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Manufacturing & Design Division

Why Manufacturing and Design?

In the built environments we live in, most everything we see is manufactured and assembled before being installed in place for a specific use. Obviously these products are first designed and then manufactured at the best possible location. What is increasingly apparent is also the bi-directional impact design and manufacturing have on each other: sophistication in design, in general, complicates manufacturing, but it also presents new frontiers and opportunities for products that were impossible, impractical or economically infeasible only a few years ago. Due to this very strong connection between manufacturing and design, a view of manufacturing that traditionally only focuses on making a product needs to be broader, and include design, in a more holistic, lean and integrated engineering context.

In the near future, we will have a position paper in Industrial Engineer magazine describing our view of this integrated scope. Industrial Engineer magazine is available only to IIE members. If you are not a member, join IIE for access articles by our community members as well as additional member-only benefits.

What is the Manufacturing & Design Division?

Global cost competition, although not new, continues to keep existing manufacturing and design activities under increasing pressure. The Manufacturing & Design Division has the purpose to provide a common platform for the discussion, education, and dissemination of contemporary issues in the field of manufacturing. With this purpose in mind, the division will: 1) encourage the development and dissemination of technical knowledge, 2) provide a forum for technical networking, 3) Serve as the voice of the technical field, and 4) support IIE’s mission in providing values to members and promoting the discipline. View the division bylaws.

Meet your officers!

Jingyan Dong   /uploadedImages/IIE/Community/Technical_Societies_and_Divisions/Manufacturing_and_Design/ChristopherGreen135.jpg   /uploadedImages/IIE/Community/Technical_Societies_and_Divisions/Manufacturing_and_Design/johnJackman.png  Rohan Shirwaiker 
Jingyan Dong Christopher Greene John Jackman Rohan Shirwaiker 
President Past President President-elect Secretary


Cropped Gul Kremer   Lourdes A. Medina   Richard Wysk  Iris Rivero 
Gül Okudan Kremer Lourdes A. Medina Richard Wysk Iris Rivero
External Relations Media Director Advisory Board Advisory Board

President's message - Jingyan Dong

 Jingyan Dong 

Dear Manufacturing and Design Division Members, 

Welcome to the Manufacturing and Design Division! The mission of the M&D Division is to provide a forum of knowledge sharing, technical networking, and professional development for IIE members in the area of Manufacturing and Design. The M&D division activities are organized by the members of the division’s board and advisory committee. We are working on the nomination process for new officers for the board of 2015-2017. If you are interested in joining the M&D Division and potentially serve as an officer, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Your participation is very important for the success of the M&D Division.

More from the president 

Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Deadline to nominate extended to Feb. 15!
The Manufacturing and Design Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes Manufacturing and Design Division members under the age of 35 for their technical contribution to manufacturing and design.

Click here for eligibility requirements and important dates.

Thank you! 

 /uploadedImages/IIE/Community/Technical_Societies_and_Divisions/Manufacturing_and_Design/Kremer.png   Junfeng Ma 
 Gül E. Kremer  Junfeng Ma 

The Manufacturing & Design Division would like to thank Dr. Gül E. Kremer and Junfeng Ma for their webinar, "A Fuzzy Logic-Based Approach for Handling Uncertain Component End-of-Life Options for Improved Sustainability in Products." This webinar was offered on Dec. 11. If you missed it, click here to view.

Big M Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities for IE 

A Cross Track Panel IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014
By Dr. Paul Cohen

What is happening in the US industrial sector is nothing short of the genesis of a domestic manufacturing renaissance. Manufacturers are boosting output, building new facilities, increasing exports, and creating jobs that require new skills and knowledge. According to a recent Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report, the manufacturing industries have created more than 500,000 jobs since 2010. In Montreal, a Cross Track Panel, moderated by Paul Cohen (N.C. State) and Ben Wang (Georgia Tech) examined opportunities and challenges to this continuing manufacturing renaissance. Read more 

Pic of TrophyBest Paper Award

The M&D track has a standard procedure for selecting and awarding the best paper award during the ISERC. All full papers submitted to M&D track at the conference will be automatically evaluated for best paper award competition. The track chairs will recommend a short list of about 5 papers using recommendations and ratings from the reviewers. Subsequently, a best paper award committee is formed and the committee performs a double-blind review process on these candidate papers in order to choose the best paper for the M&D track. The best paper award will be recognized at the IIE Annual Conference.  

We would like to recognize 2014 Best Paper Award recipients: 

Winner: "Amorphous Calcium Phosphate Blended Polymer Coatings for Biomedical Implants"
Second Place: "A Fuzzy Logic-Based Approach for Handling Uncertain EOL Options in Product Design Stage"
Third Place: "Build Direction for Improved Process Plan in Multi-material Additive Manufacturing"

Current events

  • M&D webinars can be a great way to disseminate research results. If you are interested in delivering a webinar, please contact Jingyan Dong.
  • M&D Membership is in a growth mode.
  • If you would like to be on our email list, please contact Gül Kremer.

Monthly M&D Advisory Board telephone meetings

The M&D board holds a monthly one-hour conference, both to discuss administrative details (approximately 20 minutes) and to conduct a roundtable discussion on a topic of current interest to IEs (20-30 minutes). All M&D members are welcome to participate.

If you'd like to be added to the distribution list for these calls, please contact gkremer@psu.edu.

M&D Personnel News

If you have an award, publication, promotion, etc., share the news with your colleagues in M&D. E-mail to Lourdes A. Medina Aviles, and it will be shared on the Web page and in the newsletter.

Recorded webinars