Fritz B. Prinz, Panel Chair

Affiliation:  Stanford University
Address:      Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
              Building 530, Stanford, CA 94305-3030

Professor Prinz, the Rodney H. Adams Professor in the School of Engineering and professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering, is also co-chair of Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association (SIMA). He received his PhD (physics, 1975) from the University of Vienna, Austria, and in 1977 he was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Fellowship for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (1989-1994), and also Director of the Engineering Design Research Center, a National Science Foundation research center. His current research activities address a wide range of problems related to intelligent design, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing. He has served on the following National Research Council committees: Research Priorities for U.S. Manufacturing, Improving Engineering Design, Joint U.S.-Japan Study Mission on Manufacturing, Opportunities for Computer Aided Decision Support Tools in Materials Selection.

Clinton L. Atwood

Affiliation:  Sandia National Laboratories
Address:      P.O. Box 5800, MS 0958, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185

Mr. Atwood is the Rapid Prototyping Team Leader at Sandia National Laboratories, He has worked at Sandia for 20 years (manufacturing). Prior to his work in rapid prototyping he supervised the Heavy Machining Section, Miniature Machining Section, and Machinist Apprentice Section at Sandia. He has been active in the advancement of several rapid prototyping (RP) technologies. Activities include alpha and beta testing of preproduction machines, testing new software and hardware, and participation in technical advisory groups and user groups. He is an active member of the Board of Advisors for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Rapid Prototyping Association (RPA/SME) and a member of the 1996 RPA/SME conference planning committee. He is the recent past chairman of the North American Stereolithography Users Group. In addition, he participates in the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Technical Associates Group at the University of Texas, and in the SLS Users Group. He has authored and presented several papers on the integration and applications of rapid prototyping technologies in manufacturing.

Richard F. Aubin

Affiliation:  Manager, Rapid Manufacturing, United Technologies Research Center
Address:      United Technologies Research Center
              411 Silver Lane MS 129-48, East Hartford, CT 06108

Mr. Aubin's 27 years experience at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) included manufacturing assignments in tool and die making, inspection, and numerical control programming. He was responsible for the stereolithography installation at Pratt & Whitney's East Hartford facility. He initiated a group that supports the rapid prototyping needs of other divisions of UTC. While in this capacity, he initiated beta testing programs of emerging rapid prototyping technologies. He was the coordinator for UTC consortium programs with MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Texas. Aubin was a Coordinating Partner in the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Rapid Product Development Program. He authored several publications on rapid prototyping and related topics. Mr. Aubin was a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Rapid Prototyping Association of SME and was on the editorial review board for the Rapid Prototyping Journal. He was awarded a BS in Business Management from the University of Hartford.

Joseph J. Beaman

Affiliation:  Andersen Consulting Endowed Professorship in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Address:      Department of Mechanical Engineering
              University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1063

Professor Joseph J. Beaman joined the UT faculty in 1979 after receiving his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Beaman is presently Director of the Solid Freeform Fabrication Laboratory. He has been coorganizer of the Annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium since the first symposium in 1989. He received the first National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984. He has published numerous articles related to his research area. He is also a founder of DTM Corporation, an industrial concern commercializing Selective Laser Sintering. Between January 1988 and October 1991, he was Area Coordinator for the Mechanical Systems and Design Area. He is a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and has served on the ASME Executive Committee for the Dynamic Systems and Control Division. He was Chairman of this ASME technical division from 1994-1995. He has received numerous grants from both government and private sources.

Robert L. Brown

Affiliation:  The Gillette Company
Address:      Prudential Tower Building 49th Floor 
              Boston, MA 02199

Mr. Brown, Director of External Technology for the Gillette Corporate R&D Laboratories, is responsible for identifying and acquiring new technology to support the various product and process lines of Gillette. Besides the blade and razor divisions, other product lines include Braun, AG (personal appliances), Oral-B (oral care products), Stationary Products (including PaperMate, Parker, Liquid Paper and Waterman), and the various toiletries groups. Previously he was Director of Advanced Process and Control R&D and was responsible for developing concepts for high-volume, high-speed manufacturing. He also has engineering management experience in process development for electronic materials and steelmaking at Texas Instruments and Teledyne. He is one of the founders of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Rapid Prototyping Association (RPA) and currently serves on the advisory board of RPA. He graduated from Michigan Technological University (BS) in metallurgical engineering and from MIT (SM, ScD) in physical metallurgy. He also has an MBA in accounting and finance from Boston University.

