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The mission of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTech) group is to conduct cutting-edge research and development aimed at advancing and exploring next-generation manufacturing technologies, with an emphasis on model-based manufacturing and bio-manufacturing, with applicability to education, and with significant practical social value.

With diverse backgrounds in bio-manufacturing, CAD/CAM, robotics, electrical engineering, optimization, electronics and automotive manufacturing, , modeling and simulation and computer science, the growing AMTech group pursues a variety of novel projects in an effort to design, create, and test components, systems, and processes both virtually and physically. These projects range from biomanufacturing of tissue and organ replacement parts to digital manufacturing to simulation and modeling for electronic manufacturing.

Prof. Ozbolat is a faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Iowa. He is also affiliated in the Center for Computer-aided Design (CCAD) and Diabetes Research Center as a research professor. He received his Ph.D in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in Buffalo, New York, and dual B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. 

Dr. Ozbolat's major research thrust is in the area of Manufacturing and Tissue Engineering with a special focus on Biomanufacturing, Biopritning, Additive Manufacturing and  Electronics Manufacturing. His research has been published in several high quality of venues and featured in local, national and international media, broadcast TVs  and press numerous times. Please see research highlights for currently ongoing research activities as a part of our Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program. He belongs to Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society (APM), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). He frequently give talks at local, national and international forums, conferences and seminars and organizes demonstrations and events to public and youth to encourage participation of future's engineers in medicine, engineering and science.  

He is leading University of Iowa's Biomanufacturing Laboratory (BioMfG,specialized in bio-printing for organ fabrication) and Electronic Manufacturing Team, and supervising Design for Manufacturing Laboratory. He has been engaged in several projects sponsored by governmental agencies, private corporations, local agencies and industry in applications ranging from design and manufacturing to clinical medicine. As a part of CCAD mission, Dr. Ozbolat has been participated in spinning-off companies, where he co-owns the Virtual Systems Engineering, LLC. and BioPrint, LLC.


Honors and Awards

  1. FAME Jr Award, the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award, 2015.
  2. Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award, 2015.
  3. Who's Who in America, 2015.
  4. ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2014.
  5. ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award, 2014.
  6. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2014.
  7. Socity of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2014.
  8. The University of Iowa Old Gold Summer Fellowship Award, 2014.
  9. IIE Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Manufacturing and Design Best Track Paper, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2013. 
  10. Article Selected in 2013 Highlights of Biofabrication, IOP, 2013. 
  11. Start up Launch Award, The University of Iowa, 2013.
  12. Leadership Award, Center for Computer-Aided Design, Iowa City, IA, 2013.
  13. Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award, Iowa City, IA, 2013.
  14. Featured Article in Industrial Engineer, 2013.
  15. Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award, Iowa City, IA, 2012 .
  16. The University of Iowa Old Gold Summer Fellowship Award, 2012.
  17. Featured Article in Science and Technology, 2012.
  18. Featured Article in Mechanical Engineering Magazine, 2012.
  19. Nominated and attended to New Faculty Colloquium, Institute of Industrial Engineering, Reno, Nevada, 2011.
  20. 3rd Prize Recipient in the UB Engineering Graduate Student Poster Competition 2010.
  21. Winner of Industrial & Systems Engineering Department Poster Competition, 2010. 
  22. Nominated and attended to Doctoral Colloquium, Institute of Industrial Engineering, Miami, FL, 2009. 
  23. University at Buffalo, Graduate Research Assistantship (sponsored by DOD) (2009, present).
  24. University at Buffalo, Graduate Teaching Assistantship (2007, 2009). 
  25. Turkish National Education Foundation Scholar for Undergraduate Study (2002-2006). 
  26. Bronze Medal, 3rd National Mathematics Olympics, The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (1998).
 Active Funded Projects
  1. Diabetes in Action, "Hybrid Bioprinting of Insulin Producing Cell Aggregates with Vasculature towards a Miniature Artificial Pancreas" Jan 2014- December 2014
  2. National Science Foundation, "CAREER: Hybrid Bioprinting of Engineered Vascularized Pancreatic Tissues" July 2014- June 2019.
  3. Grow Iowa Vualues Funds, "The Multi-Arm Bioprinter for Hybrid Tissue Printing" May 2014-April 2015. 
  4. Diabetes in Action, "Phase II: Biofabrication of a Novel Bioink for 3D Pancreatic Organ Printing" Jan 2015- December 2015
  5. Electric Power Research Institute, "PREVIEW" July 2014- Sept 2015. 
  6. Bioprint LLC, "Development of a Novel Cartridge for Direct Tissue Printing" Sept 2014- April 2015.
  7. U of Iowa VP for Research, "In Situ Printiing of Bone Tissue", Dec 2014- Dec 2015.
  8. National Science Foundation, "Bioprinting of Bone Tissue Directly on Animal Models under Surgery Settings" March 2015- February 2018.
!!!! Position Openings for Postdoctoral Research Associates and Doctoral Students !!!

Popular Media and Press

  • on the cover page of Daily Iowan (Link)
  • Story in Science for Students (Link)
  • Live Chat with Huffpost (Link)
  • Featured Story in New Scientist (Link)
  • Featured Video by ASME (Link)
  • Featured in Natinal Journal (Link)
  • Article in Pulse Magazine (Link)
  • Featured in Physics World Magazine (Link)
  • Featured in Aktuel Magazine (Link)
  • Featured in Popular Science (Link)
  • Story in Scienceforkids (Link)
  • Featured in Living on Earth Radio Program (Link)
  • CBS2 News:  "Art and Science Merge on Organ Printing" (Link)
  • Featured in Iowa Engineer (Link)
  • Video "Printing Life" (Link)
  • Story on ScienceDaily, March 2013 (Link)
  • Featured in ITU Ariyorum (Link)
  • Featured in The Gazette (Link)
  • Featured on Front Page of Citizen-Press (Link)
  • Story on KGAN TV, March 2013 (Link).
  • Story in Iowa Now, March 2013 (Link).
  • Featured Video in UI TV, February 2013 (Link).
  • Featured Article in Daily Iowan Newspaper, February 2013 (Link).
  • Featured in Industrial Engineering (Link)
  • Featured in Mechanical Engineer (Link)

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