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Rohan Shirwaiker is an Associate Professor in ISE and an Associate faculty member of the UNC-NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is also the Associate Director of the Functional Tissue Engineering Program at the Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI).
Shirwaiker’s 3D Tissue Manufacturing research group focuses on advancing the science and technology for scalable manufacturing of engineered tissues. They study the fundamental relationships between 3D biofabrication processes, biomaterials, and critical-to-quality attributes of engineered tissues, and develop new tissue manufacturing strategies and platforms. Shirwaiker’s research is highly multidisciplinary and collaborative and has been supported by over $2.5 million in research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), and Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), and other funding agencies. He has co-authored over 100 journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters, and has 3 patents on biomedical devices and processing technologies. He has been recognized by several awards including the NSF CAREER Award, SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, SME Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award, IISE Manufacturing & Design Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and C. A. Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award.
Shirwaiker teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to design and manufacturing, including ISE 316 (Manufacturing Engineering I: Processes), ISE 498 (Senior Design Project), ISE 589 (Intro to Biomedical Design and Manufacturing), and ISE 714 (Product Manufacturing for Medical Device Industry). He is the faculty advisor of the SME student chapter at NC State. He serves on the advisory committees of IISE’s Manufacturing & Design division and SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institution and is a Program Chair of the 2020 IISE Annual Conference.