Callie Higgins with her hybrid atomic force microscope 3D printer. Credit: C. Higgins/NIST

3D Printing With Light: A Q&A With NIST’s Callie Higgins

Callie Higgins is a materials research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She studies a special branch of additive manufacturing called vat photopolymerization, which uses light to solidify a liquid resin layer by layer into a 3D object. Callie is a finalist for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in the Emerging Leaders category, which is awarded to federal employees under the age of 35 who have made important contributions early in their professional careers. The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are intended to highlight excellence in the federal workforce and inspire other talented and dedicated individuals to go into public service.

Tell us about your career path thus far. How did you get here?

What made you decide on a career in the federal government?

How did you get interested in 3D printing?

What are some of the problems with 3D printing that you’re trying to solve?

Why do you think it is important to work directly alongside industry as you develop your measurement techniques?

You’ve also been active networking with fellow young scientists in academia, federal labs and industry. Tell us about your work. Why do you think it’s important to have these networks?

What’s next for you? What are your goals?

Do you have any advice for young women about pursuing a career in the sciences?

Read Callie’s honoree profile.

Read more about research involving Callie’s work in our news story, “Nanocylinder Vibrations Help Quantify Polymer Curing for 3D Printing.”

This post originally appeared on Taking Measure, the official blog of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on May 3, 2021.

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