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End of the Semester Brings Active Competition in The MILL
This past week The MILL hosted two Learning and Discovery (L&D) final presentations. L&D teams are undergraduate student led research projects that use the facilities within The MILL to explore the processing, structure, and properties of materials. On Thursday November 29, the teams gave end-of-semester presentations in each of the three current active areas: (1) the science of art, (2) 3D printing of metals, and (3) cold sintering of ceramics. Judges Tami Mace, Juneann McDonald, and Saad Bhamla announced the 3D printing of metals team as the semester’s winner. The group members included Max Walde, Mallory Parker, Tom Miller, Annie Mullins, Meredith Stewart, Ayush Jain, and Katie Koube (grad student mentor). The team won lunch with Professor Thadhani.
On Tuesday December 4, The MILL hosted its first industry-inspired L&D competition final. Student teams submitted proposals at the start of the semester to compete for a cash prize based upon their presentation and technical progress at the end of the semester. This semester’s competition challenged the undergraduate student teams to develop a processing strategy to make granulated nylon source material 3D printable. Rena Pomaville (industry mentor, Ravago Manufacturing), Professor Sundaresan Jayaraman, and Research Scientist Kishor Gupta served as judges for the competition. The winning team was Max Walde (MSE), Daniel Eichler (MSE), Samuel Nelson (ME), Aaron Thomas (MSE), and Emily Register (MSE). Each team member won $400.