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Callie Higgins (Fed)

Materials Research Engineer

Dr. Callie Higgins is the Co-Project Leader of the Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing (PAM) Project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO and is an adjunct faculty at the Colorado School of Mines. Her work with Co-Project Leader, Jason Killgore, studying the fundamental properties of PAM systems was recently the sole awardee of one of the Federal Government's highest honors, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (SAMMIES) for Emerging Leaders. She graduated with her PhD from CU Boulder's Department of Electrical Engineering with specialties in optics and material science where she characterized the fundamental properties of photopatterned hydrogels for use in regenerative medicine. Outside of the lab, she loves to adventure around the mountains; skiing, hiking, and picnicking the whole way up with her husband, kiddos, friends, and family.

Professional Society and Organization Membership 

  • Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Alliance, Founder 
  • Women in 3D Printing, Area Manager & Co-Ambassador 
  • Colorado Photonics Industry Association, Committee Chair
  • ASTM/ISO F42.05.02, Co-Chair
  • ANSI Standards, Task force BSR/UL 746P-202x
  • Additive Manufacturing Users Group, Track Leader 


  • Optical Society of America 
  • Materials Research Society 
  • American Physical Society 
  • Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers 
  • Women in Science and Engineering 
  • Association for Women in Science 
  • Mortar Board 
  • RadTech International


2021         Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, Emerging Leader

2020          L’Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowship, nominee 

2019          MML Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Accolade, sole awardee

2017          University of San Diego Physics Department Outstanding Alumnus

2017          National Research Council Postdoctoral Associateship

2016         CU Boulder ECEE Department Community Award

2015          Pursuit of Excellent Scholarship, nominee

2012          National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 

2011          COSI-IGERT Graduate Research Fellowship

2011          USD Outstanding Physics Department Graduate                 


Created September 10, 2019, Updated May 7, 2024