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Modeling-Based Material Definitions to Enable Integrated Mechanics, Components and Materials Design

This is the first seminar in the seminar series Sustainable Transformation Seminars.

Time: Fri 2020-09-11 12.00 - 13.00

Lecturer: David Furrer

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Computational materials and process modeling has continued to advance over several decades. The vision of truly integrated computational material and manufacturing engineering is nearly upon us with rapid changes in how we design and develop new material and associated processing methods. The continued adoption and application of computational methods is changing the materials and manufacturing engineering disciplines, and is enabling materials and processes to be a much greater part of component and system design at the earliest possible stages. Big Data is also a critical aspect of advanced manufacturing and computational modeling. Integration of process monitoring, data analytics is further leading to increased quantitative material and process understanding. This talk will review some of the advances being made in computational materials engineering, informatics and data analytics relative to various applications within the aerospace industry including additive manufacturing.

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Speaker: David Furrer, Senior Fellow, Discipline Lead, Materials & Processes Engineering, Pratt & Whitney

About David Furrer

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David Furrer.

Dr. Furrer is the Senior Fellow Discipline Lead for the Materials and Processes Engineering organization at Pratt & Whitney. He is responsible for leading the Pratt & Whitney Materials Discipline Leaders and Materials Fellows in the development of technical strategy and the development/improvement of engineering standard work for all processes in the discipline. David also supports the ongoing development, design, manufacturing, and aftermarket and service investigation related materials projects. Additionally, Dr. Furrer oversees the overall discipline health and technical leadership, critical skills identification, and the Materials and Processes Fellows program, among other initiatives. David is also involved with new and emerging manufacturing processes development and transition into production, including such technologies as conventional and novel machining, coating, cleaning and additive manufacturing processes. He is the champion for the Pratt & Whitney core materials and processes computational tools and methods activities aimed at development and application of materials and process modeling and simulation capabilities. 

He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of aerospace materials engineering, including forging manufacture, and materials and process modeling. In addition to previously working within the aerospace and forging industry, he has been an adjunct professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he taught materials and manufacturing technology courses within the Mechanical Engineering Department.

David has received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Doctorate of Engineering from the Universität Ulm, Ulm Germany. 

Dr. Furrer is currently the Immediate Past President of ASM-International, the materials information society (2018-2019).