Participants at the 2018 RAMP Workshop, held at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

RAMP All-Day Workshop - June 21, 2018

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

This workshop was held in conjunction with the ASME 2018 Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) and SME 2018 North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), to be held at Texas A&M University (June 18-22), along with the NIST RAMP Challenge on the modeling and composing of unit manufacturing processes. The workshop hosted finalist presentations from the NIST RAMP Competition and poster presentations from NSF-sponsored RAMP Student Travel Awardees.

Additional details about the workshop and its findings have been reported in the following publications:

  1. Raman, A. S., Harper, D., Haapala, K. R., Linke, B. S., Bernstein, W. Z., and Morris, K., 2019, “Challenges in Representing Manufacturing Processes for Systematic Sustainability Assessments: Workshop on June 21, 2018,” Volume 2: Processes; Materials, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, p. V002T03A012. 
  2. Raman, A. S., Haapala, K. R., Raoufi, K., Linke, B. S., Bernstein, W. Z., and Morris, K. C., 2020, “Defining Near-Term to Long-Term Research Opportunities to Advance Metrics, Models, and Methods for Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing,” Smart Sustain. Manuf. Syst., 4(2), p. 20190047
  3. Draft Workshop report: "Challenges in Representing Manufacturing Processes for Systematic Sustainability Assessments."[pdf]

Workshop Schedule

Session 1: RAMP Finalist Presentations (9:10 am - 10:40 am)

  • A production line for polyactide business card holders - Ian Garretson, Barbara Linke (UC Davis)
  • Sustainability analysis of stereolithography using UMP models - Timothy Simon, Yiran Yang, Wo Jae Lee, Jing Zhao, Lin Li, Fu Zhao (Purdue University)
  • Aggregating unit manufacturing process models to enable environmental impact characterization of polymer-based hybrid manufacturing - Sriram Manoharan, Dustin Harper (Oregon State University)
  • UMP model for flexible manufacturing system - Feng Ju, Daniel McCarville, Hashem Alshakhs, Weihao Huang, Xuefeng Dong, Hussain Alhader (Arizona State University)

Session 2: RAMP Finalist Presentations and Overview of Challenges (11:00 am - 12:30 pm)

  • Data driven unit manufacturing process (UMP) model for monitoring specific energy in surface grinding process - Sai Srinivas Desabathina, Zhaoyan Fan (Oregon State University)
  • Grinding analysis & model - Justin Canaperi, Yongxin (Jack) Guo, John Park, Jun (Albert) Yang, Yuki Yoshinaga (Stony Brook Univerisity)

Lightning Talks: Advanced Manufacturing Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Introduction to NSF's advanced manufacturing programs - Khershed Cooper (NSF)[pdf]
  • Process modeling challenges for nanomanufacturing - Ajay Malshe (U Arkansas)
  • Process modeling challenges for additive manufacturing - Kevin Lyons (NIST)[pdf]
  • Challenges in educating engineers about process modeling - Fazleena Badurdeen (University of Kentucky)[pdf]

 Session 3: Current State of Manufacturing Process Modeling (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Lightning Talks: Unit Manufacturing Process Modeling 

  • Unit Process Modeling for Life Cycle Inventories - Janet Twomey (Wichita State University), Barbara Linke (UC Davis)
  • Reusable, extensible, and composable unit manufacturing process (UMP) models - Arvind Shankar Raman, KC Morris (NIST), Karl Haapala (Oregon State University)[pdf]
  • Factory Optima: Web-based manufacturing system analysis - Alex Brodsky (George Mason University)[pdf]

Workshop Activity:

  • Unit manufacturing process modeling schema refinement - William Bernstein (NIST)

Session 4: Discussion on Future Research Needs in Manufacturing Process Modeling (3:50 pm - 5:00 pm)

Brainstorming discussion: Revisiting the research and educational challenges and opportunities relevant to NIST and NSF - Karl Haapala, Barbara Linke, KC Morris, William Bernstein

Session 5: Poster and Awards (5:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

  • Group photo
  • Presentation of RAMP Competition awards and RAMP poster awards
  • Student poster session

Purpose of the Workshop

The goal of this workshop was to engage the research community in discussions around emerging topics in advanced manufacturing, nanomanufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, and engineering education. The outcomes of the workshop can help universities and government agencies identify needs for education and research to support characterizing unit manufacturing processes for sustainability assessment, define limitations in associated education and research practices, and prioritize the challenges to be pursued by the manufacturing research community to best meet industry needs in adopting and applying analytical methods for improving process and system performance.

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Karl R. Haapala

Oregon State University


Fu Zhao

Dr. Fu Zhao

Purdue University



Dr. Barbara S. Linke

University of California - Davis



KC Morris

National Institute of Standards and Technology


Bill Bernstein

Dr. Willian Z. Bernstein

National Institute of Standards and Technology