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Michelman is mentoring three interns this summer as part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)’s 2018 internship programme.
Rebecca O’Toole, Patrick Jung and Bailey Millett are learning from Michelman’s Fiber Sizing & Composites team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, US, researching new applications for the company’s line of Hydrosize fibre sizings.
The IACMI internship is an integral part of the institute’s mission to develop the advanced manufacturing workforce for the growth of composites in the wind, automotive and compressed gas storage sectors. The interns are learning from mentors to gain hands-on experience with composites research and production in the above named sectors, as well as design, modelling and simulation, and materials and processing.
“We are so proud to be a part of this important programme,” says Steve Bassetti, Global Marketing Director for the Industrial Manufacturing Group at Michelman. “Mentoring these talented college professionals through projects that are critical to the success of not just Michelman, but the industry overall, is an opportunity we value.”
“Michelman’s interns are engaging with both industry and academia throughout the summer, actively learning about the differences and similarities in research atmospheres, while better understanding how collaborations such as this can be optimised to accelerate the commercialisation of new innovations,” explains Joannie Harmon Heath, IACMI’s Workforce Manager.
This is the third year of the IACMI internship programme and, with the 2018 intern class, the programme has placed more than 75 students at internship locations. Eight IACMI members and two regional partners are hosting interns this summer at facilities across the US. IACMI member hosts include DuPont, Ford, Vartega, TPI Composites, RMX Technologies, Local Motors, Michelman and Arkema, and regional partner hosts include the Composite Prototyping Center and Composites Recycling Technology Center.
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