Advancement of technology under CIMP-3D is accomplished through a multidisciplinary research group encompassing various faculty members of the Pennsylvania State University, as well as through industry leaders representing partners of the Center: Battelle Memorial Institute and 3D Systems.

The scientific and engineering expertise present within CIMP-3D is unparalleled and has been assembled to channel these formidable technical capabilities into providing global leadership in additive manufacturing technology. The technical team within the Center boasts over 100 years of collective experience in laser and electron beam deposition technology along with internationally recognized leaders in enabling technologies critical to the advancement of additive manufacturing. Shown below are members of the CIMP-3D technology team.

Operation of CIMP-3D is conducted through the Center's three Co-Directors; Dr. Richard Martukanitz, Dr. Timothy Simpson and Dr. Gary Messing. The Center functions through research support from federal and state government, as well as through the private sector. An important aspect of the Center's activities is the operation of the Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) for the Open Manufacturing initiative of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

CIMP-3D is also an integral component of the educational activities of the University in additive manufacturing. Faculty members of CIMP-3D represent the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering departments within Penn State. This representation provides the basis for cross-disciplinary education and training of undergraduate and graduate students to additive manufacturing capabilities. Internships and externships through the Center are also utilized to facilitate advanced training of industry and foster workforce development in additive manufacturing technology. The Learning Factory within Penn State's College of Engineering also utilizes the CIMP-3D facility to promote awareness and facilitate technology transfer in additive manufacturing technology through a wide array of industry sponsors that participate in its Senior Capstone Design Program.



Richard P. Martukanitz
Penn State ARL

Ph.D. Materials Sci. and Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Martukanitz is head the Laser Processing Division of the Applied Research Laboratory and Co-Director of CIMP-3D. He has over 25 years of experience in the development, application, and management of laser deposition technology. His specific research interest includes deposition of light alloys. He is a Fellow of the Laser Institute of America, a life-long member of the American Welding Society, and chairs the AWS C7C Subcommittee for Laser Processing.

Timothy Simpson
Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, The College of Engineering

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech

Dr. Simpson is a Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Penn State with affiliate appointments in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs and the College of Information Sciences & Technology. He has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the 2011 ASEE Fred Merryfield Design Award and the 2007 Penn State President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration. He is a Fellow in ASME and an Associate Fellow in AIAA. He is Co-Director of CIMP-3D.

Gary Messing
Penn State Materials Science and Engineering

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida

Dr. Messing was Founding Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Particulate Materials in 1991 and became Director of the Materials Research Laboratory in 1997. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris, Research Fellow at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, and visiting faculty at ETH-Zurich. Messing is Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering and was the Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In 2002/3 he was President of the American Ceramic Society. He is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Materials Research. Messing has published over 250 papers and co-edited 13 books on solution synthesis, phase transformations, processing-microstructure relations, sintering and templated grain growth.

Allison Beese
Penn State Materials Science & Engineering

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Beese is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University. Her research interests are in experimental and computational multiscale mechanics of materials ranging from metals to composites. Her research focuses on developing experimental methods to elucidate the connections among the microstructure, macroscopic deformation, damage accumulation, and failure properties of materials. This experimental data is used to create physically-based large deformation and failure models to predict component performance.

Barbara Belko
Penn State ARL

Research Administrator

Mrs. Belko specializes in initiating and coordinating the management functions of the ARL Laser Processing Division as well as CIMP-3D, including; financial/accounting operations, grant/contract administration, security guidance, human resources management, office information initiatives, and general office administration. She has over 25 years of administrative experience with ARL.

Sven Bilén
Penn State Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan

Dr. Bilén is an Associate Professor of Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs. He is a member of the EE Department’s Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory and also a member of the Propulsion Engineering Research Center. He serves as the Chief Technologist for the University’s Center for Space Research Programs. He is the founding director of the Certificate in Space Systems Engineering and the Student Space Programs Lab. Prof. Bilén’s research projects are coordinated through his direction of the Systems Design Lab. Dr. Bilén is member of IEEE (Senior Member), AIAA (Associate Fellow), AGU, ASEE, INCOSE, and Sigma Xi.

Steve Brown
Penn State ARL

M.S. Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech

Mr. Brown has 15 years of professional engineering experience and his expertise extends from his mechanical and engineering mechanics background to the integration of electrical, optical, and software aspects of laser-based systems. He designed and built a complete multi-kilowatt directed energy deposition system in use CIMP-3D and has led other projects culminating, for example, in a cladding system deployed at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to repair pitting and corrosion damage within Vertical Launch System (VLS) missile tubes on Los Angeles Class submarines.

