ISyE faculty and students in the advanced manufacturing area focus on processes through cutting-edge computational, experimental, and statistical techniques. The group also works closely with industry and government partners and collaborators to validate and implement research results.
Advanced Manufacturing makes extensive use of technologies related to automation, computers and computing, high precision, and information and data science. The goal is to develop production systems capable of creating a variety of products in small or large volumes with both the efficiency of mass production and the flexibility of custom manufacturing in order to respond quickly to customer demands.
Manufacturing plays a key role in America’s economy and innovation. In 2013, manufacturers contributed $2.08 trillion (12.5 percent of GDP) to the U.S. economy, and nearly 70 percent of private company R&D investments and 70 percent of issued patents originate in manufacturing. Realizing the significance of manufacturing, the U.S. government and industry sectors have recently placed substantial emphasis on advanced manufacturing. Numerous investment and funding programs have been created for advanced manufacturing in the past two years, such as the multi-agency Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech).
Working closely with colleagues in ISyE (e.g., Logistics, Statistics, and Systems Informatics and Control Groups) and Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI), ISyE faculty and students in the advanced manufacturing area conduct both fundamental/methodological studies and applied research sponsored by government agencies including AFOSR, DOE, NIST, NSF, and VA, as well as industrial companies such as ATK, Boeing, Cytec, and OG Technologies. Ongoing interdisciplinary advanced manufacturing research projects at ISyE include: