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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Manufacturing Processes and Machinery Lab

Our Research

Additive manufacturing (or commonly known as 3D-Printing) is rapidly shifting the manufacturing paradigms globally, enabling manufacturing of highly complex structures and devices with many novel functionalities and transforming many technologies of high societal importance. Our research focuses primarily on direct-write based meso- and micro- scale additive manufacturing methods and their applications. We try to completely understand and control the fundamental mechanisms underlying such processes and their impact the (1) final functional properties of the manufactured structures and (2) process performance quantified by accuracy, resolution, reproducibility and scalability.  In that, we utilize various experimental, analytical and numerical modeling tools and perform studies on the design and control of 3D-printers. Our application focus extends to wearable, flexible devices, biosensing and artificial tissue engineering.

If you are interested in joining our group or collaborating with us, please contact Dr. Arda Gozen at arda.gozen@wsu.edu. We usually have many volunteer research opportunities for WSU undergraduate students.

News

09/19/2018

Our lab published a new paper titled “Micro Additive Manufacturing of Glucose Biosensors: A Feasibility Study” first-authored by Sepehr Nesaei in Analytica Chima Acta. You can find the paper here.

07/31/2018

Our lab is awarded $301,547 grant from National Science Foundation for a 3-year project titled “Humidity-Controlled Micro-Additive Manufacturing with Polymeric Bioinks”. For more information: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1825872&HistoricalAwards=false

06/28/2018

Abhishek Gannarapu received a travel award to present our work on smart nursing bras (IntelliBra) to measure milk production and consumption in the 19th International Society of Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) conference in Kanagawa, Japan! We are looking forward to bringing in the engineering perspective to human milk and lactation research…. and sushi:)

05/15/2018

Abhishek Gannarapu is selected to attend Bio I-Corps workshop that will be held in Boston between June 4-6 (https://innovation.unh.edu/bio-2018-i-corps-bio-entrepreneurship-workshop). Congrats Abhishek!

04/24/2018

Kevin (Boulder) Estelle won the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship which will financially support his Ph.D. program for three years. Congratulations Boulder, you make us proud! Boulder was featured in the WSU Graduate School website: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/2018/04/25/kevin-estelle-tyler-fouty/

12/6/2017

MPML welcomes Kevin (Boulder) Estelle as a Ph.D. student. Boulder has been working as an undergraduate researcher in our lab since the summer of 2016. He recently obtained his B.S. degree from WSU Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

11/28/2017

Our lab’s work on a smart nursing bra (IntelliBra) spearheaded by Abhishek Gannarapu, Yiying Zhou and Nimay Bolar is awarded the WSU Commercialization Gap Fund: https://news.wsu.edu/2017/12/14/commercialization-gap-fund-awards/.This is a 1 year $50000 funding that will help take our project to the next level.