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Manufacturing Innovation and Catalysis (MAGIC) Laboratory

March 09, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Nedderman Hall 108 | Seminar Flyer

Seminar Speaker

Dr. Leila Ladani, PhD

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington


This presentation elaborates on the work done in MAGIC lab with focus on Additive Manufacturing and advanced manufacturing of multifunctional materials. The research conducted on E-beam and Laser melting powder bed technology is presented. In particular the process modeling and simulation as well as experimental results of bead formation, melt pool geometry, microstructure and EBSD analysis of metal builds affected by process parameters are discussed. Additionally, other manufacturing approaches used for multifunctional materials at multiple scales is explained. Multifunctional materials have many different applications including micro/nanoelectronics, aerospace and medical applications. Multifunctional composite materials, in particular, are of interest due to their superior electrical, mechanical, and thermal performance. We will discuss the fabrication and mechanical performance of multifunctional Cu-CNT material used for coatings and microelectronic devices. Challenges involved with integration of CNTs in advanced materials and difficulties with manufacturing of these materials are discussed. In particular, an example of fabrication of these composites inside through silicon vias (TSVs) used for three-dimensional integrated circuits is discussed. The fabrication process is explored and the modeling results of mechanical performance are presented. The results show threefold increase in the fatigue life of interconnects made using Cu-CNT composite material.


Dr. Leila Ladani is a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and a researcher at Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies. She is an internationally recognized expert in multi-scale manufacturing and mechanics. Her research, funded by NASA, NSF, Pratt and Whitney, Honeywell and many other companies, focuses on bridging between different manufacturing scales from nano to bulk level to develop new processes for fabrication of multifunctional materials for advanced applications. The impact of her research has been recognized through numerous awards and recognitions including ASME EPPD Women Engineer Award, Pi Tau Sigma Honorary faculty member, Hutchin’s grant, Amelia Earhart Grant, ASEE AFOSR Faculty Fellowship, APSIH Academic achievement award, UMD Goldhaber Award, and several others. Dr. Ladani has been invited to give talks on her research more than 30 times and is the author and inventor of more than 100 technical peer reviewed publications and patents. Her work in manufacturing was featured by WNPR and recognized by the Senator Blumenthal of State of Connecticut through Connecticut Women of Innovation. Dr. Ladani received her second Master of Science and PhD from University of Maryland at College Park in the area of Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor and Master of Science, both in Mechanical Engineering with honor from Isfahan University of Technology in 1999 and 2001 respectively.