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Washington State University W. M. Keck Biomedical Materials Research Lab


Susmita Bose

  • Professor
  • School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Susmita Bose is a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, affiliate faculty of Department of Chemistry and Elson Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. Prof. Bose’s interdisciplinary research interest lies at the interface of Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biology, focusing on 3D printed bone scaffolds, implant materials and drug delivery vehicles. Prof. Bose received the CAREER award and the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) from the National Science Foundation. As a PI or Co-PI, her research has been funded by several state and federal agencies (including NIH – NIBIB, NIAMS, NIDCR), industries and foundations over $15 million. She has advised over 45 graduate students for their MS and PhD, over 35 undergraduate students, published over 280 technical articles including over 240 journal articles, 23 book chapters, 9 edited books, 12 issued patents. Her research papers have been cited ~ 20,500 times (‘h” index 75 Google scholar). She is a fellow of the AAAS, MRS, NAI, ASM International, AIMBE, ACerS, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS).  She received WSU distinguished faculty address award and WSU Sahlin faculty excellence award for research scholarships and art. Her students have also received numerous awards within and outside WSU, are working in national lab, academia, and industries. Her group’s research on 3D printed ceramic bone scaffolds with controlled chemistry and natural medicinal compounds was featured by the AP, BBC, NPR, CBS News, MSNBC, ABC News, and many other TV, radio stations, magazines, and news sites all over the world, including R&D magazine, Science Daily News etc.  Other interests: Singing / playing Indian Harmonium – Indian Classical music / Noble Laureate Tagore songs (performed at different places within and outside the USA).

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Office: Dana 103A

Amit Bandyopadhyay

  • Professor
  • School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Amit Bandyopadhyay is a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and an Affiliate Professor of the College of Medicine at Washington State University (WSU). He has worked/working with 20 Ph.D. and 30 MS graduate students, 6 post-doctoral research associates / visiting faculty members, and over 50 undergraduate students at WSU. He has written over 345 technical articles, edited 11 books, inventor of 21 issued patents, and a member of the editorial boards of over 10 different journals, including the Journal of Materials Research, Additive Manufacturing, Applied Surface Science, Advances in Materials Science and Engineering and Applied Ceramic Technology. His research expertise focuses on additive manufacturing / 3D Printing, emphasizing bone implants and multi-materials structures. He received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research, and the Anjan Bose Researcher award from the WSU. He is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Ceramic Society, American Society for Materials (ASM), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and an elected member at the Washington State Academy of Science (WSAS). His work has been cited over 23,700 times, and the current “h” index is 82 (Google Scholar). Prof. Bandyopadhyay received research funding from various federal and state agencies, foundations, and companies as a PI or Co-PI.

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Office: Dana 105A

Post Doctoral Research Associates

Jose D. Avila

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, WSU (2021)
  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, WSU (2018)

Research Interests: My research is primarily metals based – metal-matrix-ceramic composites, to be specific. Directed Energy Deposition (DED) or Powder Bed Fusion (PBF), which are metal 3D printing techniques are used for the fabrication of testing samples. The objective of my work is to decrease metal degradation due to high-temperature oxidation, oxidative wear, fretting wear, pitting wear, electrochemical corrosion, and Bio-tribocorrosion. The approach to my research involves bulk material fabrication (hip stems and femoral heads) or coatings on commercially available metals (CoCrMo and Ti-Al6-4V alloy) to address and improve upon the previously mentioned issues. Possible applications for the results of my research: improved operation and lifetime of load-bearing implants, improved performance for high wear and high temperature operating metals such as in turbofan engines and corrosive environments i.e., human body, hydroelectric plants, and marine applications.

Personal: When not in the lab my pass time consists of hanging with friends, performing maintenance or auto repairs, cooking, and grilling, watching cooking shows to learn a new recipe, or keeping up with the current popular show.

Jose on Google Scholar

Office: ETRL 109

Graduate Students


Sam Robertson

  • PhD. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, WSU, (2017-present)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, WSU, (2017)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, WSU, (2015)

My research focuses on bone tissue engineering, namely remodeling and healing using novel biomaterials and manufacturing methods. My current research involves observing the induced osteogenic and angiogenic effects of bioceramic coatings on metallic implants and 3D printed bioceramic scaffolds on human cell lines. My foremost interest is researching and developing better orthopedic materials, and I intend to continue to focus on biomaterials in general as they underpin the entire biomedical field. Pursuing my Ph.D. is an excellent opportunity to explore, in depth, the effects of biomaterial composition and processing on the mechanical and biological properties of orthopedic implants.

