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Center Overview

The Center for Laser and Plasma for Advanced Manufacturing (LPAM) develops new and improved laser and plasma processes for advanced manufacturing applications. Its mission is to develop a science, engineering, and technology base for laser and plasma processing of materials, devices, and systems for advanced manufacturing.


  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Virginia

Center Personnel

Mool Gupta


David Ruzic


Research Focus

  • 3D printing and computer modeling of laser-materials interactions
  • Atmospheric plasma processing
  • Laser microtexturing
  • Laser welding
  • Micromachining
  • Plasma processing


LAM capabilities include high-power continuous wave and pulsed lasers of different wavelengths, ultrafast lasers, characterization of laser processed surfaces, high-power lasers for device fabrication, and high-power plasma sources.