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Dr. Michael West
Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
501 E Saint Joseph St,
Rapid City, SD 57701
Tel: (605) 394-1283
Fax: (605) 394-3369
michael.west@sdsmt.edu

The strength of the REU Back to the Future Site is the students. Students participating in research activities bring diverse backgrounds in engineering and science from all over the United States.

ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE IN ACTION:
BACK TO THE FUTURE

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Back to the Future was directed by Dr. Michael West with 12 faculty mentors and involved 11 participants representing these seven institutions: Eastern Wyoming College, Smith College, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, University of Alabama, University of Mary, University of Wyoming, and Wake Forest University.

As a result of this summer’s program the faculty believes participants will leave this program with increased technical and professional skills: experimental research design, laboratory methods and techniques, written and oral communication skills, and professional development, plus increased understanding of diversity and assessment—all of which are essential characteristics of professionally-successful scientists and engineers.


William Bane

Sophomore at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Metallurgical Engineering, is working with Drs. Michael West and Bharat Jasthi on this research project: Friction Stir welding on Dissimilar Metals - 6022-T4 Al and IF steel. William is in the Nebraska National Guard as a heavy equipment hauler supervisor. In his free time he enjoys fishing, shooting rifles, and golfing. William has a solid work ethic and professionalism that he would like to bring to his future career.

Favorite quotation:

"It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man."

Benjamin Franklin
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Emily Byers

Junior at Smith College majoring in Chemistry, is working under Dr. Sadegh Safarzadeh on this research project: separation and extraction of the light rare earth elements lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, and neodymium. Emily grew up in Vermont and sings in two choruses and plays Quidditch at school. She also enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, swing dancing, baking, and playing the piano.

Favorite quotation:

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

J. R. R. Tolkien
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Lance Hanson

Sophomore at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Mechanical Engineering, is working with Dr. Bharat Jasthi on this research project: Refill Friction Stir Spot welding of thin AZ31B magnesium sheets to be superplastic formed into lightweight structures. Lance is an alumni of University of Iowa where he majored in business. In his free time he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and exploring new capital ventures.

Favorite quotation:

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths"

Walt Disney
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Annette Hein

Junior at the University of Wyoming majoring in Geology with a minor in Mathematics, is working with Dr. William Cross on this research project: solvent extraction of europium from aqueous solution. Annette is from Casper, Wyoming, and likes music, science, and good books. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as hiking and playing the cello.

Favorite quotation:

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds."

Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Jonathon Hofer

Senior at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, majoring in Biology with a concentration in pre-medicine, is working with Dr. William Cross on this project: compositional and historical assessment of ancient Roman coins. Jonathon enjoys water skiing, swing dancing, hunting, fishing, and traveling. He is adventurous, goofy, and enjoys telling stories.

Favorite quotation:

"You ask me whether I am in good spirits. How could I not be so? As long as Faith gives me strength I will always be joyful!"

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
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Amber Jerke

Recent graduate at Eastern Wyoming College majoring in Welding and Joining Technology, is working with Dr. Michael West on this research project: Friction Stir Welding of Flash® Bainite steel. Amber enjoys welding and blacksmithing as well as playing disc golf..

Favorite quotation:

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Matthew 5:16
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Morgan Knehans

Junior at the University of Alabama majoring in Metallurgical Engineering, is working with Dr. Cassandra Degen on this research project: depth control and relation to quality of ultrasonic spot welds in polycarbonate. Morgan enjoys long road trips, classic literature, 70s rock, and Alabama football. Out-spoken and passionate, she is comfortable with both manual labor and academic pursuits.

Favorite quotation:

"But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin."

Aldous Huxley
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Irving Mendoza

Junior at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology majoring in Metallurgical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry, is working with Dr. Grant Crawford on this research project: mechanical and microstructural characterization of cold sprayed titanium-hydroxyapatite on titanium implants. Born in Mexico, Neil moved to Southern California at the age of four. He enjoys spending time with his family and two giant Schnauzers, as well as studying languages such as Russian and Sign Language.

