Sneha Prabha Narra, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and her PhD student William Frieden Templeton presented the Robotic Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process, a large-scale process in which tiny beads of welds are deposited layer by layer. to make much larger parts. This cutting-edge technology has the potential to transform on-demand production by reducing waste and manufacturing times, with applications in the aerospace, energy and heavy machinery industries.
“It was exciting. He asked very thoughtful questions that reflected his interest in technology,” said Narra, who added that Biden had asserted the need to expand the talent pool needed to keep the United States alive. the cutting edge of technology.
For Templeton, it was the first time he had given a demonstration. He said it was inspiring to see that the President cared not only about reviving the existing industry, but also transforming its future.
“He seemed to really understand that these additive manufacturing technologies are part of the future of manufacturing in America. I think he understood why we were doing our research and how it fits into the bigger picture,” said said Templeton. “He’s the chairman, he could have done a million things today, but he appreciates the work we do here enough to spend 20 minutes talking to us.”
Sandra DeVincent Wolf, executive director of the Manufacturing Futures Institute and the NextManufacturing Center, hosted the faculty for the demonstrations. In addition, CMU Graduate Student Assembly President Divyash Kaushik and student body president Alexis Ozimok were on hand to welcome President Biden.
Mill 19 in Hazelwood Green is the former site of the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company, where workers once produced over a million tonnes of steel a year. Today, the site is being redeveloped by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the Richard King Mellon Foundation into a center of cutting-edge technology and industry.
“At this inflection point in American competitiveness, the nation is poised to build an economy based on innovation through historic investments in our talent and workforce, in our research and development enterprise and in our national infrastructure,” President Jahanian said during today’s welcome. Remarks.
The university maintains a significant presence on the site and was the first tenant of Plant 19, which includes CMU’s Manufacturing Futures Institute and the nonprofit Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing.
In 2021, Carnegie Mellon and the Richard King Mellon Foundation announced a historic partnership to make a transformational investment in science and technology with a record $150 million grant, of which $75 million will support the construction of a new center of innovation in robotics, the Manufacturing Futures Institute. in Hazelwood Green and the creation of technological jobs accessible to the entire community.
It was Biden’s first visit to campus as president. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden has returned to the state several times. This is his second visit to Pittsburgh as president, and he previously visited Mill 19 as the 2020 presidential candidate.
The last time a sitting president visited Carnegie Mellon was in 2016, when former President Barack Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, a national event focused on building U.S. of science, technology and innovation. In 2021, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo visited CMU when it hosted the inaugural meeting of the United States-European Union Business and Technology Council.
Pittsburgh’s innovation economy is strong and growing thanks in large part to world-class research institutes such as CMU. A recent study by CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center highlights how the institution has created a dramatic transformation in Pittsburgh’s regional economy and the robotics industry as a whole.
CMU is a leader in federal, state, and local policy conversations, and faculty and administration officials have provided key testimony to congressional committees. In 2021, President Jahanian testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee asking for increased federal support for research.
“The bottom line is this. It takes all of us working together – we all work together – to make this happen, and it is finally starting to happen,” Biden said at the Mill 19 event. “When the federal government invests in innovation, it empowers the private sector to do what it does best. Create new technologies and, above all, new jobs.”