Dr. Jennifer Bennett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Jennifer Bennett is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Innovation and Engineering, within the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Eng. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. Dr. Bennett has seven years of industrial experience working as an Advanced Solutions Engineer for the machine tool manufacturer DMG MORI. There her team developed hybrid additive and subtractive machine tools as a turnkey solution from CAM software development to applications support to control system design and implementation for end-users such as Virgin Orbit, SpaceX, Boeing, US Army, and Toyota. Dr. Bennett’s research focuses on additive manufacturing processes focusing on increasing process control as well as exploring and enabling novel applications of additive technology. In 2021, Dr. Bennett was selected as one of SME’s 30 Under 30 Manufacturing Innovators. 

Ongoing Research Projects

Tailoring final part properties in direct energy deposition via thermal control

Bi-metallic injection molds manufactured by directed energy deposition

Ceramic additive manufacturing machine design

Publications & Presentations

Selected Peer-reviewed Technical Publications:

X. Xie*, J. Bennett*, S. Saha*, Y. Lu, J. Cao, W. K. Liu and Z. Gan (2021) “Mechanistic data-driven prediction of as-built mechanical properties in metal additive manufacturing,” npj Computational Materials. Vol. 7, No. 86, doi:10.1038/s41524-021-00555-z.

J. Bennett, J. Glerum, and J. Cao (2021) “Relating additively manufactured part tensile properties to thermal metrics,” CIRP Annals. Vol. 70, No. 1, pp. 187-190, doi:10.1016/j.cirp.2021.04.053.

J. Glerum, J. Bennett, K. Ehmann and J. Cao (2021) “Mechanical properties of hybrid additively manufactured Inconel 718 parts created via thermal control after secondary treatment processes,” Journal of Materials Processing Technology. Vol. 291, doi: 10.1016/j.jmatprotec.2021.117047.

J. Bennett, H. Liao, T. Buergel, G. Hyatt, K. Ehmann and J. Cao (2021) “Towards Bi-Metallic Injection Molds by Directed Energy Deposition,” Manufacturing Letters. Vol. 27, pp. 78-81, doi:10.1016/j.mfglet.2021.01.001.

J. Bennett, D. Garcia, M. Kendrick, T. Hartman, G. Hyatt, K. Ehmann, F. You, and J. Cao (2019) “Repairing automotive dies with directed energy deposition: industrial application and life cycle analysis,”  Journal of Manufacturing Science & Engineering. Vol. 141, No. 2, doi:10.1115/1.4042078.

S. Webster, S. Wolff, J. Bennett, T. Sun, J. Cao and K. Ehmann K. (2019) “Porosity formation and meltpool geometry analysis using high-speed, in situ imaging of directed energy deposition,” Microscopy & Microanalysis. vol. 25, pp. 2556-2557, doi:10.1017/S1431927619013515

S. Wolff, Z. Gan, S. Lin, J. Bennett, W. Yan, G. Hyatt, K. Ehmann, G. Wagner, W. K. Liu and J. Cao (2019) “Experimentally validated predictions of thermal history and microhardness in laser-deposited Inconel 718 on carbon steel,” Additive Manufacturing. Vol. 27, pp. 540-551, doi:10.1016/j.addma.2019.03.019.

J. Bennett, O. Kafka, H. Liao, S. Wolff, C. Yu, P. Cheng, G. Hyatt, K. Ehmann and J. Cao (2018) “Cooling rate effect on tensile strength of laser deposited Inconel 718,” Procedia Manufacturing. Vol. 26, pp. 912-919, doi:10.1016/j.promfg.2018.07.118.

J. Bennett*, S. Wolff*, G. Hyatt, K. Ehmann, and J. Cao (2017) “Thermal effect on clad dimension for laser deposited Inconel 718,” Journal of Manufacturing Processes, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 550-557, doi:10.1016/j.jmapro.2017.04.024.

J. Bennett, R. Dudas, J. Cao, K. Ehmann and G. Hyatt (2016) “Control of heating and cooling for direct laser deposition repair of cast iron components” International Symposium on Flexible Automation, pp. 229-236, doi:10.1109/ISFA.2016.7790166.


Hyatt, Gregory A., and Jennifer L. Bennett. "Powder delivery systems and methods for additive manufacturing apparatus." U.S. Patent 10,226,917, issued March 12, 2019.

Hyatt, Gregory A., and Jennifer L. Bennett. "Systems and Methods for Solidification Rate Control During Additive Manufacturing." U.S. Patent Application 16/620,269, filed May 20, 2021.

Hyatt, Gregory A., and Jennifer L. Bennett. "Systems And Methods For Temperature Control In An Additive Manufacturing Process." U.S. Patent Application 16/308,655, filed September 5, 2019.

Bennett, Jennifer L., Kornel Ehmann, and Jian Cao. "Systems and methods for global thermal control of additive manufacturing." U.S. Patent Application 16/223,534, filed June 20, 2019.