One Shot: The future of transportation

The future of transportation – think urban air mobility – calls for a new generation of manufacturing. Grad student Buzz Rankouhi is building an audacious prototype and a company to do it.

What do a Chicago skyscraper, NASA rockets and 3-D printing have in common?

For Buzz Rankouhi, something very important.

Rankouhi, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, is advancing a cutting-edge project with a long legacy and deceptively simple goal.

“At the highest level, what we’re trying to do is develop a new way to combine different materials together to manufacture objects,” he says.

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