Favorite quotation:

"Como no estás experimentado en las cosas del mundo, todas las cosas que tienen algo de dificultad te parecen imposibles."

Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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William Story

Senior at Wake Forest University majoring in Physics and Economics, is working with Dr. Phil Ahrenkiel on this research project: crystallization kinetics of non-isothermally annealed amorphous thin germanium films. William enjoys reading, hunting, and constructing furnaces for high temperature materials processing.

Favorite quotation:

"Deserve victory."

Terry Goodkind
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Jordyn Surber

Junior at University of Wyoming majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Biology, is working with Dr. Grant Crawford on this research project: determining the cytotoxicity and biocompatibility of AlMgB14 (BAM) & BAM+TiB2 for use in biomedical engineering of load bearing implants. Jordyn is an outgoing, independent, and strong individual who enjoys going out on a limb and spending time with her son. Her dream is to study cancer at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD..

Favorite quotation:

"The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success."

Bruce Feirstein
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Timothy Wells

Sophomore at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Metallurgical Engineering, is working with Drs. Bharat Jasthi and Christian Widener on this research project: corrosion potentials of cold sprayed aluminum alloys. Tim grew up in Fort Thompson, South Dakota, as the third youngest of fifteen children. He loves learning and teaching his three daughters about life’s possibilities.

Favorite quotation:

"No matter how bad things in life are, they can always be worse."

Anonymous
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ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE IN ACTION:
BACK TO THE FUTURE

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Back to the Future was directed by Dr. Michael West with 16 faculty mentors and involved 12 participants representing these institutions: Arizona State University, Colorado School of Mines, Dordt College, Eastern Arizona College, Eindhoven University of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Oglala Lakota, South Dakota School of Mines, Texas A&M University, Western Washington University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.



“This Site is an outgrowth of a renaissance in traditional Metallurgical Engineering aspects of several SDSM&T programs within historical and artistic contexts, as well as a cutting-edge research surge associated with the campus NSF sponsored Center for Friction Stir Processing…The Back to the Future Site will offer a unique 10-week summer research program focused on integrated research experiences that involve Metallurgical Engineering, many with prevailing historical, social or artistic themes.” (Proposal to National Science Foundation)



As a result of this summer’s program the faculty believes participants will leave this program with increased technical and professional skills: experimental research design, laboratory methods and techniques, written and oral communication skills, and professional development, plus increased understanding of diversity and assessment—all of which are essential characteristics of professionally-successful scientists and engineers.


Paul Betone

Junior at Oglala Lakota College majoring in Civil Engineering after obtaining his Associates of Arts in pre-engineering, is working with Dr. Damon Fick on this research project: testing a single angle aluminum 5083 stiffener for the US Navy vs. the traditional production method. Paul is an outdoor enhusiast who also enjoys spending many hours doing technical research. Soft spoken yet driven, Paul is honest and very productive at anything he does.

Favorite quotation:

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

Winston Churchill
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Kimberly De Boer

Junior at Dordt College majoring in engineering with a civil emphasis, is researching this topic with Dr. Cassandra Kingsbury: ultrasonic welding of thermosets. Kim grew up in Sioux Center, Iowa, and intends to pursue a graduate degree in sustainable architecture.

Favorite quotation:

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”.

Micah 6:8
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Timothy Fountain

Senior at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Metallurgical Engineering, is working with Drs. Michael West and Bharat Jasthi on this research project: the efficacy of applying friction stir welding to high strength steel production. Tim enjoys shooting, hunting, cooking, and looking forward to beginning his career in the United States Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program when he graduates in May 2014.

Favorite quotation:

“When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.”

Proverbs 11:2
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Courntey Gegg

Senior at the University of California—Davis majoring in Biomedical Engineering is working with Dr. Grant Crawford on this research project: processing, microstructure characterization, and in vitro biological response of hierarchical TiO2 nanotube coatings on titanium implants. Courtney ardently loves dogs, fruit, and the outdoors. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as running, biking, playing board games, and playing the guitar.

