Control systems expert Sandipan Mishra, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Mishra will use the five-year, $400,000 grant to investigate and develop new sensing and controls paradigms to help push forward the leading-edge field of additive manufacturing. The CAREER Award is given to faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers and is one of NSF’s most competitive awards, placing emphasis on high-quality research and novel education initiatives.
With his CAREER project, titled “Multiobjective learning control strategies for additive manufacturing,” Mishra aims to develop advanced sensing and controls algorithms for improving precision and reliability of additive manufacturing technologies, including 3-D printing. A new paradigm of how things are made, additive manufacturing is the name for fabricating a single, custom-designed part that is made on-demand and with minimal material. Despite its tremendous potential, additive manufacturing is hampered by poor process reliability and throughput. The systems simply are not precise or robust enough to be scaled up and used for commercial, mass-manufactured products.
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