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University of Colorado Denver, Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series​

Presented by The Damrauer Endowed Lectureship Fund​ 


Professor Jennifer A. Lewis, ScD

3D Printing: Making the Future

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
CU Denver Student Commons, room 2600, 
1201 Larimer Street, Denver

Jennifer A. Lewis is the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

3D printing enables one to rapidly design and fabricate materials in arbitrary shapes on demand. Professor Lewis will introduce the fundamental principles that underpin 3D printing techniques and describe how new functional, structural and biological materials are vastly expanding the capabilities of 3D printing in examples from her own lab, such as 3D printed electronics, lightweight composites and vascularized living tissues.

Jennifer A. Lewis joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in 2013.  Prior to joining Harvard, she held a named professorship and served as Director of the Materials Research Laboratory at University of Illinois. An innovative pioneer, she leads a vibrant research group that develops new materials and printing platforms for fabricating functional, structural, and biological architectures and devices. To date, her research has resulted in more than 30 patents (issued and filed) and 150 papers. She has received numerous awards, including the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society, and the MRS Medal Award. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Ceramic Society, the American Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society.  Her work on microscale 3D printing was recently highlighted as one of the “10 Breakthrough Technologies” by the MIT Technology Review, while her bioprinting research was named “one of the top 100 science stories” by Discover Magazine. She is a co-founder of two companies, which are commercializing technology from her lab. 


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