Harvard materials scientist Jennifer A. Lewis, whose pioneering work in microscale 3D printing is advancing the development of 3D printed tissue structures, flexible electronics, and new materials, has been selected as a 2016 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF) by the Department of Defense.  

Lewis, the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, is among 15 other researchers — including a Nobel Laureate — to receive the fellowship this year. She is joined by Hongkun Park, professor of chemistry and chemical biology and of physics at Harvard.

The five-year, $3 million award funds long-term, unclassified basic research of strategic importance to the DoD.  The grants engage outstanding scientists and engineers in the most challenging technical issues facing the department.

Lewis is a pioneer of 3D printing and is developing of new classes of printable materials and solid free-form fabrication techniques. She and her team developed 3D printing of functional and biological inks at the microscale, opened new avenues for fabricating novel devices such as 3D antennas, electronic sensors, and rechargeable microbatteries, as well as vascularized living tissues. 

To date, Lewis has authored more than 150 papers and is an inventor more than 30 issued and pending patents.  As a professor at SEAS, she teaches an innovative course on biomaterials that introduces undergraduates to the biomedical tools of the future.

Lewis has received numerous distinctions, including the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, the Brunauer Award from the American Ceramic Society, the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society, and the Materials Research Society Medal. She is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the National Academy of Inventors, the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.