Long-Qing Chen
Penn State Materials Science & Engineering

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Long-Qing Chen is Donald W. Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Professor of Mathematics. His areas of interest and research include phase-field methods for describing microstructural evolution, multiscale materials modeling, properties of inhomogeneous materials, and thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), American Physical Society (APS), American Ceramic Society, and American Society for Metals (ASM) and received the 2003 University Faculty Scholar Medal in Engineering and a Distinguished Professorship in 2012 at Penn State, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, the 2006 ASM Materials Research Silver Medal, the 2011 TMS EMPMD Distinguished Scientist Award, and the 2014 MRS Materials Theory Award.

Stephen Copley
Penn State ARL/ Engineering Science & Mechanics

Ph.D Engineering Science, University of California at Berkley

Dr. Copley holds dual appointments as Senior Scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory and Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics. He has been a technical contributor to the laser materials processing field since the 1970s. Dr Copley is a Fellow of ASM International and ASME. He is a Past President and Trustee of ASM International and currently chairs the Board of Trustees of the ASM Materials Education Foundation.

Peter Coutts
Penn State ARL

MEng. Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Mr. Coutts joined Penn State ARL in 2015 as a Research and Development Engineer and is focused on establishing an automated pedigree data collection system (DMSAM) for Additive Manufactuirng as well as process modeling for AM and laser based powder bed fusion (PBF).

Tarasankar DebRoy
Penn State Materials Science & Engineering

Ph.D, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Dr. DebRoy is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State, a Founding Editor of Science and Technology of Welding and Joining, Chair of American Welding Society’s Research and Development Committee and Chair/Co-Chair of the last six Trends in Welding Research Conferences. He models of welding and 3D printing based on theories of metallurgy and heat transfer and fluid flow are widely used in industries, research labs and universities. His research, documented in over 320 papers, has been widely recognized by numerous awards such as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, UK Royal Academy of Engineering’s Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, IIW’s Yoshiaki Arata Award, Penn State’s Faculty Scholar Medal, AWS and ASM Fellow awards and AWS Honorary Membership award.

Corey Dickman
Penn State ARL

B.S. Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Penn State Altoona

Mr. Dickman specializes in laser powder-bed additive manufacturing (LPBAM) for metals and fused deposition modelling (FDM) of thermoplastics. He brings several years of experience in mechanical design from the aerospace industry which aligns his current interests towards the practical applications such as design for manufacturing and topology optimization.

Mary Frecker
Penn State Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Mary Frecker is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and is the Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs in Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Frecker’s research interests are in the areas of adaptive structures and design optimization with applications in aerospace and medical devices. Dr. Frecker has been awarded the GM/Freudenstein Young Investigator Award by the ASME Mechanisms Committee (2002), the Outstanding Advising Award by the Penn State Engineering Society (2002), the Outstanding Research Award by the Penn State Engineering Society (2005), and three Best Paper awards from the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Technical Committee (2009 and 2015). She is a Fellow of the ASME. Dr. Frecker has served as Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Chair of the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Technical Committee, member of the ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee, and Executive Committee member of the ASME Aerospace Division.

Ed Good
Penn State ARL

Engineering Support Specialist

Mr. Good’s expertise is in metallograpy support for CIMP-3D. He brings 24 years of experience to the ARL Laser Processing Division.

Randy Haluck
Penn State Department of Surgery, Hershey Medical Center

M.D., Penn State

Dr. Haluck is Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Technology and Innovation for the Department of Surgery at Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. Dr. Haluck developed the Laparoscopic Surgery Program at Hershey and his Division now offers Laparoscopic, Bariatric, Robotic, and Flexible Endoscopic Surgery. Dr. Haluck has spent most of his career on medical device development. He designed simulators through a Penn Sate spin-out company that he founded to teach laparoscopic surgery. His simulators have been used to teach many students and physicians throughout the US and abroad. He now heads up the Surgery Innovation Group, which is a multi-discliplinary medical device development group that reaches across campuses at Penn State.

Reginald Hamilton
Penn State Engineering Science and Mechanics

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois

Dr. Hamilton is a Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State. His research supports the departmental strategic research and educational thrusts in advanced materials and manufacturing and in mechanics. His interests are in experimental mechanics and constitutive behavior of multifunctional stimulus-responsive materials. His group uses multi-scale deformation measurements and correlates microstructure to underlying physical mechanisms in order to establish the interrelationships between fabrication technology and functionality. Dr. Hamilton is exploring additive manufacturing for shape memory alloys in order to achieve multifunctional material behavior across multiple length scales.

