Continuing my undergraduate research in developing real-life applications for desktop and at-home 3-D printers I was also responsible for assisting in the undergraduate research projects ensuring knowledge was successfully transferred between students.
Main research focus was on developing low-cost solar photovoltaic racking systems utilizing 3-D printing and the systems developed showed a potential for 80% cost reduction compared to commercially available alternatives.
Additionally, I consulted with schools to adopt 3-D printing in the classroom and facilitated teachers’ expertise of the technology with non-profit partner Square One via 3-D printer building workshops and continued support.
Materials engineering internship with initial projects focusing on heat treatment methods for fuel injector barrels and how the various methods affect post-heat treated dimensions
Project focus moved toward 3D printing through the summer culminating in a presentation about the feasibility analysis of integrating 3-D printing into R&D to Board of Directors
Coordinated purchase of industrial 3-D printer with drafting and materials teams
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Pearce
Continued my research from undergraduate into a masters program focused on open-sourced 3-D Printing under the advisement of Dr. Joshua Pearce. Projects ran included solar PV racking system development, material characterization of 3-D printed components, creating an open-source photometer, and others.
A full list of publications completed during my education can be found here
Solution Thermodynamics, Material Kinetic Systems, Vehicle Battery Cells and Systems, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Crystallography & Diffraction, Solar Photovoltaic Science
Research Focus: Solar Photovoltaics, 3-D Printing
Research Highlight: 3-D Printing Goes Beyond the Lab
Senior Design Project: Design of an Eta Phase Strengthened Nickel Based Superalloy
Sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and Dr. John Shingledecker. Utilizing ICME strategies, we optimized the effects of small alloying additions to the stabilization and formation of the Ni3Ti intermetallic in a Ni-Co-Cr alloy above 800C.
Awarded – 2nd Place: ASM International – Undergraduate Materials Design Competition 2013