America Makes Welcomes New ASME Fellow

May 16, 2016 | Categories: America Makes News

Youngstown, Ohio — May 16, 2016. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is pleased to welcome Roger Narayan, Ph.D., as its new Fellow through the Advanced Manufacturing Fellowship program sponsored by the America Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

“On behalf of all of us at America Makes, we are excited to have Roger join our team as he begins his year-long tenure with the Institute,” said Rob Gorham, America Makes Director of Operations. “Roger brings a unique and comprehensive background and understanding of additive manufacturing / 3D printing and biomedical engineering to the Institute. We look forward to working with him in support of the mission of America Makes during his tenure.”

Dr. Narayan joins America Makes as the second ASME Advanced Manufacturing Fellow. The ASME Advanced Manufacturing Fellowship program kicked off in the spring of 2014. ASME maintains that a Fellowship program at America Makes offers an invaluable, one-of-a kind experience in additive manufacturing (AM) technologies.

After an open application process, Dr. Narayan was selected for the ASME Advanced Manufacturing Fellowship at America Makes based on his extensive biomedical engineering knowledge and experience, his accomplishments as an educator, and his academic and research achievements.

Dr. Roger Narayan is a Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. He is an author of more than 100 publications, as well as several book chapters on processing, characterization, and modeling of biological and biomedical materials. He serves as an editorial board member for several academic journals, including as editor-in-chief of Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications. Dr. Narayan has also edited several books, including the textbook Biomedical Materials and the handbook Materials for Medical Devices. He has been elected as a Fellow of ASM International, AAAS, and AIMBE. He holds B.A. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University, an M.D. from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University.

As the ASME Advance Manufacturing Fellow, Dr. Narayan will be working closely with the Deputy Director of Workforce, Education, and Outreach (WEO) in the key strategic initiatives of America Makes, focusing specifically on such workforce development areas KSAE mapping, WEO Roadmap, Supply-side inventory mapping, and the Institute’s Innovation Factory as a platform to educate.

“America Makes is committed to ensuring that our nation has an adaptive, leading workforce capable of competently and competitively utilizing additive manufacturing technologies, processes, and materials,” added Leanne Gluck, Deputy Director of Workforce, Education, and Outreach. “We are confident that Roger will positively impact and advance key workforce development initiatives underway at the Institute.”



About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit


The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at

About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information, visit