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SIUE's Cho to Participate in $70 Million Digital Lab Project


Sohyung Cho, associate professor of industrial engineering, is participating in the $70 million cooperative agreement with the Digital Lab for Manufacturing project which was recently announced by President Barack Obama.

The Digital Lab will be the nation’s flagship research institute for Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI), applying cutting-edge technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing, strengthening the capabilities of the U.S. supply chain, and reducing acquisition costs for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). It will be housed in Chicago with a network of manufacturing partner and research sites across the United States.

Digital manufacturing is the use of an integrated, computer-based system comprised of simulation, three-dimensional (3D) visualization, analytics and various collaboration tools to create product and manufacturing process definitions simultaneously.

“We expect to investigate advanced decision models that can help manufacturing enterprises to understand possible consequences of business actions and to review and adjust these decisions accordingly,” Cho said. “Advanced technology, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) that enables real-time tracking of products, will be at the core of agile and flexible manufacturing systems. This technology will potentially provide complete visibility for parts over all the logistics operations not only for manufacturing, but also for transportation and distribution, storage and inventory, and retailing and delivery.”

Gorlewicz Presents Research at Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Dr. Jenna Gorlewicz

School of Engineering assistant professor Dr. Jenna Gorlewicz was selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium. The FOEE Symposium was held on Sunday, Oct. 27 – Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at the National Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif. It brought together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators in order to recognize, reward and promote effective, substantive and inspirational engineering education through a sustained dialogue within the emerging generation of innovative faculty. 

“Being selected to attend was both personally fulfilling and professionally valuable to me as an engineering educator,” Gorlewicz said. “I had the opportunity to share my engineering education research efforts, learn from best practices and network with many innovative engineering educators.”

Gorlewicz presented her research efforts on the creation, integration and assessment of haptic (touch) devices and associated curriculum in enhancing student learning in engineering education.

“Her work on haptic devices has the potential to revolutionize teaching and learning, and help include all types of students, especially the visually impaired,” said Majid Molki, distinguished research professor and chair of the SIUE Department of Mechanical Engineering. “Being a first-year assistant professor at SIUE, her expertise and interest in the educational aspects of engineering is an invaluable asset to our program.”

SIUE School of Engineering to Work with USTRANSCOM

Dr. Cem Karacal

SIUE Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Ann Boyle signed a three-year cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) for the School of Engineering to work with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base.

The collaboration will facilitate investigation of innovative technologies and techniques in multiple disciplines to provide new opportunities and understand potential solutions to address USTRANSCOM information technology capabilities and supply chain needs, while providing SIUE with diverse and complex research problems facing the management of worldwide logistics.

USTRANSCOM is a unified, functional combatant command of the Department of Defense which provides support to the eight other U.S. combatant commands, the military services, defense agencies and other government organizations. It provides full-spectrum global mobility solutions and related enabling capabilities as required.

SIUE’s expertise in information technology and supply chain management practices was attractive to USTRANSCOM. The relationship will provide opportunities for USTRANSCOM to understand the feasibility, utility and risk of new concepts and logistics techniques as applied to its missions.

SIUE faculty and students will have access to selected information on USTRANSCOM and federally operated information and logistics systems. They will learn about USTRANSCOM architectures, business processes, operational and security challenges and emerging government information technology and logistics techniques.

USTRANSCOM uses the same “Technology Transfer” authorities as federal laboratories to partner with industry and academia, collaboratively exploring future concepts and technologies and sharing expertise for mutual benefit. The outside party obtains access to government expertise and techniques and possibly technology or special facilities, while the government achieves deeper understanding of the potential benefits, risks and feasibility of new concepts and systems.

Both parties thereby advance their ideas and innovations and may use the information gained for their own benefit and future planning purposes. USTRANSCOM cannot pay the non-federal party, but otherwise either partner can contribute resources of their own choosing to make the teamed research possible.