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AMS Student Puts His Skills to Work at Craig Hospital

AMS Senior, Raj Ball, completed a highly successful internship at Craig Hospital, a world-renowned spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital located in Englewood, Colorado. As indicated in the video below, Raj was able to apply the additive manufacturing skills he acquired during his AMS degree program to help improve the lives of patients, working alongside Craig's rehabilitation engineers and occupational therapists. 

"We are very proud of Raj and the direction he's taking in his career, following his pursuit of our nationally unique degree program in Advanced Manufacturing Sciences", said Robert Park, Ph.D., former Director of the AMSI. By exposing all of our AMS students to advanced production-grade manufacturing equipment, materials and processes, regardless of their areas of concentration, our graduates are uniquely positioned to apply their skills in a host of interesting and highly practical areas, such as the bio-medical field that Raj is pursuing".

Newest AMSI Graduates Hit the Ground Running

Since the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (AMS) degree program requires students to complete either an internship or co-op experience in the manufacturing field, our graduates are typically in high demand by Colorado and nationwide manufacturers. Our Fall 2019 graduating class is no exception in this regard.


From left-to-right:

Samuel M. Koopmeiners - Hired by Lockheed Martin Space (Colorado) as a "Manufacturing Engineering Associate" (Space Electronics Center), following a Lockheed co-op experience. 

Christopher M. Schellhase - Hired by Lumos Custom Lighting (Colorado) as a "Manufacturing Engineer" (Lean Manufacturing emphasis), following an internship experience at Lumos.

Bruce R. Campbell, Jr. - Hired by Lockheed Martin Space (Colorado) as a "Manufacturing Planner" (Propulsion Development Lab), following a Lockheed co-op experience.

Troy A. Engholm - Hired by Fabricating/Distributor Inc. (Arizona) as a "Manufacturing Engineer", following an internship experience at Zimmerman Metals. Troy is also pursuing his M.B.A. at Grand Canyon University.

Good luck and best wishes to our graduates as they grow their careers as manufacturing professionals.

Lockheed Martin Space Recruitment Event - Advanced Manufacturing Club Receives Generous Donation

The Advanced Manufacturing Club, a MSU Denver sanctioned student club, was presented with a $10,000.00 check by Lockheed Martin Space at its campus-wide recruiting event kick-off reception, held on November 13 in St. Cajetan's church. The reception, jointly hosted by LMS and the C2 Hub, was attended by over 150 students, faculty, staff and LMS employees. The attendees heard inspiring presentations from Mark Yoss, Production Principal at LMS, Tom Malko, Vice President of Engineering & Technology at LMS and Dr. Will Simpkins, MSU Denver's VP of Student Affairs. The evening was capped off by the Officers of the Advanced Manufacturing Club being presented with the $10,000.00 donation. This generous gift will be used by our students to engage in multidisciplinary projects having an advanced manufacturing focus. The Club members have already reached out to their counterparts in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Club and the MSU Denver Drone Club and exciting collaborative projects are being planned.

Colorado Selected for Manufacturing-Focused Policy Academy Cohort - AMSI Participation

Colorado, along with 9 other states, was selected recently for the 2019/20 cohort of the Manufacturing-Focused Policy Academy. The Policy Academy is jointly coordinated by the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), based in Ohio, and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), based in DC. A proposal was submitted, in the competitive process, by an interdisciplinary team, on behalf of the State of Colorado, comprising representatives from state government (OEDIT), the private sector (Colorado manufacturers) and academia, including Dr. Robert Park, former director of the AMSI, and Andy Dorsey, president of the Front Range Community College. The Colorado team met on October 17, 2019 at the Manufacturer's Edge Offices to kick off the process and to discuss strategies. The meeting was facilitated by Mark Troppe, senior research fellow at CREC, who will continue to provide consulting services to the team. Tom Bugnitz, CEO of Manufacturer's Edge, and Glenn Plagens, OEDIT's director of business support & rural prosperity, spearheaded the meeting as core team members. One of the primary goals of the team will be to develop policies and strategies to grow and strengthen Colorado manufacturers, with an emphasis on support for companies located in more rural areas of the state.

AMSI Represented at Red Arrows Event

Former AMSI director Dr. Robert Park was invited by the UK Consulate in Denver to attend a flypast on September 17 over the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport by the UK's Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. The Red Arrows provided an aerobatic display for guests as part of the team's two-day visit during Denver Startup Week.  The event was hosted by the UK's Department of International Trade and British Airways, as part of an 11-week North American deployment for the Red Arrows. The UK is Colorado's largest direct foreign investor, with more than 200 UK companies employing more than 18,000 Coloradans.

