W. Dale Compton

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—The performance of a cross-functional team depends on the skillful and innovative combination of information and expertise from all team members. Communication is the medium through which team members share the information required for successful amalgamation. In this work, we postulate that both high and low levels of team communication can impede team(More)
Collaborative manufacturing, a growing competitive structure for manufacturing companies and government agencies, is based on flexible design and production processes , with multiple companies pooling strengths on a product-by-product basis to create distributed collaborative corporations. This experimental research uses a sociotechnical theory as a(More)
Current technological trends in the automotive industry reflect many diverse disciplines. Electronics and microprocessors, new engine transmission concepts, composite and ceramic materials, and computer-aided design and manufacture will combine to make possible the creation of advanced automobiles offering outstanding quality, fuel economy, and performance.(More)
We demonstrate a means of extending the temperature range for structural applications of nanomaterials through introduction of a dispersion of precipitates, whose thermal stability determines the temperature at which strength deteriorates. Precipitate-stabilized nanostructures created via severe plastic deformation of Inconel are shown to be stable even(More)
This chapter offers a systems view of healthcare delivery and outlines a wide range of concepts, principles, models, methods and tools from systems engineering and management that can enable the transformation of the dysfunctional "as is" healthcare system to an agreed-upon "to be" system that will provide quality, affordable care for everyone. Topics(More)
Continuous production of Al 6061-T6 particulate using modulation-assisted machining (MAM) is demonstrated. Superimposi-tion of a controlled, low-frequency modulation in conventional machining causes chips to form as discrete particles. By adjusting the conditions, equiaxed, platelet and fiber-shaped particles having narrow size distributions can be(More)
Annealed metals are surprisingly difficult to cut, involving high forces and an unusually thick "chip." This anomaly has long been explained, based on ex situ observations, using a model of smooth plastic flow with uniform shear to describe material removal by chip formation. Here we show that this phenomenon is actually the result of a fundamentally(More)
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