Two MAE professors presented 2022 NAMRC outstanding paper

Posted: July 28, 2022
Professors K. “Cheena” Srinivasan and Satya Seetharaman pose with their awards
Professors Satya Seetharaman (middle left) and K. “Cheena” Srinivasan (middle right) pose with their awards.

Two Ohio State mechanical and aerospace engineering professors were awarded the 2022 North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) outstanding paper award along with their co-authors at the NAMRC conference held at Purdue University on June 27-July 1.

The paper resulted from collaborative research between Ohio State and Institute of Lightweight Structures and Forming Technology at the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany and was authored by Ryo Nakahata, an ME undergrad/graduate student in 2018 and 2019 and former intern at IUL/TUD, as part of his BSME Honors Research and his MSME thesis, along with his advisers at Ohio State, Professors K. “Cheena” Srinivasan and Satya Seetharaman, with research support from IUL/TUD and its Director, Professor A. Erman Tekkaya.

“This research is the product of researchers with complementary expertise and strengths collaborating across international borders effectively, thanks to the recent developments in the platforms supporting such collaboration,” Seetharaman said. “For that reason, we expect the collaboration to continue successfully, supplemented by in-person visits between researchers. Finally, it demonstrates that research efforts can start small with undergraduate researchers but evolve into wide-ranging and broader efforts over time.”

Their paper titled “A control strategy for incremental profile forming” focused on improving the understanding of the mechanics of a novel forming process called incremental profile forming (IPF), and the long-term objective of achieving improved part geometric accuracy for industrial production.

The North American Manufacturing Research Conference is North America’s preeminent and longest-running international forum for advancing the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing and enhances the visibility of the research to the research community. The conference has been held annually since 1973 and always at academic institutions, so that conference attendees could focus on interacting with each other. This year’s conference was held at Purdue University and marks the 50th year of the conference.

The best paper award is a recognition of the importance of the research as viewed by peer researchers. Recipients of the award in recent years have included researchers from peer institutions such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Michigan.

"The focus of the paper on advanced manufacturing is timely as, after a period of time when the importance of advanced manufacturing to our national economic strength was underappreciated, it is under the spotlight of our attention once again over the last decade,” Srinivasan said. “The award recognizes the value of an integrated approach to improve the capabilities of such manufacturing."