Associate Professor

Contact InformationMihaela Vlasea

Phone: 519-888-4567 x48329, 519-888-4567 x48329
Location: EC4 1011

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Biography Summary

Additive manufacturing is rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape. Dr. Vlasea’s research focuses on innovative design, process optimization and adoption of new materials for powder bed 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

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Powder bed fusion
  • Powder bed binder jetting
  • Process modeling
  • Digital design optimization
  • Process optimization
  • Data analytics
  • Monitoring and controls strategies

Education

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

Courses*

  • ME 262 - Introduction to Microprocessors and Digital Logic
    • Taught in 2017
  • ME 561 - Fluid Power Control Systems
    • Taught in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • ME 739 - Manufacturing Processes Topics
    • Taught in 2018, 2019, 2020
  • MTE 262 - Introduction to Microprocessors and Digital Logic
    • Taught in 2017
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Rishmawi I, Rogalsky A, Vlasea M, Molavi-Kakhi A, Comparison of the master sinter curves of water- and gas-atomized AISI 4340 low-alloy steel in binder jetting additive manufacturing, J of Additive Manufacturing, 48, 2021
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  • McGregor M*, Patel S*, McLachlin S, Vlasea M., Architectural bone parameters and the relationship to titanium lattice design for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing, J of Additive Manufacturing, 47, 2021
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  • Honarvar F, Patel S, Vlasea M, Amini H, Varvani-Farahani A, Non-destructive characterization of laser powder bed fusion components using high-frequency phased array ultrasonic testing, J of Materials Engineering and Performance, 30, 2021, 6766 - 6776
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  • Shanbhag G, Wheat E, Moylan S, Vlasea M, Data related to the effect of specimen geometry and orientation on tensile properties of Ti-6Al-4V manufactured by electron beam powder bed fusion, Data in Brief, 39, 2021
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  • Ertay DS, Naiel AM, Vlasea M, Fieguth P, Process performance evaluation and classification via in-situ melt pool monitoring in directed energy deposition, CIRP J of Manufacturing Science and Technology, 35, 2021, 298 - 314
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  • Shanbhag G*, Wheat E, Moylan S, Vlasea M, Effect of specimen geometry and orientation on tensile properties of Ti-6Al-4V manufactured by electron beam powder bed fusion, J of Additive Manufacturing, 48, 2021
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  • Shanbhag G, Vlasea M, Powder Reuse Cycles in Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion - Variation of Powder Characteristics, J of Materials, Special Issue Materials Research Considerations for Metal Powder and Wire-Based Additive Manufacturing Processing, 14(16), 2021
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  • van Houtum GJJ, Vlasea M, Active learning via adaptive weighted uncertainty sampling applied to additive manufacturing, J of Additive Manufacturing, 48, 2021
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  • McGregor M, Patel S, McLachlin S, Vlasea M, Data related to architectural bone parameters and the relationship to titanium lattice design for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing, Data in Brief, 39, 2021
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  • Rishmawi I, Vlasea M, Binder Jetting of Silicon Steel, Part I: Process Map of Green Density, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 143(11), 2021
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  • Fayazfar H, Rishmawi I, Vlasea M, Salarian M, Bakhshivash S, Custom Electropolishing of Additively Manufactured Ti-6Al-4V Complex Structures, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 30, 2021, 2245 - 2255
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  • Msiempba K, Wang M, Vlasea M, Geometrical Degrees of Freedom for Cellular Structures Generation: A New Classification Paradigm, J of Applied Sciences. Special Issue Design for Additive Manufacturing: Methods and Tools., 11, 2021
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  • Ertay DS, Kamyab S, Vlasea M, Azimifar Z, Ma T, Rogalsky AD, Fieguth P, Towards Sub-Surface Pore Prediction Capabilities for Laser Powder Bed Fusion Using Data Science, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 143, 2021