AMSI Hosts Senator Gardner's Roundtable on Colorado Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute hosted a visit on August 12, 2019 by Senator Cory Gardner and his staff.  The visit, organized by Manufacturer's Edge of Colorado,  with assistance from Courtney Matsumoto (AMSI Program Administrator), involved a manufacturing roundtable discussion with 18 invited representatives of local manufacturing companies. The discussion touched on issues of importance to our local manufacturers, including workforce, trade, tax policies and regulations, etc.  Senator Gardner reviewed his work in Washington, including his bipartisan legislation to support investment in US manufacturing, the "Strenghening Investment to Grow Manufacturing in America (SIGMA)" Act. Dr. Robert Park welcomed the Senator to MSU Denver and gave an overview of the AMSI and the AMS degree program to the group. 

AMSI Hosts 5th Annual Stratasys eCAB Meeting

The Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute hosted the 5th Annual Stratasys "Education Customer Advisory Board (eCAB)" Meeting, August 5 & 6, 2019.  The event was organized by the Stratasys marketing/sales team for worldwide education in collaboration with Courtney Matsumoto (AMSI Program Administrator). Some 40 participants were in attendance from academic institutions from all around the country.  Dr. Robert Park welcomed the Advisory Board participants to MSU Denver and he also participated in the meeting as a Board member.  Each attendee provided an overview of recent progress/current issues and the Stratasys team delivered information regarding latest developments, with respect to FDM and PolyJet technologies.  In addition, the Stratasys team overviewed some of the new 3D printing technologies that will be commercialized in the near future.  Attendees also visited the Colorado School of Mines (Additive Manufacturing Program) and the United Launch Alliance Company during their visit to Denver. 

AMSI Represented at Important Workforce Development Event

Dr. Robert Park was invited to attend an event on Workforce Development hosted by Lockheed Martin Space at its Littleton, CO facility.  The event, held on July 22, 2019 had two VIPs in attendance, Ms. Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD), and Ms. Ivanka Trump, Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump. The event brought together state, local, business and education officials and Dr. Park was introduced to both VIPs (see photos).


Lockheed highlighted its various talent pipeline development programs at the meeting, including the MSU Denver Co-Op Program.  In addition, the AMSI was highlighted by (presenter) Mark Yoss, as was our nationally-unique Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (AMS) Bachelor's degree program. The Lockheed Martin Advanced Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program (AMTAP) was also highlighted, which is a 9-week on-the-job paid training program for entry level technicians in the electronics area. Lockheed Martin Space works with the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (Workforce Centers) to identity and recruit candidates for its AMTAP positions. 

Ms. Hewson currently serves on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which has a number of goals, including the development of a campaign to promote multiple pathways to skills development and career success, in addition to the traditional 4-year college degree pathway. Lockheed's strategy of supporting a variety of pathways, with regard to satisfying its current and future workforce needs, was reviewed and graduates of the various pathway programs presented their success stories at the event.

AMSI Hosts Visit by CSBR Aerospace Interns

The AMSI hosted a visit to MSU Denver by around 30 Colorado high school students on June 20, 2019.  Courtney Matsumoto, AMSI Program Administrator, organized the event with the support of a number of students from the Advanced Manufacturing Student Club, in addition to Jason Butler, AMSI Laboratory Coordinator.  

The high school students were drawn from all around the State, including rural areas, and ranged in age from 14 to 18. The half-day visit was part of a two week long summer internship program organized and sponsored by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable.  

By spending time at the AMSI, the students learned how advanced manufacturing equipment, materials and processes are shaping the design and manufacture of state-of-the-art satellites and spacecraft.  In addition to touring the AMSI facilities, the students spent some time in a classroom setting learning about Solidworks and they also worked in teams to solve an assigned problem.

AMSI Presents at ASEE Annual Conference

Dr. Robert Park presented a paper at the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida, June 16-19.

The title of the paper was "Innovative Baccalaureate Degree Program in Advanced Manufacturing Sciences". Dr. Park overviewed the multi-department/multi-college participation in our AMS curriculum, as well as the critical elements of industry engagement in the program to an international audience. The presentation was delivered as part of a session on "Multidisciplinary Engineering Programs". 

AMS Majors Featured in MSU Denver RED Article

Graduating AMS Seniors, Emilie Vaughn and Ben Terry, were featured in a MSU Denver RED article: Leading the Fourth Wave published on April 29, 2019. The article highlights our partnership with Lockheed Martin and, in particular, the Lockheed Martin co-op program in the advanced manufacturing area. Emilie and Ben were hired into the co-op program last semester and they both worked in the satellite manufacturing area during the fall '18 and spring '19 semesters while finishing up their course work in the AMS major.  Both students have been offered full-time positions at Lockheed and they will begin their employment as manufacturing professionals following their graduation in May.


