Elizabeth T. Smith

Assistant Professor


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306 Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 265-6366
Fax: (608) 265-2316

Primary Affiliation:
Mechanical Engineering

Profile Summary

Smith is working to examine novel materials processing applications for lasers.Research is in areas such as electronics manufacturing--looking at the joining of dissimilar metals and examining flux-less soldering; the surface texturing of magnetic disks; and novel micr Professor Smith's research interests and activities are in two principal areas: laser materials processing and on-line monitoring and control techniques for manufacturing processes--intelligent manufacturing technologies.Lasers provide a precise, flexible source of intense energy for materials processing applications such as welding, cutting, forming, and heat treating.Manufacturing operations can be made more robust and more reliable through the integration of monitoring systems.However, before intelligent processing systems can become a reality, a fundamental understanding of the physical process's behavior is required.Accurate models are necessary to determine relationships between process parameters and system behavior.

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