• Where it all began

    Congratulations Roger Tipton: His research to develop a new additive manufactured optical fiber interconnect for computer board applications has received a Cade Museum Award for Innovation

  • New Sensors and Communication

    Developing new sensors and communication devices with next generation materials

  • At The Board Teaching

    Teaching the next generation of students is privilege and a responsibility not to be taken lightly.


Materials Science: Additive manufacturing to advance new product development.

New additive manufacturing tools and materials are creating opportunities to develop innovative new products

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Chemical Engineering: Biobased and biodegradable materials

Development of new biobased and biodegradable materials for more sustainable products and a better future for the planet.

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Numerical Simulation: Using FEA and CFD to solve problems

Numerical simulation has the capability to shorten new product development lead times and improve outcomes

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Materials Science: Composite materials development

Creating new composite materials and using the latest design tools to get better products to market

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About Research Group

It is the goal of the Performance Materials Lab to be in a position to understand, facilitate, and be prepared to implement new materials science discoveries in sustainable materials.  This requires our involvement in basic and applied materials science and engineering and a collaborative partnership between research and industry.  We approach discovery with an interdisciplinary team of material scientists, chemical and biomedical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and other related disciplines.

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Roger Tipton's Remarkable Journey

Roger Tipton's Remarkable Journey

After a successful 20 year career in industry from the shop floor to management to executive positions, Roger Tipton completed his PhD and started a career in research and developing the next generation of engineers and scientists. This non-traditional route to academia provides a unique perspective to achievement and learning.


About Publications Group

Our group is working at the interface of materials science, electronics, and additive manufacturing with the goal of advancing understanding of sensors and communications devices.

  • We specialize in both computational and experimental studies.
  • We engage with government agencies and industrial partners to maximize the impact of our work  and maximize the benefits to society.

For more information on the research of our group please feel free to contact Roger Tipton.

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How I navigated through my midlife PhD

R.B. Tipton

Optical interconnects on a flexible substrate by multi-material hybrid additive and subtractive manufacturing

R.B. Tipton; D. Hou; Z. Shi, T. Weller, V.R. Bhethanabotla

Laser Enhanced Direct Print Additive Manufacturing of Circular Cross-Section Optical Fiber Interconnects for Board Level Computing Devices

R.B. Tipton, D. Hou, E.A. Rojas-Nastrucci, T.M. Weller, V.R. Bhethanabotla

Roger Tipton


Roger Tipton, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  After two decades of working in new product development, Roger

  • 2020
    Department Award for Outstanding Journal Publication
    University of South Florida Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • 2019
    CADE Museum Prize
    CADE Museum
  • 2019
    BRAG Award
    University of South Florida
  • 2019
    Innovator on Fire
    Tampa Bay Innovation
  • 2018
    NASA Fellowship
  • 2013
    Innovation Award in Advanced Materials
  • 2005
    Manny Award for Excellence in Manufacturing