Bandyopadhyay named MRS Fellow

Closeup of Amit Bandyopadhyay
Amit Bandyopadhyay

Amit Bandyopadhyay, Boeing Distinguished Professor in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). MRS is the largest materials society in the world.

MRS fellows are members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research. Only 0.2% of current professional MRS members can be named new fellows each year.

Bandyopadhyay was recognized for his “pioneering work in metal additive manufacturing for biomedical and other applications, and for instruction and mentoring of an inclusive research group in materials science and advanced manufacturing,” according to his nomination.

A WSU faculty member since 1997, Bandyopadhyay conducts research in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, of metallic and ceramic materials and their composites for structural and biomedical applications. He had WSU’s first 3D printer in 1997. Later, with support from a W.M. Keck Foundation grant, he pioneered work in 3D printing of metals and advanced materials.

He has published over 380 technical papers with over 37,000 citations and a current “H” index of 98. He has edited 11 books, including three textbooks, and holds 21 patents. He has also mentored 24 PhD and 32 master’s degree students. In the past 27 years, he has received over $19 million in funding support from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. With support from NASA, he also conducted research on using 3D printing technology to make parts and building materials from moon rock.

Bandyopadhyay is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Young Investigator Program award from the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He was named to deliver WSU’s Distinguished Faculty Address in 2021. In addition to the MRS, he is a fellow of six other professional societies as well as a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Originally from Calcutta, India, Bandyopadhyay holds a bachelor’s degree from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), a master’s from the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington. With this recognition, he joined with his wife and lifelong collaborator, Professor Susmita Bose, who became an MRS Fellow in 2018.

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