Terry Harrison
Penn State Supply Chain and Information Systems

Ph.D. Management Science, University of Tennessee

Dr. Harrison is the Earl P Strong Executive Education Professor of Business and Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State. His primary interests are in the area of large-scale production and distribution systems and supply chain design via deterministic and stochastic optimization. He served as the President of INFORMS in 2012 and has been recognized nationally and internationally for his teaching and research contributions.

Griffin Jones
Penn State ARL

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Penn State

Mr. Jones focuses on inspection of components, specializing in the development of x-ray Computed Tomography (CT) for the analysis of a wide range of materials. He brings several years of experience in quality assurance and control from the primary steelmaking and hydro power production industries, and holds certifications through the American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNT) and the American Welding Society (AWS).

Sanjay Joshi
Penn State Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Joshi is currently Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State and has been with the university since 1987. He received Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1987.His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) with specific focus on Computer Aided Process Planning, Rapid Prototyping Processes and Tooling, and Nano Manufacturing. He is a Fellow of IIE and recipient of awards, including Presidential Young Investigator Award from NSF 1991, Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from SME 1991, and Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Award from IIE in 1993.

Jay Keist
Penn State ARL

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of California - Berkley

Dr. Keist has seven years of industrial experience in metal processing and forming. He received the Sir Humphrey Davy Scientific Merit Award from the Magnesium Division of the American Foundry Society in 2010 and was accepted to the Lawrence Scholar Program with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory during his Ph.D.

Elizabeth Kupp
Penn State Materials Science and Engineering

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Kupp is the Director of the Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory, a teaching and user facility in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as a Research Associate of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research interests are in the area of ceramic powder processing, especially for optical, electronic and structural applications. She has worked on developing source powders and paste formulations for ink jet printing and fused deposition modeling additive manufacturing techniques, respectively.

Jingjing Li
Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Dr. Li is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, and previously was an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Hawaii. She was selected as an NSF CAREER awardee in 2016, based on her research proposal titled "CAREER: Surface Interactions in Dissimilar Material Joining." Dr. Li is an associate editor of Journal of Manufacturing Processes, organized the 9th International Workshop on Microfactories (IWMF 2014), and has served as symposium chairs for ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conferences (MSEC) since 2013. Her primary research interest focuses on materials processing and characterization, particularly on novel methodologies for multi-scale material characterization, mechanical behavior, failure analysis, and effect of microstructure on macroscopic properties.

Fred Lia
Penn State ARL

Graduate Assistant/ M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Penn State

Mr. Lia has spent 5 years on the Optomec LENS MR-7 system and more than 2 years on the ExOne M-Lab system. His responsibilities under CIMP-3D have involved various aspects of materials and process development, with the goal of advancing laser deposition technology to the point that it may be used for manufacturing. His curent focus is on determining the advantages and potential challenges of additive manufacturing advanced materials, such as super alloys, ceramics, and composite materials.

Zi-Kui Liu
Penn State Materials Science and Engineering

Ph.D. Physical Metallurgy, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweeden)

Dr. Liu is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Director of the Center for Computational Materials Design at Penn State. His main research interest is computational thermodynamics based on first-principles calculations and CALPHAD modeling. He has been at the Pennsylvania State University since 1999 and the Editor-in-Chief of CALPHAD journal since 2001. Prof. Liu has published over 300 scientific articles including 270 in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Liu is the co-founder and the director of the National Science Foundation Center for Computational Materials Design.

Guha Manogharan
Penn State Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University

Dr. Manogharan is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University. His research interests in additive and hybrid manufacturing include: design rules for CAD-CAM specific to AM, material development, CNC machining and non-traditional post-processing of AM. His research focuses on developing part designs and process planning for post-processing of AM parts to achieve GD&T and surface finish requirements using contact and non-contact metrology tools. Dr. Manogharan is an active member of ASME, IISE and SME and was named the 2016 Outstanding Young Investigator by the IISE- Manufacturing and Design Division.

Kenneth Meinert
Penn State ARL

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Meinert manages the facilities at CIMP-3D. He has over 20 years of experience at the Applied Research Laboratory in the development, and application of laser processing technology. He specializes in laser-based processing for a variety of metals alloys, including aluminum, nickel, and copper-based alloys, as well as metal-matrix composites.

