Auburn researchers win big at major additive manufacturing conference

By Jeremy Henderson

Published: Jan 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Doctoral student Pooriya Nezhadfar (center, right) won best student presentation at the recent ASTM International Conference on Additive Manufacturing. Doctoral student Pooriya Nezhadfar (center, right) won best student presentation at the recent ASTM International Conference on Additive Manufacturing.

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s thought-leading expertise in additive manufacturing (AM) was on full display at the recent ASTM International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (ICAM), the largest virtual event ever hosted by the ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence.

An Auburn mechanical engineering professor and a doctoral student working in Auburn’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) both received prestigious awards during the conference, which was attended by nearly 600 AM researchers and professionals from more than 30 countries. 

“It was an incredible honor to present my research at ICAM 2020,” said Pooriya Nezhadfar, who last year was named one of Auburn University’s Outstanding Doctoral Students.

Nezhadfar’s research presentation on the structure-property relationships of additively manufactured metallic materials used in critical load-bearing applications was deemed the best among more than 55 other student presentations.

“Competing against some of the most accomplished researchers in the field of AM was an incredible opportunity,” he said.

Associate professor Shuai Shao, who received the ASTM Young Professional Award in Additive Manufacturing, feels the same.

“Only 10 young professionals received the award,” Shao said. “I was deeply honored.”

The Young Professional award recognizes outstanding research contributions to the field of additive manufacturing, specifically in support of standardization development.

“To say we’re proud of these awards is an understatement,” said Jeff Suhling, the Quina Professor and department chair for mechanical engineering. “At the same time, these sort of accolades are what we’ve come to expect out of NCAME. There are many reasons Auburn has quickly become one of the global leaders in AM research, and Pooriya Nezhadfar and Dr. Shao are certainly two of them.”

Media Contact: Jeremy Henderson, jdh0123@auburn.edu, 334-844-3591

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