UH professor’s expertise in 3D printing gets global spotlight

UH Mānoa Faculty of Engineering Assistant Professor Tyler Ray

A College of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College or university of Engineering faculty member presented his most up-to-date study in emerging sides of 3D printing in front of a team of worldwide specialists as part of the Countrywide Academy of Engineering’s The Grainger Basis Frontiers of Engineering plan. Assistant Professor Tyler Ray turned the very first researcher from Hawaiʻi to participate in the program’s 28-12 months heritage.

Sixty highly accomplished early-career engineers from corporations, universities, and government labs in the U.S. and China fulfilled July 18–20 to examine leading-edge exploration and specialized work throughout a array of engineering fields as portion of the China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Chosen by the United States National Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, participants are challenged to believe about developments and troubles at the forefront of regions distinctive from their possess to foster collaboration, share new procedures and strategies throughout fields, and facilitate intercontinental cooperation and knowledge amid the future era of engineering leaders.

Participants in the U.S. gathered at the Beckman Center of the Countrywide Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, California, and contributors in China met at the Chinese Academy of Engineering Headquarters in Beijing. Each individual group satisfied for actions at their host establishment and then engaged virtually in bilateral conversations with their counterparts across the Pacific.

Between the matters discussed incorporated the most recent developments of cutting-edge engineering engineering in the following areas:

  • Wearable electronics and human wellness
  • Additive producing and outside of
  • Water sustainability
  • Food security in the context of large facts and genomics

Ray’s presentation, a person of the 8 from the U.S. delegation, was highlighted in the “Additive Manufacturing and Beyond” session. Additive manufacturing procedures (3D printing) are promptly evolving to make conclude-use solutions at industrial scales with profound implications for the long run of production. Ray offered a roadmap for harnessing rising additive producing solutions to print purposeful components with new forms of houses, like electrical, optical and thermal. These resources could be useful for purposes spanning from power storage, these kinds of as extremely-small, potent batteries, to food items, for illustration in 3D-printed plant-based mostly steaks.

“As engineers, we look for remedies to some of the most demanding issues struggling with our global, interconnected society. This was an incredible possibility to discuss the challenges and options within the additive producing area with a diverse viewers of some of the brightest engineering minds in China and the U.S.,” Ray mentioned.

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Ray was a 2022 recipient of the UH Mānoa Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Investigation and Artistic Function. The award acknowledges up to two tenured/tenure-monitor college mentors every educational calendar year who have demonstrated committed and sustained excellence in school mentoring of undergraduate learners in their research and resourceful work endeavors.

—By Marc Arakaki