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Rapid Product and Process Development (RPD) Center

Rapid Product and Process Development (RPD) Center

Rapid Product and Process Development (RPD) Center at Texas State University-San Marcos is engaged in research and educational activities in design, development, automation and analysis of functional products, processes, tools and systems in diverse sizes, from micro scale to several yards, in a short period of time. The research effort is focused on functionality and customization based on the customer’s needs. Development of mechanical and electromechanical systems for industry and fabrication of the fully dense prototypes are of special interest at this center.

Latest News from RPD Center

Dr. Asiabanpour Named IJRapidM Editor-In-Chief

Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour, Manufacturing Engineering faculty of the Ingram School of Engineering, has been appointed as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing (IJRapidM).
Founded in 2009, IJRapidM addresses the advancement of Rapid Response to Manufacturing, especially engineering design and rapid manufacturing in an integrated form. IJRapidM currently has 35 reputable editorial members from prominent international institutions and universities. It is a peer-reviewed journal by the Inderscience Publishers, an academic publisher since 1979.



Students Shine at NASA Design Challenge Showcase

Manufacturing Engineering "TX STATE MARS DRILLERS" team from the Ingram School of Engineering shined at the NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Design challenge 2014 showcase. Their excellent performance led to winning the top overall design team, best model, and best poster awards!

Team members included Bryan R. Avila (team leader), Timothy Hartline, Patrick Stalnaker, and Dillon Sterling.

The project included developing and demonstrating a concept for a fully robotic drill capable of reaching at least 20 meters in depth on the planet Mars that would also allow for cutting of cylindrical samples.

“I am especially proud of this team.  I have been doing this for a number of years, and this is one of the best, if not the best, team that I have ever mentored.  I was truly impressed.” said Dr. Humboldt C. Mandell, from the University of Texas Center for Space Research and NASA-TSGC mentor for the team.

“Anytime our students have participated in a regional or national level competition, they have had great performance. And it is not an accidental performance in a lucky day.  It reflects the quality of educations in our programs that are provided to these students.” said Dr. Asiabanpour, advisor for the team and manufacturing engineering senior design course instructor


Dr. Asiabanpour receives faculty award from SME




Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour, an associate professor in Texas State University’s Ingram School of Engineering, has received the inaugural Faculty Advisor Professional Development Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Asiabanpour, a faculty advisor for the student chapter of SME at Texas State, received an award of $1,000 to be used in support of professional development.

The SME Student Relations Committee created the award “to recognize educators committed to the next generation of manufacturing professionals,” according to a press release. Faculty members receiving the award serve as advisors to SME and SME student chapters at their universities. This is the first year the award has been given.

“We’re pleased to recognize these dedicated faculty advisors who are committed to their students,” said Raju Dandu of Kansas State University-Salina, chair of the SME Student Relations Committee. “Each of this year’s awardees has indicated that their winnings will be shared with their students through the acquisition of more tools and hands-on experience to assist them in the real world.”

RPD center project featured in KXAN Austin news

Four students in Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour's MFGE4363 class are "building" their senior design project around the special needs of the physically challenged. The project sponsor is retired Air Force captain, Christopher Stanford; he is also a disabled veteran. Stanford has a degree in biomedical engineering and is designing a special platform that allows wheelchair users access to exercise. The Ingram School of Engineering student project team is comprised of Jephte Medois, Jon Lightfield, Aaron Sosa, and Justin Henry. KXAN-Austin recently covered their story as a feature for Veteran's Day (more).


Dr. Asiabanpour received CMfgE in Automation and Control title from SME


Dr. Asiabanpour was recognized as the Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) until 2013. This certification was granted “through education, experience and demonstrated ability” (a technical exam consists of 130 questions in a three-hour time period).