Binil Starly


Co-Director, Functional Tissue Engineering, Comparative Medicine Institute

Binil Starly joined North Carolina State University in August 2013. He directs the Data Intensive Manufacturing Laboratory (DIME Lab). His laboratory is working on technologies that merge the digital and the physical world towards advancing both discrete and continuous manufacturing processes. His specific technical expertise is in digital design and fabrication, cyber-physical systems in manufacturing, additive manufacturing and tissue biofabrication processes. As part of the regenerative medicine cluster, his work involves building production platforms for engineered biological tissue leveraging advances in computer-aided tissue scaffold production, bioprinting, intelligent machines, non-invasive sensors and advanced bioreactors to achieve the goal of ‘tissue engineering on-demand’. Additional information about Dr. Starly’s work, including publications and research, can be found at

Binil has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award for research in multi-scale biological tissue scaffold systems built from additive manufacturing platforms. He has published over 45 journal publications in the field of design/manufacturing, customized biomedical implants, biofabrication, and tissue engineering. For his contributions, he has been awarded the 2011 Society of Manufacturing Engineering Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and 2010 NASA TechBrief Award. He has supervised the research of 18 M.S. and 5 Ph.D. students. He is also the advisor of 7 graduate students and 3 undergraduate students. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to Product Development, Digital Design and Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing and Smart Manufacturing. Starly’s formal education began with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala, India and then a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He then joined the University of Oklahoma to develop additive manufacturing platforms for tissue engineering.


  • Product Development (Undergraduate)
  • Digital Manufacturing (Undergraduate & Graduate)
  • Python for Industrial Engineers with Numerical & Scientific Computing (Undergraduate & Graduate)
  • Smart Manufacturing (Graduate)

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Ph.D. 2006

Doctorate of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering

Drexel University

BTech 2001

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

University of Kerala

Research Description

Digital Manufacturing, Digital Factories, Product Manufacturing Information, Additive Manufacturing, Tissue Biofabrication, Biometrology.

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2009
  • NASA TechBrief Award, 2010
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineering Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2011
  • C. A. Anderson Award, 2012


Network-based pricing for 3D printing services in two-sided manufacturing-as-a-service marketplace
Pahwa, D., & Starly, B. (2019), Rapid Prototyping Journal, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print).
“FabSearch”: A 3D CAD Model-Based Search Engine for Sourcing Manufacturing Services
Angrish, A., Craver, B., & Starly, B. (2019), Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 19(4).
Label free process monitoring of 3D bioprinted engineered constructs via dielectric impedance spectroscopy
Narayanan, L. K., Thompson, T. L., Shirwaiker, R., & Starly, B. (2018), Biofabrication, 10(3).
Large-scale digitization of herbarium specimens: Development and usage of an automated, high-throughput conveyor system
Sweeney, P. W., Starly, B., Morris, P. J., Xu, Y. M., Jones, A., Radhakrishnan, S., … Davis, C. C. (2018), Taxon, 67(1), 165–178.
Reverse auction mechanism design for the acquisition of prototyping services in a manufacturing-as-a-service marketplace
Pahwa, D., Starly, B., & Cohen, P. (2018), JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS, 48, 134–143.
A flexible data schema and system architecture for the virtualization of manufacturing machines (VMM)
Angrish, A., Starly, B., Lee, Y.-S., & Cohen, P. H. (2017), Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 45, 236–247.
Electrical cell-substrate impedance spectroscopy can monitor age-grouped human adipose stem cell variability during osteogenic differentiation
Nordberg, R. C., Zhang, J. L., Griffith, E. H., Frank, M. W., Starly, B., & Loboa, E. G. (2017), Stem Cells Translational Medicine, 6(2), 502–511.
Human mesenchymal stem cells expansion on three-dimensional (3D) printed poly-styrene (PS) scaffolds in a perfusion bioreactor
Kumar, A., Lau, W., & Starly, B. (2017), In 3rd cirp conference on biomanufacturing (Vol. 65, pp. 115–120).
Investigating dielectric impedance spectroscopy as a non-destructive quality assessment tool for 3D cellular constructs
Narayanan, L. K., Thompson, T. L., Bhat, A., Starly, B., & Shirwaiker, R. (2017), In Proceedings of the ASME 12th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference - 2017, vol 4.
Particle learning in online tool wear diagnosis and prognosis
Zhang, J. L., Starly, B., Cai, Y., Cohen, P. H., & Lee, Y. S. (2017), Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 28, 457–463.

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RAISE: C-Accel Pilot - Track A1: Product Design and Manufacturing Graph-as-a-Service
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/19 - 5/31/20)
Enhanced Cybersecurity for Smart Manufacturing
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(7/01/19 - 6/30/20)
Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Design by Anyone and Build Anywhere (iMOS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/18 - 7/31/20)
Real-time and Label-Free Monitoring of Critical Quality Attributes of Engineered Tissue Constructs Via Dielectric Impedance Spectroscopy
US Dept. of Defense (DOD)(3/01/19 - 8/31/20)
Collaborative Research: CESER: EAGER: “FabWave” - A Pilot Manufacturing Cyberinfrastructure for Shareable Access to Information Rich Product Manufacturing Data
National Science Foundation (NSF)(4/01/18 - 3/31/20)
CSR:Medium:SmartChainDB - Enabling Smart Marketplaces With A Scalable Semantically-Enhanced Blockchain Platform
National Science Foundation (NSF)(10/01/18 - 9/30/21)
ICORPS: An Online Platform for Match-Making Manufacturing Service Companies and Design Enterprises
National Science Foundation (NSF)(12/01/16 - 3/31/18)
Streaming In-Process Machine Data from a Mill-Turn Machining Operation to the Digital Manufacturing Commons
US Dept. of Defense (DOD)(7/25/16 - 7/24/17)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/01/16 - 11/30/19)
EAGER: Cybermanufacturing: Industrial Machine Operating System (iMOS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/15 - 6/30/18)