Paul S. Fussell

Affiliation:  Senior Technical Specialist, Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa)
Address:      Alcoa Technical Center
              Alcoa Center, Pennsylvania, 15069-0001

Dr. Fussell is responsible for rapid prototyping at Alcoa. He has been with Alcoa for ten years working on resin-based and metal-spraying rapid prototyping, and on downstream processes for rapid generation of metal tools. He is Alcoa's liaison to university research groups, particularly those at CMU, Stanford, and MIT. He is also a program manager in the area of efficiently relating part measurement data to the desired shape (e.g., the CAD database). Formerly he worked in areas of robot controller design and robotic welding process integration. He received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, writing a thesis entitled "Sprayed Metal Shells for Tooling: Phenomenology, Microstructures, and Properties." He is a member of the honorary organizations Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Pi Tau Sigma, and he has authored or co-authored over twenty-eight papers, grants, and patents.

Allan J. Lightman

Affiliation:  Senior Research Scientist, University of Dayton Research Institute
Address:      University of Dayton Research Institute
              300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-0150

Dr. Lightman conducts research and development on technologies and materials for rapid product realization. He cofounded the Rapid Prototype Development Laboratory (RPDL) at the University of Dayton and the annual International Conference on Rapid Prototyping. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Rapid Prototyping, and he was a founding member of the board of the Rapid Prototyping Association of SME. His current RP research focuses on new materials development (ceramics and high-temperature photopolymers) and on applications of RP technology for surgical planning and other medical diagnostics. He reviews RP technology development and implementation worldwide and reports his findings to a variety of industry and government sponsors.

Emanuel Sachs

Affiliation:  Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
              Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, MIT
Address:      Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cambridge, MA 02139

Dr. Sachs' specialty is flexible manufacturing, with a primary emphasis on the development of the Three-Dimensional Printing Process, of which he is a coinventor and coprincipal investigator. He is also known for work in the area of Process Control of VLSI fabrication. Prior to joining the faculty, he spent seven years working in the field of photovoltaics (solar cells), two years at Mobil-Tyco Solar Energy Corp, and five years at Arthur D. Little, Inc. He is the inventor of the Edge Stabilized Ribbon Growth method for making low-cost substrates for solar cells. This technology was developed at MIT and Arthur D. Little and is now being commercialized by Evergreen Solar, Inc. of Waltham, MA. Dr. Sachs is the author or coauthor of more than 70 technical papers and is listed as the inventor or coinventor on more than 20 patents. He was awarded the BS (1975), MS (1976), PhD (1983, Mechanical Engineering) from MIT. He was a Hertz Fellow and earned the Hertz Foundation Doctoral Thesis Prize in 1983. Together with coworkers, he was awarded an IR&D 100 award in 1994.

Lee E. Weiss

Affiliation:  The Robotics Institute
Address:      Carnegie Mellon University
              217 Smith Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Dr. Weiss is a Senior Research Scientist in the Robotics Institute and the Biomedical Engineering Program and is the Director of the Design and Manufacturing Laboratory of the Engineering Design Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in bioengineering and a PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from CMU. He was the first graduate student in the Robotics Institute. There he has designed and implemented several systems, including robotic assembly cells, intelligent robot end-effectors, an automated computer vision station for solder joint inspection, an adaptively controlled direct-drive robot arm, a robot leg for a Mars Rover autonomous walking machine, a rapid tool manufacturing system based on thermal spraying, and the Shape Deposition Manufacturing facility. He has 17 patents and is the author of over 50 technical papers.

Michael J. Wozny

Affiliation:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Address:      Center for Advanced Technology
              Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, CII 8015, Troy, NY  12180-3590

Dr. Wozny has just returned to his professorship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after a leave of absence serving as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology, dealing with manufacturing competitiveness issues. He established and directed the Design Research Center at Rensselaer for 16 years. He was a laboratory director at National Institute of Standards and Technology (1994-95); senior fellow at Industrial Technology Institute (1991); a division director at the National Science Foundation (1986-88); and researcher at General Motors Research Laboratory (1972). He established, helped plan, and participated in the U.S.-Japan Technical Exchange Forums in Manufacturing (1988, 1990), coordinated by the National Research Council. He has worked in computer graphics, computer-aided design, rapid prototyping and manufacturing. He is chairman of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) working group 5.2 (CAD), and he has received the IEEE Centennial Medal (1984), and the National Computer Graphics Association Academic Award (1988).

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