Information for

Mihaela Vlasea

Assistant Professor

Contact InformationMihaela Vlasea

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38329
Location: EC4 1029


Biography Summary

Additive manufacturing or industrial 3D printing is rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape. Dr. Vlasea’s research focuses on innovative design, process optimization and adoption of new materials for powder bed laser fusion and powder bed binder jetting additive manufacturing processes. The research goals are to bridge the technological gaps necessary to improve part quality, process repeatability and reliability.

Research Interests

  • Developing Digital Design Software Tools
  • Monitoring And Controls Strategies
  • Power Bed Laser Fusion
  • Power Bed Binder Jetting
  • Material Extrusion Technologies
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing


  • 2014, Doctorate, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 2011, Other, Space Studies Program, International Space University
  • 2008, Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • ME 561 - Fluid Power Control Systems
  • MTE 262 - Introduction to Microprocessors and Digital Logic
  • ME 262 - Introduction to Microprocessors and Digital Logic

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Liravi F, Vlasea M, Powder Bed Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing of Silicone Structures, Journal of Additive Manufacturing
  • Sheydaeian E, Fishman Z, Vlasea M, Toyserkani E, On the effect of throughout layer thickness variation on properties of additively manufactured cellular titanium structures, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 18, 2017, 40 - 47
  • Sheydaeian, Esmat and Vlasea, Mihaela and Woo, Ami and Pilliar, Robert and Hu, Eugene and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Effect of glycerol concentrations on the mechanical properties of additive manufactured porous calcium polyphosphate structures for bone substitute applications, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 2016
  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Pilliar, Robert and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Control of structural and mechanical properties in bioceramic bone substitutes via additive manufacturing layer stacking orientation, Additive Manufacturing, 6, 2015, 30 - 38
  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Toyserkani, Ehsan and Pilliar, Robert, Effect of gray scale binder levels on additive manufacturing of porous scaffolds with heterogeneous properties, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 12(1), 2015, 62 - 70
  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Shanjani, Yaser and Bothe, Annabel and Kandel, Rita and Toyserkani, Ehsan, A combined additive manufacturing and micro-syringe deposition technique for realization of bio-ceramic structures with micro-scale channels, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 68(9-12), 2013, 2261 - 2269
  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Experimental characterization and numerical modeling of a micro-syringe deposition system for dispensing sacrificial photopolymers on particulate ceramic substrates, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 213(11), 2013, 1970 - 1977
  • Osborne, Jeffrey and Brunskill, Christopher and Jaguste, Rohan and Johnson, Christopher Daniel and Sharif, Helia and Silversides, Ian and Trey, Bertrand and Vlasea, Mihaela, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Human-Robot Cooperation in Near-Term Exploration Scenarios, Global Space Exploration SSRN 2120256, 2012
  • Bland, Natalie and Brunskill, Christopher and Chen, Jianyu and Chen, Zhaohui and Chu, Chao and Dayas-Codina, Marc and Donici, Valentina and Eggl, Siegfried and Ferrer, Eloi and Ferrer-Desclaux, David and others, CHARM: Cooperation of Humans and Robots for Mars-Final Report, Global Exploration, 2011
  • Vlasea M, Shanjani Y, Basalah A, Toyserkani E, Additive Manufacturing of Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering of Bone and Cartilage, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems, 13(1), 2011, 123 - 141
  • Liravi F, Varun J, Vlasea M, Hybrid Method for Additive Manufacturing of Silicone Structures, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2017, Austin, Texas, 1 - 20
  • Ma TP, Vlasea M, Process Mapping of Invar36 Parts made via Powder Bed Laser Fusion Additive Manufacturing, 6th International Conference on Virtual Machining Process Technology (VMPT), 05 2017, Montreal, Canada, 1 - 6
  • Vlasea M, Wheat E, Toyserkani E, Process mapping and optimization of Ti parts via binder jetting additive manufacturing, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2016, Austin, Texas
  • Vlasea M, Sheyadaeian E, Ma H, Defect detection in hybrid binder-jetting/ material deposition additivemanufacturing system, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2016, Austin, Texas
  • Grantham, Steven and Lane, Brandon and Neira, Jorge and Mekhontsev, Sergey and Vlasea, Mihaela and Hanssen, Leonard, Optical design and initial results from NIST's AMMT/TEMPS facility, SPIE LASE, January 2016
  • Lane B, Mekhontsev S, Grantham S, Vlasea M, Whiting J, Yeung H, Fox J, Zarobila C, NeiraJ, McGlauflin G, Hanssen L, Moylan S, Donmez A, Rice J, Design, developments, and results from the additive manufacturing metrology test bed (AMMT), Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2016, Austin, Texas, 1 - 23
  • Vlasea, Mihaela L and Lane, B and Lopez, F and Mekhontsev, Sergey and Donmez, A, Development of powder bed fusion additive manufacturing test bed for enhanced process control, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2015, Austin, Texas, 1 - 13
  • Vlasea M, Toyserkani E, Robust Control Strategy of Fluid Dispensing Process for Solid Freeform Fabrication of Tissue Engineered Hydrogel Scaffold, Proceedings of the 36th International MATADOR Conference, 03 2010, Manchester, UK, 1 - 7
  • Sharif, Hajar and Shanjani, Yaser and Vlasea, Mihaela and Toyserkani, Ehsan, On the Bio-Mechanical Properties of a Dual-Porous Osteochondral Scaffold, ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, January 2008, 17 - 24
  • Vlasea M, Basalah A, Azhari A, Kandel R, Toyserkani E, Additive manufacturing for bone load bearing applications, 3D Bioprinting and Nanotechnology in Tissue Engineering., Zhang LG, Fisher JP, Leong K, , 263 manuscript pages
  • Petrak M, Gingras F, Parkes M, Vlasea M, Canada Makes Forum Panel: Challenges for a medical supply chain in additive manufacturing, 11 , Waterloo, ON.
  • Resnick R, Schmitz T, Vlasea M, Woods S,DeGrange J, SOUTH-Tec Panel "Future of Manufacturing", 10 , Greenville, SC.
  • Jurrens K, Richard F, Dekker CK, Vlasea M,, Advanced Manufacturing Canada (AMC) Conference Panel: Standards Development Discussion, 11 , Toronto, ON.
  • Kirby M, Vlasea M, Groth G, Cota V, FABTECH Canada Panel: What Additive Manufacturing/3-D Printing Means for the Metal Fabrication Industry, 03 , Toronto, ON.
  • van Houtum GJ, Liravi F, Vlasea M, Visual Identification, Error Detection and Compensation for Additive Manufacturing Material Deposition Systems, Proceedings of the RAPID Conference, 05 2017, Pittsburgh, PA. (Accepted in 2017)
  • Vlasea M, Additive Manufacturing Research and Development at University of Waterloo, Advanced Manufacturing Canada (AMC) Conference, 11 2015, Montreal, Canada. (Accepted in 2015)
  • Vlasea M, Control Strategies for Additive Manufacturing of Porous Structures with Functionally Graded Properties, Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show, 09 2015, Mississauga, ON. (Accepted in 2015)
  • Toyserkani E, Vlasea M, Shanjani Y, Systems and methods for additive manufacturing of heterogeneous porous structures and structures made therefrom, (Patented in 2017)
  • Toyserkani, Ehsan and Vlasea, Mihaela and Shanjani, Yaser, Systems and methods for additive manufacturing of heterogeneous porous structures and structures made therefrom, January