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From hybrid wood composites
to nanomaterials

From building a better baseball bat to building the world's smallest engine, researchers at Washington State University are on the cutting edge of materials research.

Amit Bandyopadhyay inspects a porous titanium bone produced by the University's new LENS machine

Bone implant research leaps forward

Washington State University is now the first academic institution in the U.S. to use Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) technology to develop porous metals and metal-ceramic bone implants for load-bearing applications.
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Image showing flaws and disclocations inside  material

Bridging the nano to macro scale gap

The world relies on materials scientists and engineers to predict the behavior of materials, especially their performance and failure under stress. Washington State University professor Hussein M. Zbib is helping scientists and engineers to understand the problematic behavior of materials at the nano and micro scales. Read More


Professor Susmita Bose

Professor Susmita
Bose Recieves

Presidential Award

Susmita Bose, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, was invited to the White House to receive the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the government to researchers who are beginning their careers. She was one of twenty National Science Foundation-supported university researchers to receive the award.

The award commends her “innovative and multidisciplinary research on bioactive bone implants,” her teaching, which fosters student interaction with various industries, and her work with minority students. WSU now has two PECASE award winners; David Bahr, also a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, won the award in 2000.
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