Favorite quotation:

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love."

Mother Teresa
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Rachel Handel

Junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Chemical Engineering with minors in Materials and English, is working with Dr. William Cross on this research project: the identification and characterization of a sample of ancient Mesopotamian bronze in order to answer basic questions concerning the metallurgical processing of the antiquity, its age, and its geographical origin. She enjoys many miscellaneous activities including traveling, photography, gardening, and blacksmithing.

Favorite quotation:

Audentes fortuna iuvat.

Virgil
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Ronald Justman

Sophomore at Eastern Arizona College majoring in Mechanical Engineering, is working with Drs. Michael West, Bharat Jasthi, and Christian Widener on this research project: friction stir lap welding aluminum to steel for application in the automotive industry, specifically General Motors. Ronald is a member of the Navajo tribe. He enjoys weight training and outdoor activities.

Favorite quotation:

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."

Leonardo da Vinci
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Kariah Kurtenbach

Senior at South Dakota State University majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is working with Drs. Michael West and Bharat Jasthi on this research project: friction stir spot welding aluminum to steel for use in the automobile industry. Kariah is self-motivated and works hard to achieve her personal and professional goals. She enjoys outdoor activities and good books.

Favorite quotation:

“It is not the strongest nor most intelligent species that survives, but the one most adaptable to change.”

Charles Darwin
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Levi Lange

Junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Mechanical Engineering, is working with Dr. Bharat Jasthi on this research project: eliminating and preventing liquation cracking for repair applications of cast 718 alloy, through friction stir processing and laser deposition. Levi is a South Dakota cowboy, who likes to work on the ranch as well as rodeo, hunt, fish, and play sports. He is a proud member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. As such he is a hardworking, honest, and humble emerging professional. He loves the challenge of learning something new and will not give up until he has that process perfected.

Favorite quotation:

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10
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Nathan Madden

Junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology double majoring in Metallurgical and Mechanical Engineering, is working with Dr. William Cross on this research project: recovery of manganese and rare earth elements from process streams. Nathan is from the Rapid City area and enjoys playing intramural sports and other outdoors activities.

Favorite quotation:

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.“

Confucius
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Daniel Wells

Sophomore at Western Washington University majoring in Physics, is working with Dr. Phil Ahrenkiel on this research project: using nanosphere lithography as a template for vapor-liquid-solid growth of Group III-V nanowires. Daniel is an outdoor and fitness enthusiast who enjoys a wide variety of activities, from running to rock-climbing.

Favorite quotation:

“...it ain't how hard you're hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward.”

Rocky Balboa
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Benjamin White

Junior at Texas A&M University majoring in Mechanical Engineering, is working with Dr. Lidvin Kjerengtroen on this research project: conducting failure analysis on components from the 1880 train locomotives. Benjamin enjoys friends, family, and the outdoors.

Favorite quotation:

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27:1
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Alex Wulff

Junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Computer Science, is working with Drs. Antonette Logar and Dr. Michael West on this research project: friction stir welding defects, analysis, and corrections.  Alex enjoys problem solving, sarcastic banter, exotic foods, and musical composition.

Favorite quotation:

“I would never join a club that would have someone like me for a member.”

Groucho Marx
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ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE IN ACTION:
BACK TO THE FUTURE

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Back to the Future was directed by Dr. Michael West with 16 faculty mentors and involved 12 participants representing these institutions: California State Polytechnic University, Oberlin College, Oglala Lakota College, Ohio Wesleyan University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, University of Dayton, University of Rochester, and Wilkes University.



