Amrita Basak addresses Army roundtable on metal additive manufacturing

January 13, 2023

By Mariah R. Lucas 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In October, Amrita Basak, Penn State assistant professor of mechanical engineering, spoke at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Army Logistics Roundtable on additive manufacturing in resource-limited environments.

The meeting brought together industry and academic experts to highlight research and technology developments in the logistics field applicable to the U.S. Army mission. Basak was invited by the Board on Army Research and Development to share how additive manufacturing capabilities could be used to support Army logistics in contested environments. 

In her talk, Basak argued that metal additive manufacturing has great potential in Department of Defense and Army applications, but that it presents challenges when taken outside of controlled laboratory environments. She discussed ideas on how to improve metal additive manufacturing processes with minimal data obtained from the environment, emphasizing the importance of physics-informed data-driven modeling to enable manufacturing in contested environments.

Basak heads the Basak Research Group at Penn State. She received her doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research centers on computational modeling and machine learning; the advanced manufacturing of metallic, ceramic and polymeric materials; multiscale and multiphysics modeling; and thermal and fluid sciences.


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