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Enabling disruptions: The next generation of additive manufacturing

This free panel presentation and discussion was held on March 16.

Ali Bonakdar

Siemens Energy Canada
Additive manufacturing research at Siemens Energy

Man wearing jacket, white shirt and tieAli Bonakdar is an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Lead at Siemens Energy Canada Limited and is responsible for the strategic development of various advanced manufacturing processes with a focus on additive manufacturing. In addition to his industrial role, he is an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University, University of Waterloo, and École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) leading several industrial-academic research projects. He has more than 20 years of industrial and academic experience in different aspects of mechanical engineering, advanced manufacturing and gas turbine engines by working with state-of-the-art labs and world-class aerospace and energy industries such as Rolls-Royce and Siemens. He completed a PhD in mechanical engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Concordia University and continued his studies in the Center for Intelligent Machines at McGill University as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He has five published and filed patents in metallic additive manufacturing. He is also the author and co-author of 35 scientific publications mostly in advanced manufacturing and materials.

Mélissa Després

National Research Council of Canada
The outcomes and benefits of large scale collaboration for Canada

Woman with dark hair in red topMélissa Després is a Manager of Technological Innovation who is experienced in the establishment of strategic industrial collaborations and research and development in metallurgical materials and processes. She has 20 years of experience in the aeronautics, automotive and surface transportation and health technology sectors. She has significant professional achievements, including three received patents. Combining the technical expertise and managerial and relational skills required to manage large-scale research and development programs and projects, Mélissa is known as a visionary who is able to mobilize resources to achieve high-quality results in complex situations requiring creative and robust solutions. She has worked for the National Research Council of Canada since 2013. Within the Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Center, Mélissa provides R&TD leadership in advanced manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing for mass customization, advanced mechatronic platform for incremental manufacturing, manufacturing technologies for lightweighting applications, surface engineering for advanced manufacturing and harsh environment applications, corrosion and durability in a multi-material Context, and in smart tooling. She sponsors two large Industrial R&D Groups: METALTec and SURFTEC helping the Canadian manufacturing and their value chain in the transportation sector.

Ehsan Toyserkani

University of Waterloo
Opportunities, challenges, and trends in multi-scale additive manufacturing

Man in suit and tieEhsan Toyserkani holds the Canada Research Chair position in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and has over 20 years of experience in different aspects of AM research and development, from mechatronics AM system development to AM applications in medicine and engineering. He established the first AM laboratory at a Canadian university - the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Laboratory which focuses on developing the next generation of AM processes and applications. His lab is now the most comprehensive AM academic facility in Canada and one of the world's top five academic AM facilities. His extensive experience in AM and leadership have allowed him to devote his academic life to addressing AM challenges holistically and promoting this strategic research area at the national and international level.

He is an active steward in the AM field. He is a voting member of the American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM)-Committee F42, which is a leading committee in the development of standards for AM. He is also a member of the AM Advisory Committee of Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster(NGen) and was a member of the NSERC Selection Committee for Strategic Grant Applications (Advanced Manufacturing Target Area) from 2015 to 2018. He has been invited for >48 talks/panels in different countries.

He has 18 granted/pending patents on different aspects of AM. He has actively transferred his innovative technologies to industry. Two start-up companies have been established that stem from his R&D programs.

His research is having a significant impact on the young AM field. He has published 125 AM-related journal articles (received >4900 citations). His research has been recognized through many awards/honours. 

Mihaela Vlasea

University of Waterloo
Bridging technological gaps with research on innovative design, process optimization, and new materials

Woman with brown hair in blue jacketMihaela Vlasea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and the Research Co-Director of the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Laboratory. Her research focuses on innovative design, process optimization and adoption of new materials for powder bed fusion and powder bed binder jetting additive manufacturing processes. The research goals are to bridge the technological gaps necessary to improve AM part quality, process repeatability and reliability. Therefore, her research targets three important challenges of metal AM technology adoption, with a focus on powder bed binder jetting and laser powder bed fusion. These challenges include:

  • high material costs associated with the limited certified material options, as well as the significant process parameter optimization costs
  • high rate of part failure due to empirical approaches to process optimization and inadequate process control
  • innovation gaps in signal and data analytics for AM.

To tackle these challenges, she collaborates closely with various industry partners in the additive manufacturing supply chain and applications domain. 

Professor Vlasea holds a PhD in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a Diploma from the Space Studies Program from the International Space University, and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, from the University of Waterloo.

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