Recipients of AMUG 2024 3D printing scholarships announced

The Additive Manufacturing Customers Group (AMUG) has introduced the recipients of its two 3D printing scholarship’s as Alex Campbell and Phil Rufe. 

The awardees can be acknowledged by the additive manufacturing group on the 2024 AMUG convention at Hilton Chicago between March 10-14, 2024. Campbell and Rufe will take to the stage on March 12 to share their tales and talk about their work.  

Campbell is a fourth-year aerospace engineering pupil at Ohio State College (OHU), and has been awarded the Man E. Bourdeau Scholarship for college students in additive manufacturing. Rufe, an Assistant Professor within the College of Engineering at Jap Michigan College (EMU), obtained the Randy Stevens Scholarship for educators in additive manufacturing.   

Each AMUG scholarships search to acknowledge college students and educators who exhibit a ardour and imaginative and prescient for additive manufacturing to advance each schooling and {industry}.

“The recipients of the scholarships embody a deep-seated enthusiasm for additive manufacturing that originated a few years in the past and has endured over time,” commented Rajeev Kulkarni, Chair of the AMUG Scholarship Committee. 

“Moreover, the committee acknowledged their aspirations to problem and enhance established practices, accompanied by proactive efforts to rework these into actuality. By means of their mentorship initiatives, they encourage others to contribute to world change.”

Kulkarni added that the excessive caliber of this 12 months’s scholarship submissions left a optimistic impression on the AMUG scholarship committee. “As every year passes, deciding on probably the most excellent scholarship recipients turns into progressively difficult, reflecting the exceptional developments throughout the additive manufacturing {industry},” Kulkarni stated.  

AMUG has awarded scholarships to Alex Campbell (left), an aerospace engineering student at Ohio State University, and Phil Rufe, Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at Eastern Michigan University. Photos via AMUG.
AMUG has awarded scholarships to Alex Campbell (left), an aerospace engineering pupil at Ohio State College, and Phil Rufe, Assistant Professor within the College of Engineering at Jap Michigan College. Pictures by way of AMUG.

The Man E. Bourdeau Scholarship 

Based to honor the reminiscence of AMUG supporter and advocate Man E. Bourdeau, this scholarship is awarded yearly to a school pupil in recognition of their contribution to 3D printing in schooling.  

Funded by New Jersey-based CAD/CAM reseller Cimquest, the award gives AMUG 2024 to permit the chosen pupil to entry shared information on the occasion and develop {industry} contacts. Along with free registration, the scholarship covers all AMUG-related journey and lodging bills. 

Campbell’s introduction to additive manufacturing got here within the type of a MakerBot 3D printer in center college. What started as a pastime quickly turned a full-time educational ardour, with 3D printing now “an integral side” of his skilled identification. 

Now pursuing an aerospace engineering diploma at OHU, Campbell hopes to maneuver into the aerospace {industry} to advance the manufacture of rocket engines or apply clever design to next-generation propulsion techniques. Campbell has particularly recognized the potential supplied by additive manufacturing for the manufacturing of combustion chambers and injectors.

In OHU’s Middle for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME), Campbell presently is an undergraduate analysis assistant within the metallic additive manufacturing lab. The coed  has since gained intensive expertise in LPBF, EBM, SLA, and FDM applied sciences. He’s additionally the venture supervisor of OSU’s liquid engine venture within the Buckeye Area Launch Initiative.

Away from OSU, Campbell accomplished an internship at ADDMAN Group firm Castheon, the place he developed validation and verification processes, aided the set up of an SLM 280 HL, discovered the additive manufacturing course of, and labored with niobium C-103 materials. 

Cameron Gygi, Lead Engineer for OSU’s Middle for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME), stated: “Alex has constantly showcased his dedication, proficiency, and problem-solving acumen. Alex stands out for his self-starting capability and eagerness to deal with and remedy advanced issues. His management is clear not solely in his work ethic but additionally in his mentorship of his friends.”

