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NDSU graduate student makes Forbes 30 under 30 list

Published January 2016

Innovation takes time. It needs room to grow and people to believe in it. And amazing things can happen when it all comes together.

NDSU graduate student Andrew Dalman knows all about the process. Membership in a multidisciplinary student innovation group on campus helped sparked an idea that could help revolutionize the medical industry. 

Dalman’s efforts were recently rewarded with a spot on Forbes magazine’s prestigious “30 Under 30 list,” which recognizes 600 of the world’s brightest young stars in 20 categories each year. He’s recognized in the manufacturing and industry category for developing a patented composition for the production of 3D printed artificial bones, and for helping develop a prosthetic arm for kids.

“It came as an extremely good New Year’s surprise,” said Dalman of his inclusion on the Forbes list. “I had to sit down and recheck in my mind that it really did happen.”

Dalman, a 2015 manufacturing engineering graduate, credits his time with NDSU’s Bison Microventure for showing him a new way to approach innovation. Bison Microventure, under the mentorship of David Wells, has for the last eight years researched ways to develop ceramic dental and bone implants.

The team has earned several awards at NDSU’s Innovation Challenge, an event that showcases student ideas and entrepreneurial skills. Dalman competed in the event with Bison Microventure for three years.

“Being in Microventure is very empowering and enabling,” he said. “Being in that environment for some number of years changes your mindset on how you approach things. If it wasn’t for Microventure, both of my projects might not exist.”   

Dalman’s 3D printed artificial bones will allow for accurate testing and development of medical devices and training for surgical procedures. The bones also could be used to conduct surgical tests to gauge how a procedure may unfold before making any incisions into patients.

Dalman, 24, said more research is necessary before 3D printed artificial bones can be brought to market. He’s hoping to have a product ready within a year.

“I’ll only consider this a success when I’ve helped somebody or improved someone’s life through something that we’ve done,” said Dalman, a master’s student in mechanical engineering.

Dalman has earned several accolades for his work, including an appointment to the University Innovation Fellow program and inclusion on Advanced Manufacturing Media’s list of the top 30 manufacturing leaders under the age of 30.

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