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Brandon Lane ()

Mechanical Engineer

Brandon’s research focuses on applied sensing and monitoring of dynamic, high temperature manufacturing processes such as laser-based additive manufacturing (AM) and high speed machining.  His current research involves applied thermography, high speed imaging, image processing, machine metrology, and thermal material property measurement for the laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) AM process.  Primary goals of this research are to 1) better understand the underlying physical phenomena that occur in high power laser interaction with metals and metal powders 2) investigate how these physical phenomena affect the accuracy and measurement uncertainty of process monitoring sensors and instrumentation and 3) utilize these measurements to improve, compare, or validate multi-physics models and simulations.  He leads the Metrology for AM Model Validation project, co-leads developments of the Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed (AMMT), and is on the organizing committee for the Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Test Series (AM-Bench).


  • 2023 Commerce Bronze Medal Award - for leadership in developing ASTM E3355 guidelines on in-process monitoring of additive manufacturing
  • 2021 NIST William P. Slichter Award - for the Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Test Series (AM-Bench)
  • 2021 Commerce Gold Medal Award - development of the Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed (AMMT)
  • 2021 ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Young Professional Award
  • Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering 2020 Reviewer of the Year
  • Best Paper Award – 2015 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium – for Lane et al. “Thermographic Measurements of the Commercial Laser Powder Bed Fusion Process at NIST” – Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
  • NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper 2014 – for Madhavan et al. “Fiber Orientation Angle Effects in Machining of Unidirectional CFRP Laminated Composites” – Presented at the 42nd North American Manufacturing Research Conference


Selected Publications


Created July 30, 2019, Updated June 11, 2024