Nathan Crane received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He completed a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. He has worked for Caldera Engineering (industrial valves), Pratt and Whitney Aircraft and Sandia National Laboratories.
In 2006, Dr. Crane joined the University of South Florida where he is now an associate professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Crane’s research interests are in the areas of design and advanced manufacturing with particular focus on additive manufacturing (3D Printing) and digital microfluidics. Recent projects have included microscale actuation using droplet microfluidics, capillary self-assembly process models, and additive manufacturing (3D Printing) of RF systems.
His work has been recognized with an NSF graduate research fellowship, the 2005 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (SFF) Best Paper Award, and a 2015 USF Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Crane recently returned from England where he worked with the University of Sheffield Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing (ADaM) as a Fulbright Scholar.