“This Site is an outgrowth of a renaissance in traditional Metallurgical Engineering aspects of several SDSM&T programs within historical and artistic contexts, as well as a cutting-edge research surge associated with the campus NSF sponsored Center for Friction Stir Processing…The Back to the Future Site will offer a unique 10-week summer research program focused on integrated research experiences that involve Metallurgical Engineering, many with prevailing historical, social or artistic themes.” (Proposal to National Science Foundation)



As a result of this summer’s program the faculty believes participants will leave this program with increased technical and professional skills: experimental research design, laboratory methods and techniques, written and oral communication skills, and professional development, plus increased understanding of diversity and assessment—all of which are essential characteristics of professionally-successful scientists and engineers.


Danielle Clarke

senior at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (more commonly known as Cal Poly Pomona) majoring in Chemistry, is working under the supervision of Drs. Jon Kellar and William Cross on this research project: exploring direct-write printing techniques to deposit highly-ordered monolayers of silica nanoparticles on silicon by particle self-assembly. Danielle is from Lancaster, which is located in sunny Southern California. She loves the chemistry of plastics, Dungeons & Dragons, and “all things bookish”.

Favorite quotation:

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Carl Sagan
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Wyatt Culler

senior Mechanical Engineering major at Wilkes University, is working with Dr. William Cross on this research topic: recreating Makyoh, an ancient Chinese art form. Wyatt is from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and enjoys photography, ultimate frisbee, coffee, as well as tinkering with computers.

Favorite quotation:

Do or do not. There is no try.

Yoda
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Charles Feltman

junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science, is working with Drs. Michael West and James Feiszli on this research project: the physical properties, fabrication and modification of the Hang Drum. He enjoys a myriad of activities from blacksmithing, to programming applications, to skydiving, and everything in between.

Favorite quotation:

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau
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Brendan Kellogg

junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Mechanical Engineering is working with Drs. Bharat Jasthi and Michael West on the research project: friction stir welding techniques applied to maraging steel. Brendan is from Seattle, Washington, and enjoys spending most of his free time with his wife, Julia.

Favorite quotation:

Half the people are stoned and the other half are waiting for the next election. Half the people are drowned and the other half are swimming in the wrong direction.

Paul Simon
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Madison Kincaid

junior at Oberlin College majoring in engineering, is working with Dr. Michael West on this research project: friction stir welding of a proprietary high strength steel. Madison enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, photography as well as exploring new places.

Favorite quotation:

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

Dr. Seuss
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Christine McLinn

senior at University of Rochester majoring in Biomedical Engineering, is working with Dr. Grant Crawford on this research project: processing and characterization of hierarchical TiO2 coatings on Ti implants. Christi enjoys playing tennis and traveling to new places.

Favorite quotation:

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

Vince Lombardi
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Carly Merling

senior studying Chemical Engineering at University of Dayton, is working with Drs. Jon Kellar and William Cross on this research project: effectively processing low grade lithium samples from spodumene using flotation to obtain high recovery of lithium. In her free time Carly enjoys playing jazz music on her trombone, observing nature, pollinating flowers, and joking around with friends.

Favorite quotation:

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand
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Alyson Michael

junior at Ohio Wesleyan University majoring in ACS Biochemistry, is working with Dr. Grant Crawford on this research project: synthesis of titanium nanoparticles for biological implants. Alyson enjoys fencing, reenacting, and backpacking.

Favorite quotation:

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Thomas Jefferson
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John Urban

senior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, is working with Drs. Michael West and Christian Widener on this research project: self-reacting friction stir welding of thin aluminum 7075-T6. John enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, fishing, hiking, motocross, and golf.

Favorite quotation:

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Matthew Wermers

senior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Metallurgical Engineering, is working with Drs. Christian Widener and Michael West on this research project: cold spray of dissimilar materials. Matthew enjoys hiking and rock climbing in the Black Hills, playing racquetball, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite quotation:

If you grit your teeth, and show real determination, you will always have a chance.

Charlie Brown
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Kyle White

enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is currently a participant in the 2+2 Program in collaboration with Oglala Lakota College, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and South Dakota State University. As a recent graduate of Oglala Lakota College, he is now entering his junior year at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Nationally, Kyle has been a three-time delegate to represent South Dakota as an advocate for Tribal Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC. As such he was recently elected Sargent at Arms for the 2012 American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Congress.

