Dr. Chan Park retires!


Selfie with Dr. Park

I had the pleasure to attend Dr. Park’s retirement reception at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference center last night. Dr. Park, one of the few remaining academic giants in Industrial Engineering and author of many, many books in Engineering Economy (just go to Amazon and see how many!) retires after 36 years on the faculty at Auburn Engineering. It was an honor to serve on the faculty along with him for few years. Best wishes!.

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EPA Senior Design Featured in News

The EPA senior design team project was featured in the news by Auburn University. The vignette can be accessed here. Also, additional pictures can be accessed in the following gallery.

In addition, the senior design team team created a website featuring the project. I particularly like that you can get to meet the team members a bit more. Please visit this website here.

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EPA Senior Design Team Poster Session

The EPA P3 Senior Design team composed of 4 Industrial and Systems Engineering and 3 Biosystems Engineering students (co-advised by Dr. Blersch and I) presented their posters in Shelby Engineering to the ISE Alumni Council as well as their peers on Friday May 29th. Their counterparts in Biosystems Engineering also successfully defended the project before a panel of faculty on the same morning at CASIC. Good job to all and congratulations on their graduation!


Right to left: Bakr Nassief, Zane Trott, Stephanie Gray, Michael McClay and me

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EPA P3 Exhibition: 3D-Printed Biofilter Media

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Auburn EPA P3 Team (L-R): Olivia Elliott, Ann Nunnelley, Zane Trott Jr. Michael McClay, Bakr Nassief, Stephanie Gray, Eric Vogt, Dr. David Blersch and Dr. Andres Carrano

A team of 7 Auburn undergraduate students from Biosystems and Industrial & Systems Engineering exhibited their work at the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Expo in Washington DC (April 15-17, 2016). Their work was in modern 3D-printed biofilter media was very well received: their booth welcomed more than 3,000 people!. An outstanding job by this young crop of Auburn engineers.

The story was featured on May 3rd in an university news vignette. You can access the story here.

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International Conference in Surface Metrology (ICSM 2016)

12977064_259009247766549_1590765178996994268_oOur paper and presentation titled “Understanding attachment preferences of benthic algae through controlled surface topographies on 3D-printed substrata” was given at the 2016 International Conference in Surface Metrology. This event took place in Poznan, Poland between April 4-7th 2016. More information can be found in the conference website or their facebook page.

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Workshop in Additive Manufacturing for NASA (summer 2015)

31A tutorial on “Quality issues in additive manufacturing” was delivered to the NASA Academy of Aerospace Quality (AAQ) on September 1, 2015. This was a workshop focused on quality assurance for academic space projects. More information can be found here.

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3D Printed Biosurfaces Lab featured in Magazine


Dr. Blersch holding a gyroid in front of a biocultivator

The 3D Printed Biosurfaces Lab and the work on algae cultivation on 3D printed surfaces has been featured in “Our Work”, the magazine for Auburn’s College of Agriculture. In particular, my colleague and lab co-director is interviewed. Please check on the following link for the full article and scroll all the way down for the video of the lab and interview.

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Auburn’s Graduate Engineering Research Showcase

The Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University hosted the 2014 Graduate Research Showcase on October 23. Over 150 students from a wide range of engineering disciplines, including Chemical, Mechanical, Aerospace, Industrial and Systems, Biosystems, Polymer and Fiber, Materials Science, etc., presented their posters to the public and judges.


Kamran Kardel and Majinder Kaur

Our students Kamran Kardel (ISE) and Majinder Kaur (Biosystems), who are co-advised with Dr. David Blersch, represented the 3D Printed Bio-Surfaces Laboratory with their poster “Preliminary development of custom substrata with additive manufacturing for benthic algal biofilms”.


Joseph Ekong

Also, Joseph Ekong (co-advised with Dr. Chase Murray) presented his poster titled “A Simultaneous Approach for Solving a Combined U-shaped Assembly Line Balancing and Worker Allocation Problem”. This work was awarded the “honorable mention” among the 150 entries in the college.

Information on the 2014 Research showcase and the winning entries can be found here.

Excellent work by all of them!

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Welcome to my site and blog at Auburn University!. I have multiple areas of research and teaching interest but lately, my time is spent mostly on these three efforts:

  • 3D Printed Bio-Surfaces Laboratory.
  • Southern Alliance for Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing (SAAV).
  • Wood Pallet Logistics

Please visit the links provided if you would like to learn more about these initiatives or contact me at:

  • Emailcarrano AT auburn DOT edu
  • Phone: +1 (334) 844-1402.
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