Two Scholarships Presented at AMUG 2022

April 4, 2022

AMUG-2022-Scholarships-Udage-MarquetteAt 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. 

Marquette had a career in manufacturing before entering higher education. Based in New Zealand, his company delivered projects ranging from automatic guided vehicles for Disney Imagineering ride systems to building sets for motion pictures, including "The Lord of the Rings."

He was awarded a professorship at Troy University in 2017, and has been teaching design and the implementation of automation for fabrication and manufacturing. In 2020 he launched a minor and associate of science degree in 3D printing for art and industry. These courses begin with design fundamentals and offer extensive applied learning experiences in the 3D printing lab. The program's emphasis is large-format printing and sustainable materials, and attracts a variety of students, from dance to computer science majors.

“It has been wonderful having students with different interests learning from each other's unique perspectives and strengths,” Marquette says. “Put an electronic engineering student on a project with a graphic design major and watch what happens."

The latest front for Marquette and his students is 3D concrete printing, where he brings more than 30 years of experience in concrete mix designs and a strong background in automation.

The Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship—founded by Guy's wife, Renee Bourdeau, and financially supported by Cimquest, Inc. since 2019—is awarded annually to one college student. The Randy Stevens Scholarship, founded by Randy's former employer, In'Tech Industries, is awarded annually to one educator who focuses on AM.

Industry-Related Terms: Additive manufacturing
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See also: Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)

Technologies: Management


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