Craig Friedrich

Craig Friedrich


  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Oklahoma State University


Craig Friedrich is the Robbins Professor of Sustainable Manufacturing and has been on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics for twenty years, after serving on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University for ten years. He serves as Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the department and directs the Multi-Scale Technologies Institute. Friedrich holds a BSME and an MSME from Louisiana Tech University, and a PhD from Oklahoma State University.

Friedrich’s research generally focuses on mechanical micromachining and nanofabrication for health and energy. In the 1990s, he pioneered the field of mechanical micromilling, making and using milling tools one-quarter of the diameter of a hair in size. Friedrich is currently working on nanotexturing orthopedic implant surfaces to promote cell growth, bone adhesion, and inhibit infection. This work, and earlier research on applications of electro-optical proteins in sensing and nanoelectronics have been issued patents. Friedrich received the Paul A. Siple Award for this work, the highest recognition for research bestowed by the US Army. His research is based on the diversity of the field of mechanical engineering and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Micromechanical Systems
  • Nanotechnology

Research Interests

  • Micromechanical machining processes
  • Microsystem design
  • Bionanotechnologies