Auburn Engineering PhD student wins first place at ASTM International’s additive manufacturing symposium

By Drew Daws

Published: Nov 6, 2019 12:00:00 AM

 (Shown from left) Mechanical engineering doctoral students Basil Paudel and Jonathan Pegues look at a 3-D computer-aided design model with Nima Shamsaei, director of the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, in the additive manufacturing lab in Wiggins Hall at Auburn University. (Shown from left) Mechanical engineering doctoral students Basil Paudel and Jonathan Pegues look at a 3-D computer-aided design model with Nima Shamsaei, director of the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, in the additive manufacturing lab in Wiggins Hall at Auburn University.

A graduate research assistant in mechanical engineering was recently awarded first place at the 4th Symposium on Structural Integrity of Additive Manufactured Materials and Parts hosted by global standards developer ASTM International in Washington D.C.

Jonathan Pegues, a PhD student at the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME), won the Student Presentation Award for his work “Additive Manufacturing of Fatigue Resistant Materials: Avoiding the Early Life of Crack Initiation.”

“I am truly honored to have been selected by the judging committee for first rank in the competition,” Pegues said. “ASTM has been an integral part of my graduate studies, not only for the standards I’ve relied on to produce repeatable and meaningful results, but also for the opportunity to attend various committee meetings and student competitions.”

Pegues said the award is a testament to the support and guidance he has received from his advisor, NCAME director and Philpott-WestPoint Stevens Distinguished Associate Professor Nima Shamsaei.

“Jonathan did a fantastic job and received the first place award out of 25 participants from across the world,” Shamsaei said. “His presentation was very heartwarming for the audience, as the additive parts are known for their typical premature fatigue failures.”

Media Contact: Jeremy Henderson, jdh0123@auburn.edu, 334-844-3591

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