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David L. Bourell

Dr. David Bourell is Professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) at The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently the Temple Foundation Professor.

Dr. Bourell received his Bachelor's degree in ME from Texas A&M University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in MS&E from Stanford University. He was the 2009 recipient of the TMS/MPMD Outstanding Scientist/Engineer Award. Professor Bourell received a Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship in 2006. He was the 1999 recipient of the UT College of Engineering Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching. This award is given annually to one faculty member in the College to recognize outstanding teaching. He was elected Fellow of ASM International in 1997 and Fellow of TMS in 2011. In 1991, he was the recipient of a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship to the Max Planck Institute Powder Metallurgy Research Lab in Stuttgart, Germany. He won the ASM International Bradley Stoughton Award for Outstanding Young Teachers of Metallurgy in 1986. He is internationally recognized in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and is chair of the Organizing Committee of the annual Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) Symposium, the leading research conference in the world on this subject. In 2011, he received the International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award, given annually to an outstanding researcher worldwide. Dr. Bourell is also recognized in the area of processing of nanocrystalline powder, materials selection and mechanical metallurgy. He is a member of TMS-AIME, ASM International, the American Powder Metallurgy Institute, the Materials Research Society and the American Ceramic Society.

He serves on several technical and administrative committees of TMS, including the Powder Metallurgy Committee and Professional Registration Committee. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Texas). Dr. Bourell's areas of research include particulate processing with emphasis on sintering kinetics, and materials issues associated with Laser Sintering (LS). He holds 14 patents dealing with materials innovations in LS. He has edited or published over 200 books, book chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings.

Most Recent Publications
  1. K. Abd El Khalid and D. L. Bourell, "Property evaluation of 304L stainless steel fabricated by selective laser melting," Rapid Prototyping Journal, (2012)
  2. Phani Vallabhajosyula and David L. Bourell, "Modeling and Production of Fully Ferrous Components by Indirect Selective Laser Sintering," Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 17, (2011), 4, pp. 262-268
  3. Martin Baumers, Chris Tuck, David L Bourell, Rameshwar Sreenivasan, Richard Hague, "Sustainability of additive manufacturing - measuring energy consumption of the laser sintering process," Journal Of Engineering Manufacture, (2011)
  4. Kumaran Chakravarthy, Trevor J. Watt, and David L. Bourell, "The use of high-speed video as an in-bore diagnostic for electromagnetic launchers," IEEE Transactions On Plasma Science, Vol. 39, (2011), 2, pp. 809-814
  5. D.L. Bourell, M.C. Leu, K. Chakravarthy, N. Guo, and K. Alayavalli, "Graphite-Based Indirect Laser Sintered Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates Containing Carbon Fiber Additions," CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 60, (2011), 1, pp. 275-278
  6. Abhishek Goel and David Bourell, "Electrochemical deposition of metal ions in porous laser sintered inter-metallic and ceramic performs," Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 17, (2011), 3, pp. 181-186
  7. Trevor Watt and David Bourell, "Sliding instabilities and hypervelocity gouging," IEEE Transactions On Plasma Science, Vol. 39, (2010), 1, pp. 162-167
  8. A.P. Malshe, K.P. Rajurkar, K.R. Virwani, C.R. Taylor, D.L. Bourell, G. Levy, M.M. Sundaram, J.A. McGeough, V. Kalyanasundaram and A.N. Samant, "Tip-Based Nanomanufacturing by Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical and Thermal Processes," CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 59, (2010), 2, pp. 628-651
  9. Trevor Watt and David Bourell, "Sliding Instabilities and Hypervelocity Gouging," IEEE Transactions On Plasma Science, Vol. 39, (2010), 1, pp. 162-167
  10. Phani Vallabhajosyula and David L. Bourell, "Modeling and Production of Fully Ferrous Components by Indirect Selective Laser Sintering," Rapid Prototyping Journal , (2010)


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Guihua Yu, associate professor of materials science and mechanical engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering from TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas). He was chosen for his revolutionary use of nanotechnology and conductive polymer-hydrogels to provide solutions to two of society’s biggest challenges: water sustainability and energy storage. 

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Texas Engineering Alumna Honored With Inaugural ASME Leadership Award

Cockrell School of Engineering alumna Columbia Mishra has been named the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation’s inaugural Lakshmi Singh Early Career Leadership Award winner. The award, named for a 31-year-old ASME leader who died unexpectedly in 2015, honors a young female engineer who distinguishes herself as a rising volunteer leader within ASME.

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Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program Ranked No. 10 in U.S.

The Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering's undergraduate program has once again been named one of the nation’s top mechanical engineering programs in the country. In the latest U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings, our undergraduate program ranked No. 10.

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Our Nobel Laureate

On December 10, 2019, John B. Goodenough received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the development of the lithium-ion battery.

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