Sara McMains

Associate Professor

5145 Etcheverry Hall, Mailstop 1740
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1740
(510) 852-9359

 

Email: mcmains@me.berkeley.edu

Biography and CV

Dr. McMains is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include Geometric DFM (Design for Manufacturing) feedback, geometric solid modeling, CAD/CAM, GPU algorithms, computer aided process planning, layered manufacturing, computer graphics, visualization, virtual prototyping, and virtual reality. Her current research focuses on new techniques for accessibility analysis and collision detection, with applications in haptic design environments, design for manufacturing for injection molding, design for cleanability, layered manufacturing, and machining.

 

McMains received her A.B. from Harvard University in Computer Science, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Computer Science with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. She is the recipient of Best Paper Awards from Usenix (1995) and ASME DETC (2000), a Best Poster and a Best Paper Award from the ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Symposium (2007, 2008 -- 2nd place), and the NSF CAREER Award (2005).

Research

Geometric and solid modeling, computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing, layered manufacturing, computer graphics and visualization, virtual prototyping, virtual reality.

 

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Publications

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Instruction

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Systems

ME 199: Independent Study

ME 298: Research Seminar

ME 299: Independent Study

Students

Graduate:
Xiaorui Chen
Rahul Khardekar
Adarsh Krishnamurthy
Wei Li
Youngung Shon
Yusuke Yasui
Undergraduate 199 students:
Kevin Stein
James Quintana

 

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