2020 projects

Several projects previously funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development aim to transform manufacturing. These are great examples of the kinds of innovative student/manufacturer projects that can be funded through the new PA Manufacturing Fellows Initiative.

Supercritical CO2 Dyeing of UHMWPE Fibers

Principal Investigator: Nicolas Alvarez
University:  Drexel University
Industry Partner:  eCO2Dye, llc

 

Taking Thermoforming to the Next Industrial Age - First Steps

Principal Investigator: Anilchandra Attaluri
University:  The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Industry Partner:  Universal Protective Packaging Inc.

 

Femtosecond Laser Manufacturing of 3D Photonics Components in Nonlinear Optical Substrates for Electro-Optic Applications

Principal Investigator:  Kevin Chen
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Industry Partner:  II-VI Incorporated

 

Improving 3D Binder Jet Printed Tungsten-Carbide Parts via Strategies to Increase Green Density Strength

Principal Investigator:  Markus Chmielus
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Industry Partner:  General Carbide

 

Concurrent Inclined Plate Settler Use in Industrial Stormwater Treatment

Principal Investigator:  Shirley Clark
University:  The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Industry Partner:  Hydro-Dynamic L.L.C.

 

Pennsylvania Based Development of Smart and Adaptive Extrusion Manufacturing at Noortek LLC

Principal Investigator:  John Coulter
University:  Lehigh University
Industry Partner:  Noortek

 

Local Autonomous Navigation for Materials Handling Ground Vehicles

Principal Investigator:  Philip Dames
University:  Temple University
Industry Partner:  ASI Drives

 

Enabling AFM Process Analysis for Advanced Technology Development

Principal Investigator:  Edward De Meter
University:  The Pennsylvania State University
Industry Partner:  Extrude Hone, LLC

 

Invest: Intelligent, Networkable, and Versatile Energy Storage Technology

Principal Investigator:  Liang Du
University:  Temple University
Industry Partner:  EnerSys

 

Multi-scale Characterization of Additive Manufacturing Polymers: Simulation and Experimental Study

Principal Investigator:  Babak Eslami
University:  Widener University
Industry Partner:  Fenner Drives

 

Impact of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Spatial Orientation and Matrix Phase Behavior on Drug Release from Extruded and Injection Molded Long-Acting Implants

Principal Investigator:  Anne Gohn
University:  The Pennsylvania State University -The Behrend College, Erie
Industry Partner:  Merck

 

Design and Manufacturing of Patient-Specific Rib Implants

Principal Investigator:  Michael Hast
University:  University of Pennsylvania (in collaboration with Penn State University)
Industry Partner:  Johnson & Johnson

 

Smart Brain Imager

Principal Investigator:  Meltem Izzetoglu
University:  Villanova University
Industry Partner:  Infrascan

 

Fabrication of High Strength and Biocompatible/Bioabsorbable Surgical Skin Adhesives for Wound Closure

Principal Investigator:  Anand Jagota
University:  Lehigh University
Industry Partner:  Adhezion Biomedical

 

Implementation of User Feedback to Improve 3D printed Orthotics and Prosthetics Design and Manufacturing Process

Principal Investigator:  Won Joo
University:  Robert Morris University
Industry Partner:  Union Orthotics & Prosthetics Co.

 

Hemp Reinforced Bio-Plastic for 3D Printing

Principal Investigator:  Ronald Kander
University:  Thomas Jefferson University
Industry Partner:   Coexist, LLC

 

Hemp-Derived Composites for Molded Acoustic Tile Applications

Principal Investigator:  Ronald Kander
University:  Thomas Jefferson University
Industry Partner:  Eastern Hemp Company, LLC

 

A Digital Thread Design Approach for Product Smart Manufacturing

Principal Investigator:  Antonios Kontsos
University:  Drexel University
Industry Partner:  Oat Foundry LLC

 

Development of Refractories for Renewable Energy Applications

Principal Investigator:  Animesh Kundu
University:  Lehigh University
Industry Partners:  Dynalene and HWI Harbison Walker International

 

Smart Crucible: Monitoring Damage of Crucibles by Embedded Electric Resistance Sensor

Principal Investigator:  Jung-Kun Lee
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Industry Partner:  Vesuvius

 

Wetting of Binder Solution on Porous Bed of Microparticles

Principal Investigator:  Bo Li
University:  Villanova University
Industry Partner:    The ExOne Company

 

Rapid Adhesion of Aerospace and Commodity Polymer Substrates Through Alkylborane-Initiation

