Dr. Christopher Saldana is an assistant professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He previously held the Harold and Inge Marcus Career Assistant Professorship at the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. Dr. Saldana’s research has focused on developing integrated frameworks for describing relationships between process parameters, thermomechanical variables, evolving material structure and microstructure, and overall process/material performance. His current work is focused on developing material/microstructure qualification and process design tools for hybrid additive/subtractive manufacturing methods. His research has been supported by a number of industry entities and government agencies (e.g., DOE, DMDII, NIST, ARO, NSF, DARPA, ARL, etc.). He earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Purdue and Virginia Tech, respectively, and has been recognized with several awards, including an NSF CAREER award, the Robert J. Hocken SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award and an R&D100 Technology Award.