Anthony Rollett has been a member of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University since 1995, including five years as department head. He is the co-director of the Next Manufacturing Center on additive manufacturing.

Previously, he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. There, he was group leader of metallurgy from 1991-1994 and deputy division director of materials science and technology for a year after that.

He has been a Fellow of ASM since 1996, Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) since 2004 and Fellow of TMS since 2011. He received the Cyril Stanley Smith Award from TMS in 2014, was elected as Member of Honor by the French Metallurgical Society in 2015, and became the US Steel Professor of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science in 2017. He received Cyril Stanley Smith Award from the International Conference on Recrystallization and Grain Growth in 2019 and also the International Francqui Professor for 2020-2021, from the Francqui Foundation, Belgium.

His research group is supported by industry, several federal research agencies, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee and the Defense Programs Advisory Committee under the Department. of Energy. His lecture notes on texture and anisotropy are widely known and used, and he started a new course on additive manufacturing and materials in 2016. He started a new master’s program in additive manufacturing in the fall of 2018.

Rollett’s research focuses on microstructural evolution and microstructure-property relationships in 3D, using both experiments and simulations. Interests include 3D printing of metals, materials for energy conversion systems, strength of materials, constitutive relations, microstructure, texture, anisotropy, grain growth, recrystallization, formability, and stereology. Relevant techniques include high-performance spectral methods in micro-mechanics, dynamic x-ray radiography (DXR) and high-energy diffraction microscopy (HEDM). Important recent results include definition of process windows in 3D printing through characterization of porosity, 3D comparisons of experiment and simulation for plastic deformation in metals, the appearance of new grains during grain growth, and grain size stabilization. He has 250 peer-reviewed journal publications with an h-index of more than 50.

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Behind the Researcher


1987 Ph.D., Materials Engineering, Drexel University

1977 MA, Metallurgy and Materials Science, Cambridge University

Media mentions

Scientific Reports 2019, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation

Rollett and Cunningham co-author two of the most downloaded papers

MSE’s Anthony Rollett, as well as Ross Cunningham, who was a Ph.D. student in Rollett’s group, are co-authors on two of the most downloaded papers in their field for 2018-2019.


Rollett gives plenary talk on metals additive manufacturing

MSE’s Anthony Rollett gave a plenary talk about metals additive manufacturing at The Minerals, Metals & Material Society’s 2020 annual meeting and exhibition. This talk was part of the additive manufacturing keynote session.

CMU Engineering

Air Force partnership to fuse AI and materials research

CMU and Air Force Research Laboratory establish 5-year, $7.5M Center of Excellence in data-driven materials research.

90.5 WESA

Rollett on additive manufacturing for aviation

MSE’s Tony Rollett was interviewed by WESA about a new commission of researchers at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, and other institutions by NASA to improve the additive manufacturing, or 3D-printing, of airplane parts.

CMU Engineering

Rollett receives $2.4M from ARPA-E for 3D printing research

A team led by MSE’s Tony Rollett has received a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), supporting high temperature materials and heat exchanger projects.

Rollett attends NASA ULI briefing

MSE’s Tony Rollett joined NASA at Capitol Hill for Congressional meetings and a staff briefing on NASA’s University Leadership Initiative (ULI), which includes a research team from Carnegie Mellon that will look for new ways to build and power aircraft of the future.

CMU Engineering

Rollett and Beuth visit Capitol Hill

Tony Rollett and Jack Beuth both attended events on Capitol Hill this week.

Next Manufacturing

3D Printing Media Network covers NASA funding in Next Manufacturing Center

3D Printing Media Network covered the recent news that CMU has been selected by NASA to lead a research team dedicated to examining new ways to build and power aircraft of the future, through NASA’s University Leadership Initiative.

CMU Engineering

NASA invests in 3D printing for aviation

CMU has been selected by NASA to lead a research team dedicated to examining new ways to build and power aircraft of the future, through NASA’s University Leadership Initiative.

3D Printing Industry

CMU and Argonne National Laboratory unlock 3D printing keyhole problem

MSE’s Anthony Rollett spoke with 3D Printing Industry about a new paper he and his colleagues have published about a study that used high-speed X-ray imaging to analyze the keyhole effect in power-based metal 3D printing.

CMU Engineering

Gift to advance mechanical engineering

An entrepreneurial idea to expand training for 21st-century careers has sparked a $10 million gift to support mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon.

CMU Engineering

Finding keyholes in metals 3D printing

Tony Rollett published in Science a pivotal discovery that could dramatically improve the 3D printing process.