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Bigio, David

Bigio, David

Mechanical Engineering
3129 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986


  • Fellow, Society of Plastics Engineers (May 2005)
  • Lilly-CTE Teaching Fellow, 1996-1997
  • School of Engineering Faculty Service Award


  • Society of Plastics Engineers, Extrusion Division Board of Directors, chair
  • Conference Section Moderator; Polymer Processing Society
  • Technical review panel, Extrusion Division for the Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers
  • Reviewer, Polymer Engineering and Science Journal, International Polymer Processing Journal, Amer. Inst. Of Chem. Eng. Journal
  • Chair, Teaching Excellence Committee for Clark School of Engineering

Polymer processing with a focus on mixing dynamics and controls Quality improvement of corporate practices through Lean Six Sigma (BlackBelt)


  • Bigio, D., and C.T. Yang, “Mixing Design for Foam Extrusion: Analysis and Practice,” in Principles of Thermoplastic Foam Extrusion, Technomatic Publishing Inc., 2000.


  • Gao, J., D. Bigio, G. Walsh, and R. Briber, “A Residence Time Distribution Model for Twin Screw Extruders,” AIChE J., Vol. 45, No. 12, pp. 2541-2549, 1999.


  • Yang, C., T. Smith, D. Bigio, and C. Anolick, “Polymer Trace Devolatilization: Part I. Foaming Experiments and Model Development,” AIChE J., Vol. 43, No.4, pp. 1874-1890, 1997.
  • Yang, C., T. Smith, D. Bigio and C. Anolick, “Polymer Trace Devolatilization: Part II. Case Study and Experimental Verification,” AIChE J., Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 1861-1873, 1997.


  • Kang, J., D. Bigio and T. Smith, “Break-up Mechanisms in a Cavity Flow,” AIChE J., Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 649-659, 1996.

AquatiClaw Grabs Departmental Award at Capstone Expo

Event features projects developed by more than 500 Maryland Engineering seniors.

A Wider Lens

UMD engineering faculty are finding ways to introduce sustainability concepts throughout the curriculum.

Engineering Outreach Through Next-Generation GOALKits

Hands-on learning gets a new twist with a design created by UMD students.

Mighty Morphing 3D Printing

UMD engineers demonstrate a new shape-changing nozzle that could revolutionize “4D Printing” applications.

Investing in Environmentally Responsible Engineering

A grant from The Lemelson Foundation will accelerate environmentally and socially responsible engineering through innovation in undergraduate curricula.

Alumni Sam B. Griffith (’11) Appointed Owner and President of National Jet Co.

National Jet Co. is an international leader in micro-hole drilling located in LaVale, Md.

Dryer Receives Society of Plastics Engineers Lew Erwin Extrusion Division Award

Graduate student Ben Dryer receives a 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers Lew Erwin Extrusion Division Award.

Mechanical Engineering Welcomes Students Back to Campus

Returning students will notice staff changes, more teaching fellows.

New 3D-Printed Plastic Heat Exchanger Shows Complex Geometries Are Possible from Additive Manufacturing

Clark School engineers work with Stratasys to utilize fused deposition modeling technology in new application.

ME Alumnus Sam Hollenbach Shares His Story

ME alumnus and former Terps Quarterback discusses engineering career with students

DeWALT Donates Tools, Equipment to Mechanical Engineering Department

Longtime ME supporter provides the department with tools to build the future.

Bigio Named New Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department welcomes new graduate, undergraduate program support and oversight.

Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty Accomplishments

Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department.

ME Graduate Student Wins Competitive Campus GRID Award

Arun Kota's research develops improved polymer-carbon nanotube composites.

Mechanical Engineering Honors Prof. James Wallace & Faculty

Mechanical Engineering faculty were honored at the Faculty Recognition Event and Dinner on Friday, May 12.

Prof. Bigio's Research Featured in Plastics Technology

ME Associate Professor David Bigio's research was featured in a recent article in Plastics Technology.

Professors Bigio and Holloway Honored at Commencement

ME Professors David Bigio and David Holloway were honored at the Clark School of Engineering Commencement Exercises

NSF Grants $400,000 to Support BESTEAMS

The National Science Foundation has granted to the University of Maryland $400,000 over three years to support the BESTEAMS program.

Other professional society fellows

  • Society of Plastics Engineers