Harvey West

Manager for Material Testing and Characterization

  • Phone: 919.515.8527
  • Office: 4131 Fitts-Woolard Hall


Harvey West earned his doctorate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at N.C. State and is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina. He started as an Extension Specialist with the Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center in 1997 and established the Furniture Testing and Evaluation Laboratory. With a background in materials science and engineering, he has now become very involved in the characterization and testing of metal and polymer parts fabricated by additive manufacturing.

West manages two labs equipped for chemical analysis, static and fatigue testing, metallography, and particle size analysis. He has conducted more than 1,000 tests for over 200 different companies at the Product Testing and Evaluation Laboratory. Working with Dr. Denis Cormier and Dr. James Taylor, he secured U.S. Patent “Methods and Apparatus for Rapidly Prototyping Three-Dimensional Objects from a Plurality of Layers.” Unless you have some time to spare, don’t get him started on banjos and bluegrass!

Research Interests

West’s research interests include characterization and testing of metal and polymer parts fabricated by additive manufacturing, chemical analysis, static and fatigue testing, metallography, and particle size analysis.


Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and EngineeringNC State University1989
MSMaster of ScienceNC State University1982
BSBachelor of ScienceNC State University1979

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 | Award for Excellence from NC State College of Engineering


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Investigation of the fatigue crack behavior of 304 stainless steels using synchrotron X-ray tomography and diffraction: Influence of the martensite fraction and role of inclusions
Schoell, R., Xi, L., West, H., Hosemann, P., Park, J.-S., Kenesei, P., … Kaoumi, D. (2022), MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION, 188. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matchar.2022.111903
The Influence of Powder Reuse on the Properties of Nickel Super Alloy ATI 718 (TM) in Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing
Rock, C., Ledford, C., Garcia-Avila, M., West, H., Miller, V. M., Pankow, M., … Horn, T. (2021), METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS B-PROCESS METALLURGY AND MATERIALS PROCESSING SCIENCE, 52(2), 676–688. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11663-020-02040-2
Analysis of Self-Organized Patterned Surface Oxide Spots on Ejected Spatter Produced during Laser Powder Bed Fusion
Rock, C., Vadlakonda, R., Figurskey, S., Ledford, C., West, H., Miller, V., … Horn, T. (2020), Additive Manufacturing, 35, 101320. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2020.101320
Additive manufacturing of an iron-based bulk metallic glass larger than the critical casting thickness
Mahbooba, Z., Thorsson, L., Unosson, M., Skoglund, P., West, H., Horn, T., … Harrysson, O. (2018), APPLIED MATERIALS TODAY, 11, 264–269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmt.2018.02.011
Effect of Hypoeutectic Boron Additions on the Grain Size and Mechanical Properties of Ti-6Al-4V Manufactured with Powder Bed Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing
Mahbooba, Z., West, H., Harrysson, O., Wojcieszynski, A., Dehoff, R., Nandwana, P., & Horn, T. (2017), JOM, 69(3), 472–478. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-016-2210-9
Development of an ultra-high density power chip on bus (PCoB) module
Xu, Y., Husain, I., West, H., Yu, W. S., & Hopkins, D. C. (2016), 2016 ieee energy conversion congress and exposition (ecce). https://doi.org/10.1109/ecce.2016.7855040
Additive Manufacturing of Metal Cellular Structures: Design and Fabrication
Yang, L., Harrysson, O., Cormier, D., West, H., Gong, H., & Stucker, B. (2015), JOM, 67(3), 608–615. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-015-1322-y
Low-energy drop weight performance of cellular sandwich panels
Yang, L., Harrysson, O. A., West, H. A., II, Cormier, D. R., Park, C., & Peters, K. (2015), RAPID PROTOTYPING JOURNAL, 21(4), 433–442. https://doi.org/10.1108/rpj-08-2013-0083
Mechanical properties of 3D re-entrant honeycomb auxetic structures realized via additive manufacturing
Yang, L., Harrysson, O., West, H., & Cormier, D. (2015), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES, 69-70, 475–490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2015.05.005
Powder Removal from Ti-6Al-4V Cellular Structures Fabricated via Electron Beam Melting
Hasib, H., Harrysson, O. L. A., & West, H. A., II. (2015), JOM, 67(3), 639–646. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-015-1307-x

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Harvey West