Joy Gockel

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Joy Gockel is an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines and her research spans several aspects of additive manufacturing (AM). She joined Mines from Wright State University where she was an assistant professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Prior to her faculty position, she was a Lead Engineer at GE Aviation’s Additive Technology Center. She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, supported by a NDSEG Fellowship, and received her BS and MS degrees from Wright State University. She has been awarded the 2020 ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Young Professional Award, and the 2021 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award.

AM processes are unique because the material is created at the same time as the component. To understand the behavior of the fabricated component, the properties must be related back to the manufacturing processing parameters. Dr. Gockel’s research explains the fundamental processing-structure-properties-performance (PSPP) relationship to support qualification and certification in AM as well as the development of next-generation AM processes and materials. Her work utilizes strategic processing experiments, process modeling, in-situ monitoring, innovative mechanical testing methods and advanced characterization to connect the PSPP relationship in AM for different classes of structural and functional materials.


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  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University (2014)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Wright State University (2010)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Wright State University (2009)