3/1/2017 | 2 MINUTE READ

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

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The Randy Stevens and Guy E. Bourdeau scholarships are awarded annually to one educator and one student, respectively.


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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced the recipients of its scholarships. Dr. Haijun Gong, an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Georgia), has received the Randy Stevens Scholarship, awarded annually to an educator that emphasizes or focuses on additive manufacturing. Claire Belson, a chemical engineering student at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), has received the Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship, awarded annually to a college student. With these recognitions, Ms. Belson and Dr. Gong will attend and participate in the AMUG Conference, which to be held in Chicago, Illinois, from March 19-23, 2017.

The AMUG Scholarship Committee selected Dr. Haijun Gong for his extensive experience, current research, and transfer of that knowledge to the students that he teaches. “Dr. Gong is well-versed in the area of additive manufacturing and has the skills to apply that experience to research and education at the intersection of unique materials and AM processes,” said Dr. Daniel Cox, professor and founding chair of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at Georgia Southern University.

Dr. Gong’s attention focuses on additive manufacturing with metallic materials. He stated, “In my opinion, AM is not only a manufacturing method for complex metal parts, but also a metallurgy technique of exploring new alloys.” Currently he is conducting research, in partnership with 3DSIM LLC, on the simulation, optimization, and physical phenomena of laser melting processes. Dr. Gong also contributes to standards development through ASTM’s F42 committee. Additionally, he has completed an NSF proposal to acquire a metal additive manufacturing machine for further research and education at the university.

The AMUG Scholarship Committee selected Claire Belson for her passion, professionalism, skills and willingness to share her knowledge. Ms. Belson is pursuing a dual degree, both a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering, and has participated as an undergraduate researcher, a sub-team leader of the university’s EcoCAR team, and a student employee in the College of Engineering’s innovation area known as the Cube.

Dr. Yonghyun (John) Kim, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, stated, “Claire has also worked as an engineering co-op student at Emerson, where she was entrusted to spearhead a $50,000+ project to develop new additive manufacturing processes in foundries.”

As an Emerson co-op, Ms. Belson attended the 2016 AMUG Conference. “The AMUG Conference helped me to evaluate companies and equipment in order to make wise recommendations to senior management regarding potential purchases and what would be best for their needs,” she said. Rebecca Rutishauser, manager of manufacturing innovation and technology for Emerson Automation Solutions, said, “This was by far the most complex and comprehensive co-op project from 2016, and Claire completed it with a well thought out final recommendation and still had time to help with several other projects.”