Shamsaei named director of Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence

By Teri Greene

Published: May 25, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Nima Shamsaei Nima Shamsaei

Nima Shamsaei, associate professor in mechanical engineering, has been named director of Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, also known as NCAME. The center, a partnership with NASA, aims to advance fundamental and applied additive manufacturing research through public and private partnerships and contribute to workforce development.

NCAME recently was selected by ASTM International as one of the hubs for a new Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, along with engineering and technology nonprofit EWI and the U.K.-based nonprofit MTC.

“I am thrilled to lead Auburn’s efforts in this rapidly growing field of 3-D printing metals,” Shamsaei said. “My goal is to establish this center to be the go-to place for doing research and development, training and education and for standardization and certification for additive manufacturing.”

He succeeds Tony Overfelt, who has led Auburn’s additive manufacturing research initiatives since 2016.

Shamsaei came to Auburn in 2016 with colleague Scott Thompson from Mississippi State University as part of a strategic effort to bolster Auburn’s faculty expertise in additive manufacturing. Together, the pair has so far brought several millions of dollars of funding for additive manufacturing research.

“With Nima’s extensive background in additive manufacturing, he was an excellent choice to lead the center going forward,” said Christopher B. Roberts, Dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “Additive manufacturing is a rapidly growing field with abundant opportunities for engineering innovation. Nima’s expertise and vision will help guide Auburn’s continued growth as a leader in this field.”

Shamsaei says the reach of NCAME extends far beyond research and development and that his team will thrive on interdisciplinary cooperation with students and faculty from all engineering disciplines.

“Students from each field must have a broad understanding of engineering principles to understand the advances and current state of additive technology in order to take it to new, unimaginable levels in the future,” he said.

NCAME emphasizes the importance of involving both graduate and undergraduate students to address the current challenges surrounding additive technology, he adds.

"Through this joint effort, the center not only provides important solutions today but is honing the minds of future industry leaders to solve the problems of tomorrow," Shamsaei said, adding that he sees Thompson's assistance in these training and educational programs as invaluable to the center. 

The center has developed multidisciplinary campus-wide partnerships with business, pharmacy, industrial design and veterinary medicine. With the latter, the current aim is to develop additive-engineered implants with drug delivery systems for animals and, eventually, humans. 

The all-hands-on-board nature of additive manufacturing is key to its rapid development and the resulting effect on the national economy, Shamsaei says.

“Additive manufacturing is one of the means for the country to regain and retain its leadership for advanced manufacturing of products,” he said. “At the national level, it’s very important. It’s challenging. Basically, our goal is to help industry to adopt this technology at a higher pace.”

Shamsaei spearheaded Auburn's efforts to obtain the ASTM Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence designation along with Auburn University co-investigators Overfelt, Thompson, Bart Prorok, Mike Ogles and Steve Taylor.

Media Contact: Teri Greene, tag0036@auburn.edu.com, 334-844-3591
Teri Greene, tag0036@auburn.edu, 334-844-3591

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