Dr. Sundar Atre
Professor and Endowed Chair of Manufacturing and Materials
Dr. Sundar Atre is a professor and Endowed Chair of Manufacturing and Materials at the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
Atre’s current research in advanced materials and multi-scale manufacturing focuses on additive manufacturing and powder injection molding of metal and ceramics, which he does with his research group, the Materials Innovation Guild. He also is leading an effort to establish a new inter-disciplinary program on digital manufacturing and design and launched the school's new 3-D Printing Business Incubator, which teaches students to build a business using 3-D printed prototyping.
Atre's research efforts focus on two major challenges that need to be addressed in translating a preliminary engineering design problems into a disruptive commercial products using advanced materials. His research group works to develop:
- Materials that will deliver multiple functionalities;
- And processes that will integrate the materials into a highly intricate product shape.
These areas build from his core expertise in polymer-particulate materials processing which extend to low-cost tooling for injection molding; dental and minimally invasive surgical components in healthcare; micro-miniature components, as well as applications in the energy sector. His core research philosophy is rooted in shaping an early-stage engineering problem towards a commercialization pathway.
During the past 15 years, he led a start-up company and also helped establish 8 others in materials and manufacturing. Atre also has over 10 years experience in evaluating technological ideas for startup potential by serving on panels reviewing proposals for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Atre earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Penn State University.