Toussaint leads inaugural nanoMFG workshop at NCSA



Kimani Toussaint
Kimani Toussaint
The nanomanufacturing (nanoMFG) node at Illinois presented its first two-day workshop on February 26-27 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at Illinois. The workshop focused on data-science enabled advances in nanomanufacturing in nanotechnology to explore future opportunities in nanomanufacturing.

Led by PI Kimani Toussaint, Associate Professor of MechSE and Director of Illinois’ Nanomanufacturing Node, the workshop brought together experts at the forefront of nanomanufacturing, engineering, and data science to draft a position paper on data-driven nanomanufacturing.

Attendees got to learn about challenges and opportunities in nanomanufacturing and the potential use of data science in accelerating development in this field. Real-world applications of the promise of nanomanufacturing brought about discussions of the challenges and opportunities of nanotechnologies, as well as the promise of competitive innovation in nanomanufacturing both at the academic and industrial level, while allowing each attendee to network with new colleagues in different fields, and participate in break-out sessions and presentations.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic response from the attendees,” said Toussaint, “Quite a few told me that they did not know what to expect coming in to the workshop, but were delighted and energized to explore and contribute to the potential of this emerging area, the integration of data science with nanomanufacturing. We plan to do more of these in the coming years.”

Co-chairs of the event included MechSE Assistant Professors Sam Tawfick and Chenhui Shao. Shao is also a NCSA center affiliate in the Industry program.

Learn more about the nanoMFG Node workshop on Data-Science Enabled Advances in Nanomanufacturing, including a full list of speakers, here. A full recording of the workshop will be available on the nanoHUB website.