Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART)

Partnering with area companies in advanced manufacturing and design to help shape education and national policy, the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) Community focuses on next generation technologies and processes for customizable production.

The Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) Community of Excellence is using design, smart materials and automation to transform advanced manufacturing. Industry leaders, faculty and students are focused on innovative and sustainable ways to bring customizable products to market.

“As the United States and Western New York re-embrace manufacturing, our community is given the unique opportunity to develop advanced manufacturing processes and technologies that will enable cost-effective design of highly customizable, high-quality products,” says co-leader Kemper Lewis. “This will allow us to overcome the competitive advantages of low-cost, low-skill labor in other places where they have very marginal regulations on environmental impact and sustainability.”

The SMART team will focus on projects such as development of sustainability metrics and models to reduce waste in consumer products; methods for constructing buildings that last longer and are more sustainable; and development of an advanced humanoid robot design for on-site construction to improve efficiency, accuracy and safety.

“The community works across things as small as medical devices and as large as architectural facades and building construction systems,” says co-leader Omar Khan.

The SMART community co-leaders are Khan, associate professor of architecture; Lewis, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Michael Silver, assistant professor of architecture; and Kenneth English, deputy director of the Center for Engineering Design and Applied Simulation (formerly NYSCEDII).  

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