AMUG announces scholarships for Additive Manufacturing

February 13, 2024

February 13, 2024

Alex Campbell (L) and Phil Rufe (R) have received scholarships from AMUG (Courtesy AMUG)
Alex Campbell (L) and Phil Rufe (R) have received scholarships from AMUG (Courtesy AMUG)

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced the recipients of its scholarships are Alex Campbell and Phil Rufe. Campbell, a fourth-year student studying aerospace engineering at Ohio State University, has been awarded the Guy E Bourdeau Scholarship for students in Additive Manufacturing. Rufe, an Assistant Professor teaching at the School of Engineering in Eastern Michigan University, has been selected for the Randy Stevens Scholarship for educators in Additive Manufacturing.

As scholarship recipients, Alex Campbell and Phil Rufe will attend the AMUG Conference, where they will engage with Additive Manufacturing users. They will take the stage to present their work on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. The AMUG Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from March 10-14, 2024.

The scholarships aim to recognise students and educators who exhibit a strong passion and vision for Additive Manufacturing in order to advance education and industry. The Guy E Bourdeau Scholarship, founded by Renee Bourdeau, Bourdeau’s wife, and financially supported Cimquest, Inc. since 2019, is awarded annually to one college student. The Randy Stevens Scholarship, however, was founded and financially supported by Stevens’ former employer, In’Tech industries, and is awarded annually to one educator focusing on Additive Manufacturing.

Rajeev Kulkarni, chair of the AMUG Scholarship Committee, expressed, “The recipients of the scholarships embody a deep-seated enthusiasm for Additive Manufacturing that originated many years ago and has endured over time. Additionally, the committee acknowledged their aspirations to challenge and improve established practices, accompanied by proactive efforts to transform these into reality. Through their mentorship initiatives, they inspire others to contribute to global change.”

Kulkarni added, “The heightened caliber of the submissions also left a strong impression on the scholarship committee. As each year passes, selecting the most outstanding scholarship recipients becomes progressively challenging, reflecting the remarkable advancements within the Additive Manufacturing industry.”

Campbell is pursuing an aerospace engineering degree at Ohio State University (OSU) with the goal of entering the aerospace industry to make significant contributions, either by manufacturing rocket engines or applying intelligent design to next-gen propulsion systems. In particular, he cited using Additive Manufacturing for combustion chambers and injectors.

Campbell stated, “I find this interesting because it not only allows for increasingly complex regenerative cooling setups but also allows for the use of unique, often hard-to-machine materials, such as niobium C-103.”

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In a letter of support, Cameron Gygi, Additive Manufacturing Research Specialist – Lead Engineer for OSU’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME), shared, “Alex has consistently showcased his dedication, proficiency, and problem-solving acumen. Alex stands out for his self-starting ability and eagerness to tackle and solve complex problems. His leadership is evident not only in his work ethic but also in his mentorship of his peers.”

In OSU’s CDME, Campbell is an undergraduate research assistant in the metal AM lab and is well-versed in various technologies, including Laser or Electron Beam Powder Fusion (PBF-LB and EB, respectively) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM). He stated, “My role involves not only running four metal AM machines but also training fellow students in this cutting-edge technology.” Campbell is also the project manager of OSU’s liquid engine project in the Buckeye Space Launch Initiative.

Having recently completed an internship at Castheon, an ADDMAN Group Company, Campbell was immersed in metal Additive Manufacturing. In his time at the company, he developed validation and verification processes, helped facilitate the installation of an SLM 280 HL, learned the Additive Manufacturing production process, and worked with niobium C-103.

Professor Phil Rufe teaches in the School of Engineering at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) drawing on his extensive manufacturing background as a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) with degrees in mechanical engineering, manufacturing and education.

At EMU, his courses are in manufacturing processes, industrial operations, CAD, mechanics, GD&T, lean manufacturing, intellectual property, design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA), and Additive Manufacturing. Rufe also manages EMU’s AM lab.

Dr Vijay Mannari, Interim Director of the School of Engineering at Eastern Michigan University, shared, “Professor Rufe has provided strong leadership in promoting and integrating 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing within the School of Engineering at EMU. Professor Rufe has been instrumental in implementing 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing.”

Mannari said, “Professor Rufe has integrated 3D printing, in some form, into many of our engineering and engineering technology majors and classes. Additionally, he has initiated and maintained strong industrial partnerships resulting in industry-relevant education and equipment for our engineering students.”

Rufe shared, “Based on my research, AM [Additive Manufacturing] is a tool with a wide variety of applications and a diverse audience. While a dedicated 3D printing class is good, it alone does not meet the needs of a diverse set of applications or audiences. Shifting paradigms and providing AM education to students outside of the traditional dedicated-course model is a challenge.”

Rufe is also active in technology transfer, teaches industrial seminars and serves on advisory boards for local schools.

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