Travis E. Shelton

Research Assistant

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Mr. Travis Shelton received a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Dayton in 2015, where he studied thin film nanocomposites at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He joined the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in 2016 as a Research Engineer to develop space structures and thermal management systems. He is currently engaged in the development of processing parameters for metal additive manufacturing.

Research Interests

  • 3D Printing and Characterization
  • Lightweight Structures
  • Thermal Management
  • Laser Processing of Materials
  • Space Degradation on Materials
  • Surface Engineering
  • Nanomaterials


Shelton, T. E., Stelzer, D. J., Hartsfield, C. R., Cobb, G.R., O’Hara R. P., Tommila, C. D. (2020). Understanding Surface Roughness of Additively Manufactured Superalloy for Space Applications. Rapid Prototyping Journal.

Shelton, T. E., Willburn, Z. A., Hartsfield, C. R., Cobb, G. R., Cerri, J. T., Kemnitz, R. A. (2020) Effects of Thermal Process Parameters on Mechanical Interlayer Strength for Additively Manufactured Ultem 9085. Journal of Polymer Testing, 81.

Volodymyr P. Sabelkin, Gregory R. Cobb, Travis E. Shelton, Megan N. Hartsfield, David J. Newell, Ryan P. O’Hara, Ryan A. Kemnitz (2019). Mitigation of anisotropic fatigue in nickel alloy 718 manufactured via selective laser melting. Materials & Design, 182.

Shelton, T.E., Hartsfield, C. R., Cobb G. R. (2019). Additive Manufacturing: Designing to Withstand Space Launch. AIAA Scitech Forum.

McConney, M. E.,  Muratore, C., Jespersen, M. J., Shelton, T. E., Stevenson, R. E., & Voevodin, A. A. (2016). Low Temperature growth of MoS2 on stretchable substrates enabled through laser annealing. Journal of Materials Research, 31, 967-974.

Crystalline transition metal dichalcogenide films and methods of making same, US Patent Application number 15962445

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