- Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1995
- MS, Arizona State University, 1988
- BS, Wichita State University, 1985
Dr. Paul conducts theoretical and experimental studies of the physics and chemistry in micromanufacturing processes with an emphasis on materials joining and application to energy systems miniaturization and chemical process intensification. His group has applied chemical process intensification to colloidal nanocrystal synthesis and has explored the coupling of colloidal nanomaterials into various micromanufacturing processes including diffusion brazing, thin film deposition and additive manufacturing.
In addition to his faculty appointment in the School of MIME, Dr. Paul also leads the Modular Manufacturing Focus Area within the RAPID Institute, a Manufacturing USA Institute committed to advancing modular chemical process intensification for reducing capital equipment costs and improving energy efficiency in chemical processing.
Brian K. Paul is a professor of manufacturing engineering at Oregon State University. In 2003, Professor Paul joined with three other OSU professors to establish the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute dedicated to commercializing microchannel and nanomanufacturing technology. Since 2008, he has helped 15 companies advance micro and nanotechnologies toward the marketplace, four formed from his work with his graduate students. Five of his OSU patents established the core technology for a spin-out which in 2010 received the largest first round venture capital funding in the history of Oregon. In 2013, Professor Paul was invited to serve as the Assistant Director of Technology within President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, to help devise a federal strategy to overcome industry impediments to manufacturing innovation, now known as Manufacturing USA. Upon his return to OSU, Professor Paul helped establish the Rapid Advancement of Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute within Manufacturing USA, where he is responsible for overseeing one of six technology focus areas. In this role, he directs efforts between companies, academic institutions and national laboratories to reduce the cost of intensified components by integrating new advanced manufacturing technologies into the metalworking supply chain. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
He has been at OSU since 1995.