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UTEP 3-D Printing is Focus of New Graduate Certificate

UTEP’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is now offering a graduate certificate in 3-D engineering and additive manufacturing.

The program, starting in fall 2017, supplements existing graduate degrees or can be a standalone certificate for a professional engineer wishing to expand his or her résumé.

“Additive manufacturing (3-D printing technology) is being used throughout industry at an accelerating pace,” said Ryan Wicker, Ph.D., director and founder of UTEP’s W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation and professor of mechanical engineering.

“As many universities acquire 3-D printers and expose these technologies to students, a growing number of university graduates are entering the workforce with some level of 3-D printing knowledge. However, to take full advantage of the opportunities available to design new, innovative products using 3-D printing, specific engineering knowledge and skills are required in the workforce to make this happen, not only for university graduates but current engineering professionals as well.  The new certificate was created to satisfy these needs.”

Ahsan Choudhuri, Ph.D., chair of UTEP’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, said the new addition aligns skills with workforce needs in the industry.

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“Technology is evolving so quickly, and this is the future of manufacturing,” Choudhuri said. “What UTEP is offering is national leadership in this by providing bold educational opportunities.”

 

The program requires a 12-month completion period and is a 15 graduate credit hour program. It offers flexibility with three lecture courses completed online and two hands-on design studios that will expose students to the Keck Center’s more than 50 additive manufacturing machines for plastic, metal and electronic fabrication.

“This area of 3-D manufacturing and 3-D printing is going to be a significant game-changing technology to all aspects of engineering development moving in the future,” said Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Graduate Program Director Jack Chessa, Ph.D. “It changes inherently the way you design

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products. There are only a few institutions that have the expertise and the history in doing the 3-D printing that the Keck Center has. Students will have an amazing advantage.”

 

In 2015, UTEP became the first satellite center for America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and this certificate program illustrates that relationship is growing.

The College of Engineering offers 21 graduate degrees and eight undergraduate degrees.

For more details on this certificate, visit the program page online.

UTEP, Canadian University Partner for Combustion Research

Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UTEP will collaborate with researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, to study combustion of metals as recyclable zero-carbon fuels.

“The scientific goal of the program is to achieve a better understanding of processes occurring during combustion of powdered metals as energy carriers that provide a transformative solution of the energy storage problem, enabling a faster growth of the renewable energy sector in power generation and propulsion,” said Evgeny Shafirovich, Ph.D. associate professor in mechanical engineering and the lead on the project at UTEP.

The team was awarded nearly $250,000 from the National Science Foundation for use over three years. The work will be conducted through the MIRO Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research at UTEP.

Each summer of the three-year project period, four students from UTEP will spend 12 weeks at McGill, participating in fundamental research on combustion of metals as clean energy carriers. The students will be integrated into existing research groups, where they will use unique facilities and techniques under the mentorship of highly qualified Canadian researchers.

The project will help establish long-term, sustainable collaboration between UTEP and McGill, which will lead to new projects, student exchanges, and scientific publications in the area of combustion for clean energy applications.

In addition, the collaboration will inspire, recruit and retain students from the border region, including underrepresented minority individuals, pursuing careers in areas related to combustion, energy and the environment.

On a larger scale, a great impact on clean energy technologies is expected through creating a fundamental scientific basis for implementation of a new concept for chemical energy storage in power plants based on renewables.

Work on the grant is expected to start in the 2017 fall semester.

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