• Ph.D, University of Massachusetts, 1992
  • M.S., University of Minnesota, 1987
  • B.M.E., University of Minnesota, 1985

Research Areas and Descriptors


When Dr. Rosen arrived at Georgia Tech, he helped form the Systems Realization Laboratory, along with Drs. Janet Allen, Bert Bras, and Farrokh Mistree. In August 1995, Dr. Rosen was appointed the Academic Director of the Georgia Tech Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute (RPMI), where he has responsibility for developing educational and research programs in rapid prototyping. In 1998, he was appointed the Director of the RPMI. He began at Tech in Fall 1992 as an Assistant Professor.


Dr. Rosen's research interests lie at the intersection of design, computer-aided design, and manufacturing. His design research includes product family and configuration design (what components and subsystems should be in the design and how should they be connected?), sponsored by the Ford Motor Company and National Science Foundation. This work benefits from the collaboration of Drs. Janet Allen, Bert Bras, and Farrokh Mistree. His research in CAD and manufacturing is focused on rapid prototyping - or additive fabrication - technologies and their applications. In particular, he is exploring methods and technologies that take advantage of the unique capabilities of additive fabrication (e.g., stereolithography, selective laser sintering, etc.) to fabricate devices that cannot be produced using conventional processes. The work is sponsored by NSF and member companies of the Georgia Tech Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute. Collaborations with faculty from the Schools of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and the Colleges of Computing and Management are critical to the success of this research.

Graduate students benefit from the world-class facilities, industry interaction, and teamwork of Dr. Rosen's research labs, the SRL and RPMI. Students do not just learn about new technologies - which become obsolete - they gain knowledge and skills that enable them to become the thought leaders of tomorrow. Their educational experience is tailored to meet their objectives and provide them a foundation for their careers.

Dr. Rosen's research results should help define new technologies for computer-aided design systems, particularly for earlier design stages, improve the engineering characteristics of physical prototypes, and lead to new rapid manufacturing technologies. These objectives serve to guide Dr. Rosen's research for the next several years.


  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • Computers and Information in Engineering Conference Best Paper Award, 2009 and 2005
    • Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle Conference Best paper Award, 2008
    • Fellow, 2003
    • Computers and Information in Engineering Division Chair, 2001
    • Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering Associate Editor, 2000-2006
    • Computers in Engineering Conference Technical Program Chair, 1998
    • Design Theory and Methodology Conference Distinguished Paper Award, 1996
    • Computers in Engineering Conference (Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems Section) Paper Award, 1992
  • Woodruff School Faculty Fellow, 2002-2007
  • Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
    • Outstanding Paper Award, 2008 and 2005
    • Best Presentation Award, 2007
  • Loughborough University (U.K.) Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering visiting Professor, 2005-present
  • 3D Systems User Group Conference, Selective Laser Sintering Excellence (First Place) Award, 2009
  • Sigma Xi (Georgia Tech Chapter) Best Masters Thesis (Advisor to Matthew Bauer), 1998
  • Society of Professional Engineers (Metro Atlanta Section) Engineer of the Year in Education, 1997
  • Association for Computing Machinery Siggraph Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications Co-Chair, 1997

Representative Publications

  • D. Dutta, et al. 2001. Layered Manufacturing: Current Status and Future Trends. ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 1(1), 60-71.
  • Z. Siddique and D. W. Rosen. 2001. On Discrete Design Spaces for the Configuration Design of Product Families. Artificial Intelligence in Engineering, Design, Automation, and Manufacturing 15, 1-18.
  • A. P. West, S. Sambu, and D. W. Rosen. 2001. A Process Planning Method for Improving Build Performance in Stereolithography. Computer-Aided Design 33(1), 65-80.
  • J. E. McClurkin and D. W. Rosen. 1998. Computer-Aided Build Style Decision Support for Stereolithography. Rapid Prototyping Journal 4(1), 4-13.
  • P. J. Newcomb, B. A. Bras, and D. W. Rosen. 1998. Implications of Modularity on Product Design for the Life Cycle. Journal of Mechanical Design 120(3), 483-490.