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Showcase 2021 Awards

Presenter of the 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.

Amit Bandyopadhyay

Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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

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.

Previous presenters of the Distinguished Faculty Address

2020Patricia Hunt, School of Molecular Biosciences
2019Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Department of Psychology
2018Susmita Bose, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
2017Douglas R. Call, School for Global Animal Health
2016Michael K. Skinner, School of Biological Sciences
2015Gerald B. Berthiaume, School of Music
2014Raymond Reeves, School of Molecular Biosciences
2013Kenneth L. Nash, Department of Chemistry

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