Sam Robertson on LinkedIn


Yongdeok Jo

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, WSU, (Fall 2018-present)
  • M.S. in Convergence Nanoscience, Hanyang University, Korea (2013)
  • B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Chosun University, Korea (2011)

My research focuses on the design of novel bone implants by incorporating natural medicine compounds (NMCs) in trace-element doped CaP-based implants and evaluating the biological response. I will evaluate the biological performance of NMCs integrated with CaP-based implants in in-vitro and in-vivo studies.


Sushant R.S. Ciliveri

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Material Science and Engineering, WSU (Spring ’19-Current)
  • B.Tech and M.Tech (Dual Degree), Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT-Bombay, India (Fall’12-Spring’17)

Research interests: My research is primarily focused on the use of additive manufacturing for designing titanium-based alloys for load-bearing biomedical implants with good mechanical characteristics, enhanced osseointegration, and inherent infection prevention properties. My work involves 3D fabrication of metal structures on powder-bed fusion and directed energy deposition systems, commonly with metals such as commercially pure Ti (CpTi) and Ti6Al4V alloy, and testing the samples for mechanical and in vitro & in vivo biological characterization.


Apart from work, I love to play and compose music on my guitar. I spend time hanging out with my friends or reading fiction.


Ujjayan Majumdar

  • PhD Student, Material Science and Engineering, Washington State University
  • Master of Science (M.S), The State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.Tech, Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College

Research Interests: Bone Tissue Engineering, Release of Natural Medicinal Compounds from CaP scaffolds, Super Resolution Imaging

Hobbies: Theatre, Recitation, Playing Keyboard and painting

Ujjayan on LinkedIn


Ali Afrouzian

  • Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering, (Spring 2019 – present)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, (2015)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Tabriz, Iran, (2012)

Ali has been working in KBMRL since Fall 2020. His research focuses on using additive manufacturing technique to create metal-ceramic structures with focusing on biomaterials to investigate bio-tribological behavior of implants. He also did research on fiber-reinforced composites and continuum plasticity. He has also experience in using commercial modeling software and implementing his own written subroutine to simulate fracture, failure, and general mechanical behavior of composites and metals. In his free time, Ali likes to workout and do bouldering. He also likes to do coding (FORTRAN, MATLAB, etc) and cooking! His goal is to be a leader in tech companies or get an academic position after graduation.

Personal website
Ali on LinkedIn


Cory J Groden

Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering, WSU (Spring 2021 – present)
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, WSU, (2020)

Current and Past Research: 3D lattice structures based on theoretical microstructures of materials that will maximize mechanical efficiency. BCC and HCP unit cells were used to create hybrid structures which demonstrated efficient mechanical properties.

Using TGA to determine how the Cr content of Ti and Ti-6Al-4V affects the oxidation resistance.

Hobbies:  I like to play frisbee golf in my spare time.


Lile Squires


  • Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, WSU (current)
  • M.S., Manufacturing Technology – Systems, BYU (2014)
  • B.S., Manufacturing Engineering Technology, BYU (2012)

R&D Process Engineer III; Thermoplastic Composites New Product Introduction at ATC Manufacturing (2018-2021)
Manufacturing Engineer II; Product Development, Production Engineering Future Production Systems at Boeing (2014-2018)
R&D Engineer/Operations Management at STS Turbo Inc. (2008 – 2012)

Research and Achievements
Current research in metal-based additive manufacturing and related processes. Published research in solid-state bonding of dissimilar materials (NSF); Friction Bit Joining of dissimilar combinations of advanced high strength steel and aluminum alloys, the corrosion behavior of weld bonded AA7075-T6 and galvannealed DP980; Mechanical properties of dissimilar metals joined in solid-state bonding processes.
Three issued Boeing patents for wing-to-body-join innovations, one Meritorious Invention Award, 6 invention disclosures
Authorship of production system build plan for Boeing NMA Overwing body, fabrication through final assembly
Project integration for two full-size 777X composite wing technology demonstrators
Over 50 thermoplastic composite aerospace products developed, qualified, and transitioned into regular production – primary and secondary structure

Aruntapan Dash


  • Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, WSU Pullman (Fall 2021 – Present)
  • M. Tech, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, NIT Agartala, India (July 2017 – May 2019)
  • B. Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology Sarang, India, (Aug 2012 – May 2016)

My current research interest lies in the use of additive manufacturing techniques to design and fabricate load-bearing biomedical implants and different structural materials.

