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Showcase 2021 Distinguished Faculty Address

Distinguished Faculty Address

Recognizing a faculty member’s exemplary achievement

The annual Distinguished Faculty Address honors a faculty member who has risen to the front ranks of his or her discipline through achievements in research, scholarship, and teaching.

2021 address

Amit Bandyopadhyay
Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

“3D Printing of Advanced Materials: A 25 Year Journey”

By layering material to produce three-dimensional shapes, 3D printers enable development of complex structures. Professor Amit Bandyopadhyay has used the technology to create porous metal coatings and load-bearing implants to enhance bone healing. The impact of his work is evident in the fact that, in 2019, more than 100,000 FDA-approved porous metal implants were manufactured—using 3D printing—for human use in the US alone.

Bandyopadhyay has also worked with NASA-Kennedy Space Center researchers to 3D print structures for space missions to the moon and Mars. He has developed innovative multi-material structures that could not be produced in any other way.

The Distinguished Faculty Address will recap the challenges and triumphs of Bandyopadhyay’s research and impart his vision for the future of 3D printing.

About Professor Bandyopadhyay

Professor Bandyopadhyay has won international recognition for his research in 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, including the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He developed 3D-printed porous metal coatings for implants to enhance bone healing. In 2019, over 100,000 FDA-approved porous metal implants were manufactured in the US for human use. Bandyopadhyay also worked with NASA-Kennedy Space Center researchers to 3D-print structures with moon-rock regolith for space missions to the moon and Mars. 

Bandyopadhyay is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and a fellow of six other leading scientific societies. He serves on numerous editorial boards of materials science journals. He co-edited the textbook Additive Manufacturing, which is used worldwide. He supervised 30 master of science and 20 doctoral theses, published more than 340 technical articles that have been cited over 22,400 times, and is an inventor of 20 issued patents. His students have also received many awards under his mentorship. 


Presenters of the Distinguished Faculty Address


Patricia Hunt
Meyer Distinguished Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences


Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
Professor, Department of Psychology


Susmita Bose
Professor, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture


Douglas R. Call
Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine


Michael K. Skinner
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences


Gerald B. Berthiaume
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences


Raymond Reeves
Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine


Kenneth L. Nash
Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

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