Materials Science and Engineering

ASM Design Competition

In 1952, ASM established the ASM Materials Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3), non-profit supporting organization, to encourage education and scholarships. The Undergraduate Design Competition is based on the submission of design-focused project reports that describe work that was performed as part of the capstone course or as team project by undergraduate engineering students at any level.

2020 Undergraduate Design Competition Winners

First Prize

Michigan Technological University
“Increasing the Young’s Modulus of Cast Aluminum for Automotive/Aerospace Applications”
Team Members: Wyatt Gratz, Joel Komurka, Ryan Lester, Zeke Marchel
Faculty Advisor: Paul Sanders

Second Prize

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
“Electrodeposition of Metallic Films on 3D Printed Polymer Foams”

Third Prize

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
“Increasing Conductivity of Polymers for Fiber-Based Neural Probe Applications”

2019 Undergraduate Design Competition Winners

First Prize

Michigan Technological University
“Cobalt Reduction in Tribaloy T-400”
Team Members: Lucas Itchue, Kyle Hrubecky, Jacob Thompson, Erin VanDusen
Faculty Co-advisors: Walt Milligan and Paul Sanders

Michigan Tech Students Earn First place in ASM International Undergraduate Design Competition

Second Prize

University of Nevada-Reno
“Designing Microscale Tests to Validate Macroscale Plastic Response in Cubic (Al) and Hexagonal (Mg) Lightweight Metals”

Third Prize

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
“Corrosion Studies of Open-Cell Aluminum 6101 Foams in Simulated Marine Environments”

2018 Undergraduate Design Competition Winners

First Prize

Michigan Technological University
“Design of an Al-Ce-X Alloy for Lightweight, High Temperature Automotive Applications”

Second Prize

University of Florida
“AlFeSi-based Intermetallic Compounds for High Temperature Applications”

Third Prize

Northwestern University
“The Effect of Silicon Modification and Grain Refinement on Feeding Design of a High zT Thermoelectric Material”

2017 Undergraduate Design Competition Winners

First Prize

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
“Mechanically Robust and Superhydrophobic Aerogels of Poly(ether ether ketone)”

Second Prize

Northwestern University
“TRIP Ti Alloys for Additive Manufacturing”

Third Prize

Michigan Technological University
“The Effect of Silicon Modification and Grain Refinement on Feeding Aluminum Castings”

2016 Undergraduate Design Competition Winners

First Prize

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
“Design and Selection of Salts and Containment Materials for Concentrated Solar Power Generation”

Second Prize

Northwestern University
“PH Austenitic TRIP Stainless Steel for Additive Manufacturing”

Third Prize

Missouri University of Science & Technology
“Reduction of the Adhesion of Fayalite Bearing Scale (Silicon Streak Scale) in CSP Steel Mill Production”

2015 Undergraduate Design Competition Winners

First Prize

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
 “Design of Diffusion Coatings: Effect of Process Control on Microstructural Evolution”

Second Prize

Carnegie Mellon University
“Recycling of Specialty Metal Plant By-Products”

Third Prize

Michigan Technological University
“E357 Alloy Design To Increase Elongation and Maintain Strength”

2014 Undergraduate Design Competition Winners

First Prize

University of Maryland
"Novel PBA-Grafted Carbon Nanotube Soft Body Armor"

Second Prize

Michigan Technological University
"A Redesign of the Tap Bit for ArcelorMittal's No. 7 Blast Furnace"

Third Prize

Northwestern University
"Design of a Fatigue-Resistant Shape Memory Alloy for Artificial Heart Valve Frames"

2013 Undergraduate Design Competition Winners

First Prize

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
"Controlled Deformation of a Slender Structure"

Second Prize

Michigan Technological University
"Design of an Eta-Phase Strengthened Nickel-Based Alloy"

2012 Undergraduate Design Competition Winners

First Prize

Northwestern University
"TRIP-150 Blast Protection Alloy"

Second Prize

Michigan Technological University
"Reduction of Residual Stresses in Cast Brake Rotors"