Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day at Showcase [AI]

October 6, 2023, is Manufacturing Day - a busy day around the country for promoting the future of manufacturing and how the fourth industrial revolution, onset by the implementation of automation, is rapidly changing the landscape. In honor of this, Michigan Tech and the ICC hosted local companies, notable speakers, demonstrations, student presentations, and more.

Keynote Speaker: Tom Kelly, Automation Alley

MUB Alumni Lounge (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Tom Kelly is the CEO and an executive director of Automation Alley, an Industry 4.0 knowledge center based in Michigan. Tom offers his highly knowledgeable insight into the future of industry via the integration of smart technologies. His knowledge, leadership, and vision for the next stage of industry has led to his inclusion in many global advisory boards and forums. 

Dr. Jeffrey Horn: "Deep-scale Evolution for Industrial Shape Nesting" 

MUB Alumni Lounge (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)

Dr. Horn led a team of graduate students at Northern Michigan University applying a massively parallel algorithm based on the evolution of cooperative species to solve shapenesting problems in manufacturing DSE, implemented on GPUs, can find quickly tight nestings of complex shaped pieces on 2D sheets or in 3D volumes, reducing wasted materials and/or optimizing space usage.

Manufacturing Day Events, Interactive Displays, and Local Companies

MUB Alumni Lounge (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

To commemorate the goals of Manufacturing Day, Michigan Tech and the ICC hosted several events, including demonstrations of manufacturing technology and the presence of multiple local companies.

Student Poster Session, Manufacturing Company Booths, and Robotics Lab Demo

MUB Alumni Lounge (2:30 PM - 4:30 PM)

Poster Competition

During the Manufacturing Day events, the College of Computing and the ICC put on a student poster competition, with prizes awarded in undergraduate and graduate categories. Students from many disciplines prented their research.

Robotics Lab Demo

Dr. Rawashdeh (a major contributor to the Mechatronics Department at MTU) sents students to provide insight via a visual demo on the activities of the top tier Mechatronics program at Michigan Tech.

Manufacturing Company Booths

Several local companies were in attendance during this time.

Unfortunately due to weather-related concerns, the Waupaca Foundry casting demonstration was cancelled.


The primary organizer/point of contact for this event is Dr. Vinh Nguyen, who can be reached at