Grinding and Machining Research Laboratory

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Grinding and Machining Research Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the leading centers in the US involved in fundamental research and application of grinding. This comprehensive research program has been undertaken at the University since 1986.

The overall objectives include :

Laboratory Facilities

Special research equipment includes an instrumented cylindrical grinder interfaced to a computer, a CNC creep-feed grinder, an instrumented honing machine, and an instrumented superfinishing machine.

External Funding

Current and past support for the Research Program on Grinding Fundamentals and Application has been provided by the Federal Government through the National Science Foundation, the United States Air Force, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Department of Energy; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Massachusetts Center for Excellence Corporation and the National Environmental Technology for Waste Prevention Institute; the Center for Manufacturing Productivity at the University of Massachusetts; and numerous industrial companies involved in the manufacture and use of grinding machines and abrasive products.

Research Topics (Past and Current)

Educational Programs

The research program employs  graduate students working towards the MS or PhD degrees. A short course on Grinding Fundamentals and Applications is offered for industrial companies on site and on campus.

Program Director


For further information about the Research Program on Grinding Fundamentals and Applications contact :

Stephen Malkin
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Engineering Lab Building
University of Massachusetts
Box 2210
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003-2210
Telephone : (413) 545-0346
Fax : (413) 545-1027
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