The University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Research Area: Advanced Design and Manufacturing

In the design group, our labs conduct research in engineering analysis models and ontologies, finite element analysis models of biological and biomechanical systems, the development of pedagogical tools for supporting engineering education and mechatronics and robotics research focusing on powered exoskeletons and intelligent prosthetics. We use industry standard computer software packages. We also strongly encourage innovative research through our "Partnerships for Innovation Program."

The manufacturing program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mechnical Engineering program is centered around the Injection Molding Lab. This lab is involved in numerous research topics involving injection molding. The research work is both numerical and experimental. Typical research area ranges from optimization of injection molding process, minimization of birefringence and residual stress, processing of biodegradable nanocomposite, application of rapid thermal response molding, micro injection molding. Most of the research work is carried out in close coordination with industries in an effort to solve industrial problems.

Research Laboratories

Apex Lab

We are an interdisciplinary research group of mechanical engineers, materials scientists, chemists, and physicists. Our mission is to advance the fundamental understanding of heat and charge transport in polymers, to create polymers with improved thermal conductivity and electrical insulation for better micro-electronic cooling, and to create others with improved thermal and electrical conductivity for better energy storage and conversion as well as biomedical temperature imaging, and higher solar cell efficiency.

e-Design Center

The Center for e-Design is an NSF supported Industry/University Cooperative Research Center involving a number of high technology companies such as Raytheon, PTC, Vistagy, and ANSYS, as well as several universities, including Virginia Tech, University of Central Florida, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Buffalo, Brigham Young University, and Wayne State University. The mission of the Center is to serve as a nucleus of excellence for the creation and dissemination of a systematic body of knowledge in intelligent e-design and product realization. Research at UMass-Amherst is focused on development of new design paradigms and processes, with particular emphasis on engineering knowledge modeling and development of ontologies to support e-Design.

Intelligent Sensing Lab

The start of Intelligent Sensing Lab includes three key areas:
1. Machine design (flexible electronics printer and medical device);
2. Control (Sensing, metrology, pattern analysis, feedback control)
3. Machine intelligence (Machine vision, image processing, deep learning)

Interdisciplinary Interface Engineering Laboratory

Interdisciplinary interface engineering, such as:

• Bio-inspired soft robotics; Soft electronics; Medical devices;
• Advanced manufacturing; Heterogeneous integration; Roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing;
• Super-repellent surfaces; Superomniphobic surfaces; Superhydrophobic surfaces; 
• Liquid-metal-based micro/nano-devices;
• Fundamentals of interfacial phenomena; 
• Anti-biofouling surfaces;
• Personalized medicine; Complex systems.
Lee Nano Engineering Laboratory

Nano-Engineering Lab focuses on materials science and manufacturing of various materials related to extreme mechanical conditions. Our research scope includes high-strain-rate mechanical characterization of various feedstock powders in cold spray additive manufacturing, design/manufacturing of nanostructure-engineered protective materials and mechanical metamaterials. Using  an ultrafast laser-based imaging technique and the laser-induced particle impact (LIPIT) method, we perform the high spatial (sub-micrometer) and high temporal (sub-nanosecond) measurement of material’s deformation. Our lab aims to innovate in future manufacturing materials and technologies.

Associated Faculty: Jae-Hwang Lee

Materials and Processes Lab

Materials processing, the basis of materials engineering, is the relationship among structure, properties, and processing: any one determines the other two. Our research is on the design and control of the processes that lead to the required structure or properties in materials. We use mathematical modeling to identify and quantify the effect of different process parameters on the structure and properties of materials, and measure the thermophysical properties that are used in the models...Read More

Mechatronics and Robotics Research Laboratory

In the MRRL our research focuses on developing human-centered robotic technologies for augmenting human gait and balance and exploring physical human-machine interfaces. The 1000 sq. ft. of lab space is dedicated to the fabrication and evaluation of physically interactive mechatronic systems.

Multiscale Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory

Multiscale Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory works at the interface of materials science and advanced manufacturing. We are particularly interested in understanding the fundamental microstructure-property-processing relationships in advanced materials and integrating control over materials on different length scales (atomic structure, microstructure, architecture) through materials processing and additive manufacturing (or 3D printing), to eventually arrive at optimized, multi-functional engineering components. 

Process Automation Lab

The Process Automation Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst focuses on development of general solutions that can cope with process uncertainty. Areas of concentration are Simulation Tuning, Fault Diagnosis and Manufacturing Automation. Among the products of this laboratory are the pattern classifying fault diagnostic method Multi-Valued Influence Matrix (MVIM) and the Structure-Based Connectionist Network (SBCN) for fault diagnosis of helicopter gearboxes. The MVIM method has been applied to tool breakage detection in turning (in collaboration with GE Corporate Research) as well as fault diagnosis of helicopter gearboxes (in collaboration with NASA Lewis and Sikorsky Aircraft). This laboratory has also contributed to manufacturing automation....Read More

Supply Chain Management

"Supply Chain Management takes a holistic approach towards managing the flow of material and information throughout the supply network - including different tiers of suppliers, manufacturers, warehouses and stores - in order to maximize system-wide profits and create customer value."