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  • Brock L, Ogunsanya I, Asgari H, Patel S, Vlasea M, Relative Performance of Additively Manufactured and Cast Aluminum Alloys, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 30, 2020, 760 - 782
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  • Naiel M, Ertay DS, Vlasea M, Fieguth P, Adaptive vision-based detection of laser-material interaction for directed energy deposition, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 36, 2020
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  • Patel S, Rogalsky A, Vlasea M, Towards understanding side-skin surface characteristics in laser powder bed fusion, Journal of Materials Research, 35(15), 2020, 2055 - 2064
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  • Shanbhag G, Vlasea M, The effect of reuse cycles on Ti-6Al-4V powder properties processed by electron beam melting, Journal of Manufacturing Letters, 25(2020), 2020, 60 - 63
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  • Wheat E, Shanbhag G, Vlasea M, The Master Sinter Curve and Its Application to Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 142(10), 2020
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  • Ertay DS, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K, Thermomechanical and geometry model for directed energy deposition with 2D/3D toolpaths, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 35, 2020
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  • Salarian M, Hamed A, Vlasea M., Pore space characteristics and corresponding effect on tensile properties of Inconel 625 fabricated via laser powder bed fusion, Materials Science & Engineering A, 769, 2019
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  • Patel S, Vlasea M, Melting modes in laser powder bed fusion, Materialia, 9, 2019
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  • Rishmawi I, Salarian M, Vlasea M, Tailoring green and sintered density of pure iron parts using binder jetting additive manufacturing, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 24, 2018, 508 - 520
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  • Rogalsky A, Rishmawi I, Brock L, Vlasea M, Low cost irregular feed stock for laser powder bed fusion, Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 35, 2018, 446 - 456
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  • Liravi F, Vlasea M, Data Related to the Experimental Design for Powder Bed Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing of Silicone, Data in Brief, 18, 2018, 1477 - 1483
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  • Wheat E, Vlasea M, Hinebaugh J, Metcalfe C, Data related to the sinter structure analysis of titanium structures fabricated via binder jetting additive manufacturing, Data in Brief, 20, 2018, 1029 - 1038
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  • Ali U, Mahmoodkhani Y, Shahabad SI, Esmaeilizadeh R, Liravi F, Sheydaeian E, Huang KY, Marzbanrad E, Vlasea M, Toyserkani E, On the measurement of relative powder-bed compaction density in powder-bed additive manufacturing processes, Materials and Design, 155, 2018, 495 - 501
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  • Wheat E, Vlasea M, Hinebaugh J, Metcalfe C, Sinter structure analysis of titanium structures fabricated via binder jetting additive manufacturing, Materials and Design, 156, 2018, 167 - 183
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  • Asgari H, Salarian M, Ma H, Olubamiji A, Vlasea M, On thermal expansion behavior of invar alloy fabricated by modulated laser powder bed fusion, Materials and Design, 160, 2018, 895 - 905
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  • Liravi F, Vlasea M, Powder Bed Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing of Silicone Structures, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 21, 2018, 112 - 124
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  • 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
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  • 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, 105(4), 2016
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Patel S, Chen H, Vlasea M, Zhou Y., Barnes J, Slattery K, Laser Powder Bed Fusion of High Reflectivity Aluminium Alloys, NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2021, Virtual
  • Shanbhag G, Wheat E, Moylan S, Vlasea M, Effect of specimen geometry and orientation on tensile properties of Ti-6Al-4V manufactured by electron beam powder bed fusion, NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2021, Virtual
  • McGregor M, Patel S, McLachlin S, Vlasea M, A Review of Human Bone Parameters and Implications towards Titanium Lattice Design for Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing, NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2021, Virtual
