High-Performance Manufacturing

Developing more creative, high-tech and impactful manufacturing solutions.

Manufacturing is a bedrock of the U.S. economy. But in this global, high-tech age, manufacturing needs a paradigm shift toward more customized, flexible production using materials in new ways to accomplish more with lower energy intensity, unparalleled combinations of properties and allowing higher throughput. 

Partnering with leaders of industry, federal agencies, professional associations, national labs and other universities, we’re leading manufacturing innovations in polymers, biomedicine, electronic systems, metals, and material processing and characterization. With facilities like our metal foundry and our leadership in America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, we’re helping re-envision what manufacturing means in this country. 

Institutes, centers and labs related to High-Performance Manufacturing


Mesoscale Science Lab

Creates experimental techniques to develop a physical understanding of processing-structure-property relationships of crystalline and amorphous materials

Polymer Processing

Center for Advanced Polymer Processing

Develops new advanced and functional multiphase complex materials and optimizes the performance of existing ones by integrating the most advanced experimental and computational capabilities. 

Faculty who conduct research in High-Performance Manufacturing

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Rigoberto Advincula

Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Explores polymer material nanostructure to discover new phenomena and functionality

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Rohan Akolkar

F. Alex Nason Chair and Ohio Eminent Scholar for Advanced Energy Research
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Develops new electrochemical processes for applications including nano-material fabrication, energy storage, electrometallurgy and sensors

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Eric Baer

Distinguished University Professor
Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Director, NSF Center for Layered Polymeric Systems

Develops processing-structure-property relationships in polymeric systems; creates micro- and nano-layered films; and produces biomimetic hierarchical structures of soft materials

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Jennifer Carter

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

deformation mechanisms of metals and metal-matrix composites; fatigue, fracture, and creep; failure analysis; electron microscopy; 3D microscopy; novel methodologies for multi-scale material characterization; data science and analytics; open science

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Sunniva Collins

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Engineers metallic surfaces for improved performance; selects materials and designs manufacturing processes for innovative outcomes

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Malcolm Cooke

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Executive Director, Sears think[box]

Develops integrated strategies to address biomedical challenges

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John Lewandowski

Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Nitinol Commercialization Accelerator
Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center (AMMRC)

Researches material reliability for biomedical and structural applications, advanced materials manufacturing and processing/microstructure/property relationships

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Bo Li

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develops HPC-based computational methods for the dynamic behavior and failure processes in materials and structures under extreme conditions

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Joao Maia

Associate Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Director, CAPP - Center for Advanced Polymer Processing

Develops multi-scale, complex polymer-based materials, using both experimental and computational-based tools

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Wyatt Newman

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Designs intelligent robots, machines and software for diverse applications

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Chris Yingchun Yuan

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researches manufacturing science and sustainability performance of lithium-ion batteries, solar cells and nanotechnologies