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Assistant Professor Receives 2018 AFRL Summer Faculty Fellowship Program and Randy Stevens Scholarship Recipient

Emrah Celik, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was appointed a Fellow for the 2018 Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate and received the Randy Stevens Scholarship to attend the 2018 Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference.

The AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, located in the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, develops materials, processes, and advanced manufacturing technologies for the structural, electronic and optical components of aircrafts, spacecrafts, missiles, rockets and ground-based systems.

Every summer, the AFRL hosts a Faculty Fellowship Program, which lasts eight to 12 weeks and offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges. The program stimulates professional relationships among participants and the scientists and engineers at Air Force research facilities, enhancing the research interests and capabilities of both new and experienced researchers in the U.S. academic community.

As a Materials and Manufacturing Fellow, Celik will continue his research on 3D printing composite materials – a material composed of at least two materials, which combine to give properties superior to those of the individual constituents – while mentoring academic researchers at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.

“The goal of the research is to understand micro-structural effects on the mechanical properties of 3D printed materials,” explains Celik. “We aim to improve the existing additive manufacturing technologies and produce multifunctional, structurally stable, and cost effective advanced composite materials.”

Celik also received the Randy Stevens Scholarship to attend the 2018 AMUG Conference, which will take place April 8-12, in St. Louis, Missouri. The scholarship is awarded annually to one high school teacher or university professor for additive manufacturing and 3D Printing education and professional development. The scholarship honors the memory of Randy Stevens for his dedication and contribution to the additive manufacturing industry.

The AMUG Conference brings together engineers, designers, managers, and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments in additive manufacturing. At the conference, Celik will assist the AMUG Executive Board as a volunteer, as well as attend the educational sessions, workshops and after-hours networking activities.

To learn more about Celik’s research and his laboratory (Advanced Nano Systems Laboratory), please click here.

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