Ozbolat to Deliver Scholz Symposium April 10

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

3-D printing of living organs will be the subject of the 2014 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society to be held from 5:00 to 5:50 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Lecture Hall I, Van Allen Hall. 

Guest speaker will be Ibrahim Ozbolat, University of Iowa assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and co-director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group in the Center for Computer-Aided Design.

Ozbolat is leading the University of Iowa's Biomanufacturing Laboratory (BioMfG), specializing in bio-printing for organ fabrication, and the Electronic Manufacturing Team, and supervising the Design for Manufacturing Laboratory.

He has been engaged in several projects sponsored by governmental agencies and private corporations in applications ranging from design and manufacturing to clinical medicine and energy.  Recently, he was selected by the NSF to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award over the next five years for the project titled "Hybrid Bioprinting of Engineered Vascularized Endocrine Tissues."  His current research interests lie in tissue engineering and 3D bioprinting.

He received his doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from the University at Buffalo in 2011.  He joined the UI engineering faculty that same year. 

The free, public symposium was named in 1993 to honor Scholz, 20-year Tau Beta Pi advisor and associate dean of the UI College of Engineering (1979-1992).

Co-sponsors are the UI Tau Beta Pi chapter, Tau Beta Pi alumni and the College of Engineering.