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.

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.

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!


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.