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Bigio, David

David Bigio
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
3129 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

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


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

Honors and Awards 

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

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • 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

Selected Publications 


  • 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.

Related News 

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. July 2, 2015

Mechanical Engineering Welcomes Students Back to Campus
Returning students will notice staff changes, more teaching fellows. August 28, 2012

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Clark School engineers work with Stratasys to utilize fused deposition modeling technology in new application. January 23, 2012

ME Alumnus Sam Hollenbach Shares His Story
ME alumnus and former Terps Quarterback discusses engineering career with students December 15, 2011

DeWALT Donates Tools, Equipment to Mechanical Engineering Department
Longtime ME supporter provides the department with tools to build the future. August 2, 2011

Bigio Named New Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department welcomes new graduate, undergraduate program support and oversight. July 30, 2007

Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty Accomplishments
Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department. May 16, 2007

ME Graduate Student Wins Competitive Campus GRID Award
Arun Kota's research develops improved polymer-carbon nanotube composites. April 26, 2007

Mechanical Engineering Honors Prof. James Wallace & Faculty
Mechanical Engineering faculty were honored at the Faculty Recognition Event and Dinner on Friday, May 12. May 15, 2006

Prof. Bigio's Research Featured in Plastics Technology
ME Associate Professor David Bigio's research was featured in a recent article in Plastics Technology. May 15, 2003

Professors Bigio and Holloway Honored at Commencement
ME Professors David Bigio and David Holloway were honored at the Clark School of Engineering Commencement Exercises May 23, 2002

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. August 1, 2001