The center is a cooperative
world-class cross-disciplinary research program involving the
Schools of Industrial Engineering, Aeronautics & Astronautics
and Materials Engineering. It was established in 1999 with funds
from the Purdue Academic Re-Investment Program.
The principal research thrusts of the Center are Manufacturing
Process Innovation, Advanced Light-Weight Materials, Tribology
of Material Systems for Enhanced Component Performance, and
Sustainable Manufacturing Systems. The Center faculty's research
activities have been supported by companies, NSF and DoD. 85
M.S. and Ph.D students have graduated from the group since 1992.
The Center operates world-class research laboratories in Manufacturing
Processes and Systems, Metrology, Tribology and Materials Characterization.