This grant provides funding to offset the costs for 30 students and postdocs from U.S. educational institutions to attend the 44th CIRP International Conference on Manufacturing Systems (ICMS 2011) to be held June 1-3, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin. The conference provides an international forum for researchers to discuss innovation and the state of the art in the broad field of manufacturing systems, and to disseminate their recent advances and share their views in this area. More than 150 abstracts have been submitted on topics ranging from machining to sustainable manufacturing to maintenance logistics. The conference will consist of 2 days of technical presentations and keynote speeches, as well as tours of the University of Wisconsin-Madison?s manufacturing laboratories for research and teaching. Publishing and participation in ICMS 2011 is open to all members of the international manufacturing research community. A committee will select the students and postdocs for conference support (hotel and registration) based upon the following criteria: presenting a paper, their research statement, underrepresented status, and paper authorship. The availability of conference support will be advertised on the conference website and through mailings to the U.S. manufacturing research community. In this unique intellectual environment, students and postdocs will attend technical presentations by the leading international experts in the broad field of manufacturing systems and network with senior and peer researchers from around the world. These experiences, both within and across disciplines, will foster new ideas in their research and deeper fundamental understanding of manufacturing science and engineering.

Students and postdocs from U.S. institutions attending ICMS 2011 will learn about the latest research progress and challenges in manufacturing systems, and to present papers they co-authored. They will have the opportunity to practice their communication skills and network with researchers and engineers from the U.S. and around the world, fostering future collaborations and shaping their future careers in, manufacturing science and engineering. This conference experience will be invaluable for the highly talented group of students and postdocs who, as future manufacturing professionals and academics, will drive U.S. efforts to ensure its competitiveness in manufacturing.

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This grant supported 24 graduate students and postdocs who attended the 44th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems that was held June 1-3, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. The conference is sponsored annually by the CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering), which is based in Paris, France and has approximately 550 members from 41 countries. The conference had not been held in the U.S. since 1998 (recent sites included Leuven, Stockholm, Athens, Seoul, Saarbrucken, Budapest, Florianopolis, Ljubljana, Liverpool, Tokyo, Grenoble, and Vienna); hence, the 2011 location this Conference in Madison, Wisconsin was a unique opportunity to showcase manufacturing research in the U.S. and to expose students and postdocs from U.S. institutions to the substantial body of international research in this field. The students’ and postdocs' registration cost and lodging was covered by this grant. The students and postdocs had three keynote presentations and 125 research paper presentations that they could attend. The areas of research covered included – Advanced Polymer and Composites Engineering – Design of Manufacturing Systems – Dynamics of Manufacturing Systems – Knowledge Management – Maintenance Logistics – Manufacturing Processes – Nanomanufacturing & Nanoproduction – Optimization of Manufacturing Systems – Production Networks – Production Planning – Service Engineering – Sustainable Manufacturing The students and postdocs were also provided the opportunity to interact with senior researchers and peer researchers from around the world. The conference was attended by 172 engineers, researchers, and industry leaders representing some 20 countries in North America, Asia, and Europe. These experiences will foster new ideas and a deeper fundamental understanding, by the students and postdocs who were supported by this grant, of the field of manufacturing . This grant also offered the students and postdocs an opportunity to practice their communication skills and network with researchers and engineers from around the world, fostering future collaborations. This conference experience will be invaluable for this highly talented group of graduate students and postdocs as it contributes to U.S. efforts to improve competitiveness in the practice and research of manufacturing.

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