Additive Manufacturing Users Group announces scholarship recipients

March 14, 2016

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced the recipients of its scholarships for 2016, the recipients of which will attend and participate in the AMUG Conference to be held in St. Louis, USA, April 3 – 7, 2016. Dr Nathan Patterson, Assistant Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, USA), has been awarded the Randy Stevens Scholarship and Jennifer Bennett, a PhD candidate at Northwestern University (Evanston, USA) and a R&D engineer at DMG Mori USA (Illinois), has been awarded the Guy E Bourdeau Scholarship.

“Nathan and Jennifer will be welcome additions to this year’s conference. What they are doing in the Additive Manufacturing world will make a difference, and we believe that attending the conference will have a big impact on them,” stated Mark Barfoot, AMUG President. “These two individuals certainly deserve the scholarships, but it was a difficult endeavour to select from so many qualified candidates.”

The AMUG Board selected Dr Patterson for the integration of his Additive Manufacturing experience and research in his engineering curricula. According to Dr Joe Musto, Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering and Director of the school’s Rapid Prototyping Consortium, “His industrial experience as a research associate with the Morgridge Institute and as president of the Additive Manufacturing start-up Radiant Fabrication provided him with both an outstanding technical background and knowledge of the Additive Manufacturing industry. He has leveraged this expertise to have an immediate impact on Additive Manufacturing education.”

Patterson has been using, designing, building, inventing and teaching others about AM technology for just over twelve years. Examples of his integration of past experience in engineering studies include lab activities that use fused deposition modelling extruders to illustrate engineering principles, such as conservation of linear momentum and Bernoulli’s equation and a first-hand account of the design of a three-year-old boy’s prosthetic to inspire students to not give up when a design approach fails.

The AMUG Board selected Jennifer Bennett for her PhD research that is focused on improving the controllability of AM systems. Bennett stated, “Many challenges still persist before this technology can reach its full potential. The major deficiencies are a lack of process repeatability, dimensional integrity, and material quality.” Her research seeks to address these challenges by establishing a physics-based model to inversely determine the melt pool size and cooling rate needed to achieve ideal material quality and to develop a control system to meet these conditions.

“If successful, this will enable quick qualification of components, increase the process autonomy, truly integrate design and manufacturing and ultimately release this technology from the hands of a few to the hands of many,” stated Bennett.

John Aussem, applications engineer for DMG Mori USA, added, “Jennifer’s hands-on work in the development of these machines has given her a firm foundation for her scholarly work in this area. The insight and understanding she has gained through this experience is invaluable. I have no doubt that Jennifer has the demonstrated potential to be a high achieving engineer who will make transformative breakthroughs in engineering research and become a leader in her career.”

The Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship, founded by Guy’s wife, Renee Bourdeau, is awarded annually to one college student. The Randy Stevens Scholarship, founded by Randy’s employer, In’Tech Industries, is awarded annually to one educator that emphasises or focuses on Additive Manufacturing. 


 Jennifer Bennett and Nathan Patterson will join members at the annual AMUG conference


In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • Revolution, not evolution: General Motors on building an AM culture and the AM Dream Machine
  • The power of Additive Manufacturing in the hands of artists: Public works to small batch production
  • Growing momentum and broadening recognition: A status update on the rise of Electron Beam PBF
  • Improving carbon capture efficiency through Additive Manufacturing in the race for a liveable climate
  • The System of AM Systems: How Metal Powder Works’ in-process powder production could change metal AM
  • The next generation: Using metal AM to drive emissions reduction and educate the engineers of the future
  • Advances in the AM of refractory metals and hard materials at the 20th Plansee Seminar
  • Additive Manufacturing needs you: Why you and your company should get involved in standards development

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

News from the industry…

    News from the industry…

    Discover our magazine archive…

    The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

    • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
    • Articles on technology and application trends
    • Information on materials developments
    • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
    • International industry news

    All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

    Browse the archive

    Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

    Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

    • AM machines
    • Process monitoring & calibration
    • Heat treatment & sintering
    • HIP systems & services
    • Pre- & post-processing technology
    • Powders, powder production and analysis
    • Part manufacturers
    • Consulting, training & market data
    Download PDF
    Share via
    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap