CDME welcomes first director of artificially intelligent manufacturing systems

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The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) has named Steve Levesque as director of its Artificially Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (AIMS) Division, effective January 2024.  

The AIMS Division develops manufacturing systems that work with and are controlled by different types of artificial intelligence. Researchers leverage the robustness of proprietary automation systems with the flexibility of open-source technologies to support the next generation of manufacturing. 

“Steve is a perfect fit for us, he brings decades of industrial robotics leadership to the center. Our undergraduates are going to have a unique opportunity to learn from one of the best in the industry,” said Nate Ames, CDME executive director. “Steve’s diverse robotics background is second to none, ranging from designing robots that climb inside nuclear reactors, implementing massive robots to manipulate large components for welding and building out a manufacturing research center in collaboration with other universities.”  

CDME’s AIMS Division has grown exponentially since its opening in September 2019. Levesque is the first full-time director and will collaborate closely with Michael Groeber, PhD, faculty director of the AIMS Division and associate professor of integrated systems engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering.  

With over 25 years of experience in researching and developing advanced manufacturing technologies, Levesque brings an abundance of expertise to CDME. Before joining CDME, he served as the director of innovation at EWI, where he was responsible for identifying emerging industry needs and investing in the development of advanced manufacturing processes to address those needs. Before his time at EWI, Levesque worked in component replacement and repair at Framatome and worked at Caterpillar in the technical center.  

Throughout his career, he has assumed diverse roles, including welding engineering, robotic programming, as well as project and program management. Levesque has successfully worked with stakeholders across various industry sectors, including automotive, aerospace, chemical, consumer products, defense, energy, heavy manufacturing, transportation and technical training. 

“I am excited to be back at The Ohio State University. This role is a perfect intersection of my passion for advancing manufacturing technologies and working with the next generation of manufacturing leaders while leveraging the advancements in artificial intelligent technologies," said Levesque. "I am impressed with the research that the team has done and looking forward to expanding into new and exciting areas in robotics and intelligent and adaptive manufacturing technologies,” 

The AIMS Division provides an industry-like venue to develop and optimize novel, hybridized manufacturing processes, design and test custom sensors and controls, study and advance human-robot interaction, benchmark cognitive computing frameworks and define security and ethics-based protocols. 

Levesque is an Ohio State College of Engineering alumnus, holding a bachelor’s and master’s in welding engineering. 

By: Sarah Lowenthal, CDME marketing and communications student assistant

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