Two Scholarships Presented at AMUG 2022April 4, 2022
At AMUG…Following an attendee welcome by Carl Dekker, Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) president and president at Met-L-Flo, AMUG 2022 conference sessions kicked off in Chicago, IL, with the awarding of two scholarships. Akila Udage, pursuing a doctorate in Architectural Science with research focusing on additive manufacturing (AM) for lighting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, was awarded the Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship for students in AM, and Frank Marquette, professor of practice at Troy University, Troy, AL, was awarded the Randy Stevens Scholarship for AM educators.
Udage was exposed to AM while pursuing his master's degree at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
As a graduate research assistant, Udage's work focused on integrating AM into LED lighting systems. Through his research, he has been analyzing the advantages and challenges of developing structural, thermal, electrical and optical components for LED systems using AM.
Udage's efforts on 3D-printed optics focus on the printing of novel lenses for illumination applications, and he has been involved in the characterization of 3D-printed reflective and transmissive optical components. He’s recently been involved in projects to build custom architectural lighting through 3D printing to take lighting to a more creative level.