Apart from my professional life, I love to cook, read fiction, star gazing, and I am a tech enthusiast and like to read updates on recent technological advancements.
Arun on Google scholar
Arun on LinkedIn


Aditi Dahiya


  • Ph.D. Chemistry Candidate, Washington State University (Joined lab in 2022 Fall-Present)
  • Master of Science in Chemistry University of Delhi (August 2015 – June 2017)
  • Bachelor of Education Maharishi Dayanand University (August 2014 – July 2015)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Honors) University of Delhi (July 2011 – July 2014)


My research is at the intersection of innovation and healing, as I explore the potential of 3D-printed ceramic scaffolds to revolutionize bone regeneration. At the core of my work, is a nuanced exploration of how living cells interact with engineered materials, and the meticulous harnessing of phytochemicals to pioneer advancements in bone health. Apart from this I do extensive synthesizes of phytochemical derivates and nanoparticle encapsulation of phytochemicals. Alongside my research, I am passionate about educating the next generation of scientists. I have had the privilege of assisting instructors on a variety of undergraduate Chemistry courses, engaging students in rigorous academic discourse.

Teaching is also a big part of my life. I guide students through the world of chemistry, from the basics to the complex, and love seeing those “aha” moments.


When I’m not in the lab or classroom, you can find me painting, tending to my garden, whipping up something delicious, or staying active. These hobbies keep me balanced and bring a fresh burst of creativity and energy to everything I do.