AMSI Hosts Visit by Lisa Callahan and Lockheed Martin Space Executive Team

Lisa Callahan, VP and General Manager of Commercial Civil Space at Lockheed Martin Space, together with her executive team, visited the AMSI on April 18, 2019. The visit, facilitated by Joe Rice of Lockheed Martin (and a MSU Denver Trustee), began on the 3rd floor of the AES building, where guests interacted with our new wall display (donated by Lockheed), and was followed by a tour of the AMSI laboratory facilities, including the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory and the Hartwig Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. President Davidson greeted Ms. Callahan and her executive team and Dr. Park presented the various elements of our partnership with Lockheed Martin to the group.

AMSI Presents at the Spring 2019 MSU Denver Open House

Courtney Matsumoto and Jason Butler represented the AMSI at the MSU Denver Open House on Saturday, April 13. The event was well attended and we have a number of future AMS degree prospects.

Fall 2018 Student Presentations and Award Ceremony

The AMSI hosted a student presentation and awards event on December 7th in the Boettcher Foundation Professional Training Room.  The event, organized by Courtney Matsumoto, AMSI Program Administrator, provided an opportunity for students taking the new additive manufacturing class leading to Stratasys Certification (AMS 290A) to present their semester-long design projects. The designs had to constitute a mechanical assembly (a movable component) and they had to be printable as a single build.  Following the student presentations, the class and guests in attendance voted on three award categories and Dr. Robert Park presented trophies to Eric Stepan (MET major) for the Most Mechanically-Intricate Design and to Noah Rouzaud (AMS major) for both the Most Artistic Design and the Best Overall Design. Congratulations are also due to Noah on being the first graduate of the new AMS degree program. Noah attended MSU Denver's December 14th Graduation Ceremony.

AMSI Hosts Cherry Creek School District Students

The AMSI hosted a group of 35 HS students and 6 teachers/administrators from the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) on November 9, 2018.  Courtney Matsumoto, our AMSI Program Administrator, organized the event, consisting of a seminar presentation by Dr. Park titled, "From the Classroom to a Career in Advanced Manufacturing", and a tour of the AES building provided by a number of our AMS students. Our tenant/partners on the 4th floor of the AES building also met with the HS students to overview their companies and highlight career opportunities. CCSD is currently constructing the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus (CCIC), that'll support an Advanced Manufacturing Pathway, anticipated to represent a nice pipeline opportunity for the AMS degree program.  Health & Wellness, Hospitality & Tourism and Business Services Pathways are also planned for the new CCIC.

AMSI Hosts German American Advanced Manufacturing Symposium

The AMSI co-hosted a German American Advanced Manufacturing Symposium, along with the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association (CAMA) and the Colorado Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC). The GACC organizes a major event annually as part of its German American Business Series.  The Advanced Manufacturing Symposium was held on Sept. 19, 2018 and included tours of the AES building, a keynote address and two panel sessions presented at the Springhill Suites Hotel on Campus.  Courtney Matsumoto served on the event organizing committee and AMS students provided valuable assistance with tours and event logistics. Dr. Park presented on a panel titled, "Competing for Talent: Workforce Development Solutions in Manufacturing".

Rocky Mountain Tooling & Machining Association (RMTMA) Lunch and Learn

The AMSI hosted a "Lunch and Learn" event on July 17th for the Rocky Mountain Tooling & Machining Association (RMTMA), a local chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA).  The event was focused on Additive Manufacturing and included two seminars presented in the Professional Training Room on the 4th floor of the AES building by industry experts, Norman Stucker and Heidi Hostetter, as well as a tour of our Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Lab.

Said James Duggins, Chapter Executive & President of Antrim, Inc., "I want to thank you, Dr. Park, and your team for helping us host our Additive Machining event this past Tuesday. Your facility and meeting area were well suited for this event. Many of our attendees had not visited the new AES building. It gave them an opportunity to tour your facility and be informed on some of your programs. They were most impressed! Courtney Matsumoto was great to work with. She was instrumental in making this event a success". 

AMSI Hosts Colorado Space Business Roundtable Aerospace Interns

The AMSI hosted a visit to MSU Denver by around 40 Colorado high school students on June 21, 2018.  Courtney Matsumoto organized the event with the support of a number of students from the Advanced Manufacturing Student Club, in addition to Will Kellogg of the Industrial Design Department.  

The HS students ranged in age from 14 to 18 and they were participating in a two week long summer internship program organized and sponsored by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable.  The goal of the annual internship program is to expose HS students to the aerospace industry and to educational and career opportunities within the industry sector throughout the State of Colorado.

By spending time at the AMSI, the HS students learned how advanced manufacturing equipment, materials and processes are shaping the design and manufacture of state-of-the-art satellites and spacecraft, such as the ORION spacecraft.  In addition to touring the AMSI facilities, the students also met with our tenant/partners on the 4th floor of the AES building, where they learned about career opportunities available in the industry sectors represented by our tenant industry partners.  This was a nice way for the HS students to see the direct classroom-to-career connection.

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