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Robert Morris University to establish a 3D Printing/Advanced Manufacturing Lab at the Pittsburgh based Energy Innovation Center
eicpittsburgh.org (Excerpt below from EIC Vol 2 No. 2, May, 2017 Newsletter)
Read more pg 8 & 9
Christine Bryant, SEMS Board of Visitors member, was a panelist for the May 18thWomen Leadership in STEM, hosted by United Way, United for Women and The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce.
Christine Bryant, Senior Vice President, Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties – North America, Covestro, pictured here on the far right, significantly contributed her expertise to the panel discussion – Women Leading the Way in STEM.
Lego Robert Morris - Engineering Project
Robert Morris University engineering students Hannah Arnold and Andrew Mason built a Robert Morris bust using LEGOs. The bust is based on a 3D laser scan of the plaster bust currently located in the Heritage Room. This project was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci, University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Head of Engineering.
Working with the STL file, (a file generated by a CAD program containing the data for the three-dimensional object), which was obtained by Dr. Sirinterlikci's 3D scan from 2006, the team converted the data into an OBJ file (a standard 3D image format that can be exported and opened by various 3D image editing programs). The OBJ file was then input into multiple LEGO digital design software for breaking the geometry into LEGO bricks.
The expertise of Hannah and Andrew allowed the team to manually modify the digital design and optimize the brick structure. The bust is made hollow for weight control and accommodating future changes - including adding of animation features. The Colonial hat of Robert Morris was also made removable by replacing some of the LEGO bricks with LEGO tiles for accessibility to the cavity.
The Lego Robert Morris project was conducted in the Spring of 2017 semester, between February and early May. Engineering students Steven Lopez and Cyber Forensics and Information Security student Hannah Bartus also contributed to this project.
Picture above shows the LEGO bust along with the 3D metal bust printed in small scale by the EXONE's R2 powder printer. Both are based on the same 3D scan.
RMU 2017 Graduate Commencement - Coach Tomlin
2017 Undergraduate Presidential Awards
May 3, 2017
Kelsey Paxton, BS Biology, and Matt Scolieri, BS Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Concentration), received the 2017 Undergraduate Presidental Award at yesterday's event.
Read more about Kelsey Paxton and Matt Scolieri
Maria Kalevitch, Keynote Speaker at WLMP Graduation Event
April 26, 2017
Women's Leadership & Mentorship Program - WLMP
CEO Lecture Series: Be Curious, Be Courageous, Be Colorful
Featuring: Jerry MacCleary
President, Covestro LLC
Hosted by SEMS on April 6, 2017
Special thanks go to SEMS faculty Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci, Dr. Bill Dress, Dr. Chris Groendyke, Dr. Matt Maurer, Dr. Won Joo, Dr. Woodrow Winchester and Dr. Anthony Robins, as well as Dr. Chester Thompson, Director, Student Support and Community Outreach Programs and Co-Director of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute bmldi.com Additional thanks to our SEMS staff Sarah MacDonald, as well as our NSBE students Nolen Keeys, Warren Buzzell Jr., Daniela Nikama, Zubayr Hussan, Kairel Powell and Jessica Gonzalez.
Dean Maria Kalevitch shown here with visiting Rooney Scholars - Drs. Monwabisi Gantsho and Moloko Ramashala-Gantsho
The R.K. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant to the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science to build a 3-D printing/additive manufacturing lab and classroom at the Energy Innovation Center next to downtown Pittsburgh. Construction will begin next fall, and the school will teach its three certificate programs at the facility. Also, last week SEMS invited high school girls to campus to meet one-on- one with female professionals and undergraduate students and learn about STEM careers. Professionals were RMU alumni working at Curtiss-Wright, GAI Consultants, Michael Baker International, Summa, Philips Respironics, and Comtec Manufacturing.
Won Joo, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received a $17,000 research grant from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology to support a project to improve pedestrian safety for senior citizens.