Dr. Richard Crawford
Professor at UT
Earl N. & Margaret Brasfield Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering
Advanced Design and Manufacturing
Dr. Richard H. Crawford is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and is the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow No. 3. He received his BSME from Louisiana State University in 1982, and his MSME in 1985 and Ph.D. in 1989, both from Purdue University. He joined the faculty of the university in January 1990 and teaches mechanical engineering design and geometric modeling for design. He received the 1995 Fred Merryfield Design Award from the American Society for Engineering Education in recognition of his contributions in design education. He also received the 2010 Ralph Coates Roe Award as an exemplary Mechanical Engineering educator. He also received a University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011 in recognition of his contributions to engineering education. Dr. Crawford has been involved in the development of a "Design Technology" curriculum for elementary schools. This program, called DTEACh, exposes K-12 students to fundamental engineering concepts, such as materials science, mechanisms, power transmission, and automation and control, through a series of lessons and projects. The curriculum emphasizes design-based learning of applied mathematics and science and represents a departure from traditional approaches to teaching these subjects. Dr. Crawford provides engineering expertise in this curriculum and conducts a complementary professional development institute to provide teachers with the necessary subject content to teach the design curriculum. Since joining the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Crawford has developed a research program to investigate a broad range of topics. Dr. Crawford's research interests include a wide spectrum of topics in computer-aided mechanical design and design theory and methodology. In particular he is working in four areas: (1) research in computer representations to support conceptual design, design for manufacture and assembly, and design retrieval; (2) developing computational representations and tools to support exploration of very complex engineering design spaces; (3) research in solid freeform fabrication, including geometric processing, control, design tools, manufacturing applications; and (4) design of energy harvesting devices for remote locations. Dr. Crawford has acquired funding for this research not only from government agencies, but also from industrial sources as well, including Texas Instruments, Ford Motor Company, IBM, and DTM Corporation. Additionally, Dr. Crawford has shown his interest in industrial problems by working as a faculty intern for IBM and Ford Motor Company.
Professor Beaman has been both an inventor and a mentor to inventors during the development of this technology. In particular, he has worked with graduate students, faculty, and industrial concerns on the fundamental technology that span materials, laser scanning techniques, thermal control, mold making techniques, direct metal fabrication, and biomedical applications. He was one of the founders of DTM Corporation (now merged with 3D Systems), which markets Selective Laser Sintering. During the period 1990-1992, Professor Beaman was in charge of Advanced Development for DTM. During his tenure at DTM, the company developed and marketed its first commercial systems.
Professor Beaman is an academic whose technical work has had a significant and growing impact on society. His work has played an important role in engendering a whole new industry in the US and abroad. Solid Freeform Fabrication and Selective Laser Sintering equipment is now widespread. Rapid prototyping with this equipment is commonplace, and represents a significant shortening of the design cycle. Rapid manufacturing is now emerging and offers the potential to radically compress the manufacturing cycle for complex parts. Benefits are greatly reduced cost, time, and the capability to achieve, in one operation, shapes that would otherwise require multiple operations or shapes impossible to manufacture with standard techniques. Applications cross a broad spectrum from medical to automotive. He participated on the Japanese Technology Evaluation Center Panel study on Rapid Prototyping in Japan and Europe, a Workshop on Rapid Prototyping in Japan and Europe in March 1996, which was a worldwide assessment of the research area. He also was chair of the World Technology Evaluation Center panel in 2003 on Additive/Subtractive Manufacturing.
Professor Beaman received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984, the inaugural year. In 2011, he was named Distinguished Mechanical Engineer by the Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumni organization at The University of Texas at Austin. Other awards include the Faculty Excellence Award at the University; the DuPont Young Faculty Award; two Engineering Foundation Awards (1984, 1988); the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control; Best Paper Award for the Journal of Rapid Prototyping (1996); and Best Paper Award for the 2001 Vacuum Metallurgy Conference. Dr. Beaman is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Pi Tau Sigma, and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He graduated with a B.S.M.E. with high honors from The University of Texas in 1972, and received a fellowship while attending MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division. He was Technical Group Leader of the Systems and Design Technical Group 2008-2011, as well as currently Chair of the TCOB Committee on Technology Policy.
- Steuben, J., Turner, C., and Crawford, R., "Robust Engineering Design Optimization with NURBs-Based Metamodels," Engineering Optimization, (2012)
- Vaughan, M. R., and Crawford, R. H., "Effectiveness of Virtual Models in Design for Additive Manufacturing: A Laser Sintering Case Study," Rapid Prototyping Journal, (2011)
- Weaver, J., Wood, K., Crawford, R., and Jensen, D., "Transformation Design Theory: A Meta-Analogical Framework," Journal Of Computing And Information Science In Engineering, Vol. 10, (2010), 3, pp. 031012
- Montgomery, J. T., Vaughan, M. R., and Crawford, R. H., "Design of an Actively Actuated Prosthetic Socket," Rapid Prototyping, Vol. 16, (2010), 3, pp. pp. 194-201
- Turner, C. J., and Crawford, R. H., "N-Dimensional Non Uniform Rational B-splines for Metamodeling," Journal Of Computing And Information Science In Engineering, Vol. 9, (2009), 3, pp. pp. 0310021-0310034