Moridi earns J&J Scholars Award for biomedical 3D printing

This year’s cohort of WiSTEM2D Scholars are described by Johnson & Johnson as “on a mission to change the world,” and among them is Atieh Moridi, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell.

Atieh Moridi holding an award

Moridi is one of six researchers this year to earn the award, which honors women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing and design (WiSTEM2D) while also supporting their work with a $150,000 grant and three years of mentorship from Johnson & Johnson, according to an announcement from the company.

“I am flattered to receive this award from J&J,” Moridi said. “The company has a special place in my heart after everything they have done to develop the Covid-19 vaccine. I am particularly excited about the opportunity to engage with my mentors at J&J and the translational opportunities that may arise from this research.”

Moridi received the Scholars Award for her research aimed at improving the quality of 3D-printed bone implants. Her research group specializes in new techniques for additive manufacturing, including the use of synchrotron X-rays and machine learning to analyze additive manufacturing processes that can be used for biomedical applications. The result of the analysis can be used to develop robust in-situ monitoring techniques to improve quality of 3D-printed orthopedic implants. Moridi said having such a reliable technology for qualification of parts as they are printed is critical for one-off printing of patient-specific implants.

Read more about Moridi and the WiSTEM2D Scholars program in the article “These 6 women in STEM are on a mission to change the world.”

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