Hilton Chicago will host AMUG 2024. Photo via Hilton Chicago.
Hilton Chicago will host AMUG 2024. Picture by way of Hilton Chicago.

The Randy Stevens Scholarship 

The Randy Stevens Scholarship is financially supported by Minnesota-based manufacturing service bureau In’Tech Industries. The award honors the reminiscence of Randy Stevens, AMUG supporter and advocate, for his dedication and contribution to the additive manufacturing {industry}.   

The annual scholarship goals to acknowledge one high-school instructor or school professor for his or her contribution to 3D printing in schooling {and professional} improvement. As with the Man E. Bourdeau Scholarship, this award presents free entry to AMUG 2024 and covers associated bills.   

Professor Rufe is a Licensed Manufacturing Engineer with levels in mechanical engineering, manufacturing and schooling, who now teaches within the College of Engineering at EMU. 

Rufe leads programs in manufacturing processes, industrial operations, CAD mechanics, GD&T, lean manufacturing, mental property design for meeting (DFMA), and additive manufacturing. Moreover, the EMU professor manages the college’s 3D printing/AM lab. 

“Primarily based on my analysis, AM is a instrument with all kinds of functions and a various viewers. Whereas a devoted 3D printing class is nice, it alone doesn’t meet the wants of a various set of functions or audiences,” commented Rufe. “Shifting paradigms and offering AM schooling to college students outdoors of the normal dedicated-course mannequin is a problem.”

In his function as an educator, Rufe has been acknowledged for making additive manufacturing accessible, whereas offering steerage on 3D printing processes, benefits, disadvantages, and issues. His insights embrace getting ready recordsdata for 3D printing, and understanding the fee, time, and high quality issues related to additive manufacturing.         

Dr. Vijay Mannari, Interim Director of the College of Engineering at EMU, said that “Professor Rufe has offered sturdy management in selling and integrating 3D printing/additive manufacturing throughout the College of Engineering at EMU.”

“Professor Rufe has built-in 3D printing, in some type, into lots of our engineering and engineering expertise majors and lessons,” added Mannari. “Moreover, he has initiated and maintained sturdy industrial partnerships leading to industry-relevant schooling and tools for our engineering college students.”

AMUG Conference 2022 New Members Reception. Photo by Michael Petch
AMUG Convention 2022 New Members Reception. Picture by Michael Petch.

Earlier AMUG scholarship recipients

The AMUG 2021 scholarships went to Sean Dobson and John Sorvillo. 

A College of Cincinnati Ph.D. pupil, Dobson obtained the Man E. Bourdeau Scholarship. Previous to his Ph.D, Dobson interned at Gulfstream Aerospace’s 3D printing lab and accomplished a analysis undergraduate diploma on the College of Louisville. His later research noticed him concentrate on supplies science on the College of Cincinnati. Dobson has additionally labored as an Additive and Materials Engineer for 3D printing service supplier Vertex Manufacturing.   

“He has been an amazing asset to Vertex Manufacturing. The eagerness that Sean displays for this discipline of labor each day is inspiring, even for these of us who share the identical ardour,” said Vertex Manufacturing CEO Greg Morris.   

The 2021 Randy Stevens scholarship went to Sorvillo, Director of Westwood Preparatory Academy in Youngstown, Ohio. Right here, college students are in residential care and lots of are with out familial provisions. Sorvillo’s efforts noticed the variety of 3D printers on the academy improve from one to 4, serving to to increase the educating of life-skills and technical competencies, resembling CAD design.

“Our 3D printing program has performed an enormous function in creating inspiration,” stated Sorvillo. “We’re in a position to present at-risk college students a complete new means of studying. This expertise has opened avenues of educating that we by no means imagined. We’re in a position to positively influence many sides of our college students’ lives.”     
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Featured picture exhibits Alex Campbell (left) and Phil Rufe. Pictures by way of AMUG.