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 35+ year career as an 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 researches biomaterials in the Biomaterials Research and Engineering Laboratory and runs a community-access center for 3D printing and personal fabrication (www.idea2product.net) which he founded in 2012.

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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