Douglas Hofmann | Chemical and Materials Engineering Seminar Series

Overview of materials development and additive manufacturing research at NASA JPL/Caltech

For the past decade NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has had a robust research activity in metallurgy, with focus on the development of new materials and manufacturing technologies for extreme environment spacecraft and rovers. This has involved the creation of new metal alloys specifically designed to fit a need and the application of metal manufacturing technologies, like additive manufacturing, to enhance capabilities. The research has spanned the technology development spectrum, from early prototyping through successful infusion of hardware on the recent Perseverance Mars rover. This talk will give an overview of the additive manufacturing capabilities and research activities at JPL and then focus on the development of one exemplary material; amorphous metal (also known as bulk metallic glasses).

Douglas Hofmann is a Principal Scientist and founding member of the Materials Development and Manufacturing Technology Group at JPL. He is founder of the JPL Metallurgy Facility, co-founder of JPL’s Additive Manufacturing Center and has been a Visiting Associate and Lecturer in Applied Physics and Materials Science at Caltech since 2010. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Caltech in Materials Science and Engineering and a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. San Diego. He is a recipient of several awards, including the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama, and the inaugural Young Innovator in the Materials Science of Additive Manufacturing Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). Doug has over 25 granted patents in materials and manufacturing and has successfully founded two commercial NASA spinoff companies that are exclusively licensing JPL technology.

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Meeting ID: 846 0655 5724
Passcode: 699024

Friday, September 17 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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