Dr. David Prawel

Assistant Research Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering A108
(970)402-7776 (mobile)
(970)491-4386 (campus)
Fax: (970)491-3827
Email: david.prawel@colostate.edu


Dr. David Prawel has enjoyed a 38 year career as a developer, entrepreneur, consultant and educator in 3D technology and digital product development. He helped build 6 startup companies, with one successful IPO and one in the works. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Buffalo, and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently on the Research Faculty in Mechanical Engineering at CSU, where he develops biomaterials (http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/2016/01/27/biomaterials-research-and-engineering-laboratory-brel-lab/) and runs the Idea2Product 3D printing lab (www.idea2product.net), which he founded in 2012. In addition to his love affair with 3D technology, he is also married for 35 years to a remarkable and extremely understanding woman and has an extraordinary son who is shaking things up in high-tech.

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Classes Taught

  • MECH/BIOM 502 Advanced/Additive Manufacturing Engineering; Taught every semester since fall 2014


  • State University of New York at Buffalo; Biology; B.S., 1978
  • State University of New York at Buffalo; Natural Sciences; M.S., 1980
  • University of Michigan Executive Education; Mergers and Acquisitions for Technology Companies; Certificate, 2002
  • Colorado State University; Biomedical Engineering; Ph.D., 2011

International Connections

  • Country: South Africa
    Contact: Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbilkpark, South Africa – research collaboration
  • Country: India
    Contact: College of Engineering, Pune, India – research collaboration