Clusters of CEPDAM

The Center of Excellence in Product Design and Advanced Manufacturing encompasses 85 faculty from seven colleges at North Carolina A&T State University. CEPDAM will play a vital role in establishing interdisciplinary themes across different design and manufacturing industrial sectors impacting the US economy. CEPDAM clusters incorporate faculty expertise as below:

Creative design and product realization is one of the core competencies of CEPDAM. Creative design and product realization cluster enables access to state-of-art machine tools, equipment, and space needed for university faculties, start-ups and established companies to fabricate prototypes for challenging problems. This cluster develops and champions modern design methods that enhance the latest thinking from the broader design community and support the needs and goals of design practice partners. Product realization sub-cluster will simulate the environment within which novel product prototypes and advanced manufacturing processes will be developed. This cluster will provide hands-on access to versatile A/V presentation systems, computer-aided-engineering capabilities, studio space with workbench areas for physical prototype development and assembly, and equipment for rapid-prototyping, reverse engineering and rapid product development. 

Smart Manufacturing and Automation cluster capabilities include smart digital manufacturing, hybrid additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence (AI) enabled bioprocessing technologies, failure analysis in manufacturing processes, supply chain management, thin film pulsed laser deposition, hard coatings, autonomous systems, teleoperation, networked systems, adaptive control of robot manipulators, human trust in automation, social aspect of autonomous vehicles, human–robot interaction, virtual and augmented reality, neuroergonomics, brain–computer interface, satellite remote sensing, autonomous robotics, visualizations and HPC, spatio-temporal machine learning and AI, big data analytics, Internet of Things, smart sensor network system, cyber-physical systems, cooperative and distributed control of multi-agent systems, reliable and fault tolerant hybrid control systems, and human-machine interactions.

Multiscale Modeling and High-performance Materials cluster expertise include molecular dynamics modeling, topology and advanced manufacturing processes optimization, deep learning algorithms, high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics, thermal and mechanical modeling of materials, bio-inspired armors, multi-scale modeling of hybrid machining processes, solid-oxide fuel cell systems, DNA nano nanostructures, complex chemical systems, organic molecular devices, and peptide self-assembly.

Bio, Agro and Environmental Systems Manufacturing capabilities include molecular dynamics techniques to investigate, design and build small biomolecules for biosensor, theranostic and biomaterial applications, machine vision, regenerative tissue engineering, implants, wound healing, controlled drug delivery, microfluidics, Biomimetics, Organ-on-Chip Engineering, neutrophils bioengineering, immunotherapeutics, and artificial intelligence enabled bioprocessing technologies. 

Next-Gen Design and Manufacturing Workforce Development cluster capabilities include quantum computing, artificial neurons, smart textiles, advanced micro-nanotech products, cyber security, digital twining, green sustainability, digital entrepreneurship, industrial Internet of things, modular/advanced manufacturing, pharma4.0, advanced biomass conversion technologies,  sustainable biorefineries, sustainable food production, heart monitoring textiles, and medical diagnosis.