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Undergraduate Students

Past Group Members

Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Associates

  • Arjak Bhattacharjee, Ph.D. in MSE (Graduated December 2022): Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tufts University, Boston.
  • Indranath Mitra, Ph.D. in ME (Graduated Aguest 2021): Postdoctoral research fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
  • Kellen D. Traxel, Ph.D. in ME (Graduated May 2021): Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA.
  • Naboneeta Sarkar, Ph.D. in MSE (graduated in 2019), Postdoctoral research fellow, John Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore.
  • Bonny Onuike, Ph.D. in ME (Graduated December 2019): Intel, OR.
  • Caitlin Koski, Ph.D. in Mat. Sci (Graduated July 2019): Scientist, Pharmacology at Amunix Pharmaceuticals, CA.
  • Dishary Banerjee, Ph.D. in ME (Graduated May 2019): Penn State University, PA.
  • Bryan Heer, MS in ME (Graduated December 2018): Boeing, WA.
  • Yanning Zhang, MS in MSE (Graduated July 2016).
  • Kevin Stenberg, MS in ME. Formalloy, San Diego, CA.
  • Mahadev Upadhyayula, MS in ME (Graduated May 2018): Cargill, CA.
  • Thomas Gualtieri: M.S. in ME, General Dynamics, Bothell, WA.
  • Dr. Dongxu Ke: Ph.D. in ME, CTO, Novaprint Therapeutics, China.
  • Dr. Himanshu Sahasrabudhe: Ph.D. in ME, Faculty member, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, MI.
  • Dr. Sahar Vahabzadeh: Ph.D. in ME, Faculty member, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, IL.
  • Dr. Anish Shivaram: Ph.D. in ME, DePuy Synthes, J&J Medical Devices, TN.
  • Dr. Pavlo Rudenko: Ph.D. in Mat. Sci.: CEO, TriboTEX, WA.
  • Dr. Solaiman Tarafder: Ph.D. in MSE (Graduated May 2013): Research Professor, Columbia University, NY.
  • Sean Hoover: M.S. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated 2013).
  • Sr. Khalid Emshadi: M.S. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated 2013): Blinn College, TX.
  • Anish Shivaram: M.S. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated 2013).
  • Dr. Gary Fielding: Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Graduated 2013): Program Manager at BD – MMS, CA.
  • Himanshu Sahasrabudhe: M.S. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated 2012).
  • Dr. Mangal Roy: Ph.D. in MSE (Graduated 2011); Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India.
  • Dr. Jharana Dhal: Ph.D. in Physics (Graduated 2012): UCLA, CA.
  • Mr. Mayur Tailor: M.S. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated 2011).
  • Dr. Vamsi Krishna Balla: Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, India.
  • Abhimanyu Bhat: M.S. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated 2011): Evonik, TX.
  • Mr. Joe Edgington: MS in MSE (Graduated 2011): 3M Corporation, MN.
  • Dr. Félix España: Ph.D. in ME (Graduated 2010): Seattle, WA.
  • Dr. Subhadip Bodhak: Ph.D. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated 2010): Senior Scientist, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, India.
  • Dr. Sheldon Bernard: Ph.D. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated 2010); Research & Development Engineer, HP, Vancouver, WA.
  • Dr. Zachary Seeley: Ph.D. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated 2009); Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA.
  • Scott Rewinkel: M.S. in ME (Graduated 2009); Physician, Portland, OR.
  • Dr. Shashwat Banerjee, Faculty and Head of Central Research Lab Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER), Pune, Maharashtra, India.
  • Dr. Sudip Dasgupta: Ph.D. in MSE (Graduated 2009); Faculty member at National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela, India.
  • Dr. Hongsoo Choi: Ph.D. in ME (Graduated May 2007); Professor, Robotics Engineering Department, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology, Daegu, Korea.
  • Dr. Weichang Xue: Associate Professor, Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou, Jiansu, China.
  • Dr. Jens Darsell: Ph.D. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated May 2007); Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, WA.
  • Dr. Kakoli Das: Ph.D. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated May 2007); Global Foundries, NY.
  • Dr. Ashis Banerjee: Ph.D. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated December 2005); Global Foundries, NY.
  • Amit Sharma: M.S. in MSE (Graduated 2009).
  • Abhishek Dalakoti: M.S. in MSE (Graduated August 2005); Intel, AZ.
  • Mark Walpole: M.S. in MSE (Graduated December 2005); Naval Surface Warfare Center, CA.
  • Young Jin Choi: M.S. in MSE (Graduated December 2004); Samsung, Korea.
  • Jared Stroyan: M.S. in MSE (Graduated December 2004); WA.
  • Debamitra Dutta: M.S. in MSE (Graduated January 2003); Intel, OR.
  • Yujie Wu: M.S. in MSE (Graduated August 2003); NJ.
  • Jeff Marusich: M.S. in MSE (Graduated May 2003); PNNL, WA.
  • Gabe Kuhn: M.S. in MSE (Graduated December 2002); Northrop Grumman, CA.
  • Dr. Samar J. Kalita: Ph.D. in Mat. Sci. (Graduated July 2003); General Electric, OH.
  • Firas Akasheh: M.S. in ME (Graduated August 2002); Faculty member, Mechanical Engineering, Tuskegee University, AL.
  • Todd Myers: M.S. in MSE (Graduated May 2002); Intel, CA.
  • Seyi Onagorwa: M.S. in ME (Graduated May 2001); Boeing, WA.
  • Suresh Babu Yeruva: M.S. in MSE (Graduated August 2001); Intel, AZ.
  • Oliver Huang: M.S. in MSE (Graduated October 2001); San Francisco, CA.
  • Raj Atisivan: M.S. in MSE (Graduated September 2000); Amazon, CA.
  • Parag Banerjee: M.S. in MSE (Graduated May 2000); Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Central Florida, FL.
  • Ashwin Hattiangadi: M.S. in ME (Graduated May 2000); Caterpillar, IN.
  • Jon Christensen: M.S. in ME (Graduated March 1999); Alaska.

Undergraduate Students

  • David Rodriguez
  • Katelyn Berns
  • Cory Groden
  • Darin Malihi
  • Kyler Starkey
  • Jesus Valladares
  • Destany A. Burke
  • Zumurda Alrawahi
  • Kellen Traxel
  • Bryan Heer
  • Jose D. Avila
  • Yanning Zhang
  • Thomas Gualtieri
  • Julie Soderlind
  • Matthew Summers
  • Ryan Harrison
  • Melissa Berkheimer
  • Pavel Rusev
  • Matt Vanatta
  • Russel Condie
  • Cole Petersen
  • Daniel Armanios
  • E. A. Withey
  • John Finley
  • Jason Hansen
  • Jennifer Benson
  • Mark Wapole
  • Todd Myers
  • Gabe Khun
  • Rebekah M. Taylor
  • Travis Sonnett
  • Kayleen Feeley
  • Kevin Kerstetter
  • M. Rubiela Diaz
  • Shinichi Suguira
  • Marisol Avila
  • Kelli Dahlquist
  • Dave Poling
  • Aaron Brown
  • Casey Stratton
  • Tiffany McFrederick
  • Sam Crossett
  • Lisa Deibler
  • Chris Leber
  • Johanna Feuerstein
  • Ken DeVoe
  • Ian McLean