Behrokh Khoshnevis is a Dean’s Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Astronautics Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering and is the Director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT). An inductee of the National Academy of Inventors, he is active in robotics, and mechatronics related research and development projects that include the development of three novel Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) processes called Contour Crafting, and SIS family of 3D Printing technologies as well as development of mechatronics systems for biomedical applications (e.g., digital restorative dentistry and orthodontics, rehabilitation engineering, and tactile sensing devices), autonomous mobile and modular robots for fabrication and assembly applications on Earth, in space and on other planets, planetary construction of human settlements, and energy systems including wind energy and energy storage technologies and automated production equipment for oil (petroleum) and gas industries. He has several major inventions which have been either commercialized or are in the commercialization process. His educational activities at USC include the teaching of a graduate course on Invention and Technology Development. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on the subjects of creativity and invention. He is a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Fellow, a Fellow member of the Society for Computer Simulation, and a Fellow member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. His inventions have received extensive worldwide publicity in acclaimed media such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Der Spiegel, New Scientist, and numerous national and international television and radio networks.
In 2014 Contour Crafting received the Grand Prize among 1000+ globally competing technologies in the Create the Future Design Contest which was organized by the NASA TechBriefs Group. Contour Crafting was earlier selected as one of the top 25 out of more than 4000 candidate inventions by the History Channel Modern Marvels program and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame; and has been identified as one of the major disruptive technologies of our time.