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3D Printing Grand Challenge Chair

  • Prof. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, The University of Tennessee Knoxville & Oak Ridge National Lab

3D Printing Grand Challenge Vice Chair

  • Dr. Lonnie Love, Oak Ridge National Lab

Jury Members

  • Prof. Moataz Attallah,  Birmingham University, United Kingdom
  • Rob Gorham, AmericaMakes, USA
  • Dr. Eric Jägle, Max-Plank-Institut, Germany
  • Prof. Eric MacDonald, Youngstown State University, USA
  • Prof. Todd Palmer, Penn State University, USA
  • Prof. Andrzej Wojcieszynski, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Dr. Sean Murphy, Wake Forest, USA


Top, left to right: Prof. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, Dr. Lonnie Love, Prof. Moataz Attallah, Rob Gorham. Bottom, left to right: Dr. Eric Jägle, Prof. Eric MacDonald, Prof. Todd Palmer, Prof. Andrzej Wojcieszynski.
Top, left to right: Prof. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, Dr. Lonnie Love, Prof. Moataz Attallah, Rob Gorham. Bottom, left to right: Dr. Eric Jägle, Prof. Eric MacDonald, Prof. Todd Palmer, Prof. Andrzej Wojcieszynski.



Prof. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, 3D Printing Grand Challenge Chair

The University of Tennessee Knoxville & Oak Ridge National Lab

Prof. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu received his PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge in the UK. He is currently the UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing. Prof. Babuis a materials scientist who explores the production, design, and performance of transforming materials into parts. His research helps widen the scope of advanced manufacturing and additive manufacturing. Babu serves in UT’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering as well as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Dr. Lonnie Love, 3D Printing Grand Challenge vice Chair

Oak Ridge National Lab

Lonnie J. Love received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Love began his career at ORNL in October 1995 as a research staff member.  He is currently a distinguished research scientist in the Energy and Transportation Science Division and group leader of the Manufacturing Systems Research Group. He has made major contributions at ORNL as a researcher, a leader, and an innovator in advanced robotics and additive manufacturing. His research has most recently focused on large-scale and high-speed advanced additive manufacturing and 3-D printing. Other research areas include nanofermentation (bacterial synthesis of nanomaterials for quantum dots), mesoscale hydraulics and blending additive manufacturing with fluid-powered systems in research and development directed toward producing lightweight, high-dexterity, and low-cost prosthetic devices.

Prof. Moataz Attallah, 3D Printing Grand Challenge Jury Member

Birmingham University, United Kingdom

Moataz Attallah is a Professor of advanced materials processing. His research portfolio over the past 15 years has been focused on studying the advanced manufacturing technologies, specifically metal 3D printing technologies, friction-based welding, and powder processing. His research is performed in close collaboration with a large number of industrial end-users in the aerospace, defence, nuclear, and general engineering sectors. He leads the 35-researcher strong Advanced Materials and Processing Group (AMPLab) at the University of Birmingham. For details of the Advanced Materials and Processing Laboratory, please click HERE. For further information regarding Moataz Attallah, please click HERE.

Rob Gorham, 3D Printing Grand Challenge Jury Member

AmericaMakes, USA

Rob joined the America Makes team in 2013 as the Deputy Director of Technology Development and in May 2014 was promoted to Director of Operations. He has more than a decade of solid defense research and advanced manufacturing experience. Prior to joining America Makes, he was the Senior Manager of the Manufacturing Exploration and Development (MXD) group within the Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Prototyping (AMS&P) directorate of Lockheed Martin (LM) Aeronautics – Advanced Development Programs (ADP). In this position, Rob was responsible for leading the transition-focused development and the application of affordable manufacturing technologies for LM Aeronautics and other LM Business Areas across the corporation.

