Charles C. Wade

Honors and Awards

  • 2023
    • Draper Scholar Program- Fellowship
    • Outstanding TA Award- University of Colorado Boulder Department of Computer Science


  • 2022-Preset
    PhD Student in Computer Science
    University of Colorado Boulder
  • 2017-2021
    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Engineering
    University of Toledo, Ohio
    • Cum laude.
    • College Honors.


  • 2022
    R&D Assistant Staff Member
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
    • Research professional in the Digital Manufacturing Analysis and Frameworks Group at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.
    • Developed novel software methods, visualizations, and controls for several experimental 3D-printing systems
    • Researched a hybrid tool-path planning method that dramatically reduced computational requirements for large-scale additive manufacturing machines
    • Mentored four undergraduate students by providing technical and research skills support
    • Formulated publications and presented at conferences
    • Developed a hybridized method for fitting arc and splines to tool-paths to enable highly accurate object construction
    • Co-developed Slicer 2, a major toolpath planning program used by researchers at ORNL and by industry partners
  • 2019-2021
    Research Intern
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
    • Participated three terms in Department of Energy funded research programs at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility researching additive and advanced manufacturing.
    • Developed high-performance computing algorithms, using NVIDIA CUDA, as part of next-generation software that powers large-scale 3D printing
    • Applied advanced topics in computational geometry and optimization to tool-path planning algorithms
    • Implemented patented algorithm to allow for 3D printing objects with single paths using graph theory
    • Authored research papers and gave presentations at Department of Energy wide events
  • 2018-2019
    Undergraduate Researcher
    The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
    • Conducted independent research under the direction of multiple professors
    • Designed and tested an embedded device that monitors harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie
    • Presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2019 in Kennesaw, Georgia
    • Authored and published a paper in the Proceedings of The National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Teaching Experience

  • 2022-2023
    Teaching Assistant
    Department of Computer Science, CU Boulder
    • I have been a teaching assistant for two semesters for CSCI 2270 Data Structures.
    • I was awarded the 2023 Outstanding TA Award from the Department of Computer Science.
    • Lectured to and collaborated with students during recitation sections
    • Developed new assignments and activities
    • Graded assignments and exams
    • Conducted office hours
  • 2017-2021
    Teaching Assistant
    College of Engineering, The University of Toledo
    • I was a teaching assistant in the university sponsored maker space workshop for 6 semesters.
    • Created lesson plans, lectured students and administered tests on workshop machines, tools and safety
    • Processed 3D printing requests from students
    • Worked hands-on with students in Freshman and Senior Design classes to build prototypes
    • Developed an algorithm that analyzes 3D models to optimize their 3D printing orientation and simulate their probability of success
    • Studied using computer vision and machine learning to determine if and when a failure has occurred while 3D printing

Research Interests

  • Design Automation
    • Computational Geometry
    • Design Synthesis
    • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
    • Simulation and typology optimization
  • Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing
    • Slicing, Tool-path Planning, and Optimization
    • Design for Additive Manufacturing
    • Process Monitoring and Control
  • High Performance Computing
    • CUDA, OpenMP, MPI
    • Scientific Computing

Outreach and Volunteering

  • 2018-2021
    Maker Society
    • Mangaged a 501(c)(3) non-profit student organization whose mission is to promote education into the maker-movement and advanced manufacturing practices
    • Organized and conducted events to improve STEM literacy within the community
    • Lead weekly meetings

Other Interests

  • Tenkara Fly Fishing
  • Hiking/ Backpacking
  • Home Automation