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Research Areas:

Additive Manufacturing
Micro and macro to large-scale metal additive manufacturing, process-structure-property relationships in additive manufacturing; smart technologies for additive manufacturing, multi-material additive manufacturing

Sustainable Materials
Energy-efficient material design for manufacture; molecular, microstructural and metallurgical transformation of materials; self-healing materials and memory alloys

Sustainable Manufacturing Systems
Metrics for sustainability performance, design and analysis of sustainable supply chains; sustainable quality systems; energy-efficient supply chain operations and manufacturing systems

Sustainable Product Development
Energy-efficient products; sustainability metrics for products; 6R-based product design for sustainability

Society, Public Policy and Regulatory Issues in Sustainable Manufacturing
Societal impact studies; legislative and administrative issues; policy implementation; product and process liability; ethics

Sustainable Manufacturing Processes
Energy-efficient and environmentally benign manufacturing processes toxic-free, hazardless, safe and secure technologies; minimal use of metal working fluids and chemicals; metrics-based evaluation of manufacturing processes

Economic Analysis of Sustainable Products and Processes
Life-cycle product cost analysis; marketing strategies and business economics for sustainable products and processes

Research Laboratories in ISM

Participating UK Academic Units and Centers

  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Gatton College of Business and Economics
  • College of Design
  • Center for Applied Energy Research
  • Center for Aluminum Technology

Research Sponsors


  • DMDII (Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute)
  • KSEF (Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation)
  • LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow)
  • NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
  • NSF (National Science Foundation)
  • NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • US Air Force Research Laboratory
  • US Army
  • US Department of Education

   Industry Sponsors

  • 3M
  • Air Products, Inc.
  • Boeing
  • Caterpillar
  • Ford
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • HAAS
  • IMTI (Integrated Manufacturing Technology)
  • Kennametal
  • Lexmark
  • Mazak
  • Sandvik Coromant
  • SCRA
  • SECO
  • Semicon
  • Society of Community Research & Action
  • STELLRAM Cutting Tools
  • Toyota

International Partners

  • American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Bari Polytechnic, Bari, Italy
  • ENSAM, Cluny, France
  • Federal University of Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil
  • Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China 
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Polytechnic, Turin, Italy
  • Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, Portugal
  • RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • Shandong University, Shandong, China
  • Tianjin University, Tianjin, China
  • University of Calabria, Calabria, Italy
  • University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
  • University of Technology, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • University of Mondragon, Mondragon, Spain
  • University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
  • University West, Trollhättan, Sweden
  • Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey