Mechanical Engineering


Ryan Wicker, Ph.D.

Ryan Wicker, Ph.D.

Mr. and Mrs. McIntosh Murchison I Endowed Chaired Professor
Director, W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation
Engineering Building, Room A-113
(915) 747-7099
(915) 747-5019 Fax

Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Research Interests

  • Advanced Manufacturing (Additive Layered Manufacturing)
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Research Description

The W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation, an engineering and advanced manufacturing laboratory focused on multi-disciplinary biomedical, materials and manufacturing research, represents the premier facility of its kind in the world. The Keck Center's research hinges on the development and use of additive layered manufacturing technologies that allow for fabrication of complex three-dimensional shapes by successively manufacturing thin slices of a desired object and stacking them together one layer at a time. Infrastructure includes 22 layered manufacturing machines as of October 2008 (11 stereolithography including 2 patent pending stereolithography technologies, 5 fused deposition modeling, 1 selective laser sintering, 1 multi-jet modeling, 2 3D printers, 1 electron beam melting metals-based technology, and 1 micro-stereolithography system with 2 micron resolution) and combined facilities for advanced manufacturing (vacuum and pressure casting, plastic injection molding, dip-spin coating); reverse engineering, metrology, inspection, and materials testing (laser scanning, video measurement, CMM, micro-CT, tensile testing, optical microscopy and access to SEM and TEM); cardiovascular hemodynamics (experimental fluid mechanics); and tissue engineering (including scaffold fabrication, polymer synthesis and cell culture capabilities). This Center represents a truly unique facility that provides unparalleled experiences for its students. Additive layered manufacturing technologies are being used to fabricate unique functional multi-material devices with embedded electronics and patient-specific anatomical shapes for use in pre-surgical planning, surgery, medical device development, cardiovascular flow research, tissue engineering, and more


Year Degree School
1995 Ph.D. Stanford University
1991 M.S. Stanford University
1987 B.S. The University of Texas at Austin

Academic Honors & Awards

2007 First Place, Stratasys Users Group Conference Part Competition, Entry entitled "Rapid Manufacturing of an Airplane Window Shade."
2007 First Place, 3D Systems Users Group Advanced Concepts Technical Competition, Entry entitled "Multi-Material Stereolithography."
2007 Journal article recognized by Emerald Group Publishing as Outstanding Paper and received the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2007
2004-2005 Recipient of $500,000 faculty STARS award from University of Texas System
2004 Recipient of the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award for the 2004 Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Conference

Selected Publications

  1. J.W. Choi, R.B. Wicker, C.S. Ha, and S.H. Lee, "Cure Depth Control for Complex 3D Microstructure Fabrication in Dynamic Mask Projection Microstereolithography," Rapid Prototyping Journal, to appear, 2008.
  2. L.E. Murr, S.A. Quinones, S.M. Gaytan, M.I. Lopez, A. Rodela, E.Y. Martinez, D.H. Hernandez, E. Martinez, F. Medina, and R.B. Wicker, "Microstructure and Mechanical Behavior of Ti-6Al-4V for Biomedical Applications Produced by Rapid-Layer-Based Manufacturing," Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, to appear, 2008.
  3. K. Arcaute and R.B. Wicker, "Patient-Specific Compliant Vessel Manufacturing Using Dip-Spin Coating of Rapid Prototyped Molds," ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (Special Issue on Biomedical Manufacturing), 2008, Volume 130, Issue 5 (DOI: 10.1115/1.2898839).
  4. K. Arcaute, B.K. Mann, and R.B. Wicker, "Stereolithography of Three-Dimensional Bioactive Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Constructs with Encapsulated Cells," Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Volume 34, Number 9, 2006, pages 1429-1441 (DOI: 10.1007/s10439-006-9156-y).
  5. J.H. Sandoval and R.B. Wicker, "Functionalizing Stereolithography Resins: Effects of Dispersed Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Physical Properties," Rapid Prototyping Journal, Volume 12, Issue 5, 2006, pages 292-303.