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COLLEGE CONNECTION


FEF Schools Participate in AFS Birmingham Casting Competition UAB FEF Key Professor Charlie


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ne of the ways FEF stu- dents hone their metalcast- ing skills and put knowl-


edge into practice is by participating in casting competitions. One of these competitions is held annually by the AFS Birmingham District Chapter. Birmingham Chapter member


Lindsay Hammer said this com- petition “gives students practice in technical knowledge application. It gives them a chance to work creative- ly to solve problems in a real-world situation. Tis (event) is also good for chapter members who can see first- hand what these students are capable of and keep an eye on students they might be interested in hiring for internships, co-ops, and as full-time employees.”


Tis year 13 students, making up


three teams, participated from FEF certified schools, the University of Alabama and the University of Ala- bama at Birmingham. Te competi- tion consisted of each team making a small-scale version of the Vulcan statue located in Birmingham, Alabama, and making a techni- cal presentation of their work. Te teams were judged on resemblance to the statue, overall use of the cast- ing process, use of casting principles, use of engineering tools, creativity, quality and presentation. “Students learn how to compete and also how to make a sound, complex casting as well as a techni- cal presentation,” said Dr. Laurentiu Nastac, associate professor of metal- lurgical and materials engineer- ing and FEF Key Professor at the University of Alabama.


Monroe echoed that statement. “Casting competition is good


for the students.Tey enjoy the development of the project and really push to innovate within their lab environment to do something new each time,” Monroe said. “I especially like discussing with them about the engineering elements of the process which sometimes helps them bridge the gap between presentations and reality.” Michael Amling, who is a junior


metallurgical engineering student from Valparaiso, Indiana, and one of the team leaders (University of Alabama), was direct in his praise. “Te competition was a great learning experience,” he said.


College Connection is a recurring feature that will run in Modern Casting highlighting the met- alcasting programs and students at FEF schools.


This is one of the replica Vulcan statues that were produced for the competition


Students from the University of Alabama display their project. UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA (TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA)


Metalcasting-related degrees: Graduates of the Metallurgical & Materials Engineering program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering.


Metalcasting course examples: Examples include Engineering Foundations and Introduction to Metallurgical Engineering, Fundamentals of Foundry Processing, and Physical Metallurgy. Professor notes: Dr. Laurentiu Nastac has been the FEF Key Professor at the University of Alabama since 2011.


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