Center for Manufacturing Research


CMR Student "Lightning Round" Seminar Series - April 19 and 25, 4:30 - 5:30

Join us for CMR graduate student presentations on their research in "lightning round" format - concise and quick-paced.  There are two sessions - April 19 and 25 from 4:30-5:30 in Prescott 225.  Homemade refreshments served.  List of presenters and topics:  CMR Lightning Round April 19 2018.pdf   CMR Lightning Round April 25 2018.pdf

Spring 2018 Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series

Join us remotely or in the iMakerSpace in the Volpe Library on Tennessee Tech's campus for short talks on Additive Manufacturing by experts in the field.  These lectures highlight the best practices, potential problems, technological advancements, innovations, and scientific contributions in Additive Manufacturing with expert talks from various institutions, industries, R&D centers and laboratories.  

Current Schedule of Talks 2018_SPRING_GE Additvely Innovative.pdf

Additive Manufacturing Teacher Workshop, July 7-8 2018, Nashville TN

Now accepting applications to participate in a workshop covering: 

  • Building your own 3-D printer
  • Train-the trainer studios
  • Lean the MOOCs resources
  • State of the industry
  • Entrepreneurial product design and fabrication
  • Implementing additive manufacturing to your ABET accreditation process

Application deadline:  May 31, 2018.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Community College Instructors will be given preference.  Registration is limited to 15 participants.  Each workshop participant will receive a $400 reimbursement check and a 3-D printer.  

More information: Additive Manufacturing Teacher Workshop 2018 FINAL.pdf

Contact:  Michelle Davis, Center for Manufacturing Research,  931-372-6386.

Employment Opportunity in CMR Materials Science Lab

The CMR is seeking to hire a graduate student beginning in the summer semester to assist in the Materials Science Lab. This student would work 20 hours a week and be supported on a full-time assistantship to include a monthly stipend plus associated tuition fees. Current MS or PhD students in good standing are invited to apply. Experience with operation of analytical instrumentation and characterization equipment is preferred. Student mus fulfill all TTU Environmental Health and Safety requirements. This position works under the direction and guidance of the laboratory manager. Typical duties: Assist in material sample preparation, light microscopy, scanning electron topography, microhardness testing, use of computers and associated software and other methods to conduct microscopic, macroscopic test and investigations of metals, alloys, polymers and other material properties. Assist in other duties as assigned. Individuals interested in this opportunity should contact Wayne Hawkins, Materials Science Laboratory Manager, via phone at 372-3104 or email at A resume, cover letter, and list of three references should be submitted by April 15 to the CMR office in Prescott Hall, Room 233 or to

Industry-Graduate Assistantship Program

The Center for Manufacturing Research works closely with high-tech manufacturing firms in the Southeast. The Industry-Graduate Assistantship Program at Tennessee Tech University will provide hands-on experience opportunities for full-time College of Engineering graduate students in the advanced manufacturing and product development industry. The program is focused on education and research and is supported through industry sponsors located in areas near Tennessee Tech. The program will provide industry-specific experience such as design and manufacturing including vehicle components while the student pursues a graduate engineering degree at Tennessee Tech. Industry has expressed the need for majors including mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering, manufacturing engineering technology, and computer science. As part of this program you will work on applied research problems with immediate need to the manufacturing industry. The Industry-Graduate Assistantship Program will provide competitive salary for qualified engineering student candidates. Much of your work will occur off-campus at the local industry. As part of this program, you may spend specific periods for training and exposure to the U.S. automotive design or related industries at a sponsor's research headquarters. Potential sponsors include Ficosa, Calsonic, and Bridgestone. For more information please contact Professor Stephen Canfield,, 931-372-3254 or Professor Vahid Motevalli,, 931-372-3831.

Explore the CMR's Capabilities in Additive Manufacturing

3D Microscopy Services Available

A recent addition to the CMR laboratories is the Zygo NewView 6300 3D Microscope. This equipment can be used for surface profiling, surface roughness testing and step height measurement, among other applications. TTU researchers may use this equipment free of charge. External clients may contact Michelle Davis at or 931-372-6386 for more information.

NewView 6300 3D Microscope Specifications