Dr. David Prawel
Associate Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Biomaterials Research and Engineering Laboratory
School of Advanced Materials Discovery
Founder, Idea2Product Lab
Dr. David Prawel is an Associate Research Professor and Co-Director of the Biomaterials Research and Engineering Laboratory. His research team develops biomaterials and devices to improve bone healing, particularly with critical-sized bone defects caused by cancer and trauma, which often lead to limb loss. His lab develops biomimetic biomaterials and explores how 3D shape and structure affect the biological and mechanical performance of bone healing scaffolds and devices in orthopedic medicine.
Dr. Prawel has enjoyed a four-decade career as an entrepreneur, consultant, author and educator in 3D technology applied to digital product development and manufacturing. In his industrial career, he helped create several 3D technology companies, with one successful IPO and hopefully another in the works.
In 2007, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University where he also develops new 3D printing technology and founded CSU’s Idea-2-Product 3D printing lab in 2012.
- Ph.D. 2011, Colorado State University—Biomedical Engineering
- M.S. 1980, State University of New York at Buffalo—Natural Sciences
- B.S. 1978, State University of New York at Buffalo—Biology
- Certificate, 2002, University of Michigan Executive Education—Mergers and Acquisitions for Technology Companies
- We develop orthopedic biomaterials and implantable devices to improve and accelerate bone regeneration and healing, with a particular focus on clinical treatment of critical defects.
- Our biomaterials research involves engineering and fabrication (3D printing) of complex, patient-specific scaffold structures using photopolymeric ceramics.
- We also develop implantable, biodegradable devices to support and protect the scaffolds in load bearing and accelerate the healing process.
- We focus on clinical and translational research that has the potential to address current challenges in human healthcare. Clinical applications for our work include treatment of significant bone loss due to trauma and bone cancer.
Honors and Awards
- 2019 – WSCOE Outstanding Researcher Award
- 2014 – Colorado State University, OPIE Award for Innovation in Online Education
- Country: South Africa
Contact: Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa – Research Collaboration
- Country: New Zealand
Contact: University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand – Research Collaboration
- Country: India
Contact: College of Engineering, Pune, India – Research Collaboration
- Country: Netherlands
Contact: University of Twente, Fraunhofer Centre for Complex System Engineering, Enschede, Netherlands – Research Collaboration