Undergraduate Mathematics Lecture
Engineering Imagination and Additive Manufacturing
Abstract: Engineering and Imagination are sometimes at odds with each other, which is changing as new innovative tools become available. Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies are one of these tools and have become mainstream processes for final component fabrication. AM process development demands technical understanding of material science, manufacturing processes, geometric design, topological design, experimentation, and application engineering all in which require different forms of analytical analysis. A discussion of AM and its associated technology fields and developments will be presented as well as how my background in Mathematics has helped shape my career in this research area.
Dr. Johnston is a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow in the technical areas of Direct Write (DW) Electronics and Additive Manufacturing (AM). He currently holds a research position in Boeing Research and Technology organization in the Next Generation Composites Group located in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2001, he has conducted research in AM metals, Stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS) and primarily researches Direct Write Electronic/Printed Electronic technologies. He has developed a dynamic mathematical model of the thermal fabrication processes for metal three dimensional printing and is one of the lead scientists in development of a UV masked projection technology to fabricate customized thin films. Dr. Johnston has worked in industry as an actuary, as an engineer in manufacturing at DaimlerChrysler, and as a consulting instrumentation engineer. He holds Masters Degrees in both Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, as well as a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in AM processes. Dr. Johnston currently holds ten patents related to AM and Direct Write technologies.
Monday, November 18 at 1:30pm to 2:20pm