NASA Awards Grant for 3D Printing Research at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has awarded a grant to Youngstown State University’s chemical engineering program to advance research on 3D-printed sensors.

The research is led by Pedro Cortes, professor of materials engineering. The project focuses on ceramic materials that can be used in high-temperature environments. 

Current sensors, Cortes explains, are bulky and require special design accommodation, whereas 3D-printed sensors are embedded within items, so they don’t disrupt the configuration of the entire part.

Aiding in the research are YSU students Eleonor Rogenski, Victoria Adams and Roboert Zalbuena, as well as MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.

Cortes said the team’s efforts will result in customized temperature sensors capable of being integrated in aerospace engines, airplane turbines and chemical reactors. 

YSU, the University of Texas-El Paso and the MIT lab have been invited to participate on a “Resilient and Survivable Hybrid Electronics” book effort led by the Air Force Research Lab Resilient Hybrid Additive Development Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Pictured: Pedro Cortes, materials engineering professor at YSU, and students Eleanor Rogenski and Victoria Adams. 

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