About AMDC

Advanced Manufacturing and Design Center (AMDC)

AMDC is an affiliated research unit within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.

The Mission of the Center is:
to initiate, support and coordinate research and education in advanced manufacturing, design, and materials processing
to disseminate the results of this research to potential Users
to promote and provide resources for education in these Fields.

Laboratories within AMDC include:

Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication
Principal faculty: Joseph Beaman
LFF seeks to develop and disseminate processes that enable exceptional improvement in the manufacture and maintenance of geometrically and functionally complex objects‹from the nano- to the macro scale.

Product, Process and Materials Design Lab
Principal faculty: Carolyn Seepersad
Our research is focused on developing methods and computational tools for engineering design.  Our research emphasizes design for additive manufacturing; simulation-based design of complex products, materials, and systems; and design methodologies for supporting innovation, customization, and sustainability.

UT Manufacturing and Design Laboratory (MADLab)
Principal faculty: Richard Crawford
The MADLab endeavors to improve manufacturing and engineering design through the application of systematic design methodologies and the development of computer-based design tools.

Ben-Yakar Group
Principal faculty: Adela Ben-Yakar
The Ben-Yakar Group works on laser-assisted biomedical research, including nerve regeneration, nonlinear optical imaging, plasmonic laser nano ablation and optical lithography.

Micro-Nano Scale Thermo-Fluids Laboratory
Principal faculty: Li Shi
The goal of this group’s research is to make significant advances to enable sustainable use of energy and improve quality of life. NTFL pursues economical solar energy and enhanced energy efficiency in transportation, buildings and computing.

Human Centered Robotics Lab (HCRL)
Principal faculty: Luis Sentis
HCRL focuses on design and control of robots that are safe, compliant and autonomous