Mixing stainless steel with titanium is an idea that equally gives Amit Bandyopadhyay a headache and an adrenaline rush. In 20 years of research on additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – Bandyopadhyay has experimented in printing bone material, moon rock, and plastics, but never two different metals at once.
Not many people can say they helped make history in their first job, but Ron Bliesner ’11 BS, ’13 MS, is one of those few.
Washington State University’s research in advanced materials, engineering and smart systems make it a crucial part of Washington’s $76 billion aerospace industry. Because of those strengths, local companies look to WSU for help in solving technological challenges, and to engage with students who will soon enter the workforce. Government programs like the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) help initiate these mutually beneficial relationships.
The program launched in 2012, and WSU researchers have been involved since day one. The 2015-16 funding was recently announced, and we wanted to take the moment to share two great videos about what WSU is doing for local companies: