In product and process design, computational tools have played important roles. They allow engineers to predict behaviors of products and performance of manufacturing processes. Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) tools are the major enabling technologies and contributors of the success of well-established commercial products such as cars, airplanes, and semiconductor chips.
CAD/CAM/CAE tools have played significant roles in reducing cost and time-to-market while ensuring high-quality and repeatability of mass production in the traditional large-scale manufacturing. Similarly, tools for computer-aided nano-design (CAND), computer-aided nano-manufacturing (CANM), computer-aided nano-engineering (CANE) can be used for virtual prototyping of materials in an integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) environment. Computational tools that enable multiscale product, materials, and process design are of our interest.