Favorite quotation:

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

John Wooden
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Derek Youngman

enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is a junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Computer Science. In addition he is a Tiospaye Scholar, a program sponsored by National Science Foundation. Derek is working with Drs. Michael West and Edward Corwin on this research project: using a MicroxCT Xradia 400 Scanner and Avizo 7/ Avizo Fire 7 combined to find defects within a weld. In his spare time Derek writes poems, reads biographies, plays guitar, and hangs out with friends.

Favorite quotation:

Learn to crawl before you walk, learn to walk before you run, learn to follow before you lead, learn to fail before you succeed.

Anonymous
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ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE IN ACTION:
BACK TO THE FUTURE

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Back to the Future was directed by Dr. Michael West with 15 faculty mentors and involved 12 participants representing these institutions: Black Hills State University, Harvey Mudd College and Scripps College, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Union University, University of South Carolina, University of St. Thomas, Washington University in St. Louis and Grinnell College.

"This Site is an outgrowth of a renaissance in traditional Metallurgical Engineering aspects of several SDSM&T programs within historical and artistic contexts, as well as a cutting-edge research surge associated with the campus NSF sponsored Center for Friction Stir Processing. The Back to the Future Site will offer a unique 10-week summer research program focused on integrated research experiences that involve Metallurgical Engineering, many with prevailing historical, social or artistic themes." (Proposal to National Science Foundation)

As a result of this summer's program the faculty believes participants will leave this program with increased technical and professional skills: experimental research design, laboratory methods and techniques, written and oral communication skills, and professional development, plus increased understanding of diversity and assessment-all of which are essential characteristics of professionally-successful scientists and engineers.


Ashleigh Giffen

sophomore at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in metallurgical engineering, is working with her teammate Myriah Santistevan and Drs. Michael West and Bharat Jasthi on this research project: mechanical properties of Cold Spray deposits of Al/Al2O3 mixture to better understand the stress and strain that can be applied to a solid piece of spray. Ashleigh enjoys hiking, camping, spending time with her dog, Scarlett, and going horseback riding. At some point in her life she would like to give back to the university.

Favorite quotation:

If you do too much, people get dependent on you. If you do nothing, they lose hope... When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

Futurama God Entity
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Andrew Howard

junior-senior at Washington University in Saint Louis and Grinnell College, is a mechanical engineering and physics dual-degree student. This summer he is working with Dr. Phil Ahrenkiel on the following project: growth and analysis of Ge and GaAs polycrystalline films on TEM grids with applications to solar devices. Andrew spends his free time hiking, playing basketball, soccer, and disc golf, as well as reading philosophy. He plans to establish a career that integrates his science, engineering, and business interests.

Favorite quotation:

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.

Soren Kierkegaard
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Jennifer Johnson

senior at Black Hills State University majoring in mathematics, is working with Dr. Edward Corwin on the following research project: developing intelligent Friction Stir welding algorithms. Jenny is from Hettinger, North Dakota, and loves the Black Hills area with all the outdoor opportunities.

Favorite quotation:

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. The world you desire can be won. It exists. it is real. it is possible. it's yours.

Ayn Rand
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Louis Kjerstad

sophomore at University of St. Thomas majoring in mechanical engineering, is working with Dr. Jon Kellar on the research projects: low-temperature printing of silver nanoparticle based metal grids for photovoltaic device applications. Louis is from Rapid City, South Dakota, and he enjoys golf, watching movies, and spending time at the lake with family and friends.

Favorite quotation:

I don't know what I may seem to the world, but, as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Isaac Newton
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Ian Markon

junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in metallurgical engineering, is working with Drs. Christian Widener, Michael West, and Bharat Jasthi on this research project: mechanical and microstructural evaluation of Friction Stir Processed Haynes 282 superalloy. Ian grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, as the oldest of four home-schooled brothers. He loves looking at life through a reasonable, analytical lens because only correct theory produces correct application.

