Hazim El-Mounayri

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Hazim El-Mounayri has translated his research into practical technology that brings virtual training to tomorrow's manufacturing workforce. The Advanced Virtual Manufacturing Laboratory (AVML), developed with industrial partner Advanced Science and Automation Corp., provides virtual training and education on high-tech Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines. It enables colleges to easily and inexpensively provide students with effective, safe, and highly accessible web-based training on advanced machining tools, equipment and processes.

AVML is a valuable tool for training the local workforce in advanced manufacturing. The system can be used by machine tool manufacturers to provide online training, reducing or eliminating the need for on-site, live training classes for their customers. The system can also be used for machining process verification and optimization. The AVML is so versatile it can run on desktop or laptop personal computers as well as on more sophisticated 3D and fully immersive systems.

The new technology opens the door for effective distance education in disciplines that were traditionally confined to live teaching, including engineering, physics, and science. It is expected to be a major tool for training of Indiana's workforce in advanced manufacturing and attracting talented students to engineering and technology directly from high schools.

Professor El-Mounaryi's use of technology to expand the reach of teaching and training in advanced manufacturing is another practical example of how IUPUI's faculty members are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.