Allison Beese named co-director of additive manufacturing center

Allison Beese, associate professor of materials science and engineering, has been appointed co-director of the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), part of Penn State University in the US.

In her new role, Beese plans to pursue multidisciplinary research opportunities and ensure growth in emergent areas, such as the development of ceramic materials for use in hypersonics, the use of machine learning for additive manufacturing AM process improvement and the design and fabrication of functionally graded materials, the university said.

Beese also serves as director of the AM and design program at Penn State, where she researches testing for deformation and fracture. She has received the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award, a National Science Foundation early career development award and the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing award presented at the Solid Freeform Fabrication symposium.

“At Penn State, we have experts working in every aspect of additive manufacturing, from design to process planning, in situ process monitoring and control to part characterization,” Beese said. This is a really exciting time to be working in AM and I’m honored to step into this position, joining Ted Reutzel and Tim Simpson on the CIMP-3D leadership team to help push forward the great work in this field that’s already happening at Penn State.”