MILWAUKEE, WI, Mar 21, 2018 – The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced the recipients of its scholarships. Emrah Celik, Ph.D., an assistant professor of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Miami (UM), has been awarded the Randy Stevens Scholarship. Daniel Delgado Camacho, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Structural Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), has been awarded the Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship. With these recognitions, Dr. Celik and Mr. Delgado Camacho will engage with additive manufacturing (AM) users at the AMUG Conference, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 8-12, 2018.
Brett Charlton, AMUG Scholarship Committee chair, said, “Each year, the scholarship committee accepts the challenge of selecting two individuals that show great promise for contributing to the growth and advancement of AM; individuals that will bring the spirit and passion of Mr. Randy Stevens and Mr. Guy E. Bourdeau to the AMUG Conference. This year, we had an impressive group of applicants, which made the job of selecting the best quite a challenge.” Charlton continued, “Our committee is excited to award these scholarships to two promising individuals in the AM community. Congratulations to both Dr. Emrah Celik and Mr. Daniel Delgado Camacho. They will be bringing fresh ideas and perspectives on how to grow additive manufacturing in new dimensions through education of our next generation and new applications in industry.”
Dr. Emrah Celik is an assistant professor, researcher and academic with a passion for AM, both as a user and as a developer of technology. He integrates AM into his engineering courses to teach students this new manufacturing platform and give them hands-on experience. Victoria Coverstone, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Miami, said, “Dr. Celik is the leading professor in promoting applications of 3D printing/additive manufacturing in teaching. Teaching 3D printing technologies and hands-on work of our college students stimulated their interest and understanding in this course.”
In his research laboratory, Advanced Nano Systems Laboratory (ANSyL), Dr. Celik investigates novel 3D printing methodologies for fabrication of energy-harvesting materials and reinforced composites for strong, yet lightweight, structural components. He works closely with federal agencies including NASA, U.S. Air Force, and Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Celik’s aim is to develop state-of-the-art AM technologies that leverage this research.
Dr. Celik stated, “Although I have extensive experience with the 3D printing techniques, my interaction with the additive manufacturing community has been very limited. I envision that attending the AMUG Conference will give me the opportunity to initiate long-lasting interactions with the additive manufacturing community.” Dr. Coverstone added, “This scholarship will greatly benefit Dr. Celik’s academic career, our department’s vision on continuous improvement of teaching, and lead to new research projects in his laboratory.”
Daniel Delgado Camacho’s research for his master’s degree is on the application of AM in the construction industry. Patricia Clayton, Ph.D., assistant professor in UT Austin’s Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, is Mr. Delgado Camacho’s co-advisor for his research. Dr. Clayton said, “I believe that Daniel’s research investigating large-scale construction applications for AM will provide innovative architectural and structural design and construction solutions that are only made possible by AM. I know that Daniel will be a true leader in our field, providing a much-needed excitement for technological innovation in a field (infrastructure construction) that often lags behind the innovation curve.”
In 2016, Mr. Delgado Camacho began his research on the current state of AM in the construction industry, becoming the first to do so at UT Austin. This led to his research of AM for fabrication of connections using the material extrusion process. He also foresees leveraging his knowledge and research to accelerate the advancement of concrete 3D printing for construction projects. Following his May 2018 graduation, Mr. Delgado Camacho will join ExxonMobil, a company that has enjoyed his contributions as an intern over a three-year period and sponsored him for the prestigious GEM Fellowship.
Dr. Clayton said, “I strongly believe that Daniel has the intelligence, drive, and ingenuity to develop and market pioneering applications for AM in construction. Attending the AMUG Conference will provide him opportunities to connect with and learn from the best in the field.” Recognizing the information gap between industry, users and researchers, Mr. Delgado Camacho said, “This is knowledge I could gain by attending the AMUG Conference. The conference can provide a better picture of how far advancements in AM have come and all the benefits and potential applications that AM can offer.”
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 emphasizes or focuses on additive manufacturing. The AMUG Scholarship Committee members are Brett Charlton (BD), Kevin Zaras (DSM Additive), Jim Harrison (The Solid Experts), Sheku Kamara (Milwaukee School of Engineering), Clay Guillory (Titan Robotics), and Claire Belson (Emerson Automation Solutions).
About Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)
AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include those with industrial additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies used for professional purposes from companies such as Stratasys, DSM Additive Manufacturing, SLM Solutions, GE Additive, ExOne, Renishaw, HP Inc., 3D Systems, Carbon, EOS, Formlabs, Desktop Metal and Additive Industries. AMUG meets annually to provide education and training through technical presentations on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.
Online at www.amug.com.