Background and activities

Jan Torgersen is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He is part of the Outstanding Academic Research Fellow Program and NTNU and the director of the Micro- and Nanoscale Design laboratory. Torgersen studied Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the Vienna University of Science and Technology (TU Wien), where he joined the Institute of Materials Science for his Master and PhD. He was instrumental in the structuring hydrogels with two photon polymerization, a high resolution lithography based additive manufacturing technique capable of fabricating 3D features over multiple length scales. He pioneered in the fabrication of tissue engineering scaffolds direct in the presence of cells and living organisms to provide a dynamic cell culture environment. His interest in the interplay between shape and surface functionality in the Nano- and Mesoscale led him to pursue his post doctoral work at the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory at Stanford University, where he explored issues on energy conversion and storage working on thin film capacitors for DRAM applications, buffer layers for solar cells and catalytic layers for fuel cells. At NTNU Trondheim, he continues to work on the interplay between surface functionality and topology, where his current research interests lie in biomedical materials and energy conversion devices.


Academic Appointments

09/2016-present Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical   and Industrial Engineering, NTNU Trondheim, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
07/2016-present:  Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, USA
02/2014-07/2016 Post-doctoral research fellow at Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory, Stanford University, USA
05/2010-12/2013: Project Assistant at the Institute of Material Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Austria


05/2010-03/2013: Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology, graduated with PhD in Industrial Engineering.
2004-2010: Vienna University of Technology, graduated with Dipl.-Ing. in Industrial Engineering
1995-2003: High School, Vienna

Teaching Activities

2014-2015: Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing, several three hour seminars, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
2014: Additive Manufacturing: Overview and current research, undergraduate lecture, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, USA
2012-2013: Shape memory alloys, high school lecture, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
2009-2011: Fiber-reinforced composites, high-school lecture, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria


TED: The race to the bottom: Speeding up Nanotechnology

3D printer with Nano precision

High Speed Fabrication of Race Car

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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