The STEM Intern of the Year award is given to a student that has shown a high quality of work, has shown initiative, has completed presentations, and has had an impact on the company with whom they have worked. This year, Ashley Martof, a senior industrial engineer student, won the award.
Ashley said that she toured America Makes in Spring 2013, and that was the first time she was introduced to additive manufacturing and 3D printing. She said she fell in love with the technology immediately. Ashley began interning with America Makes in January, where she helps with workforce and educational outreach.
America Makes is the first institute in the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation. ”Our focus is on additive manufacturing research”, said Mike Hripko, director of workforce and educational outreach, “ At the same time, we know by developing and offering educational content, we will enable people to take full advantage of the new technology.”
One of the first projects Ashley did was develop an additive manufacturing curriculum for teachers.
“Last year if you Googled ‘additive manufacturing,’ no results for curriculum showed up. Teaching tools for 3D printing had not been developed; the technology was so new. So I had to research additive manufacturing and develop curriculum from scratch,” Ashley said.
Other projects Ashley completed include developing a 3D printing student camp, where she took the children from 2D and 3D basics to designing and printing their own products in five days, designing a 3D letter to President Obama, designing a side mirror for the 3D Print Your Car project from Local Motors, and designing a coyote for a collaboration award.
Ashley was also a student participant in the STEM Professional Practice Program and was a participant with the PICAM 1 and the OH-PENN grants.
After Ashley graduates in May, she plans on returning to YSU to pursue a master’s degree in industrial engineering.