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Mechanical Engineering Professors Tushar Borkar and Saeed Farahani Receive Industry Research Grants

Dr. Tushar Borkar, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received a $56,714 award from the Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation (FIERF) for a project titled, “Fabrication of Forging Preforms by Additive Manufacturing Methods.” Dr. Borkar will oversee a feasibility investigation of the use of additive manufacturing processes such as binder jet printing and selective laser melting to minimize cycle time in forging operations.

Dr. Saeed Farahani, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received a one year, $60,521 award from ATF, Inc., a manufacturer of cold-formed and machined components and assemblies used in complex, safety-critical and high-tech applications. Dr. Farahani’s project will focus on development of an ultrasonic-assisted process for improving the installation of thread forming/tapping fasteners in polymeric composites. Dr. Farahani’s work will help resolve challenges related to inserting self-tapping screws into polymeric materials that have limited ductility and temperature sensitivity.

"These applied research projects being performed by Drs. Borkar and Farahani are two examples of our desire and capability to collaborate with industry on industry-relevant technology and innovative process development.  I am pleased to see these two faculty members taking a leading role in that endeavor," said Mechanical Engineering department chair, Dr. Yongxin Tao.

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This article originally appeared in CSU Research Newsletter, June 2022, Volume 9, Issue 6.