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Dhruv Bhate

Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2180

Dhruv Bhate is an Associate Professor at the Arizona State University (ASU), The Polytechnic School, where he conducts research in the design and mechanics of Additive Manufacturing (AM) structures and materials. Prior to joining ASU, Dhruv spent 2 years at PADT, Inc, a small business in Tempe, AZ, where he led the company's R&D efforts in Additive Manufacturing. Prior to joining PADT, Dhruv spent 7 years at Intel Corporation developing several laser-based manufacturing processes, taking them from early-stage research to High-Volume-Manufacturing. He also spent a year in the automotive industry, working for India’s largest car manufacturer, Tata Motors.

Dhruv has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University where he developed constitutive and failure models for the prediction of fatigue fracture in ductile metal alloys. Prior to this, he obtained his M.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied the phenomenon of adhesion in MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) structures.

Dhruv’s passion lies in combining theory, experimental methods and simulation to answer challenging research questions in new and effective ways, seeking inspiration from multiple disciplines.


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University (2008)

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder (2003)

BE, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Pune (2001)

Research Interests
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Cellular Materials
  • Predictive Modeling
  • Biomimetic Design
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 584Internship
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 493Honors Thesis
EGR 598Special Topics
MAE 599Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MFG 472Additive Manufacturing
EGR 492Honors Directed Study

2017-present: PADT Inc.

Industry Positions

2015-2017: Sr. Technologist, Additive Manufacturing R&D, PADT Inc.

2008-2015: Process Engineer and Manager, Assembly Technology Development, Intel Corporation

1999-2001: Co-Op Engineer at Tata Motors