Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Awards Five Researchers Grants

Five researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have received grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) through the Manufacturing PA initiative. The DCED has approved more than $2.8 million in grants to 43 projects that will “spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector,” according to their press release.

“As engineers, we are applied scientists, and our singular goal in performing research is to produce public impact,” said David Vorp, associate dean for research and John A. Swanson Professor of bioengineering. “I am proud that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania saw the potential of these projects by our Swanson School faculty and their industrial partners to have benefit to their citizens.” 

The five researchers to receive funding at the Swanson School are:

  • Kevin Chen, Paul E. Lego Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for Femtosecond Laser Manufacturing of 3D Photonics Components in Nonlinear Optical Substrates for Electro-Optic Applications
  • Markus Chmielus, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, for Improving 3D Binder Jet Printed Tungsten-Carbide Parts via Strategies to Increase Green Density and Strength
  • Jung-Kun Lee, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, for Smart Crucible: Monitoring Damage of Crucibles by Embedded Electric Resistance Sensor
  • Albert To, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, for A Computational Tool for Simulating the Sintering Behavior in Binder Jet Additive Manufacturing
  • Xiayun Zhao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, for Pushing the Boundaries of Ceramic Additive Manufacturing (CAM) with Visible light initiated Polymerization (ViP)