Favorite quotation:

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1 Corinthians 1:25
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Angelica Moore

junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology double majoring in electrical and metallurgical engineering, is working with Drs. William Cross and Thomas Montoya on this research project: creation of a one-pot, direct-write capacitor utilizing silver nanoparticles and the polymer poly(methyl methacrylate). Angelica enjoys discussions of morality and ethics and dry humor.

Favorite quotation:

I know that two and two make four - and should be glad to prove it too if I could - though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.

Lord Byron
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Eric Olson

senior at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, majoring in mechanical engineering, is working with Dr. Michael West on this research project: Friction Stir Process in mokume gane. Eric enjoys drawing and disc golf as well playing pennywhistle, a traditional Irish musical instrument. Long-term he plans to visit Ireland in order to learn more about this country's history and culture. Professionally, he is looking forward to graduate school and hopes that he can continue to teach and be taught.

Favorite quotation:

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Winston Churchill
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Ilona Phipps-Morgan

junior who is double majoring in engineering and philosophy at Harvey Mudd College and Scripps College, is working with Dr. William Cross on this research project: historical and modern applications of mechanochemistry. Ilona enjoys playing piano, practicing corporeal mime and dance, and travelling, especially to unusual places (this includes South Dakota)!

Favorite quotation:

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu
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Kenzy Pinney

sophomore at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology majoring in industrial engineering, is working with Drs. Jennifer Karlin and Christian Widener on this research project: commercialization of AMP technologies through improvement of Stage-Gate Process. Kenzy, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, enjoys sports, hiking, and, most of all, spending time with her daughter, Ashlynn.

Favorite quotation:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13
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Derrick Schell

sophomore at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in mechanical engineering, is working with Drs. Michael West and Bharat Jasthi on this research project: FSP Knife Making: Old vs. New. Derrick enjoys sports, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite quotation:

Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right.

Henry Ford
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Myriah Santistevan

sophomore at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in metallurgical engineering, is working with teammate Ashleigh Giffen and Drs. Michael West and Bharat Jasthi on this research project: mechanical properties of Cold Spray deposits of Al/Al2O3 mixture to better understand the stress and strain that can be applied to a solid piece of spray. Myriah enjoys working in the machine shop, camping, spending time with her family and friends, and playing team sports.

Favorite quotation:

Don't be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be. But don't be afraid to be willing to pay the price.

Lane Frost
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Joshua Walters

sophomore at University of South Carolina majoring in mechanical engineering, is working with Drs. Michael West and Bharat Jasthi on this research project: impact of the "Lazy S" defect on the mechanical properties of a self-reacting Friction Stir weld. Joshua enjoys working with his hands. He is certified in basic welding from Cleveland Community College and has worked on projects ranging from a picnic table to a 25 foot goose-neck, two-ton trailer.

Favorite quotation:

Anything one man can do, another man can do.

Wes Stevens
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Anastasia Baker

a senior at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology majoring in metallurgical engineering, is working with Dr. Jon Kellar on this research project: Fluorescence of Silver Nanoparticles in Polymer Solutions for Direct Write Technologies. Anastasia enjoys music, running, photography, and traveling which includes recent trips to Arizona and Pennsylvania for meetings of professional societies. At some point in her lifetime, she wants to “give back” to those who share her Hispanic culture.

Favorite quotation:

What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.

Winston Churchill
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Chase Blazek

a sophomore at University of Nebraska at Lincoln majoring in mechanical engineering, is working with Dr. Dana Medlin on this research project: Corrosion Analysis on the USS Arizona. Chase is a science enthusiastic who also enjoys inventing and playing video games. But, most of all, he likes spending time with family and friends.

Favorite quotation:

Always do your very best. Leave nothing left on the field and have no regrets about your performance every time you perform.

