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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.

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