Nicholas Meisel
Penn State Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Dr. Meisel is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) at Penn State. He is the director of the Made by Design Lab, which conducts research in the area of design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) as well as its role in engineering education. Dr. Meisel’s current research centers on high-level, innovative DfAM concepts (e.g., functionally graded multi-material printing, in-situ embedding) and the impact of process parameters on part design and manufacturability. Dr. Meisel was recently appointed to the Penn State College of Engineering’s Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Professorship.

Panagoitis Michaleris
Senior Software Architect at Autodesk

Ph.D. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Michaleris has over 25 years of experience in high performance computing and thermo-mechanical process modeling such as additive manufacturing, welding and thermal forming. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Michaleris joined Edison Welding Institute (EWI) as senior research engineer. In 1997 he joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering of The Pennsylvania State University pursuing teaching and research in computational mechanics, finite element methods, manufacturing process modeling, and residual stress and distortion. In 2012 Dr. Michaleris co-founded Pan Computing LLC for the development and support commercial software for physics-based modeling of additive manufacturing processes, which was acquired by Autodesk in 2016.

Wes Mitchell
Penn State ARL

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Mr. Mitchell joined ARL in 2015 as a Research and Development Engineer after working for seven years in the precision machine design industry. He has knowledge and experience in design, manufacturing, and testing which he utilizes on the laser powder bed additive manufacturing (LPBAM) and directed energy deposition (DED) processes.

Suzanne Mohney
Penn State Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Ph.D. Materials Science, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Mohney has been on the faculty at Penn State for almost 20 years working with metals for electronics, including on-chip metallization, electronic packaging, and electrical connectors. She is particularly concerned with the processing, electrical resistance, environmental stability, and electromigration resistance of electrical conductors. Applications of this work include automative electronics, solid-state lighting, photovoltaics, electronics for space exploration, and computation. Dr. Mohney is also Editor in Chief of the Journal of Electronic Materials.

Abdalla Nassar
Penn State ARL

Ph.D. in Engineering Science, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Nassar has over seven years of experience in research, data acquisition and control systems development, digital data formatting, numerical modeling, and metallographic analysis related to laser-materials processing. As a Research Associate at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State, Dr. Nassar has developed software and algorithms related to direct integration of additive manufacturing processes with computational modeling, data acquisition and control of additive manufacturing equipment, and defect-detection strategies. He has co-authored publications on the digital thread concept for AM, sensing and control of AM processes, linking thermal sensors, modeling and AM machine behavior, laser-plasma nitriding of titanium, characterization of plasma via optical emission spectroscopy, and numerical modeling of laser-sustained plasma. Many other publications related to sensing and control for additive manufacturing and laser nitriding are in preparation.

Ibrahim Ozbolat
Penn State Engineering Science & Mechanics

Ph.D, The University of Buffalo

Dr. Ibrahim T. Ozbolat is an associate professor at the Pennsylvania State University in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department and a faculty member of the Huck Institute of the Life Science. Dr. Ozbolat’s main area of research is in 3D Bioprinting and Tissue Engineering. His specific research focuses on development of novel bioprinting science and technology for various areas in regenerative medicine. He has published over 80 publications and his research has been well-recognized globally and featured in various venues. Dr. Ozbolat has been recognized for his research with awards including the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (2015), Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award (2015), the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2014), an NSF CAREER Award (2014), the ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2014) and the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal (2014). He is co-founder of a spin-off company, Virtual Systems Engineering, LLC.

Todd Palmer
Penn State ARL and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Ph.D Material Science & Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Palmer is currently a Senior Research Associate and an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Previously, he was a metallurgist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is the author of more than 70 articles and reports, and his current research focuses on the laser and electron beam joining and additive manufacturing of metallic materials. He is currently chair of the C7 Committee on High Energy Beam Welding and Cutting, vice chair of the of the newly formed D20 committee on additive manufacturing for the American Welding Society (AWS), and a member of the Welding Handbook and Welding Research and Development Committees. He is a member of the editorial board for Science and Technology of Welding and Joining and a key reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions as well as a principal review for the Welding Journal Research Supplement.

Vittal Prabhu
Penn State Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Prabhu works in the area of distributed control systems with a focus on manufacturing and service enterprises. The goal of his research is to develop a unified mathematical and computational framework that enables engineering of distributed control systems consisting of discrete-events, physical processes, and service processes. The science-base of this work includes theories of discontinuous differential equations, Lyapunov stability, adaptive control, and nonlinear control for studying distributed algorithms. He has researched modeling and real-time control of physical processes such as cryogenic freezing, laser manufacturing, and electron beam-physical vapor deposition.