Ron Hardin
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Brett Carlson

a sophomore at South Dakota School of Mines majoring in metallurgical engineering, is working with Drs. Jon Kellar and William Cross on this research project: The Direct Reduction of Iron Ore. Brett grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, and he likes spending time in the Black Hills.

Favorite quotation:

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

Douglas Adams
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Sean Long Fox

a senior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in Metallurgical Engineering, is working with Dr. Michael West on this research project: Refill Friction Stir Spot Weld Repair of Fatigue Cracks in Aluminum. Sean is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He enjoys fishing, competitive paintball, and learning. Additionally, Sean is a hard working, always curious, young man who seeks a career in alternative energy development.

Favorite quotation:

And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln
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Josiah Oduor

a junior at University of Tennessee at Knoxville majoring in materials science and engineering, is working with Drs. Michael West and Dr. Barat Jasthi on this research topic: Repairing Cracks in Grade 40 Grey Cast Iron through Friction Stir Welding. Josiah was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to Tennessee when he was four years old. He hopes to return to his home country of Kenya and help the people of the village in which he was born.

Favorite quotation:

For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2: 8-9
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Bailey Primm

a junior at University of Tennessee at Knoxville majoring in materials science and engineering, is working with Dr. Dana Medlin on this research project: Study of Osseointegration on Titanium Alloys. Bailey enjoys traveling, especially after her summer abroad in London.

Favorite quotation:

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Eleanor Roosevelt
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Nicholas Procive

a senior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in mechanical engineering, is working with Dr. Michael West on this research project: Entrapment of Al2O3 and SiC particles in 6061 aluminum by Friction Stir Welding. Nick grew up in the North Dakota badlands and is a quiet, observing person. His favorite hobbies are automotive racing and restoration, along with sketching and martial arts.

Favorite quotation:

One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.

Henry Ford
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Christen Racciato

a senior at University of Dallas majoring in physics, is working with Dr. Phil Ahrenkiel on this research project: Germanium Thin Film Growth and Crystallization for use in Low-Cost Solar Cells. She enjoys the liberal arts university she has attended the past three years, but is excited at the prospect of moving on to graduate school. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting for local charities, reading a wide variety of books and magazines, flying kites, and dancing to the swinging beat of 1950′s big bands.

Favorite quotation:

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

Albert Einstein
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Jon Ramsey

a sophomore at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in mining engineering, is working with Dr. William Cross and REU-student Nicole Tramp on this research project: Manganese Recovery from the Missouri River Ore Nodules. Jon was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has a great passion for the outdoors, where he likes to hike, bike, and play soccer.

Favorite quotation:

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Confucius
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Nicole Tramp

a junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in metallurgical engineering, is working with Dr. William Cross on this research project: Manganese Recovery from the Missouri River Ore Nodules. . Nicole grew up in Crofton, Nebraska, and loves to read.

Favorite quotation:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Confucius
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Karl Warsinski

a senior at Michigan Technological University majoring in materials science and engineering, is working with Dr. Michael West on this research project: Characterization of the “Lazy S” in Self-Reacting Tool Friction Stir Welds. Karl is a renaissance soul. His interests include reading, blacksmithing, music, woodworking, hiking, and learning any new practical skills.

Favorite quotation:

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.

Albert Einstein
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Beau White

a junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in mechanical engineering, is working with Drs. Michael West and Damon Fick on this research project: Studying Distortion Caused by Friction Stir Welding. Beau was born in Gordon, Nebraska, and moved to Kyle, South Dakota, where he has spent most of his life. In respect to his Native American culture, he hopes to one day return to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and help the people of the Oglala Lakota Nation.

Favorite quotation:

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then this world will know peace.

Jimi Hendrix
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Adam Argondizzo

a senior at Grove City College majoring in applied physics, is working with Dr. Phil Ahrenkiel on this research project: Titania Thin Film Growth and Crystallization for Use in Low Cost Solar and Fuel Cells. Adam is an outdoor enthusiast who also enjoys spending many hours doing research. Soft spoken yet driven, Adam is honest and very productive at anything he does.

