The launch of ASTM International’s fourth student chapter at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) highlights the commitment to innovation in additive manufacturing and the growth of academic and research programs in the AM space.
The collaboration between FIT and ASTM’s additive manufacturing technologies committee (F42) demonstrates a focus on advancing sustainable practices in the field of 3D printing.
In a virtual kickoff event on October 2, 2023, ASTM President Kathie Morgan and Chair of the ASTM Board of Directors William Ells participated in the launch of FIT’s new student chapter. The chapter is a joint venture between FIT and ASTM’s F42 committee, which is dedicated to additive manufacturing technologies.
The faculty from FIT’s Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering expressed their interest in launching an ASTM student chapter to help expand the academic and research programs in the AM space. Sayed Ehsan Saghaian, Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, will serve as the faculty advisor for the new FIT chapter.
ASTM International has been at the forefront of additive manufacturing innovation through its F42 committee and Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. They have witnessed firsthand how additive manufacturing has challenged preconceptions and opened up new possibilities. The industry has broad societal expectations, and ASTM is committed to meeting those expectations.
ASTM launched its student chapter program in 2018, and FIT’s chapter is the fourth one to be established. Other student chapters have been formed at Florida International University, the University of Engineering and Technology in Lima, Peru, and the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom.
ASTM President Kathie Morgan emphasized that the leaders of tomorrow in additive manufacturing are the students of today. The student chapter program offers direct access to ASTM committees, mentorship opportunities, and scholarships, providing valuable resources for students interested in the field.
FIT is celebrating its 65th year, while ASTM is celebrating its 125th year. Despite their long histories, both organizations are focused on the future and driving innovation in additive manufacturing.
This collaboration between FIT and ASTM’s F42 committee highlights the importance of fostering academic and research programs in the AM space. By supporting the growth of additive manufacturing technologies, FIT and ASTM are contributing to the advancement of sustainable practices in the field of 3D printing.
Overall, the launch of the new student chapter at FIT demonstrates the commitment of both organizations to innovation and the future of additive manufacturing. With access to ASTM’s resources and mentorship opportunities, students at FIT will have the support they need to become leaders in the field and contribute to the development of sustainable solutions in 3D printing.
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