Dr. Brett Conner

Associate Professor

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Dr. Brett Conner is the Director of Advanced Manufacturing Research Center and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Youngstown State University.  Dr. Conner is also an Entrepreneur in Residence for Additive Manufacturing at the Youngstown Business Incubator. Dr. Conner has research interests in additive manufacturing and 3-D printing of the following: multi-material systems, functional graded materials, shock and energy absorption applications, and complex structures. He is also researching entrepreneurial approaches for additive manufacturing.


Dr. Conner had fifteen years of experience in government and industry prior to joining the faculty at YSU. Dr. Conner served in the U. S. Air Force where he conducted research into materials, led efforts developing space systems, developed technology policy, and managed programs.  His assignments included Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Pentagon.  After the Air Force, Dr. Conner was a contractor supporting the Mine Resistant Ambush Protection (MRAP) Joint Program Office. There, he led teams of engineers to upgrade survivability and automotive performance of these armored vehicles used to protect soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Afterwards, Dr. Conner spent five years at the Alcoa Technical Center where he started in the Alcoa Defense organization and then moved into the Alloy Technology Division.

Dr. Conner is an inventor on two patents and several pending patent applications.  Dr. Conner received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in physics. He has a masters degrees and doctorate from MIT in materials science and engineering. Outside of the classroom and lab, Dr. Conner enjoys having fun with his children, playing and coaching soccer, being around any vehicle that flies, and reading.


  1. Conner, B.P. (2016) Paradigm Shift: Additive Manufacturing and the New Way of War, Defense AT&L Magazine,
  2. Conner, B.P. (2016) Cost Modeling to Compare Conventional Tooling vs. 3D Printed Toolingless Complex Cored Sand Castings, American Foundry Society Additive Manufacturing for Metalcasting Conference, Novi, MI.
  3. Conner, B. P., (2016) Additive manufacturing: the academic perspective, JED Talk, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
  4. Meyers, K. L., Morgan A.S., & Conner B.P (2016), 3D Printing in a First-Year Engineering Design Project. American Society for Engineering Education National Conference, New Orleans.
  5. Sirichakwal, I., & Conner, B. (2016). Implications of Additive Manufacturing for Spare Parts Inventory. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, 3(1), 56-63. doi:10.1089/3dp.2015.0035
  6. Meyers, K. L., Morgan A.S., & Conner B.P (2016), 3D printing to introduce design in a cornerstone project. Global Journal of Engineering Education, 18(1), 22-29.
  7. Almaghariz, E. S., Conner, B. P., Lenner, L., Gullapalli, R., Manogharan, G. P., Lamoncha, B., & Fang, M. (2016). Quantifying the Role of Part Design Complexity in Using 3D Sand Printing for Molds and Cores. International Journal of Metalcasting, 1-13 doi:10.1007/s40962-016-0027
  8. Conner B.P. and I. Sirichakwal, “Additive manufacturing economic decision making models for sustainment” DMC 2016, Phoenix, AZ, December 2015.
  9. Lonardo R. and B. Conner. “Additive Manufacturing Provides Agility for Defense Contractors.” National Defense Magazine, October 2015.
  10.  Rioja, Roberto J., Brett P. Conner, and Rajeev G. Kamat. "Crashworthy structures formed of multilayered metallic materials." U.S. Patent 9,067,623, issued June 30, 2015.
  11.  Myers, K., Juhasz, M., Cortes, P., & Conner, B. (2015). Mechanical modeling based on numerical homogenization of an Al 2 O 3/Al composite manufactured via binder jet printing. Computational Materials Science, 108, 128-135. doi:10.1016/j.commatsci.2015.06.031
  12.  Kneen T.J., Conner, B.P., and G.P. Manogharan, “Mechanical Behavior at Various Strain Rates of Stainless Steel 316L Processed by Selective Laser Melting.” MS&T 15, Columbus, OH.
  13.  B. P. Conner, E. S. Almaghariz, L. Lenner, “Determining when to use 3D sand printing: quantifying the role of complexity”, RAPID 2015, Long Beach, CA, June 2015.
  14.  B. P. Conner, “3D printing and consumer customization”, TEDx Youngstown, January 2015.
  15.  Myers, K., Cortes, P., Conner, B., Wagner, T., Hetzel, B., & Peters, K. M. (2015). Structure property relationship of metal matrix syntactic foams manufactured by a binder jet printing process. Additive Manufacturing, 5, 54-59. doi:10.1016/j.addma.2014.12.003
  16.  Conner, B. P., Manogharan, G. P., Martof, A. N., Rodomsky, L. M., Rodomsky, C. M., Jordan, D. C., & Limperos, J. W. (2014). Making sense of 3-D printing: Creating a map of additive manufacturing products and services. Additive Manufacturing, 1, 64-76, doi:10.1016/j.addma.2014.08.005.
  17.  B.P. Conner, “3D Printing: Changing the Manufacturing Paradigm”, Rethink Disruption: Emerging Technologies, Transforming Business and Society, San Francisco, CA, November 2014
  18.  T. Kneen, A.S. Bowers, B.P. Conner, G.P. Manogharan, 2014 “Characterizing the High Strain Rate Mechanical Behavior of Stainless Steel 316L Processed by Selective Laser Melting,” Proceedings of MS&T 14, Pittsburgh, PA.
  19.  B.P. Conner, “Identifying Opportunities for Additive Manufacturing”, National Forum on SME Adoption of Additive Manufacturing, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, October 2014.
  20.  B.P. Conner, G.P. Manogharan, A.N. Martof, L.M. Rodomsky, C.M. Rodomsky, D.C. Jordan, J.W. Limperos, “Evaluating Business Strategies Through Mapping Products Fabricated by Additive Manufacturing,” Proceedings of RAPID 2014, Detroit, MI, June 2014.
  21.  A. Kwas, E. MacDonald, D. Muse, R. Wicker, C. Kief., D. Aarstead, M. Zemba, B. Marshall, C. Tolbert, B. Conner, 2014, “Enabling Technologies for Entrepreneurial Opportunities in 3D printing of SmallSats”, Proceedings of the 28th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20140011334.pdf
  22.  Conner BP. “Business Mapping for Additive Manufacturing”. America Makes/NAMII Program Management Review, Youngstown, Ohio, October 2013.
  23.  Shemelya, Corey, Angel De La Rosa, Angel R. Torrado, Kevin Yu, Jennifer Domanowski, Peter J. Bonacuse, Richard E. Martin, Michael Juhasz, Frances Hurwitz, Ryan B. Wicker, Brett Conner, Eric MacDonald, David A. Roberson "Anisotropy of Thermal Conductivity in 3D Printed Polymer Matrix Composites for Space Based Cube Satellites." Additive Manufacturing (2017).