Principal Investigator:  Andrew Magenau
University:  Drexel University
Industry Partner:  The Boeing Company

 

Advanced Manufacturing of Ceramics for PA Industries

Principal Investigator:  Guha Manogharan
University:  The Pennsylvania State University
Industry Partner:  The ExOne Company

 

Evaluation of Recycled Foamed Glass Aggregates in Lightweight Precast Concrete

Principal Investigator:  Grady Mathews
University:  The Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg
Industry Partner:  Aero Aggregates of North America LLC

 

Compression Stress Relaxation (CSR) to Assess Seal Performance

Principal Investigator:  Robert Michael
University:  Gannon University
Industry Partner:   Corry Rubber Corporation

 

Damage-tolerant Design of Ultra-High-Performance Cementitious Composite

Principal Investigator:  Ahmad Najafi
University:  Drexel University
Industry Partner:  TAKTL

 

Biomanufacturing of Dissolvable Microneedle Arrays for Transdermal and Intradermal Delivery of Biopharmaceuticals

Principal Investigator:  Burak Ozdoganlar
University:  Carnegie Mellon University
Industry Partner:  SkinJect, Inc.

 

Manufacture of Membrane Modules for Cleaning PA Fracking Flow-back Water Using Membrane Distillation Process

Principal Investigator:  Alparslan Oztekin
University:  Lehigh University
Industry Partner:  Solarflux Energy Technologies, Inc.

 

Comparison between Polymeric and Optimized Composite Materials for Mold Making

Principal Investigator:  Davide Piovesan
University:  Gannon University
Industry Partner:  MP-Erie-Co.

 

Cold Sintering Aided Manufacture of High Green Strength and Dense Powdered Metal Components

Principal Investigator:  Ramakrishnan Rajagopalan
University:  The Pennsylvania State University – Dubois
Industry Partner:  Horizon Technology

 

Development of Metalworking Fluid for Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) Machining Using Advanced Tools

Principal Investigator:  Fei Ren
University:  Temple University
Industry Partner:  Quaker Houghton

 

Binder Jet 3D Printing from Powder Produced by Metal Attrition

Principal Investigator:  Anthony D. Rollett
University:  Carnegie Mellon University
Industry Partner:  The ExOne Company

 

Human Error Reduction in Mack Truck Operations

Principal Investigator:  Ling Rothrock
University:  The Pennsylvania State University
Industry Partner:  Mack Trucks, Inc.

 

Additive Manufacturing of Pulsating Heat Pipes for Compact and Efficient Thermal Management

Principal Investigator:  Sheng Shen
University:  Carnegie Mellon University
Industry Partner:  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

 

A Computational Tool for Simulating the Sintering Behavior in Binder Jet Additive Manufacturing

Principal Investigator:  Albert To
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Industry Partners:  The ExOne Company and ANSYS

 

Multiple Core Assembly Production Improvement and Enhancement

Principal Investigator:  Robert Voigt
University:  The Pennsylvania State University
Industry Partner:  Benton Foundry, Inc.

 

Manufacturing Heat Exchanges via Additive Processes

Principal Investigator:  Bryan Webler
University:  Carnegie Mellon University
Industry Partner:  Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Wabtec)

 

Optimal Parts Consolidation and Structural Redesign for Additive Manufacturing to Reduce Weight, Production Costs, and Lifecycle Fuel Use

Principal Investigator:  Katie Whitefoot
University:  Carnegie Mellon University
Industry Partners:   Ansys, Kennametal, and The ExOne Company

 

Manufacturing Process, Assembly and System Yield Optimization for Microelectromechanical Systems Devices

Principal Investigator:  Rosalind Wynne
University:  Villanova University
Industry Partner: Electro Soft

 

Fabrication of High Strength and Biocompatible/Bioabsorbable Surgical Skin Adhesives for Wound Closure

Principal Investigator:  Shu Yang
University:  University of Pennsylvania
Industry Partner:  Adhezion Biomedical

 

Image-guided Quality Control for Low-volume and High-mix Manufacturing

Principal Investigator:  Hui Yang
University:  The Pennsylvania State University
Industry Partner:  Argolytics, LLC

 

Scaling in Pharmaceutical Tablet Processing

Principal Investigator:  Antonios Zavaliangos
University:  Drexel University
Industry Partner:  Natoli Scientific

 

Pushing the Boundaries of Ceramic Additive Manufacturing (CAM) with Visible Light Initiated Polymerization (ViP)

Principal Investigator:  Xiayun Zhao
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Industry Partner:  Kennametal, Inc.

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