Johnson Samuel

Associate Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Dr. Johnson Samuel has been serving as a faculty in the mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), since the Spring of 2011. As director of the Nano/Micro-scale Manufacturing and Material Design Lab (NanoM3 Design Lab) at Rensselaer, he leads research and education efforts in the areas of advanced manufacturing and material design. His research has attracted funding from multiple agencies including the National Science Foundation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and the Defense Health Program (Dept. of Defense) and DARPA. He is the recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award for his proposal titled “Microstructure-specific machining strategies for bone” (2014), The Outstanding Young Alumni Award, MechSe Dept. Univ. of Illinois- Urbana  Champaign (2016), Rensselaer School of Engineering Research Excellence Award (2016), and the World Economic Forum Young Scientist Cohort (2016) Besides research, Dr.Samuel is also passionate about training and developing the next generation of manufacturing engineers in the US. He was awarded the Rensselaer Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching Award (2014) and the School Of Engineering Education Innovation Award (2015) in recognition of his manufacturing education efforts at Rensselaer. Dr. Samuel obtained his M.S (Industrial Engineering, 2003) and PhD (Mechanical Engineering, 2009) degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His PhD dissertation was supervised by Prof. Shiv G. Kapoor and the late Prof. Richard E. DeVor (NAE member). 


Ph.D. (Mechanical Eng.) - University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (2009)

Focus Area

Micro-manufacturing Processes: Micro-milling/drilling, Micro-EDM and Micro-ECM, Biomedical manufacturing: Patient-specific bone surgery, Carie removal, surgeon training , Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing): Fiber-reinforced soft composites, Surgeon training phantoms, Electrospinning: Multi-material fibers, yarns, coatings and textiles, Engineering education

Selected Scholarly Works

Chu, B., Singh, E., Samuel, J.*, and Koratkar, N.., 2015, “Graphene Oxide Colloidal Suspensions as Cutting Fluids for Micromachining - Part 1: Fabrication and Performance Evaluation”, ASME Journal of Micro and Nano Manufacturing (May 2015)

Chu, B., and Samuel, J.*,2015, “Graphene Oxide Colloidal Suspensions as Cutting Fluids for Micromachining- Part 2: Droplet Dynamics and Film Formation”, ASME Journal of Micro and Nano Manufacturing (May 2015)

Spackman, C., Picha, K., Gross, G., Nowak, J., Smith, P.J., Zheng, J., Samuel, J.* , and Mishra, S., 2015, “A Novel Multi-material Additive Manufacturing Technique for Fabricating Laminated Polymer Nancomposite Structures”, ASME Journal of Micro and Nano Manufacturing, 3(1), 011008 (11 pages)

Smith, P.J., Chu, B., Singh, E., Chow, P., Samuel, J.*, and Koratkar, N., 2015, “Graphene oxide colloidal suspensions mitigate carbon diffusion in diamond-based cutting tools”, SME, Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 17, pp. 41-47

Chu, B., Samuel, J.*, and Koratkar, N., 2014, “Micro-milling Responses of Hierarchical Graphene Composites”, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 137(1), 011002 (9 pages).

Carter, W., Popell, G.C., Samuel, J.*, and Mishra, S., 2014, “Fundamental Study and Modeling of the Droplet Formation in Near-field Electrohydrodynamic Printing”, ASME Journal of Micro and Nano Manufacturing , 2(2), 021005 (12 pages)

Chu, B., Singh, E., Samuel, J.*, and Koratkar, N., 2013, “Graphene-Enhanced Environmentally-Benign Cutting Fluids for High-Performance Micro-Machining Application”, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 13(8), pp. 5500-5504.

Arora, I., Samuel, J.*, and Koratkar, N., 2013, “Experimental Investigation of the Machinability of Epoxy Reinforced with Graphene Platelets”, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 135(4), pp. 041007 (7 Pages).

Samuel, J.*, Rafiee, K., Dhiman, P., Yu, Z., and Koratkar, N.*, 2011, “Graphene Colloidal Suspensions as High Performance Synthetic Metal Working Fluids”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115 (8), pp. 3410–3415.