Mr. Anjan Contractor is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) in Austin, TX. SMRC has been engaged in Aerospace and Defense research and development since 1998 in the areas of manufacturing technologies, nondestructive evaluation, sealants and coatings, and energetics. Over the years, SMRC has been involved in a vast array of 3D printing and prototyping techniques including selective laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography (SLA), and fused deposition modeling (FDM). SMRC’s unique work culture has encouraged creativity and knowledge diffusion enabling the transformation of paper-napkin ideas into innovative products. One such innovation is 3D printed foods. SMRC has recently shown feasibility of 3D printed foods at a laboratory scale, receiving funding from the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to further develop a fully functional 3D printer for printing customized nutritious food for astronauts during long distance space travel. Anjan’s talk will focus on the future of 3D printed foods and how the Mars mission can benefit from it.
Mr. Contractor is a licensed Professional Engineer and Six-Sigma green belt with 13 years of experience in research, design, and prototyping. His specialties include 3D printing (FDM, SLA, and spray), prototyping, 3D computer aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermal and fluid sciences, and program management. Mr. Contractor has prototyped numerous parts for various programs using FDM and SLA techniques, and has designed and modeled highly efficient JP-8 fuel burners, fuel cell membranes, advance evaporators, catalytic converters, and condensation apparatuses among others. Mr. Contractor holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Materials Science and Engineering, both from The Ohio State University, and is currently pursuing a MBA from Warwick Business School, UK.