Favorite quotation:

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 8:11
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Ryan Foy

a junior at Montana Tech double majoring in metallurgical and materials engineering and mechanical engineering, is working with Dr. Jon Kellar on this research project: Determination of Nano-particle Shape Effects on the Sintering Temperature of Metal Clay. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing intramural sports.

Favorite quotation:

Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

Winston Churchill
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Elliot Hamilton

an incoming freshmen at South Dakota State University whose major has yet to be decided, is working with Dr. Dana Medlin on this research project: Metallurgical and Corrosion Evaluation the USS Arizona. Elliot comes from Porcupine, South Dakota, and he would like to work with other Native American youth in the field of engineering.

Favorite quotation:

Before God we are all equally wise- and equally foolish.

Albert Einstein
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Sean Long Fox

a junior at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in metallurgical engineering, is working with the Mr. William Arbegast on this research project: Refill Friction Stir Spot Weld Repair of Fatigue Cracks in Aluminum Alloys. Sean is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe; enjoys fishing, competitive paintball, and learning; is a hard working, always curious, young man who wants a career in alternative energy development.

Favorite quotation:

And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln
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Michelle Loomis

a junior at Michigan Technological University majoring in materials science and engineering, is working with Mr. William Arbegast on this research project: Friction Stir Reaction Processing to Develop Sphene in Aluminum Substrate. Michelle loves to travel and explore new adventures such as her semester in New Zealand spring of 2008.

Favorite quotation:

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau
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Jonathan Lu

a senior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in computer science, is working with Mr. William Arbegast on this research project: Pressure Testing on an Integrated Thermal Structural Cryogenic Tank Fabricated by Friction Stir Welding. Jonathan grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, where he is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Favorite quotation:

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe.

Albert Einstein
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Landon Luick

a junior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in mechanical engineering, is working with Mr. William Arbegast on this research project: Increasing Thermal Properties of Aluminum with SWNT via FSP. Landon enjoys working with his hands and reading.

Favorite quotation:

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Winston Churchill
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Travis Magaluk

a junior at Michigan Technological University majoring in materials science and engineering, is working with Drs. Jon Kellar and Stanley Howard on this research project: Pelletization and Direct Reduction of Local Iron Oxide. Travis loves the outdoors. For example, he enjoys rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, and anything that takes him on an outdoor adventure.

Favorite quotation:

Climbing may be hard, but its easier than growing up.

Ed Sklar
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Austin Nelson

a senior at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in metallurgical engineering, is working with Dr. Stanley Howard on this research project: Pelletization and Direct Reduction of Local Iron Oxide. Austin is a self-described social person who professionally enjoys completing a project to the best of his ability.

Favorite quotation:

Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.

Johnny Carson
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Marybeth Parker

a junior at University of Tennessee - Knoxville majoring in material science engineering, is working with Dr. Michael West and Mr. William Arbegast on this research project: Eliminating Voids in FDM Processed Polyphenylsulfone, Polycarbonate, and ULTEM 9085 to Enhance Strength. Marybeth grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in east Tennessee. She likes to see the beauty in the world around her and enjoys helping others to see this beauty as well.

Favorite quotation:

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nathan Saunders

a senior at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology majoring in metallurgical engineering, is working with Dr. Dana Medlin on this research project: Metallurgical and Corrosion Evaluation the USS Arizona. Nathan grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, and he would like to work as a corrosion engineer.

Favorite quotation:

There are in fact two things, science and opinion, the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.

Hippocrates
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Katie Strader

a junior at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville majoring in materials science and engineering, is working with Dr. Michael West on this research project: Comparison Friction Stir Welded MA 956 ith and without Post Weld Heat Treatment. Because Katie was the only child living at home, she learned to discuss more mature topics at an early age with the influential adults in her life. This has created the independent, strong, and aware individual seen today who enjoys staying fit and healthy through many various activities.

Favorite quotation:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill
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