He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Eric Jägle, 3D Printing Grand Challenge Jury Member

Max-Plank-Institut, Germany

Dr. Jägle is originally from Tuttlingen, a small town in the very south of Germany. He studied materials science at the University of Stuttgart, receiving a Dipl.-Ing. degree in 2006. In 2006/2007 he spent on year at the University of Cambridge. In the M.Phil. course in Materials Modelling, he worked with H.K.D.H. Bhadeshia on simulating the origin of banding in hot-rolled steel. Afterwards, he returned to Stuttgart for his Ph.D. at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung (MPI for Metals Research) under the supervision of Prof. E. J. Mittemeijer. His work focused on the mesoscopic simulation of microstructure development during phase transformations, in particular during recrystallization. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2011, he moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPI for Iron Research) in Düsseldorf. There, he worked as post-doctoral researcher in the department of Prof. D. Raabe on Atom Probe Tomography analysis of electrical steels, precipitation transformations and mechanical alloying. In 2015 he became leader of a newly-formed group in the same department working on alloys for Additive Manufacturing.  The group focuses on various aspects of alloys used in AM such as particle reinforcement, in-process strengthening reactions, hot cracking behaviour, residual stress and post-heat treatments. The investigated materials include steels, Ni- and Al- based alloys.

Prof. Eric MacDonald, 3D Printing Grand Challenge Jury Member

Youngstown State University, USA

Prof. Eric MacDonald, Ph.D. is first Morris and Phyllis Friedman chairman in engineering at Youngstown State University. MacDonald was previously the Texas Instruments Endowed professor and associate director of the W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation at the University of Texas El Paso. Dr. MacDonald received his B.S. (1992), M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in industry for 12 years before co-founding a start-up - Pleiades Technologies, Inc. The company was acquired by Magma Design Automation, Inc. San Jose, CA. Dr. MacDonald joined UTEP in 2003 and has held faculty fellowships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research and a Fulbright Fellowship in Valparaíso, Chile. His research interests include 3D printed multi-functionality and electronics for low power applications and harsh environments. MacDonald is Associate Editor of the Elsevier’s Journal Additive Manufacturing.

Prof. Todd Palmer, 3D Printing Grand Challenge Jury Member

Penn State University, USA

Todd A. Palmer is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where he has been since 2007.  From 2000 to 2007, he was at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., where he was a metallurgist in the Materials Science and Technology Division.  He is the author or coauthor of more than 50 articles and reports, and his current research interests involve the laser and electron beam additive manufacturing of metallic materials, characterization of phase transformations in structural materials using synchrotron-based in situ X-ray diffraction techniques, high energy density (electron and laser beam) welding and joining processes, and electron beam welding diagnostics.  He is currently chair of the C7 Committee on High Energy Beam Welding and Cutting and the C7B Subcommittee on Electron Beam Welding and Cutting, vice chair of the of the newly formed D20 committee on additive manufacturing, and is a member of the Welding Research and Development Committee.  He is also a member of the peer review panel for the Welding Journal Research Supplement, the editorial board for Science and Technology of Welding and Joining, and a key reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions.  Palmer has received numerous awards from several technical societies, including the McKay-Helm Award (2010), A. F. Davis Silver Medal Award (2007 and 2008), Koichi Masubuchi Award (2006), and William Spraragen Memorial Award (2005) from the American Welding Society, the Geoffrey Belton Award of The Iron and Steel Society (2000), and the ASM International Graduate Student Paper Competition (1999).  From June 1995 to June 1998, he received an American Welding Society Graduate Research Fellowship.  He earned his BS and MS degrees in metals science and engineering and PhD in materials science and engineering (1999) from Pennsylvania State University.  He also holds a master of business administration degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Sean Murphy, 3D Printing Grand Challenge Jury Member

Wake Forest, USA

Dr. Sean Murphy received his Bachelors degree in Molecular Biology (Honors) from the University of Western Australia in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Stem Cell Therapy in 2012. His thesis work focused on developing perinatal stem cells as a therapy for lung disease and contributed to an ongoing Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants. Dr. Murphy joined Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and became an Assistant Professor in 2015. For more details visit Dr. Murphy’s page here.