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Chris Williams at TEDxVT 2013: Disruptive design via additive manufacturing


Chris Williams

Speaker 2013; Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Education Affiliate faculty, Department of Materials Science & Engineering Director, Design, Research & Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab Co-Director, Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing

Professor Chris Williams is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He is the Director of the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Laboratory (http://www.dreams.me.vt.edu) and the co-director of Virginia Tech's Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing (http://www.cibm.ise.vt.edu). In the realm of additive manufacturing, Chris's expertise is focused in both process improvements and in creating a suite of design tools to guide the use of additive manufacturing to create functional, end-use artifacts (i.e., 'Design for Additive Manufacturing'). Dr. Williams received a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2013. He also received the two most prestigious awards for a young researcher in the field of Additive Manufacturing: the 2012 International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (FAME Jr. Award; presented by the International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium) and the 2010 Emerald Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. He was also selected to co-chair a session on Additive Manufacturing for the 2013 National Academy of Engineers German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. He has received the four Best Paper Awards and two Best Poster Awards at international and national conferences. For his contributions in the classroom, he was awarded the 2012 XCaliber Award, the 2011 W. S. 'Pete' White Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, and the 2011 Charles 'Butch' and Joan Nunnally Outstanding Engineering Education Faculty Member Award. Chris holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia) and a B.S. with High Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida).

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