  • Patel S, Chen H, Vlasea M, Zhou Y., Barnes J, Slattery K, Laser Powder Bed Fusion of High Reflectivity Aluminium Alloys., CSME International Congress 2021 (Virtual), 06 2021, Virtual
  • Chen H, Zhou Y., Patel S, Vlasea M,, The role of heterogeneous structures on the mechanical properties of AM AlSi10Mg, NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2021, Virtual
  • Shanbhag G, Vlasea M, Powder reuse cycles in electron beam additive manufacturing and their effect on Ti-6Al- 4V powder and layer properties, NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2020, Virtual, (8 pages)
  • Ertay DS, Kamyab S, Vlasea M, Azimifar Z, Ma T, Rogalsky AD, Fieguth P, Prediction of Defects Based on Scan Path and Melt Pool Morphology Using Machine Learning for Laser Powder Bed Fusion, NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2020, Virtual, (20 pages)
  • van Houtum GJ, Vlasea M, Machine learning applications in laser-based processes., NSERC HIAM Conference, 06 2020, Virtual, (8 pages)
  • Shanbhag G, Vlasea M. Design of a test artefact to evaluate critical features for Ti-6Al-4V parts manufactured by electron-beam melting (EBM). Proceedings of the NSERC HIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Zhu Y, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K. Synergy Strategies between Additive Manufacturing and Machining for Designs with High Complexity. Proceedings of the Virtual Machining Process Technology, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Groen A, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K. Modelling of powder spreading to optimize compaction consistency. Proceedings of the NSERC HIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Wang M, Vlasea M. Literature survey on the application of porous media knowledge in binder jetting. Proceedings of the NSERC HIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada. Accepted May, 2019.
  • Patel S, Vlasea M, Prediction of Melting Mode Transition in Powder Bed Laser Fusion, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 5
  • Brock L, Asgari H, Vlasea M, Preliminary work on the selective laser melting of AlSi10Mg for fabrication of an aluminum transmission pump housing, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 11
  • Rishmawi I, Salarian M, Vlasea M, Maximizing Green and Sintered Density of Pure Iron Parts using Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 7
  • Ertay DS, Ma H, Vlasea M, Correlative Beam Path and Pore Defect Space Analysis for Modulated Powder Bed Laser Fusion Process, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2018, Austin, Texas, 272 - 284
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  • Rishmawi I, Salarian M, Vlasea M, Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing of Water-Atomized Iron, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 08 2018, Austin, Texas, 160 - 170
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  • Ertay DS, Vlasea M, Defect Space Analysis for Invar36 in Powder Bed Laser Fusion Process, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 6
  • Shanbhag G, Vlasea M, A review of particle packing models - current understanding and future direction, HI-AM Conference, 05 2018, Waterloo, Canada, 1 - 5
  • Ertay DS, Erkorkmaz K, Vlasea M, Geometric Modeling of Powder Fed Laser Fusion Process with 2D Toolpaths, Virtual Machining Process Technology, 06 2018, Hamilton, Canada, 1 - 6
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 01 2016
  • Patel S, Keshavarz M, Vlasea M, Challenges during laser powder bed fusion of a near –alpha titanium alloy - Ti-6242Si, 1117 manuscript pages (Accepted in 2021)
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  • Zhu Y, Okyay A, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K, Kirby M, Chapter 12: The Additive Journey from Powder to Part. Book: Women in 3D Printing, Women in 3D Printing, Stacey M DelVecchio, , 163 manuscript pages
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  • Ureten E, Vlasea M, Wilett T, Daim T, Chapter 8: Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technology Assessment for Titanium Hip Implant Fabrication, R&D Management in the Knowledge Era, Springer, , 259 manuscript pages
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  • 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
  • van Houtum GJJ, Vlasea M, Method and system for active learning., (Filed in 2021)
  • Toyserkani E, Vlasea M, Shanjani Y, Systems and methods for additive manufacturing of heterogeneous porous structures and structures made therefrom, (Patented in 2017)
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  • Shanbhag G, Rishmawi I, Vlasea M, Helicopter Tail Boom Redesign proposed for Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), (Accepted in 2018)

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