Ctr

Session Chair: Rachel White, The University of Alabama; Ben White, The University of Alabama; Katherine Vinson, The University of Alabama


2:00 PM  Invited
The Role of Government in Supporting Industry-Academic Interactions: Eric Wuchina1; 1Office of Naval Research
    The Office of Naval Research supports Science & Technology through a number of programs, including fundamental Discovery and Invention supporting basic and applied science, and more focused topics on specific subject areas of interest to the Navy. Specialized programs directed to the university community include the Young Investigator and Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives, Basic Research Challenges, Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, and the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Additionally, there are DEPSCoR and HBCU/MI outreach awards. While many of these programs involve the university and industry participation, programs like the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Tech Transfer (STTR) specifically focus on joint funding of research efforts between the academic and small businesses communities to transfer and commercialize work being done in university and small business laboratories.

2:20 PM  
An HPC4Mfg Project Update: Developing Computational Tools for the Glass Manufacturing Using High Performance Computing Resources: Vic Castillo1; 1Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    The HPC for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program through the DOE EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office was created to help leverage the DOE High Performance Computing resources to address key challenges in U.S. manufacturing of materials with the intent to improve energy efficiency, increase productivity, reduce cycle time, enable next-generation technologies, and accelerate innovation. This is a project update on a collaboration between the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and PPG Industries, a major producer of float glass. The goal is to develop a reduced glass furnace model that enables plant operators to make informed, real-time process adjustments. We are running fluid simulations of the combustion gas and the molten glass and developing statistical models of key responses to controllable parameters. We will also discuss VisIT, a free, open-source HPC visualization and analysis tool that has greatly simplified the project and intellectual property transfer.

2:40 PM  
Fundamental Principles for a Successful Collaboration between University and Metalworking Industries: Silvia Lombardo1; Federico Simone Gobber1; Mario Rosso1; 1Politecnico di Torino
    The gap in research between universities and industries is commonly considered to be fairly wide. Especially in metalworking industries, where the production volumes are huge, it seems very difficult for universities that operate with small-scale laboratories, to have a successful collaboration. On one hand, it is impossible to have the same equipment and installations of the industry inside universities, and to carry out the exact simulation of a certain industrial condition becomes challenging. On the other hand several advantages emerge and are directly related to laboratory investigations. Thanks to the experience that our research group gained over the years with the continuous collaboration with companies, it has been possible to underline and develop the fundamentals of a successful collaboration with an industrial reality. In this work two real cases of collaboration will be presented: an aluminum foundry and a mechanical industry. Company and university are members of the same team.

3:00 PM Break

3:20 PM Introductory Comments Dr. Hani Henein

3:30 PM Panel Discussion Dr. Eric Wuchina, Dr. Christian Widener, Nanci Hardwick, Dr. Michael Sealy