Blog: Advancing the Frontiers of Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing - A Snapshot of HAMMER's Progress

HAMMER's Blog - The Revolutionary Forge

Dear Friends of HAMMER,

As we approach the one-year mark of our National Science Foundation 5-university Engineering Research Center, HAMMER, we're thrilled to share some exciting updates from our recent activities. In May, two dynamic weeks unfolded with two major external events that showcased our center's growth and impact:


First, on May 18 and 19, we hosted the inaugural Spring Stakeholder Meeting, welcoming over 100 participants, including students, industry experts, faculty from all five universities, and our dedicated supporters. Keynote speaker Gurav Batra of captivated us with insights into the Titanium Economy, aligning seamlessly with HAMMER ERC's trajectory. See photos at bottom of page.


On May 22, we had the honor of hosting a delegation of six visitors from the National Science Foundation, led by Program Manager Sarit Bhaduri. This engaging meeting saw researchers, leaders, industry representatives, and students come together to discuss our journey.  See photos at bottom of page.


Our heartfelt appreciation extends to those who played pivotal speaking roles:


We're immensely thankful to the deans of Engineering who joined us live:

  • Ayanna Howard of Ohio State University, Chair of our Council of Deans
  • Matthew Mench of University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Ragu Balakrishnan, Case Western University
  • Eric Perrault, Northwestern University
  • Clayton Clark, North Carolina A&T

Both events were a resounding success, thanks to meticulous planning and dedicated efforts from individuals such as Kathy Babusci, Nick Domicone, Winifred Opoku, Steve Niezgoda, Joshua Gillilan, Blake Barnett, and many more.

What’s Next?

Looking ahead, we have an array of activities lined up:

  • A new blog post on our website, The Revolutionary Forge, will spotlight the frontiers of Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing.
  • HAMMER-Time meetings will continue with deep dives into advanced manufacturing.
  • An exclusive members-only web portal will provide real-time progress updates.
  • Members can engage in our research progress firsthand.
  • We're formalizing relations with new members, partners, and sponsors.
  • One particularly thrilling development is the aggregation of intellectual property from all five universities into an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. This milestone will serve as a catalyst for facilitating intellectual property development and licensing, forming a solid foundation to expedite the deployment of Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing Technologies.

Your unwavering support is invaluable to us. We eagerly anticipate the impactful work we'll accomplish together.


Glenn & Team HAMMER

May 18 and 19 - NSF HAMMER ERC inaugural Spring Stakeholder Meeting
May 18 and 19 - NSF HAMMER ERC inaugural Spring Stakeholder Meeting


May 22 - NSF Site Meeting
May 22 - NSF Site Meeting
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