Moridi earns DOE Early Career Award for 3D printing

Atieh Moridi, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance her research on microstructural control and defect tolerance in 3D-printed materials.

Atieh MoridiThe award was announced June 7 and is part of the DOE’s long-standing efforts to develop the next generation of STEM leaders who will solidify America’s role as the driver of science and innovation around the world, according to a DOE announcement.

Moridi’s proposal, “Isotropic Microstructure and Defect Tolerance in Additive Manufacturing,” will improve 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, by addressing its major challenges including anisotropic properties and scatter in mechanical performance of printed parts. Specifically, Moridi and her group will develop fundamental knowledge about the effect of various degrees of metastability on alloys’ solidification pathways, grain morphology, and defect tolerance. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction and in-situ mechanical testing will be used in the research.

The award comes with $750,000 over five-years, and “will allow the recipients the freedom to find the answers to some of the most complex questions as they establish themselves as experts in their fields,” according to U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

The award comes on the heels of several others received by Moridi since she joined Cornell Engineering in 2019, including an NSF CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and a Schwartz Research award from Cornell.

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