Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Candidate Seminar


Advanced Manufacturing and the Digital Divide


Dr. Larissa Nietner


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Monday, February 5, 2018 at 11:00:00 AM


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Dr. Kyriaki Kalaitzidou


With recent innovations in manufacturing processes and systems, often referred to as Advanced Manufacturing, order-of-magnitude improvements can be made in resource-efficiency, quality, cost, and product performance. While consumer-scale 3D printing has fueled the vision of distributed manufacturing, other crucial technologies still require large upfront investment and specialized expertise. These barriers inhibit widespread adoption and create a “digital divide” in manufacturing between firms which can adapt to this new reality and those which cannot. I will present systems I designed to bridge scales in Advanced Manufacturing, with the goal of making new technologies and materials accessible to a broad application spectrum. Presented implementations include composite 3D printing, high-rate printed electronics, and connected sensors. These applications highlight key factors that not only help to make new manufacturing technologies accessible but also add flexibility to scale processes and play a role in training the future workforce.


Larissa Nietner is the founder of STEMgem, an ed-tech startup developing a rapid prototyping system for connected sensors. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Larissa’s research interests span systems and processes that leverage Advanced Manufacturing technologies, including hybrid additive manufacturing and sensor systems. Larissa has been invited to present her research at universities and conferences across the US, Europe, and the Middle East.


Refreshments will be served.