Ted Reutzel
Penn State ARL and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Reutzel has been involved in arc- and laser-based metal processing since 1993, with emphasis on welding and cladding, and more recently with emphasis on metal-based additive manufacturing. He has chaired multiple sessions at the International Congress on Laser and Electro Optics (ICALEO), and served as Chair of the Laser Material Processing for Solar Energy Conference at the SPIE Optics + Photonics event from 2012-2014. He has managed numerous programs to investigate and implement laser material processing across a wide range of applications, has authored and co-authored book chapters, has provided invited articles and invited talks internationally. He recently won the 2014 Best Paper Award at the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium – An Additive Manufacturing Conference.

Jim Runt
Penn State Materials Science & Engineering

Ph.D. Solid State Science, Penn State

Dr. Runt is a Professor of Polymer Science in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Penn State. He is the author of over 190 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers. His current research focuses on 3 principal areas: 1) Ion and polymer dynamics and nanoscale structure of ‘single ion’ polymer conductors and more conventional ion-containing polymer systems (ionomers); 2) Nanoscale structure and dynamics of polyurethane and polyurea segmented copolymers, the former having chemistries of particular interest in biomedical applications; 3) Investigation of structure and dynamics of complex polymer systems including oriented elastomers and crystalline polymers, and polymer blends and solutions.

Al Segall
Penn State Engineering Science & Mechanics

Ph.D Engineering Science & Mechanics, Penn State

Dr. Segall is Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State and has over 30 years of experience testing and modeling advanced materials under severe conditions including thermal-shock, complex laser-machining operations, AM, and wear. He is also very active with Cold-Spray additive methods and the development of unique self-lubricating or micro-porous materials and coatings. Dr. Segall has received numerous awards including the 2013 Outstanding Advising and 2015 Outstanding Teaching awards from the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society. Finally, he is an active member and Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society for Tribology and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology and STLE Tribology Transactions.

Jeffrey Schiano
Penn State Electrical Engineering

Ph.D Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois

Dr. Schiano joined the faculty of Penn State University in 1994, following three years as a visiting assistant professor at the University-of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests in control system applications span three areas: nuclear resonance, neural network controllers, and microelectromechanical systems. Jeff Schiano has also organized a microelectromechanical systems research group in the Department of Electrical Engineering. His focus within the group is on the development of feedback control systems that enable electron tunneling based transducers to provide high sensitivity measurements of linear acceleration and angular velocity.

Karen Thole
Penn State Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering

Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Karen A. Thole is the head of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Thole’s expertise is heat transfer and cooling of gas turbine airfoils through detailed experimental and computational studies. At Penn State, Dr. Thole founded the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine Laboratory (START) lab, which houses a unique test turbine facility and is a center of excellence in heat transfer for a major gas turbine manufacturer. This facility provides a test bed for evaluating additive manufactured components for turbine applications. Dr. Thole has published over 200 archival journal and conference papers supervised over 65 dissertations and theses. She has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Gas Turbine Institute and is a member of NASA's National Aeronautics Committee. She has been recognized by the U.S. White House as a Champion of Change for STEM, the Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award, and the Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award. Dr. Thole also received the 2014 Society of Women Engineer’s Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, the 2015 ASME George Westinghouse Gold Medal, and the 2016 Edwin F. Church Medal.

Judith Todd
Penn State Engineering Science & Mechanics

Ph.D. Materials Science, Cambridge University

Dr. Todd is Department Head, P. B. Breneman Chair and Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics. Her research interests include: development of advanced materials and manufacturing processes, laser-sustained plasma, laser-materials interactions, mechanical behavior and nondestructive evaluation of materials. Dr. Todd received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2007. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASM International and the Association of Women in Science.

Jay Tressler
Penn State ARL

Engineering Support Specialist

Mr. Tressler specializes in Laser welding, hybrid welding, cutting, cladding and direct energy deposition. He brings 25 years of laser processing experience to CIMP-3D.

Robert Voigt
Penn State Industrial Engineering

Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Voigt is a Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State and directs Penn State’s metalcasting program. His research focus in the area of structure/property/processing relationships for high strength ferrous materials. He has received numerous research, teaching and advising awards, including the 2013 Barlow Award from the SFSA. He is a Fellow of SME.

Qian Wang
Penn State Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Dr. Wang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University. Her research interests are in the development of reduced-order models which are needed for real-time control system design and optimization for laser-based additive manufacturing processes. She has also published intensively in randomized algorithms for probabilistic robust control, flight control systems, performance management of computer systems and data center, building thermal comfort modeling and building control, and management of insulin-dependent diabetes.