EL PASO, TX – The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has hosted three Fulbright scholars this year to conduct research in the field of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Drs. Alexis Maurel and Victor Boudeville came to the Sun City from France, while Dr. Mahyar Khorasani came from Australia.
The three fellows’ research projects focus on developing new 3D printing technologies that can improve the performance and efficiency of devices and components manufactured using this technique.
Maurel and Boudeville, both researchers at the French National Institute for Scientific Research (CNRS), are working on the development of 3D printed lithium-ion batteries with intricate geometries. Such batteries could provide greater power and longer life than conventional lithium-ion batteries.
Khorasani, a design engineer at Ford Motor Company, is developing a new 3D printing process to manufacture polymer-based safety components for the automotive industry. This process could enable Ford to produce more complex and customized safety components at a faster rate.
UTEP College of Engineering Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Eric MacDonald, Ph.D., Ph.D., was instrumental in bringing the three researchers to the University. MacDonald believes the Fulbright scholars’ expertise will help drive research in the field of additive manufacturing at UTEP.
“The fact that UTEP is able to hire visiting researchers from Europe and Australia is a testament to the high-impact work being done here,” MacDonald said. “Fulbright scholars bring us new ideas and perspectives that help us advance our research.”
The Fulbright program is an international fellowship program that provides opportunities for research, teaching and study abroad. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.