AFAM: On June 22nd and 23rd, Texas A&M-ENSAM scientific workshop took place in College Station, TX. What were the goals of this workshop?
Prof. El Mansori & Prof. Bukkaptnam:
The workshop is follow up of the TEES-ENSAM cluster in Aix-Provence to:
- Formalize TEES-ENSAM partnership for joint cluster in materials and manufacturing
- Define and develop plans for international excellence in advanced manufacturing
- Discuss and explore industry needs in the emerging manufacturing research and education
- Discuss and explore collaboration opportunities in research and education
AFAM: How come ENSAM and Texas A&M are strategic partners? Why not another university in the United States? What is the history of this partnership?
Prof. El Mansori & Prof. Bukkapatnam:
The ENSAM and Texas A&M partnership is a long story of faculty-to-faculty collaboration and significant similarities of the evolution trajectory, culture and traditions. Moreover, as the higher education and research system becomes global, it was time to bring these collaborations into a formal strategic transatlantic partnership. Both institutions have strong commitments and engagements to the industry especially of manufacturing and materials programs. Their manufacturing is one of the largest and fastest growing programs in the USA with over 35 faculty state-of-the art facilities.
AFAM: Every year around 30 students are coming to the US for their graduate studies? Will we see a lot of Arts et Métiers students coming to Texas A&M? And how many American students will study at Arts et Métiers every year? Where do you see the Student Exchange Program heading?
Prof. El Mansori & Prof. Bukkapatnam:
We plan in the next five years to have more than 12 PhD students in the ENSAM and Texas A&M joint program. Additionally, we are working to establish international master programs that can attract more than 20 students form each Institute every year. We also have a plan for internship program to bring students at all levels at ENSAM to work in US industry.
AFAM: What are the next steps for Texas A&M and Arts et Métiers partnership?
Prof. El Mansori & Prof. Bukkapatnam: The immediate step is to deepen our partnership and follow through various commitments with and from our partners.
AFAM: Thank you very much for sharing with AFAM!
About Prof. El Mansori:
Mohamed EL MANSORI is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical, Material Science and Manufacturing Engineering, Arts et Métiers ParisTech (France) where he leads the Mechanics, Surfaces and Material Processing Laboratory (MSMP-EA-7350)/Engineering. He is appointed as TEES Research Professor at TAMU (USA). He is a co-Director of TEES-TAMU-ENSAM joint research cluster. He served as Deputy General Director in Charge of Research & Innovation at the Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France. He also chaired the Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Research Group (LMPF-EA4106) at the Châlons-en-Champagne campus. He was a founder and head of project of the creation of the MSMP laboratory, which is a multi-campus laboratory of the same institution including at Aix-en-Provence, Châlons-en-Champagne and Lille. Mohamed EL Mansori received B.Sc degree in Physics from the University of Hassan II (Casablanca, Morocco:1993), and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (Nancy, France:1997) followed by he was employed as a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Advanced Friction Studies of the Southern Illinois University, USA, and then he joined, before ParisTech, the research group at the ERMES (Nancy, France) for five years to conduct research on “the tribological behavior of engineering materials, especially under the influence of electromagnetic
environment”. His current research interests include the interface of thermo-mechanic characteristics of both metallic and composite materials and physics behind their tribological and manufacturing performance. The research activities carried out in the last decade were interdisciplinary by their very nature. They have been engulfed to the issues concerning the tribological characteristics of engineering systems and multiscale advanced manufacturing processes. These activities have led to the formation of a new research team which conceived and developed the concept of multi-scale process signature in conjunction with a new tribo-energetic approach for the fundamental understanding of advanced and sustainable manufacturing processes involving lightweight synthetic and/or natural reinforced composite materials, energy-efficient manufacturing processes, advanced tribological studies and new process development for improved product performance and sustainability, etc. The main interest of this approach was, in its capability, to "bridge the gap" between the traditional approaches of academia and the industrial requirements. These resulted with a strong publication record of more than 160 papers in JCR referenced international journals and more than 200 international and national conference proceedings. He has taught many short courses on tribology in the multiscale manufacturing process. Sevral invitations to technical/scientific meetings and international conferences can assess his strong international exposure.
About Prof. Satish Bukkapatnam:
Satish Bukkapatnam is a Professor at Texas A&M University, Director at TEES Institute for Manufacturing Systems. He is also a Rockwell International Professor. He is a co-Director of TEES-TAMU-ENSAM joint research cluster. Satish received B.Sc degree in mechanical engineering from the University Tirupati (India), M.S and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Satish Bukkapatham has been awarded with several honors - OSU regents distinguished research award (2011), Best Paper Awards from IIE Manufacturing and Design Division Track (2009), OSU CEAT Halliburton Outstanding Award (Young Faculty 2011, Senior Faculty 2012) to name a few.