Joseph J. Beaman

Joseph Beaman

B.S. ME 1972, M.S. ME 1975
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering

Joseph J. Beaman is a world-renowned inventor, respected teacher and expert in manufacturing control. He currently serves as a mechanical engineering professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His groundbreaking work in selective laser sintering (SLS) was instrumental in launching the 3-D printing industry and has made a remarkable impact on society.

Beaman earned both his bachelor’s and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Cockrell School. He joined the faculty in 1979 after receiving his Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beaman holds the Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering and served as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2000 to 2011.

In the 1980s, Beaman was the first academic researcher in the field of solid freeform fabrication, a manufacturing technology that produces solid objects directly from a computer model. His lab developed SLS, one of the most successful 3-D printing approaches used in manufacturing. In 1989, Beaman co-founded DTM Corporation, which merged with 3D Systems in the early 2000s and produces and markets SLS equipment. He oversaw advanced development while DTM created and marketed its first commercial systems.

Beaman has earned numerous distinctions and awards throughout his career. He is a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Graduate Award. He serves on the Army Science Board and is a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a member of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME. Beaman has served in multiple positions within ASME, including editor of the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control.

Beaman resides in Austin with his wife Lisa. The couple has four children, Justin, Charles, Clark and Lily.