Additive Manufacturing Working Group

Group Leaders

Chair and Coordinator - Matthew W. Priddy
Vice Chair - Haley Doude
Treasurer - Linkan Bian


Mechanical Engineering
Matthew W. Priddy
Lei Chen
Heejin Cho
Tonya Stone
Mark Horstemeyer
Yucheng Liu

Industrial and Systems Engineering
Linkan Bian
John Usher
Wenmeng Tian
Junfeng Ma
Reuben Burch

Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Lauren Priddy
Raj Prabhu

Chemical Engineering
Santanu Kundu

Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
Clay Walden
Hongjoo Rhee
Andrew Oppedal
Denver Seely
Bohumir Jelinek

Focus Areas/Scope of Activities of the Group

The working group focuses on laser-based additive manufacturing of metals, polymers and thermoplastics. Additive manufacturing techniques for generating functional engineering, metallic products via Selective Laser Melting and Laser Engineered Net Shaping will be specifically pursued. Applications currently being observed include the biomedical, aerospace and defense industries. Some current research topics include: (1) accurate prediction of the mechanical properties of additively-manufactured metallic parts; (2) predictive modeling of their behavior during their build and while in service; and (3) control of the manufacturing process to produce functional parts with targeted properties and performance characteristics and (4) establishing AM standards for characterizing post-fabricated thermo-mechanical properties. The focus of this working group is to bring the MSU expertise together to address the current challenges in the additive manufacturing sectors at a national scale.


The working group is active in submitting competitive proposals to federal and state-level agencies and aims to work with industry partners. The AMWG group is also pursuing equipment-use time at Oak Ridge National Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). To date, the AMWG has outputted 5 conference papers and presentations. Many journal articles are in preparation and all AMWG members are in constant motivation to publish in this lucrative research topic.

* = Graduate Research Assistant

1. Yadollahi*, A., Shamsaei, N., Elwany, A., Bian, L., Thompson, S.M., 2015, “Microstructural Features of Direct Laser Deposited Al 7075,” TMS 2015 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando, FL.

2. Bagheri*, A., Shamsaei, N., Thompson, S.M., 2015, “Microstructure Evaluation of Ti-6Al-4V Fabricated by Additive Manufacturing Process,” TMS 2015 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando, FL.

3. Young*, W.J., Scott M. Thompson, Nima Shamsaei, 2015, “Relating Measurable Thermal Phenomena to the Porosity of Direct Laser Deposited Ti-6Al-4V,” TMS 2015 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando, FL.

4. Marshall*, G.J., Young*, W.J., Scott M. Thompson, Seely, D., Nima Shamsaei, 2014, “Temperature Cycling Characteristics of Ti-6Al-4V Parts during the Additive Manufacturing Process,” AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2015, Kissimmee, FL. .

5. Bagheri*, M.A., Seely, D., Shamsaei, N., Thompson, S.M, Torries*, B., 2014, “Effect of LENS® Process Parameters on Microstructure of Ti6Al4V and Al7075 Components,” AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2015, Kissimmee, FL.

6. Seely, D., Yadollahi*, A., M.A., Patton, B.J., Shamsaei, N., 2014, “Mechanical and Microstructural Properties of LENS-Produced 316L Stainless Steel,” AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2015, Kissimmee, FL.

7. Shamsaei, N., Lugo, M., Thompson, S.M, Sterling*, A., 2014, “Fatigue Behavior of Titanium Alloys Additively Manufactured by a Direct Deposition Method,” AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2015, Kissimmee, FL.
Significant effort is being made to create a multidisciplinary team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from multiple MSU departments/colleges to effectively investigate the diverse physical aspects of additive manufacturing which include: thermal behavior and modeling, solidification, material characterizations, mechanical behavior and modeling, control, process parameter optimization, and generating functionally graded materials. A “product-driven” consortium has been formed – namely, the Consortium for Laser Freeform Fabrication of Engineered Products with Enhanced Structural Integrity (CLF²) - that consists of nearly 20 committed members from industry, government, not-for-profit organizations and academia sectors - listed below.

Caterpillar, Inc. (Peoria, IL & Corinth, MS)
John Deere (Moline, IL)
Eaton Aerospace Group (Jackson, MS)
Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing (Avon Lake, Ohio)
HBM-nCode Federal LLC (Starkville, MS)
Hol-Mac Corporation (Bay Springs, MS)
Optomec (Albuquerque, NM)
Taylor Machine Works, Inc. (Louisville, MS)
Stratonics, Inc. (Lake Forest, CA)
Simufact-Americas (Plymouth, MI)
Mechanics & Materials Consulting, LLC (Flagstaff, AZ)

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN)

Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)

ASTM International (West Conshohocken, PA)

The goal for CLF2 is to establish a unique broad-based consortium consisting of academic-industry-government partnerships, to engage in collaborative scientific research resulting in significant improvements in controlling and characterizing the material/fatigue properties of additively manufactured metallic parts. The Additive Manufacturing Working Group (AMWG) is to coordinate our efforts on advancing the state-of-the-art on additive manufacturing at MSU.

Join Our Group

Research and academic faculty from any department at MSU is welcome to join the AMWG. The topic of additive manufacturing is broad and requires various skill sets and expertise. Therefore, faculty interested in performing cross-disciplinary research are encouraged to contact the AMWG officers for more information on how to actively participate.

Contact and information

Matthew W. Priddy
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering